Best 12 Hotels in Cape Town: Luxury, Comfort and More

> April 19, 2022
Best 12 Hotels in Cape Town: Luxury, Comfort and More

In Cape Town, there are all sorts of hotels, from budget-friendly to 5-star luxurious hotels. The fact is, in South Africa you can get a room in a premier hotel for a song (figuratively of course). So which one waits for you, waterfront, spa or boutique?

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Waterfront Hotels in Cape Town

Waking up with a view of the blue sea blending with the sky, that’s the true romance behind the waterfront hotels. But of course, the private beach access isn’t bad either. Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful Cape Town waterfront hotels.

1. Winchester Mansions: Romantic manor on the promenade

This was the hotel where I and Karin stayed during our visit, and I can tell you it was a blast. The location couldn’t be better, Winchester Mansions are right at the Seapoint promenade, facing the Atlantic coastline and only a 10-minute drive from V&A Waterfront and Cape Town’s center. The hotel also arranges a complimentary shuttle bus to the waterfront in case you don’t have a car. And if you do, you can use the private parking at the hotel premises. There’s also a spa and a heated pool. And the full English breakfast is just heaven.

Price: From 89 GBP per night (103 EUR / 120 USD), breakfast included


 Winchester Mansion courtyard
Image Source: Official websites of Winchester Mansions 


2. The Last Word Long Beach: Enjoy the mountain views in peace

The Last Word Long Beach lies in the quiet area of Kommetje. A small residential area full of surfers is famous for its laid back atmosphere as opposed to the city hustle in the heart of Cape Town. There is private access to Long Beach from the hotel and the obligatory pool on the premises. You can also explore the spa menu, where the therapist comes to treat you in your room. The hotel staff is very friendly and happily offers to plan your daily itinerary and arrange transfers, if you're interested.

Price: From 223 GBP per night (260 EUR / 305 USD), breakfast included.


The sundeck with the pool
 Image Source: Official Websites of The Last Word Long Beach 


3. Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront: Magnificent setting with top services

Want to enjoy all the comfort while staying in the city bowl? Radisson Blu Hotel might be the right option then. Just a few steps from the beach, within walking distance from the center and all the tourist attractions, and with breathtaking views of Table Mountain. Concerning the facilities, you can pamper yourself in the spa, watch the sunset from a heated swimming pool, work out in the fitness or just hang out at the bar. Travelers with children will appreciate the family room with cribs available. The hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle and private parking as well.

Price: From 91 GBP per night (106 EUR / 124 USD), breakfast included.


Radisson Blu Hotel on the coastline
Image Source: Official websites of Radisson Blu Hotel


Boutique hotels in Cape Town

If you want to enjoy your vacation with a bit more style but at the same time you don’t want to spend all your money on a hotel, there are some beautiful and stylish boutique hotels in Cape Town.

4. Dock House Boutique Hotel: The beauty of the harbor

Dock House Hotel is actually the former harbor master’s house, which only adds to its charm (considering it has a private garden in the heart of the harbor). Just one minute from the V&A Waterfront, it makes a perfect base for exploring the city attractions. And when you are too worn out, you can relax in the private lawned garden, by the pool or in a spa. Private gym and airport shuttle go without saying.

Price: From 356 GBP per night (328 EUR / 384 USD), breakfast included.

Tip: Check out our article about 20 Best Things to Do in Cape Town, some of the attractions are just around the corner from the hotels.


View from the room in Dock House Boutique Hotel
Image source: Dock House Boutique Hotel Facebook page


5. Grand Daddy: Extraordinary and young vibes

The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel is something else… literally. The funky and hip character makes it perfect especially for young adults who seek to enjoy the city nightlife (as it’s close to Long street and Bree Street full of restaurants and bars). The rooftop Sky Bar is quite a usual thing, but what’s inventive is an outdoor rooftop Pink Flamingo Cinema streaming every Monday. And if it’s still not enough for you, book a night in one of the seven airstream vintage trailers on the rooftop, each one in a different style.

Price: From 73 GBP per night (85 EUR / 100 USD).


Grand Daddy Hotel room

Image Source: Grand Daddy Hotel Facebook page


6. Kensington Place: Cozy and elegant

Surrounded by trees, this boutique hotel represents an oasis of peace in the city center. Cozy small pool and garden give this place cute vibes. Kensington Place resides at the slopes of Table Mountain, providing marvelous views. The interiors are accordingly elegant and distinctive. Apart from all that, there’s a spa, free parking, and even complimentary vouchers to Virgin Active gym just a few minutes from the hotel (as there is no gym on the premises).

Price: From 182 GBP per night (212 EUR / 250 USD), breakfast included.


Kensigton Place Hotel sundeck with pool
Image Source: Kensigton Place Hotel Facebook page


Family Friendly Hotels in Cape Town

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7. Lalapanzi Lodge: Comfort in the wilderness

Imagine an unspoilt, raw beauty and peace just a few minutes' ride from Cape Town. Lalapanzi Lodge is a luxurious B&B located among the vineyards, surrounded by the Helderberg Mountain range and with a stunning sea view. Apart from the exceptional location, the Lalapanzi Lodge includes outdoor pool, patios and BBQ facilities. This is also a perfect option for a vacation with kids, as it’s tranquil and you can book hiking, horse riding or cycling activities on site. The accommodation also offers car hire services or an airport shuttle.

Price: From 33 GBP per night (38 EUR / 45 USD), breakfast included.


Hotel room in Lalapanzi Lodge
Image Source: Official Websites of Lalapanzi Lodge 


8. Chartfield Guesthouse: Community atmosphere jewel

High above Kalk Bay harbor, Chartfield Guesthouse resides inside a 120 years old building. This laid back hotel surrounded by the village atmosphere of the old residential area is simply the best option when you prefer more homely vibes and don’t expect luxury. The facilities are limited, but you’ll find all you need there. What’s more, there is also a garden with a pool, where the children can play, and the hotel staff will happily prepare packed lunches for your trips. It's an option which will not ruin your budget, and children up to six years of age sleeping with their parents can even stay for free.

Price: From 34 GBP per night (30 EUR / 45 USD), breakfast included if booked directly.


The garden and the pool in Chartfield Guesthouse
Image Source: Official websites of Chartfield Guesthouse 

9. Taj Cape Town: Indian luxury

Right in the heart of the old town, the Taj Hotel represents the perfect blend of affordability and luxure, all in the walking distance from some of Cape Town's must see destinations. Indulge yourself in the award-winning Indian spa or an indoor swimming pool. Parents also appreciate an option of babysitting, age-appropriate gifts for children on arrival, and amenities for those traveling with infants. And at last: be sure to take the complimentary city walking tour, starting at 10:30 AM from Tuesday to Saturday.

Price: From 61 GBP per night (71 EUR / 82 USD), breakfast included.


A view from the room in Taj Cape Town Hotel
Image Source: Official Websites of Taj Cape Town


Spa Hotels in Cape Town

Traveling is all about treating yourself. Why not connect exploring new places with rewarding your body after that? Take a look at these award-winning spa hotels in Cape Town.

10. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa: True treasure

One of the Leading Hotels of the World, situated between the mountain and the ocean with world class services. That’s The Twelve Apostles… and there's a lot to love. The extensive treatment options in the award-winning hotel’s spa is just one of the highlights. The hotel offers complimentary all-day shuttle to V&A Waterfront (20-minute drive away), two swimming pools, private cinema and a fitness center with a sports buddy program. If you’re missing the partner, the staff is ready to hop in: play golf, squash or take a hike with you. All of that for a very friendly price during the off season.

Price: From 290 GBP per night (338 EUR / 390 USD), breakfast included.


Twelve Apostles Hotel Spa Treatment
Image Source: Official Websites of Twelve Apostles Hotel 


11. Silver Forest Boutique Lodge And Spa: Romantic rest

Cozy yet stylish Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa represents the tranquility and comfort. A wide range of wellness treatments is provided by extremely friendly and accommodating staff. Private sun patios in each unit, with loungers and dining area only complete the atmosphere of a romantic getaway. After the treatment, you can top the experience in the on-site restaurant or wine bar.

Price: From 76 GBP per night (90 EUR / 102 USD), breakfast included.


Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa outside patio
Image Source: Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa on 


12. One & Only Cape Town: Luxurious retreat

One & Only feels like a whole town within another town. It’s not just a hotel, it's a huge luxurious resort located in Waterfront Marina. For starters, most of the rooms offer eye-catching views of Table Mountain. Then there is a large pool, award-winning spa, fitness center, and of course daily kid’s club programs with Nintendo Wii, PS3 and Xbox as well as an outside playground.

Price: From 445 GBP per night (520 EUR / 598 USD), breakfast included.


One & Only  hotel resort in Cape Town
Image source: One&Only Cape Town on

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