Boutique hotels in Cape Town

If, like mine, your heart beats faster at the feel of a goose down duvet, the smell of lilies, Molton Brown hand cream and the taste of the perfectly poached egg, these boutique hotels are right up your alley.

What sets a boutique hotel apart? They are typically small, luxurious and located in a sought-after part of the city. Staying at these hotels, you’ll know you’re in Cape Town and you wouldn’t want it any other way.

ELLERMAN HOUSE, BANTRY BAY

A Relais & Châteaux member, Ellerman House epitomizes luxury. The interior of Ellerman House is opulent while the private villas are modern in style. Located on grounds of one-and-a half acres, the property is not open to the public which makes it a firm favourite with celebrities holidaying in Cape Town.

Great For: Luxury, Atlantic Ocean view, art, service, privacy

Number of rooms/suites: 11 Rooms and 2 Suites, 2 Private Villas

Website: www.ellerman.co.za

Ellerman House

Image courtesy of Ellerman House.

FOUR ROSMEAD, ORANJEZICHT, CITY CENTRE

Walk to popular attractions like Greenmarket Square from this stylish hotel situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. The building is a fine example of the Cape contemporary classic building style and houses a collection of South African art and an eclectic interior.

Great For: Historic heart of Cape Town, views, authenticity, art

Number of rooms/suites: 8 Rooms

Website: www.fourrosmead.com

BANKSIA BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA, ROSEBANK

If your idea of a boutique hotel includes a lot of light filled spaces, a palette of whites and creams and tranquil, leafy surrounds then Banksia Boutique Hotel & Spa foots the bill perfectly. Relax in the 12-metre swimming pool or indulge in a spa treatment at the end of a long day exploring the city or doing business in the Southern Suburbs.

Great For: Business, value, elegance, quiet

Number of rooms/suites: 8 Rooms

Website: www.banksiaboutique.co.za

POD, CAMP’S BAY

Barefoot luxury on Camps Bay beach. Design elements like steel, wood, glass and slate give this hotel its hip feel. Pair that with the opportunity to watch heavenly bodies on the beach, all the while sipping cocktails and you’ll understand why design savvy visitors love the POD.

Great For: Modern architecture, sound of the sea, nightlife, celebrity spotting

Number of rooms/suites: 15 Rooms

Website: www.pod.co.za

POD Boutique Hotel

Image courtesy of POD.

THE MARLY, CAMP’S BAY

Champagne wishes and beachfront dreams! If glamour is what you had in mind for your stay on Cape Town’s own Riviera, check into The Marly. While the views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range are beautiful, paying a bit more for a room with a sea view is well worth it.

Great For: Beachfront, nightlife, elegance, sheer trendiness

Number of rooms/suites: 11 Suites

Website: www.themarly.co.za

BLACKHEATH LODGE, SEA POINT

It’s no small feat for a, well, small hotel like Blackheath Lodge to be listed in the third spot for Cape Town Central hotels. Close to the ocean and ideal for walks along the promenade in Sea Point, it is the personal service, stylish interior and attention to detail that earns this hotel an almost perfect score every time.

Great For: Warm hospitality, close to ocean, style, breakfast

Number of rooms/suites: 12 Rooms and 1 Suite

Website: www.blackheathlodge.co.za

DYSART BOUTIQUE HOTEL, GREEN POINT

Enjoy your stay in a stylish, modern room with quirky design touches in the heart of the ‘Village’. Green Point is well known for being a very gay-friendly neighbourhood and ‘Bitchy Bingo’ at Beefcakes Burger Bar should be on your bucket list. Take a walk through the Green Point Urban Park; pick up a bite to eat at Giovanni’s Deli and stroll along the promenade past Green Point Lighthouse.

Great For: Style, value, location, Village vibe

Number of rooms/suites: 8 Suites

Website: www.dysart.de/?locale=en&PHPSESSID=irvgm1p4keo3obbtpf9eijdeq1

THE ANDROS BOUTIQUE HOTEL, NEWLANDS

A haven for the traditionalist, this charming French country style hotel is located a short drive away from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the Constantia Wine Valley. Catch your breath in the Champagne or Drawing Room or next to the pool with views of Table Mountain.

Great For: Elegance, value, wine country, gardens

Number of rooms/suites: 12 Rooms and Suites

Website: www.andros.co.za

Andros Boutique Hotel

O ON KLOOF BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA, BANTRY BAY

The sole objective of the team at O on Kloof is for you to unwind. Relax. There’s even a Lazy Lounge. Tatler Magazine (UK) crowned it one of the Top 101 hotels in the world. Leaning on the glamorous bar it wouldn’t feel like much of a stretch to ask for your martini “Shaken, not stirred.”

Great For: Relaxation, attentive service, luxury, modernity

Number of rooms/suites: 8 Rooms

Website: www.oonkloof.co.za

THE DOCKHOUSE, V&A WATERFRONT

It never fails to surprise me when I walk to the edge of the hotel green and see the V&A Waterfront stretched out in front of me. The small property feels almost secluded the rest of the time, but the location gives you the choice to dip in and out of the bustle of the Waterfront as you please.

Great For: Location, first time visitors, V&A Waterfront views, home away from home feel

Number of rooms/suites: 6 Rooms

Website: www.newmarkhotels.com/accommodation/hotels/dock-house-boutique-hotel-spa

THE CELLARS-HOHENORT HOTEL, CONSTANTIA WINE VALLEY

This 5-star hotel is the perfect base for food and wine lovers to explore the city from. Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff delights diners in the award-winning Greenhouse restaurant. Rooms in the main building are modern while the historical Hohenort building is more traditional.

Great For: Cuisine, garden setting, tranquility, golf

Number of rooms/suites: 48 Rooms and Suites

Website: www.collectionmcgrath.com/hotels/the-cellars-hohenort

Cellars Hohenort

Image courtesy of Cellars Hohenort.

VILLA ZEST, GREEN POINT

In a word, refreshing. Villa Zest’s otherness is what sets them apart. Undeniably luxurious, the hotel’s retro style and quirky traits – like a 70’s electronics collection – is combined with a great location and facilities like a rooftop garden with 360° views of Cape Town. Your first drink is on the house, they promise to let you sleep in and if breakfast is at noon as a result, they are cool with that too. So very cool.

Great For: Modern architecture, design, location, a sense of humour

Number of rooms/suites: 7 Rooms

Website: www.villazest.co.za

KENSINGTON PLACE, GARDENS, CITY CENTRE

Tatler Magazine recognized Kensington Place as the ‘Best City Boutique Hotel’, calling it “the coolest bolthole in the Cape…the bar is sexy as hell. This is the perfect small city hotel.” I couldn’t have said it better.

Great For: Design, city views, coolness, leafy location, proximity to Kloof Street

Number of rooms/suites: 8 Suites

Website: www.kensingtonplace.co.za

CAPE CADOGAN, GARDENS, CITY CENTRE

A small hotel, the Cape Cadogan is located just off vibey Kloof Street in a building declared a National Monument. The hotel team pride themselves on their knowledge of Cape Town gems and local secrets. The size of rooms will delight visitors as the entry level rooms are an average of 30m2 / 300 ft.

Great For: Relaxed elegance, restaurants, nightlife, personal service

Number of rooms/suites: 15 Rooms and Suites

Website: www.capecadogan.co.za

HOUT BAY MANOR HOTEL, HOUT BAY

Located in the coastal village of Hout Bay, the hotel is just 20 minutes’ drive from the City Centre. The listed historical building was built in 1871 but refurbished in a contemporary style. Hot pinks, reds (it works, I promise), African prints and Delft patterns give the hotel a style all of its own.

Great For: Romantic breaks, relaxation, food and wine pairing, modern African décor

Number of rooms/suites: 16 Rooms and 1 Suite

Website: www.houtbaymanor.com

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