Cape Town is on the must-see list of most travellers. From cosmopolitan cafés, trendy neighbourhoods, award-winning wine estates and historic museums, to the iconic Table Mountain and the southernmost tip of Africa, where two oceans meet, this is without a doubt one of the world’s most captivatingly beautiful cities. Are you planning a visit to Cape Town and not sure where to stay? Well, look no further. Here are 5 perfect places to stay in Cape Town.
1. One&Only Cape Town
If you’re looking for that wow factor, the One&Only Cape Town is a must. With breathtaking panoramic views of the marina, which is located in V&A Waterfront, and the property’s small private island in front and the mighty mountain behind, this ultra-luxurious resort has everything you need, and so much more. Here, the focus is on personalisation and guest delight. Although it is a large property, with 131 gorgeous suites, you are welcomed with such sincerity and treated like royalty from the moment you check in to the moment you (begrudgingly) return to the real world.
2. The Silo Hotel
Then there’s The Silo Hotel. Oh my goodness, this is pinch-yourself opulence. It is Cape Town’s hottest new property, and yes, it deserves all the hype it’s getting. The six floors of unashamed luxury and colorful, quirky charm are built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex and sit directly above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) , which house Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art. Each room is uniquely different from the other – none are decorated the same. If the opportunity presents itself, do yourself a favor and head up to the rooftop area with spectacular, uninterrupted views of Cape town, The Waterfront, Robben Island and Table Mountain.
3. The Cape Grace Hotel
I’ve heard people call it the Cape Graceful, and that’s an apt description for this grand old dame of the waterfront. The sophisticated Cape Grace Hotel, now celebrating its 21st anniversary, is a refined and elegant escape from the constant buzz of the waterfront. Boasting both harbour and mountain views, its Cape heritage and nautical décor and original antiques reflect the hotel’s prime location. This gorgeous property has all the comforts a luxury traveller needs, from its tranquil spa, heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room, to its fitness studio complete with personal trainer on request, right down to its relaxed library, classic high tea overlooking the marina, jovial bar and restaurant, and of course those breathtaking postcard views.
4. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Deep in the heart of Cape Town’s vibey Kloof Street, this grand hotel with its gracious buildings, sheer luxury, towering palm trees and nine acres of sprawling lush gardens, really is a hidden gem. Walking down bustling Kloof Street, you almost wouldn’t know it’s there, which certainly is part of its charm. Step off the street into a calm, verdant oasis that boasts all the luxuries of a world-class resort, from its heated swimming pools, state of the art fitness centre, tennis court and tranquil spa, right down to its classy restaurants and unmatched afternoon high tea. Seriously, the table of irresistible treats is so decadent, you’ll definitely want to stop and have a taste!
5. Ellerman House
An iconic and award-winning property, the beloved Ellerman House is a Cape Town institution. Once the desirable home of wealthy shipping magnates, Sir John and Lady Ellerman, this sophisticated Cape Edwardian mansion, now a boutique hotel, is perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head and boasts magnificent views not only of Bantry Bay and the Atlantic Ocean below but also of its 100-year-old terraced garden. Each of the 11 rooms, 2 suites and 2 three-bedroom luxury villas have been designed with its own unique charm and character, yet one thing remains the same, and that is the extraordinary view. And the same goes for the three stylish dining terraces, where relaxed lunches and romantic dinners all showcase that glorious ocean vista.