Cape Town: the 10 Best Boutique Hotels and Accommodations

Cape Town is a beautiful and vibrant city in South Africa known for its stunning waterfront setting, its nearby mountains and beaches. Finding the perfect hotel that reflects all of the beauty, culture and vibrancy of Cape Town can seem like an overwhelming task. Fortunately, there are some fantastic boutique hotels to choose from! Read on for the top 10 best places to stay in Cape Town.

The Silo – an ultra-hip boutique hotel in a historic estate

Rated 4.6 (excellent) in 1800 reviews 🛈

This hotel restaurant bar is a must stop for foodies and for the view, picture perfect everywhere you seat at the restaurant on 6th floor.

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Nestled in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa, the Silo Hotel is a luxurious 5-Star hotel with amazing amenities and stunning views.

With only 28 rooms, each featuring its own unique colour scheme and with unending panoramic views of the cityscape, as well as the mountains — this is one of South Africa’s finest hotels. The roof terrace is not only a highlight because of the fantastic views, but it also hosts a popular rooftop bar with a little pool and sundeck, allowing guests to relax in style. Alternatively, you can visit the luxurious in-house spa or treat yourself to one of the culinary gems of the hotel. Art lovers will appreciate the contemporary African art on display inside the hotel, plus its proximity to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).

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Labotessa Hotel – an all-suite luxury boutique hotel

Rated 4.9 (exceptional) in 283 reviews. 🛈

Always an excellent service. Some of best coffee to be had here. A must try is the small biscuits that they serve with the coffee!

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Labotessa is a luxurious and modern boutique hotel that offers sophisticated suites with superior amenities.

Nestled in the heart of Cape Town lies the luxurious Labotessa, an ode to its colonial past. The building, dating back to the 17th century, is the second oldest standing in South Africa. Its seven suites are adorned with high ceilings, parquet floors and large windows overlooking historic buildings and Lion’s Head mountain. The Labotessa Café and Terrace is popular among locals for its delicious brunch offerings – perfect after a stroll around the city. Although there is no spa, its tranquil atmosphere enables you to relax and unwind while absorbing the breathtaking views.

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Ellerman House – a Victorian-style mansion with stunning views

Rated 4.9 (exceptional) in 776 reviews. 🛈

Full generator coverage during power outages – you won’t even notice the load shedding.

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Ellerman House is an exquisite 5-Star hotel located in the exclusive Bantry Bay area of Cape Town. The grand Victorian-style mansion has been transformed into a modern, luxurious boutique hotel.

There are 13 elegantly decorated rooms, each with its own unique style. Most rooms have a private terrace or prime ocean views. The hotel is filled with art and managed to effortlessly blend the original features of the historic building with state-of-the-art luxury. The result is a stunning contemporary design with touches of cozy elegance, making it a home away from home.

Speaking of views: Don’t forget to take a plunge in the heated ocean-facing pool. Other amenities of this impeccable hotel include a library, a state-of-the-art gym, and a spa with a sauna. Or maybe you unwind during a stroll around the exquisite gardens found on the estate.

Culinary fans will love the Ellerman House: Enjoy inventive cocktails alongside an exceptional bar menu at their 24/7 “Bar Roc” or taste the flavours of traditional South African cuisine in a modern interpretation in the on-site restaurant by chef Grant Daniels. The restaurant is exclusively for hotel guests and boasts a 7,500-bottle wine cellar.

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Gorgeous George – modern chic in a historic shell

Rated 4.5 (excellent) in 798 reviews. 🛈

It’s for a younger crowd, great Insta place! I wouldn’t suggest this hotel to my mum or granny!

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Gorgeous George offers an edgy, cosy and modern take on a boutique hotel located at the heart of the Central Business District.

It’s an intimate boutique hotel with 32 luxurious suites, either 1- or 2-bedroom studios. Each is boasting a stylish industrial-chic design. Exposed concrete and steelwork are blended seamlessly with the original Edwardian and art deco elements of the historic buildings, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere to relax and unwind. The artworks are handpicked luxury pieces from local and international designers. Rooms are air-conditioned, there’s a modern fitness centre, and on top of all this, Gigi, their rooftop conservatory restaurant, offers guests exquisite cuisine, breathtaking views and blissful bubbles of serenity.

With the city literally on its doorstep, the Gorgeous Gorge invites visitors to come and experience a place steeped in history and oozing charm and sophistication.

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Steenberg Hotel – luxury living at its finest

Rated 4.9 (exceptional) in 1058 reviews. 🛈

Although we didn’t have time for golf, we managed to get in a few walks and runs around the trails in the vineyard. The view from the top is well worth the hike up the hill.

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If luxury and adventure are what you seek, the Steenberg Hotel is the perfect spot. Experience the best of both worlds at Steenberg Hotel – tucked between bustling Cape Town and quaint coastal villages.

This 17th-century estate offers luxe amenities and exclusive access to its surrounding vineyards, farms and mountainscapes – all with a full-service spa, an 18-hole golf course and an upscale bar onsite! Enjoy beautiful views from one of the 21 rooms or suites before indulging in the fine dining options available. And if the city is calling, you can get there easily with their shuttle service into town. Find relaxation amongst historical charm while experiencing luxury at Steenberg Estate!

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Kensington Palace – timeless sophistication

Rated 4.9 (exceptional) in 627 reviews. 🛈

The breakfast is so lovely (the lux is my favourite!) and I love the little touches – bringing you infused water by the pool, complimentary bubbles etc. Can’t recommend it enough!

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This luxury oasis, located on the stunning slopes of Table Mountain, is the perfect spot for the discerning urbanite looking to take a break from their hectic day-to-day. Kensington Palace is the perfect combination of traditional style and contemporary amenities.

Housed in a historic Victorian building, it is one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in Cape Town, with only 8 guest suites. The hotel facilities include a solar-heated plunge pool, off-street parking, a 24-h bar, a library, and in-room beauty treatments can be booked. Breakfast is served all day, there’s a room service menu with light and healthy dishes, or you can go for a private-dining style dinner made from the freshest ingredients. At Kensington Palace Hotel, you’re ideally positioned to explore the very best of Cape Town. Enjoy breathtaking views on a hike at Table Mountain nature reserve, or take advantage of nearby fine dining and shopping experiences!

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Pineapple House Boutique Hotel – A tropical oasis

Rated 4.6 (excellent) in 368 reviews. 🛈

With strong wifi, Netflix on the tv, amazing coffee and coffee machine, well stocked (and affordable) mini fridge, and a beautiful balcony- we did not want to leave the hotel!

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This 4-star boutique hotel is the perfect place for guests looking for a tranquil escape. Pineapple House Boutique Hotel provides an alluring escape, with nine captivatingly designed bedrooms filled with charm and individual character.

Located in the trendy suburb of Sea Point, the Pineapple House Boutique Hotel is nestled in a historic building that features a unique and colourful design. The family-owned hotel is just 500 metres from two famous beaches. Guests are welcome to relax in the shared guest lounge or take a dip in the small outdoor pool. Each room has its own unique design, with some boasting city views while others offer private terraces. They are air-conditioned and have common in-room facilities. For those who are looking for not only comfort but also meaningfulness, this hotel chooses to invest in social impact partnerships – making it even more personal and worthwhile.

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POD Camps Bay – contemporary chic

Rated 4.9 (exceptional) in 1656 reviews. 🛈

The service is beyond belief, attention to every detail. The location is perfect. The beach is right across the street and restaurants and shops are an easy walk.

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This trendy hideaway offers an unforgettable stay with its convenient location at the vibrant Camps Bay. POD Camps Bay is a stylish, contemporary hotel offering a truly luxurious experience.

The hotel has 17 bright rooms and is simplistic, chic, yet comfortable. Located within walking distance of the Camps Bay strip, the hotel has seventeen unique and distinctive rooms to choose from. After a day exploring the area’s renowned beaches, gastronomy and nightlife, retreat back to POD with its modern amenities for some pampering. The property offers a cocktail bar, lap pool, spa and gym with cardio and weight training equipment to complete the experience. For those who (understandably) don’t want their stay to end and have some time before departing, there is even a late departure lounge available at POD Camps Bay.

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Airbnb in Camps Bay – A colorful home with stunning ocean views

Rated 4.9 (exceptional) in 71 reviews. 🛈

Beautifully decorated, on a quiet street with beautiful views out over the ocean. Straight behind the flat the mountains tower for dramatic effect. If you want peace and quiet this is a perfect flat!

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This luxurious two-bedroom Airbnb Plus experience, located in a stunning setting with panoramic views of the ocean and world-famous Lion’s Head, is perfect for those looking for a memorable getaway.

The Airbnb is located in Camps Bay and boasts 180-degree views from the patio deck. Inside the house, colourful woven textiles and an eclectic mix of artwork create a cosy ambience that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Guests have the entire house for themselves. It has 2 bedrooms and space for a total of 4 guests. For those looking to unwind, there’s a jacuzzi where you can watch as the sun sinks into the horizon. Not to forget a backyard BBQ and calming outdoor shower. Whether lounging around inside or revelling in the beauty of the surrounding nature, this Airbnb provides everything needed for an unforgettable vacation. While the Airbnb itself is surrounded by tranquil nature, the perks of the city are still in close proximity to the estate. 

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City Airbnb apartment – contemporary aesthetics with captivating mountain views

Rated 4.9 (exceptional) in 14 reviews. 🛈

The position was spectacular, with Table Mountain framed by the sitting room window, and it couldn’t have been better located for easy access to the City, the Waterfront and the beaches and restaurants of Camps Bay and Sea Point.

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This stylish Airbnb Plus apartment offers spectacular views of Table Mountain. It’s located in the heart of the city centre and boasts a sleek, contemporary style.

Ideally located for easy access to the city, waterfront, beaches and restaurants of Camps Bay and Sea Point, guests have access to all the amenities they could desire. Absorb breathtaking views of Cape Town right from your balcony, or experience the beauty through the panorama glass fronts from the inside. From an indoor fireplace to air conditioning and a private hot tub – this home away from home combines luxury living with convenience. The spacious, 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom apartment also offers a fully equipped kitchen and pool access to complete the luxurious experience. 

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