When it comes to South Africa’s two biggest cities, Cape Town is the cooler kid on the block. Home to innovative artists, quirky shops, and some pretty cool hotels, we’re certain the Mother City is going to charm you from start to finish. Here’s our pick of the city’s hippest hideaways to get you started.
Best boutique hotels in Cape Town for a quirky time in South Africa
Located at the foot of Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain, this upscale boutique hotel is the ideal place to find solace after a busy day exploring the city.
A little like Cape Town, rooms reflect an eclectic mix of colours, textures, and vibrancy, but somehow it all works. Kick start your morning with one of the hearty breakfast items, our pick being the Eggs Benedict.
Hotel Derwent House Boutique
52 de Wet
High up on the slopes of Lion’s Head Mountain, 52 de Wet offers some of the best ocean views in town. Rooms are decked out in a tasteful, contemporary style, but if you’re after that winning factor, we suggest going for the Deluxe Ocean View room.
Here you can appreciate your very own private balcony. One of the highlights is the stunning rim-flow pool which is located on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the ocean.
52 De Wet
As you pass through the main doors of Abbey Manor, you’ll enter a world of grandeur and old-world charm. Built in 1905, this elegant B&B is nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain and offers all the essentials you’d come to expect from a five-star establishment.
Choose a book from the communal lounge and settle in for the afternoon, or otherwise head to the hotel terrace and appreciate sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.
If you’re looking for an en-vogue kind of hotel experience, we suggest a stay at Kensington Place. This award-winning luxury hotel offers contemporary suites which ooze buckets of style and feature private balconies overlooking Cape Town.
An all-day seasonal menu is available, so we recommend digging into some hearty fare beside the communal pool for the lunch.
Hotel Kensington Place
Manna Bay refers to itself as a work of art that inspires, enlivens, and delights, and from what we’ve seen, it’s easy to see why! The hotel embodies the term ‘boutique’, sleeping a maximum of just 16 guests at any time.
Each room has a unique name that carries through into the overall theme and decoration. Our pick is the Flamingo Room, which honours this pink bird through its wallpaper, printed linens, and artworks.
Hotel Mannabay Fine Boutique
Dock House Boutique & Spa
Like the dame of the ball, Dock House Boutique & Spa stands proudly on Cape Town’s world-famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The regal building sits within a garden, and offers rooms which are reminiscent of a Provincial style.
Think open fireplaces, soft greys, and traditional French doors. Opt for one of the upstairs rooms and you can secure yourself some harbour views.