We all know that Cape Town is a colourful and beautiful city that simultaneously offers views of the mountain and ocean. The following hotels are all five-star rated and worth the arm and leg you’ll end up paying for a one-night stay. Or, if you’re just curious about what the best hotels are in the Mother City and what they offer (other than bedding sets you wish you could take home), here’s what you need to know.
Probably the first hotel on anyone’s lips when associating “five-star”, “hotel” and “Cape Town”, is the One&Only hotel by the V&A Waterfront.
Hiding away on an island-like layout is this beautiful hotel with surrounding views of Table Mountain and the waterfront. Find their private spa island for a tranquil getaway among gardens and waterways, separate from the rest of the hotel. Or, you could visit one of the dining areas owned by celebrity chefs.
Chef Nobuyaki Matsushisa’s only restaurant in Africa is here at the One&Only with Japanese and Peruvian cuisine made with South African ingredients. Then we have Reuben Riffel’s Cape-inspired menu and Isola Restaurant for relaxed poolside dining and Mediterranean cuisine. And after dinner, you can stop at Vista Bar & Lounge or the Wine Loft.
Sitting on the slopes of Lion’s Head, in Bantry Bay, is the Cape Edwardian styled hotel Ellerman House where every room is different. This hotel’s facilities are not open to the public, so you’re guaranteed an exclusive luxury accommodation experience.
Make use of the fitness center, pool overlooking the Atlantic, the brandy lounge, pantry, library, spa, wine gallery, contemporary art gallery and champagne cellar at your leisure and enjoy the cultural and natural beauty around you.
Ellerman House is all about celebrating South Africa, trust you’ll find an indigenous garden, local art, South African food and wine, and a heart for the community through the annual Ellerman House Art Angels Auction for The Click Foundation.
Making a difference in the community is not the only good deed Ellerman House is involved in. They are undergoing the process of going green in an effort to become the most eco-friendly boutique hotel in Cape Town. Solar panels, LED lights and recycling are a few ways they’re achieving this.
And when it comes to fine dining, you can appreciate the culinary skills of Chef Grant Daniels. With Cape Malay roots and French culinary training, guests can expect quality, wholesome meals.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
This pink hotel has accommodated the likes of John Lennon, Winston Churchill and, of course, Nelson Mandela. With the backdrop of Table Mountain and the buzzing city surroundings, this hotel is a beautiful combination of restored colonial design and modern city accents.
Take a dip in the Oasis Pool, which is one of the largest heated pools in the country. Or book a treatment at the Librisa Spa. Don’t worry about the kids, just send them over to the Nellie and Nelson Activities Centre to keep them busy while you lounge about and take it all in.
For incredible fine dining, reserve a table at Rudi Liebenberg’s Planet Restaurant followed by drinks at Planet Bar. And for casual breakfast, lunch and poolside meal dining, order from the Oasis Bistro.
Andros Boutique Hotel
This grand, 1908 Cape Colonial hotel offers great gardens and a beautiful Table Mountain view. Situated right around the corner from Kirstenbosch Gardens in the Claremont area, it is close to Cavendish Square and Newlands and almost completely surrounded by greenery.
Chef Ryan Donald makes his claim with local and internationally inspired menus to accommodate both the guests and the seasons. With ingredients either grown on property gardens or local farms, you can expect nothing less than freshly prepared everything. The Andros Boutique Hotel is a slice of peace in the city’s Southern Suburbs.
The Capital Mirage
The Capital is a five-star hotel chain in South Africa and we find The Capital Mirage here in our Mother City. All about modernity within the contemporary city. Find that city lights view you’ve been looking for and even enjoy it over a drink up at the Sky Bar. Fulfil your cravings for dinner with a choice of three different restaurants. Sushi, Steak/Grill House & Rooftop bar are bound to satisfy your rumbling tummy.
Situated in the city centre, you’ll be in the perfect place to wander the city streets and discover the rich local culture.
The Silo Hotel
The Silo Hotel is also located by the V&A Waterfront, like the One&Only, but is quite unique in design and experience. The outside of the hotel was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, while the interior was designed by Liz Biden.
What makes this hotel so interesting is that it’s part of the grain elevator section of the grain silo complex. Which is a historic building repurposed for this hotel and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa situated below the hotel – a non-profit cultural establishment.
With a contemporary menu curated by chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert, there is the Willaston Bar, Granary Café and The Silo Rooftop dining areas for you to satisfy your hunger and enjoy the towering views of the city below.
Cape Town is all about innovation and creating an amazing guest experience to complement the breathtaking views… something this city is extremely good at.