Best Hotels, B&Bs, Guesthouses and Hostels in Cape Town

Best Hotels, B&B's and Hostels in Cape Town

We list only the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Cape Town as recommended by the most popular travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews. The ratings you find here are an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa and also the capital city of the Western Province. Cape Town is also the primate city of the Western Cape Province. The city is the seat of the Parliament of South Africa which makes it the legislative capital of the country. Cape Town is famous worldwide for its elegant designs, natural setting and its harbor which makes it one of the most visited places in the world. The city also has beautiful and scenic landmarks that include the famous Table Mountain and Cape Point.

Cape Town is one of the most multicultural cities in the world which shows that the city is a major migration destination in the continent of Africa. Further reflections of the attractiveness of the city are the city being named the World Design Capital for 2014 as well as named the best place to visit by both The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph, also in 2014.
Cape Town is a popular international tourist destination in Africa due to its favorable mild climates, well-developed infrastructures, and natural setting. Notable features such as Table Mountain also make the city well-known throughout the world.

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One&Only Hotel, Cape Town

One&Only Hotel, Cape Town

CNN + 2 more

“This glam urban resort was built for name-dropping: Bastien Gonzalez gives mani-pedis in the spa, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s only eatery in Africa is here and local celeb-chef Reuben Riffel dishes up South African cuisine at the somewhat-cavernous Reuben’s.”

Check availability $855
Cape Heritage Hotel, Cape Town

Cape Heritage Hotel, Cape Town

New York Times + 2 more

“In the heart of the Central Business District, Cape Heritage Hotel is nestled among the popular restaurants, bars and boutiques of Bree Street. Every floorboard of the 1771-built house creaks with history, but the 17 rooms are a thoughtful hybrid of old and new. A pergola in the cobblestoned patio is draped with what is said to be the oldest grapevine in South Africa.”

Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Cape Town.

Check availability $146
Cape View Clifton Hotel, Cape Town

Cape View Clifton Hotel, Cape Town

New York Times + 2 more

“The owner and interior designer Jessica Latimer styled Cape View Clifton to resemble a chic but relaxed beach house. With a distinctly South African air, it has crisp white and gray interiors, faux kudu horns doubling as hat hooks, bulbous vases heaped with protea flowers. Set snugly on the cliffs above Clifton Beach, the five rooms and two apartments have sweeping views of the ocean from private balconies.”

Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Cape Town.

Check availability $408
The Silo Hotel, Cape Town

The Silo Hotel, Cape Town

CN Traveler + 2 more

“The Silo pretty well defines the adage, ‘Location, location, location’. You have to be up for some bold décor choices, but the location and views couldn’t be better and having access to the hottest museum on the continent is pretty cool.”

Featured in CN Traveler’s 2018 Hot List

Check availability $984
Hotel Ellerman House, Cape Town

Hotel Ellerman House, Cape Town

Frommers + 3 more

“Don your chicest sunglasses here, you’ll need them to fend off the golden rays shimmering off the Atlantic. At Ellerman House, the ocean is ever-present, a liquid canvas that spreads out beneath this breathtakingly positioned A-class hotel.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Cape Town.

Check availability $665


Where to stay in Cape Town?
Cape Town is a port city on the southwestern coast of South Africa that is home to natural and architectural wonders including the Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, to name just a few. Some of the best neighborhoods in Cape Town are:

Bo-Kaap is among the oldest neighborhoods of the port city and is famous for its rows of flat-roofed buildings. The neighborhood is the home to a wide numbers of tourist hotspots including centuries-old mosques, museum, restaurants, hotels, and guest houses. It also has a shopping mall.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is among the most popular neighborhoods of Cape Town. The area is home to shopping malls, food market, watershed, design and souvenir stores that offer a wide array of crafts, fashion, and local design. The area also boasts of an aquarium, high-end apartments, and other cultural attractions.

Camps Bay
Camps Bay is a suburban neighborhood in the city that is renowned for its upmarket mansions and palm-tree lined beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The area is home to a wide range of hotels, shops, restaurants, and sea-side bars that transform into nightclubs at the breaking of dusk.

Hout Bay
Hout Bay is a neighborhood with natural beauty, heritage, and unique location that give the area the charm and spectacular views. The area is also home to Mariner’s Wharf, Bay Harbour Market, Chapman’s Peak, among other tourist attractions. The neighborhood is replete with curio shops, seafood restaurants where local goods, food, and live music can be found under one place.

Gardens is a suburban neighborhood that offers a plenty of art galleries, shops, pubs, and restaurants. The neighborhood is home to the Labia Theatre that is located on Orange Street.
How much does it cost to stay in a Cape Town hotel?
For a 3-star hotel in Cape Town you pay $85 per night on average. If you're looking for a 4-star hotel then you would need to spend around $120 per night, or if you're after a luxury 5-star hotel then you would have to spend approximately $250 per night.
Which Cape Town hotels offer great views?
If you're looking for hotels with great views of Cape Town, then try the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape View Clifton Hotel or the One&Only Hotel. All those hotels have excellent customer review ratings for their amazing views.
Which Cape Town hotels serve a great breakfast?
Looking for a hotel that offer a good start to the day? Try the Cape Heritage Hotel, it has some excellent customer review ratings for their breakfast buffet. Hostel The Backpack also offers nice breakfast.
Which Cape Town hotel has the best rooftop bar?
If you're looking for a hotel with an excellent rooftop bar, then try Hotel The Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park. It's also a very funky place to stay.
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