Hotels in Cape Town
Hotels in Cape Town offer breathtaking views, both of the city’s many natural wonders and of the city itself. Many Cape Town hotels offer hip and stylish accommodations close to Cape Town’s center and along its shores, while old-luxury style hotels can be found just outside the city – some of these even boast their own wineries. Here are two of T+L’s favorite locations:
One & Only: Located in the center of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with captivating views of Table Mountain, the One & Only is one of the best hotels in Cape Town. The hotels’ restaurants, run by legendary chefs Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa and Reuben Riffel, come with African flair and luxurious character, as do the hotel’s 131 rooms and suites. The resort’s daring island design is reflected inside as well as out, and the luxurious spas at One & Only are legendary.
Steenberg: At this Cape Town hotel, you’re just 20 minutes outside the city, yet secluded in the tranquil Constantia Valley, with views over False Bay. Steenberg is located on Cape Town’s oldest farm. The buildings may date back to 1682, but the amenities are state of the art, including a stylish pool bar with loungers, a winery, and an award winning restaurant, Catharina’s.
Set atop a terraced hill overlooking False Bay, this quiet boutique hotel is housed in a 1929 villa designed in a Mediterranean style, with yellow stucco walls and a pool terrace surrounded by landscaped gardens.
The Feather Palace, a red-roof mansion just off the R62, is part of a stylish working guest ranch owned by a gay couple from Durban.
Sleek tower on the V&A Waterfront, with a well-appointed spa.
Doubles from $700, including breakfast.
The team behind La Residence has a knack for turning rustic into extraordinary (the group also operates the Royal Malewane bush retreat in Kruger Park)—and it’s done a characteristically fabulous job creating this über-luxurious 11-suite hotel on the site of an old plum orchard.
A movable pedestrian bascule bridge provides access from the bustling waterfront to this quiet, mansard-roofed hotel on its own private quay.
Overlooking False Bay in the Constantia Valley, this small boutique hotel is located on the Steenberg Vineyards, part of the region’s oldest farm. Built in 1862, the main farmhouse and surrounding cottages are classic Cape Dutch, with whitewashed walls, thatched roofs, and decorative gables.
Just 10 miles from the airport and 20 from the city center, the property not only is affordable but also has edgy interior design, including wall-mounted rotary-dial phones; wooden ceilings; a basketful of wines. The owner is warm and bakes bread daily for guests.
This resort, which opened in 2009 on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, features 131 spacious, high-tech rooms and a knockout first impression: the hotel’s 40-foot-tall picture window framing Table Mountain at Vista Bar & Lounge.
Situated on the Sea Point Promenade, this Cape Dutch—style hotel faces the Atlantic on one side and Table Mountain on the other.
This stylish Cape Dutch guesthouse has eight rooms and a swimming pool, on Prince Albert's main street.
The Vineyard, built around a 200-year-old homestead in the tranquil and leafy suburb of Newlands, has just emerged from a significant face-lift.
Housed in the former South African Reserve Bank headquarters, Taj Cape Town checks all the right boxes. Heritage rooms (on the first five floors) are spacious and richly colorful in ice-blue and pistachio, with original mullioned windows.
Set along a secluded stretch of Atlantic coast, this 70-room mini-resort is a sanctuary where mountain views, sea breezes, and heady indigenous plant life converge.
Since 1899, this pink-faced colonial beauty—just a stroll away from the Company Gardens—has been the reigning queen of Cape Town’s hotels.
Just 30 minutes outside Cape Town in the charming town of St. James, the opulent 1930s house-hotel (built by gold-mining billionaire JB Taylor) sits atop a hill with a gorgeous view of the ocean.