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T+L's Definitive Guide to Cape Town


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Seven hotels that top our list, from the latest openings to the classics.

Cape Grace: Located on a private quay, Cape Grace is a magnet for Hollywood royalty (Ryan Reynolds and Beyoncé have both been spotted here). Rooms are done up with whimsical chandeliers made from dangling delft saucers, botanical prints, and traditionally forged iron lamps. $$$$

Ellerman House: You’ll find plenty of discreet charm at this Edwardian, mountainside retreat overlooking the Atlantic. The main mansion has stark-white balustrades and sweeping patios that look out onto terraced gardens. Take a tour of the hotel’s art gallery, built into the bluff. $$$$

Kensington Place: In-the-know travelers love this eight-room town house in the foothills of Table Mountain. The interiors are ultracontemporary (white-on-white bedding; slick leather couches; hot-pink pillows), with tasteful accents such as original South African artwork. $$

Mount Nelson Hotel: The 1899 colonial-style structure is showing its age, but a recent renovation has given the storied hotel new life: updated Oasis wing rooms are decked out in plush red sofas and paintings by local artists, while chef-led tours bring guests to the coastline to forage for the night’s dinner. $$$

One&Only Cape Town: The postcard-perfect views of Table Mountain and Adam Tihany–designed rooms (bright geometric textiles; parquet flooring; freestanding soaking tubs) have made this V&A Waterfront hotel a new favorite. $$$$

Taj Cape Town: You can’t get more central than the Taj, just steps from Parliament and St. George’s Cathedral. Inside, old meets new: elegant Heritage rooms—tufted headboards; original mullioned windows—in two restored landmark buildings offset the more modern Tower wing, with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. $$

Villa Zest Boutique Hotel: It’s all about the 1970’s at this new Bauhaus-inspired building in leafy Green Point: vintage Polaroid cameras and Panasonic Toot-a-Loop radios line the hallways, while rooms are decorated in mod egg chairs and shag rugs. $$

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000


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