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Cape Town Hotels

Founded in 1670, Cape Town is South Africa's oldest town.

Don't choose too good a hotel, as you want to be able to tear yourself away to see Cape Town's attractions! (Johannesburg has the money, but Cape Town has the treasure). Want to try something different? How about the Houw Hoek Inn, which is Cape Town's oldest running hotel (well, it's a bit out of the city but close enough to count) - we had a marvelous family holiday there.

  • March 2019. The Gorgeous George Hotel opens. The hotel is based in St George's Mall, and boasts a rooftop pool at the top of the historic buildings it is in.

The Cullinan Hotel

The Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town forms a distinctive part of the city's skyline, and is easily visible by ships travelling into the port.

Cullinan Hotel and other tall buildings in Cape Town

 

List of hotels & guest houses

Scroll down to see a list of hotels in Cape Town. We have software which checks that links are still active, and we endeavour to keep it up to date, but if you spot something which needs to be updated let us know at cheapflights@southafrica.to

Pinelands hotels

Bradclin House

20 Margaret Avenue
Pinelands
Cape Town
Western Cape Province
South Africa

bookings@bradclin.com

www.bradclin.com

Tel: 021 531 3438
Fax: 021 531 5847

City Lodge Pinelands

At Mowbray Golf Park,
off Raapenberg Road
Pinelands
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

clpine.resv@citylodge.co.za

clhg.com

Tel: 021 685 7944
Fax: 021 685 7997

There's also 51 on Forest Drive, the Riverlodge Backpackers, Inn-Style Guest Houseand Nupen Manor.

 

Somerset West hotels

The Lord Charles

Corner Faure & Stellenbosch Roads,
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

info@nh-hotels.co.za

www.nh-hotels.co.za

Tel: 021 855 1040
Fax: 021 855 1107

2013-10-14 Rating 4.5/5 : The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West provided the ideal setting for a weekend away to the Western Cape for the Annual Convention of the Islamic Medical Association. With the “Cape Doctor” in all its glory, it was impossible to venture outdoors initially. However the ambience of the Hotel together with its helpful staff and a gloriously lit fire place compensated for the atrocious Cape weather. When the gloom finally lifted on the Saturday evening of 21 September 2013, the stunning sight of the snow capped Heldelberg Mountains greeted the delegates. A gentle Sunday morning run from Somerset West to Strand proved therapeutic and invigorating. Gordon’s Bay, with the snow capped Heldelberg Mountains in the background, was simply picturesque. ?? The ever smiling and helpful staff at the hotel went beyond their call of duty in ensuring a memorable stay. The maintenance manager’s skill in ensuring that my digital watch continued to function was simply amazing. In addition the honesty of Shani in retrieving and safe keeping my lost cellphone restored my faith in honesty, which sadly is lacking, in our country. The drive to Hermanus on the Monday was memorable as was the whale watching. This rich coastal resort was buzzing with activity and the acquisition of fresh honey, from a huge jar in the speciality honey shop, was sweetness personified. Dr Mohamed I Mulla

Chelaya Country Lodge

Chelaya Lodge

Mondeor Road
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

Tel: 021 - 858 1574

chelayacountrylodge@gmail.com

40 Winks

30 Quinan Road
Westridge
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

pulford@telkomsa.net

www.40-winks.co.za

Tel: 021 850 0538
Fax: 021 850 0538

Big 6 Bed & Breakfast

20 Paul Kruger Road
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

info@big6-somersetwest.com

www.big6-somersetwest.com

Tel: 021 850 0981
Fax: 086 562 2771

Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa

Lourensford Road
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

hotel@erinvale.co.za

erinvale

Tel: 021 847 1160
Fax: 021 847 1169

Huis Waveren Guest House

8 Waveren Avenue
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

waveren@absamail.co.za

www.huiswaveren.co.za

Tel: 021 855 0630

Fax : 0866 570793

Ivory Heights Boutique Guest House

17 Louis Botha Avenue
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

Tel: 021 - 852 8333

info@ivoryheights.co.za

Lourens River Guest House

69 Lourens Street
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

thomas@lourensriver.co.za

www.lourensriver.co.za

Tel: 021 852 3588
Fax: 021 5622735

Penny Lane Lodge Bed & Breakfast

North Avenue
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

enquiries@pennylanelodge.co.za

www.pennylanelodge.co.za

Tel: 021 852 9976
Fax: 021 851 2520

Pepperwood Country House Hotel

Stellenberg Road
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

info@pepperwood.co.za

www.pepperwood.co.za

Tel: 021 855 0059
Fax: 021 855 0089

Somerton Manor Hotel

13 Somerset Street
Bridgewater, Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

info@somerton.co.za

www.somerton.co.za

Tel: 021 851 4682
Fax: 021 851 4672

Two Oaks Bed & Breakfast

212 Main Road
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

info@twooaks.co.za

www.twooaks.co.za

Tel: 021 852 5267
Fax: 021 852 8394

Winkfield Guest House

36 Scholtz Road
Somerset West
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

info@winkfieldhouse.com

www.winkfieldhouse.com

Tel: 021 852 1614
Fax: 021 852 3618

V&A Waterfront

  • 27 January 2014. The V&A Waterfront may have been mostly built now, but it is still bolting on bits and pieces. In addition to the planned cruise terminal it has bid for, it plans to build an internationally branded mid-market hotel in 2014, to take advantage of the growth in occupancies over the last year. ‘’Given the growth in domestic, business and leisure tourism, coupled with consistent growth in the occupancy at our current hotels over the past 18 months, we believe the opportunity exists for a mid-market hotel development.’’ said David Green, the Chief Exec of the Waterfront.

  • 30 November 2013. The penthouse at the One & Only is voted the World's Leading Hotel Penthouse, at the World Travel Awards in Doha. The One & Only is situated about 200m from the Two Oceans Aquarium. If you're travelling with your partner try a couples spa treatment. Ruebens is a top notch restaurant. Ask for a room on the upper floors in the main building with a view of Table Mountain (preferably a corner suite). Here's what the Wall Street Journal had to say about the One & Only's sommelier: 'Eight years ago, Ntezo was working as a dishwasher at a hotel in Cape Town, trying to earn a little money to help continue his studies. One Friday afternoon, as the waiters gathered for their weekly wine tasting, the hotel's sommelier opened a bottle, poured sips for the staff and asked what they thought of the vintage. "Hints of mocha," a barman said. "Notes of apricot," a waiter ventured, which was followed by more earnest proclamations from wine-tasting amateurs. The sommelier spotted Ntezo hand-polishing glasses and, as an afterthought, graciously poured him a taste. Ntezo sniffed the wine and couldn't stop himself from smirking. He was no expert but had learned a little something about wine at his previous job working as a pool boy at a winemaker-run hotel. He took a small sip. "But it's corked," he said. The assistant manager of the hotel turned to his head sommelier, who took another sip and nodded that it was, indeed, a bad bottle.'

One & Only Hotel

V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town,
South Africa

Ph: 021 431 5800

reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com

Waterfront Village Hotel

Mind Pearl House,
West Quay Road,
V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town,
South Africa

res@waterfrontvillage.com

Waterfront Village

Tel: 021 438 3972
Fax: 021 421 5054

Make sure you get a room at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel facing the harbour and Table Mountain. The rooms facing the plaza not only have a worse view, but can be noisier. The hotel is situated in the heart of the Waterfront, close to a plethora of shops and restaurants. Your biggest risk staying here is that you find it difficult to tear yourself away from the Waterfront!

On the Waterfront Pierhead,
Cape Town
Western Cape
8002
South Africa

res@vahotel.co.za

Tel: 021 419 6677
Fax: 021 419 8955

 

The Table Bay Hotel

Quay 6
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town
Western Cape
8001
South Africa

The Table Bay

Tel: 021 406 5000
Fax: 021 406 5977

Breakwater Lodge

Breakwater Lodge, Portswood Road,
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront,
Cape Town,
Western Cape
South Africa

reserve@bwl.co.za

www.breakwaterlodge.co.za

Tel: 021 406 1911
Fax: 021 406 1070

Cape Grace Hotel

West Quay Road
V & A Waterfront
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

reservations@capegrace.com

Capegrace

Tel: 021 410 7040

City Lodge V&A Waterfront

Cnr Dock and Alfred Roads
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
Western Cape Province
South Africa

clva.resv@citylodge.co.za

clhg.com

Tel: 021 419 9450
Fax: 021 419 0460

The Commodore Hotel

Portswood Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

commodore@legacyhotels.co.za

Tel: 021 415 1000
Fax: 021 415 1100

Parergon apartment

104 Parergon, Marina Residential
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

johnlyn@iafrica.com

 

Tel: 011 704 2911
Fax: 011 672 0555

The Portswood Hotel

Portswood Road
(on the same premises as the Commodore Hotel)
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

portswood@legacyhotels.co.za

Tel: 021 418 3281
Fax: 021 419 7570

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

Beach Road,
Granger Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape
8002
South Africa

capetown.info@radissonblu.com

Tel: 021 441 3000
Fax: 021 441 3520

Waterfront Village Hotel

Mind Pearl House,
West Quay Road,
V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town,
South Africa

res@waterfrontvillage.com

Waterfront Village

Tel: 021 438 3972
Fax: 021 421 5054

Tableview hotels

Aerial view of Dolphin Beach hotel from a drone, taken by FPV South Africa.

Elements Hotel

49 sandpiper crescent Tableview
Cape Town
Western Cape
7441
South Africa

info@elements-capetown.com

www.elements-capetown.com

Tel: 021 557 8847
Fax: 086 683 19 72

Protea Hotel Dolphin Beach

Marine Drive, Tableview
Cape Town
Western Cape
7441
South Africa

dolphinbeach.res@icon.co.za

Proteahotels

Tel: 021 557 8140
Fax: 021 557 8147

 

 

Latest News

  • 2 November 2016. Marriott International are planning to build a 189 room AC Hotel at The Yacht Club, together with the AMDEC group.

  • 25 April 2016. Check out this stunning selection of villas & apartments offered by Capsol in Greenpoint, Clifton, Camps Bay, Constantia and Hout Bay.

  • 2013-09-29 : If you're looking for something a bit more reasonably priced, and close to the action in Cape Town, try Backpackers on Castle.

Backpackers on Castle in Cape Town

  • 2013-09-28 : Southern Sun - soaring amongst the high rises, the Cape Sun is amongst Cape Town's tallest buildings, and its transparent lifts offers spectacular views.

Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town

4 April 2013. Drive by shooting at the Mount Nelson Hotel - using a camera, not a gun, and taking this photo! Note the vehicle driving out of the Nelly - this is the typical type of customer the hotel attracts.

Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town

The 30 rooms in the Oasis wing of the Mount Nelson have been refurbished and were reopened at the start of March 2013. The wing has a view of the swimming pool.

The Nellie offers the classic luxury Cape Colonial experience, within walking distance of Kloof and Long Street. Often frequented by celebrities. The afternoon tea is worth going to. Decide whether you prefer the view overlooking the gardens or Table Mountain.

The Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange Street
Cape Town
Western Cape
7130
South Africa

reservations@mountnelson.co.za

Tel: 021 483 1000
Fax: 021 483 1001

Top hotels in Bantry Bay
  • Try the Clarendon Hotel for its breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, from its perch above Bantry Bay.

  • Compass House, Bantry Bay (Stunning pool, ocean views make for fantastic photos). Room tip - go for one with direct access onto the pool deck.

  • 52 De Wet (pool which seems to drop off a cliff into the ocean). Room tip - book the penthouse suite which has a full width balcony (not all rooms have balconies and sea views). It's about an hour's walk to Clifton Beach or to the V&A Waterfront.

  • O On Kloof, Bantry Bay (Big Balcony, indoor pool). Room tip - choose room 1 with a jacuzzi & hammock.

Top hotels close to Cape Town City
  • We recommend staying at Derwent House, Tamboerskloof (Fantastic bar, pool/jacuzzi, well-sized rooms, rooms have views of the pool or Table Mountain). Be sure to go for a walk from the hotel to the city centre, passing through the Mount Nelson Hotel's grounds and enjoying the Company Gardens.

  • Cape Heritage Hotel, Bree Street (Excellent Service, short walk to Long Street and its nightlife, rooms filled with local art). Room tip - rooms not on the street are quieter. Do use the rooftop jacuzzi.

  • An African Villa, Tamboerskloof (Excellent Service, from the location you can walk to various restaurants & the city centre, view of Table Mountain).

  • Liberty Lodge B&B, Tamboerskloof (Views, service). Room tips - Ghandi & Madiba have good views and lead onto the terrace.

  • Abbey Manor, Oranjezicht (Excellent service, views of Table Mountain). Room tip - go for room 1, with its corner terrace looking over the city and side view of Table Mountain.

  • Kensington Place, Higgovale (Views, 10 m taxi ride from the V&A Waterfront). Room tips - Ask for a view of Table Mountain & a covered balcony.

How to decide on an area to stay in

Cape Town is large and diverse, so in order to decide where you want to stay you need to decide what's most important to you:

  • Seeing the City Centre & the Waterfront : Cape Town City, V&A Waterfront, Green Point, Sea Point, Gardens and Tamboerskloof.

  • Party Party Party : City Centre, Camps Bay & V&A Waterfront.

  • Being a beach bum : Clifton or Camps Bay for tanning & seeing pretty people; Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Gordons Bay, Muizenberg or Strand for swimming; Muizenberg, Kommetjie or Scarborough for surfing; Blouberg for kitesurfing.

  • Fine cuisine and wine taste : Stellenbosch & Franschoek

De Waterkant, Fresnaye, Greenpoint & Three Anchor Bay

Rockwell Hotel in Greenpoint, Cape Town

This photo of the Rockwell Hotel was taken from the deck of the MSC Sinfonia cruise ship as it cruised into E-Berth in Table Bay Harbour in the early morning of the 14th December 2012. If the views of the Rockwell Hotel from there are so good, I'm sure the Rockwell Hotel must have good views of the harbour too & V&A Waterfront too, and some of the rooms of Table Mountain & Lion's Head; and there are large balconies from which to enjoy it. The hotel is within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront. Eat at nearby Beluga Restaurant, or one of the other plethora of restaurants in the vicinity. There's a lot of nightlife in this area - pubs & bars. Book a room on a higher floor for better views and to avoid the street-level noise.

Protea Hotel
Cape Castle

3 Main Road
Green Point
Cape Town
Western Cape
8001
South Africa

reservations@castles.co.za

Tel: 021 439 1016
Fax: 021 439 1019

Rockwell All-Suite Hotel & Apartments

32 Prestwich Street, Green Point,
Cape Town,
Western Cape Province
8001
South Africa

reservations@rockwellhotel.co.za

Ph: 021 421 0015

Barry Hall Self Catering Apartments

6 Irwinton Road
Fresnaye
Cape Town
Western Cape Province
South Africa

info@barryhall.co.za

www.barryhall.co.za

Tel: 021 448 6452
Fax: 021 448 6555

Cape Standard Guest House

Romney Road
Green Point
Cape Town
Western Cape
8001
South Africa

info@capestandard.co.za

www.capestandard.co.za

Tel: 021 430 3060
Fax: 021 439 6332

The Charles

137 Waterkant Street
De Waterkant
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

res@thecharles.co.za

www.thecharles.co.za

Tel: 021 438 3972
Fax: 021 438 4433

De Waterkant Cottages

40 Napier Street
De Waterkant
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

book@dewaterkantcottages.com

www.dewaterkantcottages.com

Tel: 021 421 2300
Fax: 021 421 2399

De Waterkant Village Hotel

1 Loader Street
De Waterkant
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

res@dewaterkant.com

www.dewaterkant.com

Tel: 021 437 9706
Fax: 021 438 4433

De Waterkant Lodge

35 Dixon Street
De Waterkant
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

www.dewaterkantplace.com

Tel: 021 419 2476
Fax: 021 421 2519

De Waterkant House Hotel

1 Loader Street
De Waterkant
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

www.dewaterkant.com

Tel: 021 437 9706
Fax: 021 438 4433

18 On Crox Guest House

18 Croxteth Road
Green Point
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@18oncrox.com

www.18oncrox.com

Tel: 021 439 3871
Fax:021 433 2318

De Waterkant House Hotel

1 Loader Street
De Waterkant
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

res@dewaterkant.com

www.dewaterkant.com

Tel: 021 437 9706
Fax: 021 438 4433

esCape Guest House

163 Main Road,
Green Point,
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@guesthouse-escape.com

Guesthouse escape

Tel: 021 434 7977
Fax: 021 434 7783

Graeme Hotel

107 Main Road
Green Point,
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@hotelgraeme.co.za

www.hotelgraeme.co.za

Tel: 021 434 92

Fax:021 434 9283

Harbour view apartments

1 Harbour View,

14 Ocean View Drive,
Green Point,
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

keenan@arrowwoodint.co.za

www.1harbourview-capetown.com

Tel: 021 425 2233

Fax:021425 1550

House on the Hill

5 Norman Road
Green Point,
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@houseonthehillct.co.za

Tel: 021 439 3902

The House on the Hill in Green Point offers the option of a bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation. Choose the self-catering unit which has 2 large beds, a kitchen, TV & a washing machine - perfect for families. It's in a quiet cul de sac, a couple of minutes drive from the Waterfront. There are a few restaurants around the corner.

Jambo Guest House

1 Grove Road
Green Point,
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

jamb@iafrica.com

www.jambo.co.za

Tel: 021 439 4219
Fax: 021 434 0672

Kingslyn Boutique Guest House

No 8, Hillroad
Green Point,
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

kingslyn@mweb.co.za

www.kingslyn.co.za

Tel: 021 439 9305
Fax: 021 439 9427

Romney Park Luxury Suites

Corner of Hill Road and Romney Road
Green Point
Cape Town
Western Cape
8005
South Africa

info@romneypark.co.za

www.romneypark.co.za

Tel: 021 439 4555
Fax: 021 439 4747

17 On Loader Guest House

17 Loader Street
De Waterkant
Cape Town
Western Cape
8005
South Africa

www.17loader.za.net

 

Tel: 021 418 3417
Fax: 021 425 6726

St Bedes Terrace

26 Antrim Road
Three Anchor Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape Province
South Africa

info@stbedes.co.za

Tel: 074 1821 444
Fax: 021 434 5970

Verona Lodge

11 Richmond Road
Three Anchor Bay
Cape Town
Western Cape Province
South Africa

info@veronalodge.co.za

www.veronalodge.co.za

Tel: 021 434 9477
Fax: 021 439 7872

Sundown Manor Guest House

2 Avenue Normandie
Fresnaye
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@sundownmanor.co.za

www.sundownmanor.co.za

Tel: 021 434 7347
Fax: 021 434 7347

History of Hotels in Cape Town

Jan van Riebeeck recorded in his diary the appointment of the first inn-keepers: "We have daily a large number of people who come and fill at the Castle and these people, including officers of ships, ministers of the church, sailors, soldiers, families and even barbers take with them knives, forks and dishes thinking it belonged to the honourable company and that they could, therefore, help themselves." Van Riebeeck allowed Annetje Boom to open a tavern to provide accommodation to men from passing ships.

"Within 2 decades there were so many taverns in the settlement that the directors in Holland ordered all but nine to be closed. Guests were not allowed to carry knives but they drank Peter Visagie's local beer (regarded as a cure for scurvy) and they could watch cock-flights...Menus at the early taverns were not luxurious. Fish was often plentiful and there were penguin eggs from the islands. Seals and dassies provided some of the meat; other meat was usually salted. Smoked porcupine was a delicacy. Bacon, rice, flour and beans were not to be enjoyed every day. The meat shortage was so acute that even a lion was salted down. Cakes and biscuits were baked by 2 freemen 'for those who wish to live more daintily'. Tea and coffee were unobtainable - hence the strong demand for alcohol." Lawrence Green.

"The lodgings were private houses varying greatly in amenities. One of the best at the end of the eighteenth century was the widow Van den Bergh's inn at the lower end of Longmarket Street near the Castle and the company's stables. It was described as 'one of the most handsome and largest inns in the town'. Distinguished visitors stayed there and spoke of the courtyard with vines on a trellis."

And to get business Innkeepers would send out runners in rowing-boats to "meet ships entering Table Bay & to persuade the passengers to accompany them on shore...When they came alongside a vessel the runners stood up and shouted the merits of their establishments; some had dancehalls with slave musicians; harp & violin, flute and drum."

"Samuel Hudson & his brother Thomas appear to have been the English hotel pioneers in Cape Town. They had a 'family hotel' facing the Parade in 1802; and the following year they applied to the government for another private hotel permit, making it clear that they did not intend to run a tavern or gaming house. This was granted and Hudson's Hotel in the Heerengracht soon gained a good reputation. They advertised their meals, offering dressed ham, brawn, collared beef, potted venison and tongues and Colyn's red and white Constantia wines."

"The honour of opening the first licensed hotel must go to Edward George, a Londoner, whose George Hotel in Hout Street was regarded in 1817 as the best hotel in the town. George moved to the Heerengracht 12 years later & all agreed that his new establishment was 'smart & expensive'. Meanwhile a formidable rival had appeared, the St George's Hotel at the corner of St. George's & Church Street. The first St George's Hotel was a typical handsome old Cape Town mansion with 1 storey and a wide verandah. The 2nd St George's was built in 1872 & in the early 20th century was famous for its cocktail bar, presided over by Hildebrand; the longest bar in Cape Town...The St George's Hotel was pulled down a few years before WWII to make way for an extension to an insurance building."

"Back to the Heerengracht of the 1840s. William Parke, a confectioner who also ran buses to Wynberg, decided to enter the hotel trade. He had been running Papenboom, the old brewery in Newlands Avenue, as a boarding-house; now he opened Parke's Hotel at the corner of Heerengracht & Strand Street (later to change to the Grand Hotel site)...'Warm & cold baths are available at any hour of the day', Parkes announced - a novelty at that period."

"Another comfortable hotel was the Imperial in the Keizersgracht, facing the parade...The hotel moved to Shortmarket Street and then changed to the Green Hansom. For many years there was a Masonic Hotel near the Parade, a hostelry noted for gargantuan meals."

"Parliamentarians also patronised Poole's Hotel in Queen Victoria Street, an old double-storied, flat-roofed building. It was nearly a century old when it was demolished in the 1930s."

"Plein Street had a Hotel d'Europe in the 1860s, a grand old mansion with a high, broad stoep along the full length of the building...This hotel became the Royal, the famous Royal."

"When the International Hotel, Mill Street, opened in the 1880s, T.W.O'Callaghan the proprietor advertised the first hotel tennis court in SA."

"You may have noticed the number of Cape Town bars & hotels that came into the possession of seafarers. Nicholas Adelain, for example, was a Greek who exchanged the deck of a sailing-ship in 1890 for the hotel trade. He became proprietor of the Good Hope Hotel in Loop Street."

"The original Grand Hotel in Strand Street was bought by the Union SS Company & rebuilt in the 1890s in a style 'equal to London & Paris'. There were electric lights on the tables, Axminster carpets, a grand piano and a balcony promenade three hundred and fifty feet long and twelve feet wide. The site had cost the company 26,000 and the building about the same amount. Shop tenants were informed that "the front of the hotel is a popular Cape Town promenade where youth and beauty meet". Lunch at the official opening, prepared by the French chef, started with turtle soup and sherry and went on luxuriously to Scotch salmon, boiled turbot, lobster patties, cutlets, quenelles, pigeon, a claret sorbet, punch, capons braised in champagne, roast saddle of mutton, larded fillet of beef, grand special champagne, grouse, diplomat pudding and five other sweets. French apple tarts were offered, followed by caviar as a savoury and an iced pudding. It was a point of honour in those days, I gather, to serve only imported delicacies. What time, I wonder, did the lunch end."

"A homestead on the Van der Byl farm at Woodstock became the Lord Milner Hotel. It stood in a vineyard and between the hotel and the sea were only the bushes and the dunes. Lord Milner and "Onze Jan" Hofmeyr stayed at this hotel. The farm dairy is now used as a wine cellar and the bar was the room where the Van der Byl children had their lessons. Woodstock has another celebrated hotel, the Altona, named after an old farm in the area. Jimmy Weight, a seaman from the cable steamer Great Northern, held the lease in the early years of this century. His son Bob gave up the lease fifty years later. On the last night Bob Weight received a gold watch from his regular customers. Drinks were on the house and more than three hundred "free loaders" attended the ceremony. Bottles of beer, whisky, gin and brandy were handed over the counter. Bob Weight and two friends who were with him at Delville Wood were escorted from the bar by Caledonian Society pipers. The hotel was then taken over by a brewery. It was the end of a long day's march for Bob Weight."

Featured accommodation : Mouille Point Village

Instead of spending a fortune to stay at a hotel in the Waterfront, the Mouille Point Village - what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts (literally!). It's a 30 minute walk to the Waterfront, you can get sea views, it's close to the Mouille Point Promenade, close to the Green Point Common (and its play areas for kids) and to Three Anchor Bay (where you can hire kayaks and go out into the bay). Get a 2 bedroom apartment for the family, with a kitchen to cook your meals. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance. For views, we advise booking a top floor room - decide whether you prefer (1) a view over the sea and Robben Island or (2) of Signal Hill, Green Point golf course and the Cape Town Stadium.

Mouille Point Village

Westridge,
93 Beach Road,
Mouille Point
Cape Town
South Africa

info@mouillepoint.com

Tel: 021 437 9707

30 Day trips in Cape Town

Top Hotels

According to guest ratings on Hotelscombined & Tripadvisor & our own thoughts, the following are the top hotels in Cape Town.

Camps Bay, views of Atlantic & Table Mountain
  • Atlanticview (20m walk to beach, views of the Atlantic & Table Mountain). Room tip - choose the Pineapple Suite. Do join the evening sundowners.

Sea Point
  • Blackheath Lodge (10m walk from the sea, close to bars & restaurants)

  • Cascades on the Promenade, Sea Point (Service). Room tip - ask for a room with a balcony & a view of the promenade.

V&A Waterfront, views of Waterfront & Table Mountain
  • Cape Grace. Room tip - choose a room at the back of the hotel facing Table Mountain.

Grabouw
  • Houw Hoek Inn, because of its positioning and deep sense of history. If travelling with family, be sure to book early to get a family room (they sell out first).

On a Golf Course

Steeberg Hotel, Constantia (Good golf course, good food, good spa). Do walk the vineyards.

Constantia
  • Dongola House, Constantia (Mountain views)

Simonstown
  • Simonstown Guest House (Ocean views). Good spot from which to go see the Cape of Good Hope and the penguin colony.

  • Moonglow Guest House, Glencairn (on a hill overlooking the ocean, sea views)

Gordon's Bay
  • Berg en Zee, Gordon's Bay (Excellent Service

City

A directory/list of the official contact details of hotels in Cape Town (email address, website, phone number and fax number). If your establishment is not listed, email us with your details and a suitable date to come and review it.

Park Inn by Radisson

29 Heerengracht Street
Foreshore
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel: 021 427 4800

info.capetown@rezidorparkinn.com

Tsogosun The Cullinan Hotel

1 Cullinan Street
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

capetown.reservations@tsogosun.com

www.tsogosunhotels.com

Tel: 021 418 6920
Fax: 021 418 3559

Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel

15 on Orange is very easy to get to from the airport, it's very easy to get from it to the restaurants & pubs in Long Street & Kloof Street, as well as the Company Gardens & the South African Museum; but you'll need to hire a car/taxi to get to the V&A Waterfront (there are also chauffeur services). It's near to a stop for City Sightseeing's hop-on hop-off bus (walk towards the Mount Nelson Hotel). Chose a day when it's not windy to use the roof top pool, from which to enjoy the top view of Table Mountain (if it is windy take a walk to Cape Town's historic Long Street Baths!). Ask for a room as high as possible and facing Table Mountain. Definitely worth a visit.

15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town

15 on Orange

Corner Grey's Pass and Orange Street,
Cape Town
South Africa

reservations@15onorangehotel.com

Tel: 021 469 8000
Fax: 021 469 8001

Acorn House Hotel

1 Montrose Avenue
Oranjezicht
Cape Town
South Africa

welcome@acornhouse.co.za

www.acornhouse.co.za

Tel: 021 461 1782
Fax: 021 461 1768

Adderley Hotel

Situated in Cape Town city near the Company Gardens.

31 Adderley Street
Cape Town
Western Cape Province
South Africa

33 deg 55 min 27.59 sec S
18 deg 25 min 16 sec E

reservations@adderleyhotel.co.za

www.adderley.ahagroup.co.za

Tel: 021 465 3530
Fax: 021 465 3377

Best Western Cape Suites Hotel

Corner of De Villiers & Constitution Streets,
Cape Town
Western Cape
8001
South Africa

info@capesuites.co.za

www.capesuites.co.za

Tel: 021 461 0727
Fax: 021 462 4389

Southern Sun Cape Sun
Known for its glass lifts which tower high up above the city.

Strand Street
Cape Town
Western Cape
8001
South Africa

sscapesun.reservations@tsogosun.com

Tel: 021 488 5100
Fax: 021 423 8875

Cape Town Lodge

101 Buitengracht Street,
Cape Town
Western Cape
8001
South Africa

internet@capetownlodge.co.za

www.capetownlodge.co.za

Tel: 021 422 0030
Fax: 021 422 0090

The Capetonian Hotel

Pier Square
Heerengracht Foreshore
Cape Town
Western Cape
8001
South Africa

raya-hotels@mweb.co.za

raya-hotels

Tel: 021 405 5670
Fax: 021 405 5660

The Colony Hotel

12 Brownlow Road
Cape Town
Western Cape
7441
South Africa

 

 

Tel: 021 506 3303
Fax: 021 506 3315

Holiday Inn Express
Cape Town City Centre

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