Cape Town is a favourite destination for travellers to South Africa, and it has some of the world's best hotels. Visitors can enjoy dinner at a working harbour, stay on the slopes of one of the most famous mountains in the world or dance the night away in the city centre. Regardless of your travel preferences, you can find a hotel to suit your needs.
Iconic Cape Town Hotels
As the oldest city in South Africa, the city boasts and beautiful historical buildings many of which can still be seen in the city today. The Mount Nelson, which is in the city centre, is one of the oldest and most iconic hotels in the city. The hotel incorporates an original house built in 1806. This infamous hotel was painted in pink to mark the end of the First World War.
In the suburb of Constantia, lies the Steenberg, which is on the Cape's Oldest Farm. The Constantia Winelands are set just 20 minutes from the city centre and are home to many historical, picturesque hotels such as the Cellars Hohenort, the Alphen Boutique. These Winelands hotels offer out of the way luxury where good food and magnificent wines are part of the experience.
Cape Town City Center Accommodation
On the other hand, if you are looking for a holiday jam packed with nights out at trendy bars, clubs and hip and happening restaurants then you will want to stay right in the city centre close to the vibey Long and Kloof Streets. Fun and fashionable inner city hotels include the Pepper Club, the new and elite Taj and the 15 on Orange Hotel.
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Accommodation
However, nothing seems to beat the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Situated at the hub of it all, Cape Town's working harbour is home to a variety of hotels, designer stores and award-winning restaurants as well as the aquarium and a variety of other sites for tourists to see. In the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront over 15 hotels can be found, each catering to a different type of traveller. Stay in self-catering accommodation at one of the Victoria and Alfred Apartments, enjoy the ultimate in luxury at the Cape Grace, stay in understated luxury at the Portswood or enjoy the fabulous views and ideal location of the Table Bay. The bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is also close to many of city's top attractions such as Table Mountain, Robben Island and the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.
Cape Town Beach Accommodation
If you prefer to stay on one of Cape Towns gorgeous beaches, then opt instead for the well-loved Twelve Apostles or stay a short distance from the beach at the Bay or enjoy affordable accommodation on the cliff of Bantry Bay at the Ambassador. Alternatively, stay at the Tintswalo Atlantic, you literally cannot get any closer to the ocean as you enjoy secluded luxury in a nature reserve or indulge in the best views of Table Mountain in town from the Lagoon Beach on the Cape West Coast.
Cape Town Family Accommodation
Cape Town including the Cape Winelands is home to exciting sightseeing places for families such as the
Butterfly World near Stellenbosch, the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V and A Waterfront, Le Bonheur Crocodile Park near Franschhoek, Imhoff Farm, Scratch Patch, World of Birds in Hout Bay as well as the Ratanga Junction Theme Park at Century City.
The many beaches which surround city including Camps Bay beach, the Clifton beaches, Llandudno Beach and Hout Bay Beach invite children of all ages to build sand castles, have a swim and splash in the waves or even try some body boarding and surfing.
Family Hotels in the city offer comfortable and spacious accommodation whereby children can share the family rooms with their parents. Some also offer interleading rooms and two bedroom suites which are ideal options for guests travelling with children who are above the age of twelve.
The five-star Cape Grace offers Family Rooms are well as luxurious one, two and three bedroom suites. The outdoor swimming pool is an excellent playground for children in the warm afternoon sunshine. From the activity packs handed to children on arrival at the Cape Grace to the evening story time and the latest game consoles and books. Amongst the packages available at the Cape Grace is also a Family Time Special Package.
The five star One&Only Cape Town Resort welcomes families with exclusive accommodation, a great variety of enriching activities and a fully-supervised KidsOnly programme for children aged four to 11.
Families staying at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront based One&Only Cape Town Resort especially enjoy The Island Rooms and Suites. Located on their island and surrounded by waterways, these spacious ground and first-floor villa-style rooms and suites offer marina views and their private balconies. Children facilities and activities include the 100-square-metres of designated space for arts and crafts, the movie and video game lounge, the quiet reading area as well as themed activities.
Radisson Blu Waterfront
The five-star Radisson Blu Waterfront offers uninterrupted ocean views from its spacious Business Class rooms which accommodate families. The outdoor swimming pool is overlooking the rocks and the sea making it a stunning playground for children to enjoy the warm African sun. Children meals are available in the restaurant at the Radisson Blu Waterfront and babysitting can be arranged.
Children of all ages are welcome at The Twelve Apostles. The child-friendly atmosphere offers mums and dads who want to spoil each other and the whole family a memorable stay in the city.
Children under 12 years of age are free of charge when sharing with two adults. Children facilities at the Twelve Apostles include a gift bag on arrival, in-room movies from the collection, a list of activities for families to do, children’s bathrobes, prams and cots and a private cinema, screening a selection of kid-friendly films every afternoon as well as several outdoor swimming pools. Furthermore, experienced babysitters can be arranged for in-house guests.
Cape Town Resort Accommodation
The only and most luxurious resort in the city are the legendary One&Only Cape Town, which is at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
The One&Only features exclusive leisure and business facilities including gourmet restaurants, a favourite bar and wine cellar, a large, magnificent outdoor swimming pool as well as luxurious health and beauty spa facilities. The spacious accommodation meets the requirements of discerning clients who appreciate privacy, luxury and outstanding service.
Oceanfront Hotels in Cape Town
With the magnificent ocean surrounding Cape Town and the well known Cape Peninsula, local and international travellers often seek to stay in hotels which are located on the beach and the sea. The Cape is home to several hotels which enjoy a prime location either on a beach or directly on the sea from where scenic views can be enjoyed.
The five-star Radisson Blu Waterfront, as well as the four-star Ambassador in Bantry Bay, are located right on the ocean without a street or other buildings separating the hotel from the sea.
- Table Bay, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Radisson Blu Waterfront, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Ambassador, Bantry Bay
- The Bay, Camps Bay
- Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay
- Tintswalo Atlantic, Hout Bay
- Leisure Bay Luxury Suites, Milnerton
- Lagoon Beach, Milnerton
- Dolphin Beach
Sea views Accommodation
The city and its surrounding areas offer accommodation which is not located right on the beach or ocean but from where spectacular and uninterrupted sea views can be enjoyed. For travellers who wish to be in proximity to a beach and to be able to see the ocean from the comfort of the room, these sea views are ideal.
Due to its elevated location on the slopes of Signal Hill, the exclusive Ellerman House offers magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island and the coastline.
- The Westin Cape Town, Foreshore
- One&Only Cape Town Resort, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Cape Grace, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Ellerman House, Bantry Bay
- Bantry Bay Luxury Suites, Bantry Bay
- The Peninsula, Sea Point
- President, Sea Point
- Winchester Mansions, Sea Point
- La Splendida, Sea Point
- Premier Cape Manor, Sea Point
- Camps Bay Retreat Deck House, Camps Bay
- Sea Five Boutique, Camps Bay
- Garden Court De Waal, Gardens.
Hotels near the Convention Centre (CTICC)
The Convention Centre (CTICC) is in the city centre, and it hosts many local and international conferences, exhibitions and entertainment events throughout the year.
Hotels which are located right at the CTICC are The Westin Cape Town, the Southern Sun Waterfront as well as the Southern Sun The Cullinan.
The modern, five-star Westin is located adjacent to the (CTICC) and provides business travellers an indoor connection from the hotel to the convention centre making it the most desirable location for large conferences.
Hotels at the CTICC:
- The Westin Cape Town
- Southern Sun Cullinan
- Southern Sun Waterfront.
Hotels within walking distance to the CTICC:
- City Lodge V and A Waterfront
- Circa on the Square
- Harbour Bridge
- Park Inn Cape Town Foreshore
- Protea North Wharf.
There are exceptional spa facilities at several luxurious establishments in this famous tourist city of South Africa where guests enjoy relaxing health and beauty spa treatments in a tranquil and exclusive setting.
One&Only Resort at the V and A Waterfront
The wellness centre at the five star One&Only Resort at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront lies on its very own lushly landscaped island offering an ideal oasis of serenity. This comprehensive spa offers a broad range of tailored holistic wellness experiences, ranging from pure relaxation to unique wellness journeys.
Radisson Blu Waterfront
The ONE Wellness Spa is at the ocean front, five stars Radisson Blu Waterfront. The emphasises at this spa is relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and body. With an extensive list of spa treatments, guests enjoy access to all the wellness facilities including the oxygenating vitality pool, sleep room, fitness centre, changing rooms and lockers.
The exclusive Spa at the Twelve Apostles in Camps Bay has embraced the healing energies of air, earth and water to rejuvenate guests during their stay. Relaxing spa packages which make use of Elemis International Spa Range are available in the nine treatment rooms. Spa visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the city's only Rasul chamber, a sauna and hydrotherapy bath, for a memorable spa experience. Two unique outdoor Gazebos are available for outdoor spa treatments, allowing guests the chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles Mountain range.
There are selected hotels in Cape Town, which offer a romantic honeymoon package for its guests. These lovely honeymoon packages provide travellers with the ideal option to include certain items during their stay in Cape Town such as rose petal and candle turndown service in the evenings, health and beauty spa treatments, delicious gourmet dinners as well as pamper picnic baskets.
The accommodations which offer honeymoon packages is the oceanfront Twelve Apostles and Spa as well as the Cellars Hohenort, which lies in the beautiful Constantia Valley.
The "Heavenly Honeymoon Package" at the Twelve Apostles includes, amongst others:
- Upon checking into the luxurious accommodation, the luggage is unpacked by the valet
- A set of embroidered towels by the housekeeper
- Superb Full English Breakfast in bed
- A selection of romantic DVDs from the in-house library served with popcorn and hot chocolate on one of the evenings
- Bottle of Bouchard Finlayson Chardonnay in the comfort of your room
- Rose Petal and Candle Turndown
- 3 Hour Sunset Mountain Serenade. Lose yourself in the breathtaking views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and the Atlantic Ocean as you and your partner are relaxed and then revitalised in the outdoor Spa Mountain Gazebo. The treatment includes a Champagne Picnic, Touch Point Foot Ritual and your choice of 90-minute massage.
- Commodore, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Portswood, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Cape Grace, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Table Bay, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Pepper Club, Cape Town city centre
- Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay
- Cellars Hohenort, Constantia.
Relais and Chateaux
The city is home to two exclusive luxury hotels which are both member of the prestigious Relais Chateaux group, namely the Cellars Hohenort and the Ellerman House.
The Cellars Hohenort, Constantia
Situated in picturesque Constantia Valley, on the scenic slopes of Table Mountain, the rooms and suites at The Cellars-Hohenort feature beautiful views of the impressive mountain and the lush gardens. Located on about 9.5 acres of well looked after gardens, this historic country escape near the city provides guests with far more than just incomparable scenery. They offer two award-winning dining experiences, including The Greenhouse, where cuisine focuses on regional flavours with modern interpretations.
Ellerman House, Bantry Bay
Overlooking the magnificent Atlantic Ocean and set in the heart of one of the most exclusive suburbs, Bantry Bay, this elegant villa is situated only five minutes away from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and lies walking distance to the famous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. Whether guests choose to stay in the vibrant atmosphere of the Ellerman House itself or the modern art gallery style of its annexe, the modern Ellerman Villa, guests enjoy the first class service. Travellers are welcome to enjoy the delicious gourmet cuisine, tasting fine vintage wines in the comfort of the lounge and admiring the impressive private art collection, plus a view of the spectacular Atlantic.
Legacy Hotels in Cape Town
The Legacy group of South Africa represents two hotels at the V and A Waterfront, which are the Commodore and the Portswood. They are only a short walking distance away from the many restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment facilities of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Leisure and corporate guests staying at either one of these two enjoy convenient facilities and services such as swimming pools, restaurants, bars, spa and conference facilities.
Legacy in Cape Town:
- The Commodore, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- The Portswood, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
The five-star Table Bay, which is beautifully located right on the harbour of the famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, is Sun International's flagship property in the mother city. As one of the city's most luxurious hotels, the Table Bay provides five star luxury for couples, families, leisure and business travellers alike. For families travelling with children, the Table Bay offers a fun and inviting children’s programme with Oscar Kids Club.
Exclusive facilities at the Table Bay in Cape Town include an outdoor swimming pool, a health and beauty spa, various elegant dining venues, a bar, a business centre as well as conference venues.
Protea by Marriott
One of the leading South African groups, namely Protea, features several of its properties in the city and its surrounding areas ranging from the centrally located Protea Breakwater Lodge at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the new and extraordinary Protea Fire & Ice! Cape Town. Africa's largest hotel group, Protea, now displays its special brand of hospitality in eight African countries. Each Protea is uniquely different with its collection ranging from modern urban hotels to tranquil and charming country retreats.
Protea in Cape Town:
- Protea Breakwater Lodge, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Protea Cape Castle
- Protea Durbanville
- Protea Fire & Ice! Cape Town
- Protea North Wharf
- Protea Sea Point
- Protea Tyger Valley
- Protea Victoria Junction Waterfront.
African Pride in Cape Town
There are two African Pride Hotels located in the city, one in Gardens near the city centre and one in Century City, which is situated only a 10 minutes drive outside of the town at the famous Canal Walk Shopping Centre.
The African Pride Group in South Africa incorporates the proud spirit of Africa, representing an exclusive collection of superior-deluxe hotels, country houses and game lodges, offering the highest international standards of accommodation, service and facilities.
African Pride in Cape Town, South Africa:
- African Pride 15 On Orange, Gardens
- African Pride Crystal Towers, Century City.
AHA in Cape Town
AHA Group's distinctively unique portfolio of properties includes Resorts, City Hotels, Exceptional Safaris, Exceptional Collection and three campuses of The International Hotel School (IHS) as well as the largest Marine Theme Park in Africa, namely uShaka Marine World in Durban.
Brand flexibility is one of AHA hallmarks which allows each property be it a city hotel or a lodge to own and maintain its identity while being part of the prestigious travel trade of the AHA Group brand. Each property of the AHA has its individual personality, and they combined through a common bond of service excellence of international standard with exclusive accommodation and facilities.
AHA in Cape Town:
- Hotel on St. Georges
- Inn on the Square
- Mandela Rhodes Place
- The Bantry Bay Luxury Suites
Tsogo Sun in Cape Town
Previously known as Southern Sun, the Tsogo Sun Group of South Africa features seven hotels in and around the city. The Tsogo Sun Group includes the Southern Sun, the Garden Court, SunSquare, InterContinental as well as the StayEasy Hotels.
Tsogo Sun in Cape Town:
- Southern Sun Cape Sun, Cape Town city centre
- Southern Sun The Cullinan, opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre CTICC
- Southern Sun Newlands
- Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
- Garden Court de Waal, Cape Town city centre
- Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard
- StayEasy Century City.
City Lodge in Cape Town
The City Lodge Group in South Africa, which is also expanding into Botswana and Kenya, offer business and leisure travellers comfortable accommodation in central locations. The City Lodge Group includes the Road Lodges, the Town Lodges, the Courtyard as well as the City Lodge Hotels.
City Lodge in Cape Town:
- City Lodge Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- City Lodge GrandWest, Goodwood
- City Lodge Pinelands
- Town Lodge Bellville
- Road Lodge International Airport, Cape Town International Airport
- Road Lodge N1 City, Goodwood.
Luxury Apartments in Cape Town, Western Cape
Exclusive apartments offer travellers, be it a group of friends, a family with children or business guests, space as well as privacy. More flexibility in regards to meal times can be enjoyed when staying at one of these apartments in Cape Town compared to staying in a hotel. The apartments are on a short and long-term basis; various apartment types are available which include one, two, three and four bedroom apartments.
Selected apartments in Cape Town offer guests convenient amenities which make for a comfortable and relaxing stay. They have a lounge and dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, 24-hour security, access to swimming pools and gyms, DVD player, DSTV, tumble dryer, washing machine, heated towel rails and an electronic safe.
Services provided often include meet and greet at the apartment, airport transfers, all concierge facilities, laundry and dry cleaning services, babysitting, private chef, conference facilities as well as spa treatments in the privacy and comfort of the apartment.
Suburbs with Apartments in Cape Town:
- City Centre Apartments
- De Waterkant Apartments
- Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Apartments
- Green Point Apartments
- Sea Point Apartments
- Bantry Bay Apartments
- Camp Bay Apartments
- Clifton Apartments.
Cape Town Attractions, South Africa
The many local and international travellers to Cape Town can expect a wide variety of different attractions during their stay. Ranging from interesting museums such as the South African Museum and the Planetarium, thrilling hikes up Table Mountain and Lionshead as well as an exciting ferry trip to the historic Robben Island, Cape Town offers something for everyone.
Attractions in Cape Town:
- Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Clock Tower at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Two Oceans Aquarium at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Maritime Museum at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
- Planetarium, city centre
- Robben Island
- Table Mountain, Lionshead and Signal Hill
- Company Gardens, city centre
- Ratanga Junction Entertainment & Theme Park, Century City
- World of Birds, Hout Bay
- Boulders Beach Penguins
- Cape of Good Hope / Cape Point / Cape Point Nature Reserve.
- Bertram House
- Bo-Kaap Museum
- Groot Constantia Manor House
- Koopmans-de Wet House
- Maritime Centre
- Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House
- Rust en Vreugd
- SAS Somerset
- Slave Lodge
- Social History Centre
- South African Museum
- South African National Gallery
- William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope.
Beaches in and around Cape Town:
- Camps Bay beach
- Clifton Beach
- Llandudno beach
- Milnerton beach
- Hout Bay beach
- Muizenberg beach
Events in Cape Town
The city is alive with energy all year round and host to many annual events, this vibrant town and its surrounding areas. Accommodation can fill up quickly during these popular events.
- Cape Minstrels Tweede Nuwe Jaar Carnival
- J&B Met Horse Racing Event
- Mining Indaba
- Opening of Parliament
- Pride Festival
- Community Chest Maynardville Carnival
- Argus Cycle Tour
- Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race
- Infecting the City Arts Festival
- Two Oceans Marathon
- Decorex Annual Home Exhibition
- International Jazz Festival
- The South African Navy Festival
- Food and Wine Festival
- Riebeek Valley Olive Festival
- South African International Documentary Festival
- Robertson Wack Wine Weekend
- Vodacom Funny Festival
- Franschhoek Bastille Festival
- Cape Town Fashion Week
- Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show
- Hermanus Whale Festival
- Nederberg Auction
- Franschhoek Uncorked Festival
- International Kite Festival in Muizenberg
- Rocking The Daisies Music Festival in Darling
- Cape Town International Boat Show
- The Big Walk
- The Cape Town Beer Festival
- Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert Series
- The Cape Town Motorbike Toy Run
- V and A Waterfront Charity Mile Swimming Race
- West Coast Classic Golf Challenge
- Rock the River New Years Eve Music Festival.