When you arrive in a new city, it’s hard to know what you’re getting. Choosing where to stay in Cape Town is hard, especially without local insight. Luckily, we have local insight by the truckload, so read on to find out which places Cape Town Experiences would highly recommend.
1. Global Nomad Guesthouse
Nomad accommodation group in Cape Town started with Nomad Boutique Backpackers in 24 waterkant street, CBD, and have recently expanded with the opening of a new guesthouse at 3C Gordon Street, Gardens, Global Nomad. Located in a very private and secure area of Cape Town, this guesthouse is where you need to check into if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. With a tranquil garden setting, the facility features a shared lounge and spacious rooms equipped with shared bathrooms in a three storey townhouse style building.
2. Molo Lolo Lodge
Influenced by Laurence Armand's background as an interior designer, the Molo Lolo Lodge is a work of art to behold. It is located in between the trendy De Waterkant and Bo Kaap, just a 10 minute walk to the city centre and V& A Waterfront. Built with stone and wood surrounded by antique mirrors transporting you back to an era where life was simple and uncomplicated, it consists of six rooms, which include family size rooms that accommodate up to three adults. The venue offers a wondrous view of the world-renowned Table Mountain. The Lodge has a rustic and old-world charm to itself. The lounge has a library with numerous books to read and their breakfast buffet is that of champions with hot and cold dishes to select from, including fresh juices, home-made cakes and pastries. The Lodge has a rooftop terrace and this is utilised for events like wine tastings. Within the same vicinity is a plunge pool surrounded by a number of deck chairs for guests to bask in the sun.
3. Derwent House
Derwent House is one of the top boutique hotels in the Mother City, the hotel is furnished in a themed, stylish and aspirational manner as typical of most boutique hotels with a live and welcoming establishment that is decorated with African artifacts, imbuing you with a sense of belonging in the mother land. With a pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, this boutique hotel is located just a 2-minute walk from the restaurants and shops in Kloof Street.
4. Dunkley House
Found right on the heart of a Victorian style street in the Mother City, Dunkley House is a magnificent work of modern design and styling. The residence offers a beautiful and private tropical garden which you can relax in after a hard day of tourist activities. Suited for both business or leisure, enjoy Bed and Breakfast accommodation in an urban sanctuary which is all self catering. With regular house keeping and an in house chef, Dunkley House is suitable for different types of events from business meetings to weddings.
5. Manna Bay
This luxurious Cape Town hotel is located high on the slopes of Table Mountain, benefiting from superb city and mountain views, with highly-personal service and generous touches like complimentary house drinks and airport transfers. There's an atmosphere of comfort, with dramatic wallpaper choices, monogrammed linen, bookshelves filled with well-thumbed books, eclectic furniture and arresting South African artworks. The complimentary house wines are good. The free high tea – served daily, sometimes to live piano accompaniment – is a decadent touch.
6. Four Rosemead
A tranquil, stylish hotel on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, which is popular with older couples (no children under 12). There's nothing flash or brash; with subtle African touches and hand-picked artworks – much of it for sale. Lots of comfortable public areas to unwind in, including a well-dressed courtyard with small heated pool. Despite the small size there is a hostess available 24/7 to assist with recommendations and bookings and spa treatments. There are just eight bedrooms (one suite, four deluxe and three luxury), some with fireplace, private garden, balcony or courtyard.
7. More Quarters
A delightful collection of 19th-century neighbouring houses located in one of the older characterful city residential neighbourhoods, a few paces from Kloof Street’s plethora of bars and restaurants. Hip apartment-style units are standardised in tasteful creams and warm greys; their kitchens and bathrooms are modern, but original features (e.g. creaking floorboards; pressed ceilings) add historic character. There’s a cosy little lounge where tea and treats are served, as well as evening port and snacks. Breakfast is a great spread, and includes hot made-to-order dishes.
8. Kengsinton Place
This has always featured in any line up of the city’s top boutique hotels. Kensington Place still ticks every box: classy yet comfortable womb-like rooms you’ll hardly ever want to leave; excellent service; small but sexy public spaces; and a great Higgovale location overlooking the city and harbour. There is a small pool and courtyard-style garden with comfortable loungers and day beds with curtains that billow in the breeze. Most rooms have splendid city views. There's a restaurant and bar with excellent wine and cocktail list. You won’t eat a better breakfast in the city either.
9. Cape Town Heritage Hotel
Quirky, characterful rooms bedecked with Persian rugs and Oriental treasures in an 18th-century building in the historic heart of Cape Town. It’s walking distance to all the city sights, shops and restaurants. Décor is predominantly inspired by the Cape’s early history, when the VOC ruled the colony and their ships laden with goods docked here. Rooms are completely different in shape and décor but all share the same lovely high-beamed teak ceilings, and standard comforts such as air-conditioning, mini-bar and king-sized beds.