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expert-rated hotels in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Looking for South African style, impeccable service and a perfect location? This is it.

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#2/26
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Rock stars and jetsetters alike head for this private property in the heart of the Waterfront.

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Price from: £176
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Head for the Constantia Winelands for a rural escape that oozes luxe.

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expert-rated hotels in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Cape Town's first 'urban resort' is a luxe bolthole with all the bells and whistles.

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Best for Luxury -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Cape Town's oldest and most romantic hotel is well deserving of its five stars.

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#6/26
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

This small property sets the bar for boutique hotel luxury.

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Price from: £261
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#7/26
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Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

For the rock star lifestyle on the beach, you need look no further.

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#8/26
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

With its central location and excellent facilities, this hotel ticks many boxes.

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Price from: £62
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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

This elegant hotel embraces its seaside surrounds with Afro-tinged style.

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#10/26
expert-rated hotels in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

This style-driven new property embraces urban opulence.

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#11/26
expert-rated hotels in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Looking for a boutique stay brimming with style? Look no further than this City Bowl property.

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#12/26
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A designtastic inner city experience awaits at this new hotel.

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Price from: £106
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

For those seeking sanctuary in semi-rural surrounds - this is it.

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Price from: £446
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Choose a suite at this swanky hotel and enjoy a fuss-free stay.

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Price from: £118
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#15/26
expert-rated hotels in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

The world's first penthouse trailer park is situated right here in the Mother City.

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#16/26
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Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Marrying old with new this gracious hotel in the Constantia Valley offers style and sanctuary.

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Best for Escapists -
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Soak up the ambience of this quaint fishing village in supremely stylish surrounds.

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#18/26
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Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

For a chic and sexy city stay with killer sea views, say hello to O.

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Price from: £379
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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

This nostalgia-laced guest house epitomises simple seaside style.

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#20/26
expert-rated hotels in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

This luxe guesthouse is just a road away from the buzzing Camps Bay strip.

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Over the past two years things have really hotted up on the Cape Town hotel scene. The city has increasingly become one of the most visited on the continent and, thanks to the recently held FIFA World Cup, even more visitors have said they’ll be back for more. With international resorts like the 'six-star' One & Only Cape Town setting up shop, the bar has been set even higher and I’m happy to say that, for the most part, our five-star properties are in keeping with those around the world. As a first-time visitor to the city it’s likely you’ll want to stay in the City Bowl (that’s the area under Table Mountain, incorporating a number of suburbs) or somewhere where there’s a sea view. Just be aware, if you’re wanting to bed down in the V&A Waterfront or on the Atlantic Seaboard with its sea views, staying for example in Bantry Bay or Camps Bay, expect to pay. As in other cities around the world, the further you travel from the city, the better the room rates. Consider checking into a property in Constantia and indulging in lazy lunches at any of the eateries on the wine estates in the area. Or perhaps book a place to stay in charming Kalk Bay, the quaint cobblestoned fishing village that lies a mere 20 minutes from the city.

Although there are a number of international chains that have been added to the city’s hotel mix in recent years, the biggest trend has been the rise of the boutique hotel. An overused description, to my mind the majority of these properties are luxury guest houses and, though oozing sophistication and style, may not always have the finishing touches that five-star hotels often get so right. Where I think the city is lacking is in budget but style driven places to stay and though there are some wonderful places, we need more. It's my mission to review more of these and share them with you. 

Things to consider before booking

  • Summer (from September to April) is high season in the city and this is reflected in the prices.
  • Winter is known as the ‘secret season’ in Cape Town due in part to the superb specials available as well as the mild, often clear-skied weather.
  • Prices quoted, whether for room rates or restaurant bills, always include VAT.
  • Be aware that many central city properties now charge parking fees.
  • ‘Mountain view’ rooms are generally those without a sea view and often properties make up for this with a bigger suite size or a terrace and, if not, should do with a better price.
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As with the restaurants I review, much of my hotel review is likely to be based on how I feel. If a porter offers me a bright smile and an enthusiastic greeting we’re off to a good start. I sleep out at hotels once, sometimes twice a week and occasionally I forget my toothbrush – if someone on duty goes out of their way to find me a new one, that’s a yes. For me, it’s these kind of details that really do make a difference. Over the years, I’ve compiled an unofficial list of commandments of happy hotel moments and they go something like this:

  • If you can’t direct me to your hotel on the phone whether I’m on foot or in my car, how are you going to help someone who’s not from the city?
  • Your suggestions for new and exciting eateries to try are really appreciated, especially if your own restaurant is also good. Book a nice table for me and I’m even happier.
  • Big beds make me think you care.
  • Sometimes a good DVD selection is all I need. Don't bother if your DVD library is outdated.
  • Refilled bathroom amenities make me think that you cut corners and leave me wondering where else you’re skimping.
  • I love it when you suggest a running route in the area.
  • I can tell when you’ve bought second hand equipment and called a room a gym.
  • A lovely smelling space (and not bathroom spray aromas) feels like home.
  • Imported bottled water in the rooms? No thanks.
  • A few sparkly cushions doth not a designer hotel suite make.
  • Your corporate social responsibility program is important to me.
  • If you post me something I’ve left behind, I’ll be your number one fan.

Of course, there’s so much more to a superb hotel experience and more often than not it’s the people who make the difference. That’s why I’d love to hear your commandments. What makes you come back for more? I’ll add it to my list and continue with my quest for finding perfect places in the Mother City to lay your hat for that night or three.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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