Labotessa Hotel: A regal addition to Cape Town’s Church Square

In an often-overlooked, but historically rich part of Cape Town’s CBD, sits an unassuming pocket of opulence – Labotessa, an elegant boutique hotel is the newest addition to the city’s luxury collection of accommodation spaces.

Housed in a heritage building – this former 17th-century church is now home to an intimate hotel with six suites and a penthouse overlooking Church Square, near the parliamentary precinct. With a perfectly framed view of Lion’s Head, the property boasts exceptional design and old-world elegance often synonymous with a European experience.

South African owners Johan du Plessis and Jan Fourie had a vision to bring a first-class hospitality experience home. And this is clear by the personal service visitors receive the moment they step inside this restored national monument.

Penthouse Bedroom La Botessa HotelPenthouse Bedroom with a view of Lion’s Head at Labotessa Hotel

Each of the spacious suites has private elevator access, a balcony, is exquisitely decorated by the owners, and offers comfort and luxury par excellence. The décor is a balanced breathtaking mix of blues, taupes, and vibrant orange with classic antiques and contemporary pieces and still manages to capture an essence of grandeur with beautiful carefully selected art adorning the walls. The double volume ceilings and oak floors enhance the quality of the finishes in the space. The meticulous attention to detail adds to the bespoke experience that’s been crafted.

Labotessa Governor suite
Labotessa Governor suite.

It is however The Governor Suite – the hotel’s penthouse – which is the newest addition to the structure. This jaw-dropping penthouse is one the largest of all penthouses in the city’s hotels and extends over 300 square metres and takes up two floors, has three bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, a private plunge pool and of course views of the mountain from both floors.

On the ground floor guests and locals can indulge at Starlings – a popular local café with its roots in the southern suburbs. Known for using organic and ethically sourced ingredients the café spills out onto the square and serves breakfast all day. There’s also a selection of cakes and light meals to choose from and is open Monday to Sunday until 16:00.


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