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Cape Town, South Africa is a melting pot of cultures, and it offers travelers both natural attractions (think Table Mountain National Park or the Lion’s Head hike), as well as a unique city experience. Trendy fashions, fantastic restaurants and a lively nightlife bring visitors to the area, plus the beach is just steps away. When it’s time to rest, Cape Town has a high number of guesthouses, boutique hotels and B&B’s to choose from in and around the city. Need help deciding? Here are the best hotels in Cape Town.
Best Overall: Blackheath Lodge
No matter what brings you to Cape Town, the Blackheath Lodge is a solid choice for clean, comfortable accommodations, a reasonable price, great location and excellent service. The 10-room hotel is located in Sea Point on the Atlantic seaboard near most major attractions. Standard Rooms have a minimum of 215 square feet of space, docking stations, solar heating, as well as modern décor with artwork that showcases South African culture. All rooms are individually decorated, and higher category rooms overlook the ocean. Guests can unwind in the café, sitting area or with a freshly-made drink from the bar. A cooked breakfast is included as well as juices, biscuits, yogurts, and other items, and is served on the deck overlooking the heated swimming pool.
Best Beach Boutique: Bliss Boutique Hotel
For accommodations that combine the carefree beach lifestyle with the amenities of a boutique hotel, consider staying at the Bliss Boutique Hotel. The eight-room hotel is located 10 miles north of Cape Town’s central area and offers a picturesque location with private, direct access to the beach. Stylish rooms have mood lighting, turndown service, docking stations, designer furnishings, bathrobes and slippers, as well as panoramic views of Table Mountain, Lions Head and Robben Island. Room rates include a breakfast at the restaurant or on the rooftop terrace. Relax on the patio hammock swings, sip on a premium cocktail or go for a swim in the pool. Guests also enjoy VIP access to clubs, restaurants and nightlife in Cape Town.
Best B&B: Acorn House
There are a number of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in Cape Town, but the Acorn House has a beautiful location and top-notch accommodations. Perched near Table Rock Mountain in the neighborhood of Oranjezicht, a quiet, residential area, the inn is a five-minute drive to the V&A Waterfront and beaches. Room types range from singles and doubles to family suites and have private balconies, hardwood floors, Nespresso coffee machines and cozy, yet modern furnishings. Guests can go for a swim in the outdoor pool, relax on the front porch or arrange private tours of the area with the staff. TripAdvisor members loved the made-to-order breakfast.
Best for Families: Romney Park All Suite Hotel
Families visiting Cape Town can appreciate the spacious suites at the Romney Park All Suite Hotel, located in Central Western Cape Town. Situated across from Green Point Park, the lighthouse and overlooking Robben Island, the hotel puts visitors in a desired part of the city. The 30 apartment-style accommodations have either one- or two-bedrooms with a minimum of 500 square feet of space, luxurious furnishings, full kitchens, private balconies and a spacious lounge. Families can have meals in the elegant restaurant or by the outdoor pool area (a buffet breakfast is included), utilize the equipped kitchens or order room service. If adults require some relaxation, they can head to the full-service spa and steam room.
Best Business: Hotel Verde
If you’re in Cape Town on a business trip, the Hotel Verde is conveniently located near the airport and has added amenities to make your stay run smoothly. The eco-friendly hotel has eight conference and event venues, plus a business center, indoor gym and outdoor fitness area. Rooms have artistic décor, double-glazed windows to block airport noise, minibars and plush, hypo-allergenic bedding. Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant for a breakfast buffet or a la carte dining and cocktails during lunch and dinner. Every Wednesday the hotel hosts an “Earth Hour” for live jazz music. The hotel also has a unique swimming pool and a free shuttle that transports guests to the airport and to the V&A waterfront.
Best Luxury: MannaBay
For a splurge-worthy, luxury hotel experience, the MannaBay is an excellent choice and is located at the entrance to the stunning Table Mountain National Park. The hotel has eight unique rooms with gorgeous Victorian-style furnishings, and amenities like a four-poster bed, outdoor daybed for sleeping under the stars, floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a garden patio with a private plunge pool. Rooms also include 24-hour butler service for guests’ every need. There’s also a fabulous rooftop bar, a Boma fire pit, breakfast in the lovely dining room and afternoon tea (reservations required). Wine tastings are held on some evenings and in-house dining can be arranged.
Best Romance: Glen Boutique Hotel and Spa
If you’re in Cape Town for a romantic getaway, the 34-room, Glen Boutique Hotel and Spa helps create an intimate experience. Located in the Sea Point neighborhood in Central Cape Town, the hotel is within walking distance to a number of excellent restaurants, as well as the waterfront area. Rooms are individually decorated with leather headboards, private balconies overlooking the pool area or Lion’s Head, glass-enclosed showers, as well as amenities such as a Mac computer, plush robes, Nespresso machines. Couples can enjoy spa treatments such as hot stone massages and aromatherapy or enjoy a romantic dinner at the on-site restaurant. Many TripAdvisor members appreciated that the hotel welcomed gay couples as well. Breakfast is included.
Best Nightlife: Long Street Boutique Hotel
Much of the entertainment in Cape Town happens on lively Long Street, and the Long Street Boutique Hotel puts visitors in the center of the nightlife. The reasonably priced, 12-room hotel is next door to a nightclub and is at the epicenter of “the street that never sleeps,” but the hotel has installed soundproof windows. Standard Rooms have a chic, café-theme with mini refrigerators, Nespresso machines and comfortable beds. Some rooms have balconies overlooking Long Street for some interesting people watching. There’s also a communal balcony with views of Table Mountain. The hotel doesn’t have breakfast, but they do offer tea-making facilities and several restaurants are just steps away.
Best Budget: Hippo Boutique Hotel
Budget travelers frequent the Hippo Boutique Hotel, a great 23-room option that is centrally located near bars and restaurants and offers an overall good value. Room accommodations are a step up from similarly priced hotels and feature leather couches, heated cherry-wood floors, and hand-crafted headboards. There’s also stocked minibars, individual air-conditioning, as well as fully equipped kitchens, so travelers can save some cash by preparing meals themselves. Unwind by the outdoor pool area, explore the neighborhood with trendy Kloof Street boutiques just one block away. TripAdvisor members appreciated the breakfast vouchers to nearby restaurants and also liked the free secure parking area.