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.
There are countless quirks behind the grand Victorian façade of this hip hotel on Long Street, the city's nightlife hub. Look out for the oldest working elevator in Cape Town; a mascot in the form of a gilded doggy named Leon, and the best quirk of all hidden away on the roof: an Airstream
Drive down the coast toward Chapman’s Peak and veer right, where a small road takes you close to the water. Here, you'll find Tintswalo Atlantic, a collection of 12 standalone suites seemingly suspended over the ocean.
If there's a more lovely spot from which to take in the gorgeous African sunset, I have yet to see it. This mansion has a dramatic setting over the cliffs in Bantry Bay, with ocean views from almost every room.
Higgovale is a posh residential neighborhood unfurling down the slopes of Table Mountain, and the slick eight-suite Kensington Place is its best address.
I'll always be partial to this historic Georgian villa—after all, I spent part of my first visit to Cape Town here.
This hotel is a little bit out of the city, but the child-friendly creature comforts make up for the distance: kids' toiletries, bath toys, and cribs with high-quality mattresses—older children might find Hello Kitty or Dora-themed beds made up just for them.
The Pink Lady, as it's affectionately called (one look at the rose-colored façade will explain why), is the ultimate Cape Town grande dame—but despite its gracious, old-world veneer, the Mount Nelson is surprisingly child-friendly.
When you're traveling with kids, sometimes you just wish you had a kitchen to warm up a bottle or whip up a favorite meal.
When kids check in to this sea-facing hotel with their parents, they're given a backpack and their own key. Once they arrive at their room—many of which have mountain or ocean views—they can busy themselves with a basket of toys and board games, or request an X-Box.
Parents will love the spa and the Nobu outpost (the only one in Africa); young ones will stay occupied at the Kids Club long enough for Mom and Dad to enjoy them both.