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Top Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in Cape Town

As the saying goes, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Like all major cities, Cape Town is home to a selection of the world's leading hotel brands, but if it's intimate proportions and character you want, then a boutique hotel or guesthouse is probably a better choice for your Cape Town holiday.  

Offering luxurious accommodation in exquisite settings, exceptional service and award-winning cuisine, Cape Town's best boutique hotels and guesthouses are ideal for comfortable and stylish stays. You'll find the best of both on our list of Top Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in Cape Town.

1. Kensington Place - Sophisticated & Chic

Located at the foot of Table Mountain, Kensington Place is one of Cape Town’s original boutique hotels. A short stroll from the bustling hub of Kloof Street, this designer den suits both discerning urbanites looking for a city base and travellers in need of peaceful rest and relaxation. 

What sets a boutique hotel apart are the delightful and thoughtful touches - like a welcome glass of sparkling wine and oysters on arrival, or the convenience of towels, beach bags and sun lotion provided for guests to make the most of Cape Town's glorious beaches

Our Experts Say: "A private oasis at the foot of Table Mountain! Such a perfect location - you have the city at your feet!" - Leanne Rodney

Top Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses in Cape Town - Kensington Place
Kensington Place: it's the thoughtful, personal touches set boutique hotels and guesthouses apart.

2. Cape Cadogan - Classic Charm & Eclectic Style

Boho-chic meets cosmopolitan cool in this gorgeous Cape Town retreat. Conveniently located in the city centre at the foot of Table Mountain, the Cape Cadogan is an historic gem dating back to the early 19th century. 

A quintessential boutique hotel, there are 12 beautifully-appointed en suite bedrooms and the ultimate private retreat, the Owner’s Villa. The Cape Cadogan doesn't stint on special touches either, providing complimentary transfers to the V&A Waterfront and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel to keep you connected. 

Our Experts Say: "This hotel will take you back in time with their beautifully restored Cape Dutch buildings, and is only a hop, skip and a jump away from Kloof Street which hosts a variety of fantastic restaurants" - Shelley Hess

Top Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses in Cape Town - Cape Cadogan
Cape Cadogan: an historic gem with modern conveniences like complimentary WiFi throughout.

3. O on Kloof - Award-winning & Luxurious

Awarded a Traveller’s Choice commendation on TripAdvisor in 2013, the stylish and sophisticated O on Kloof boutique hotel is set at the foot of Lions Head within strolling distance of the Atlantic Ocean.

This boutique hotel excels at delivering a home-from-home, laid-back luxury experience, from the Bose docking stations to a library stocked with CDs, DVDs and a big screen TV. For complete and convenient pampering from head to toe, O's Milk & Honey Boutique Spa is on site. This hotel even boasts a heated swimming pool and, as is characteristic of a small proprety, the service is simply impeccable.

Our Experts Say: "A glass of bubbly on arrival sets the pace for this amazing boutique hotel with charm and elegance and the personal touch to ensure your stay in Cape Town is perfect." - Lisa Liprini

Top Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses in Cape Town - O on Kloof
O on Kloof: laid-back luxury and in-house pampering.

4. Boutique Manolo - A Modern Hidden Gem

Exquisite panoramas of the city skyline and Table Mountain greet visitors from the deck of Boutique Manolo, voted one of the best places to have breakfast in Cape Town (their coconut toast is supremely moreish!). Set in the tranquil neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof, Manolo is a few minutes stroll away from Kloof Street and central to the city's main attractions.

Four luxurious suites and a penthouse make this one of the most private and exclusive inner-city retreats. We love the crackling fire (best enjoyed with a glass of the Cape's best red wine) and each suite's private patio, perfect for relaxed afternoons spent sipping chilled champagne and admiring the soaring mountain views.

Our Experts Say: "I was just blown away by the picture perfect views and the friendly and very helpful staff - a real winner." - Candice McCarthy

Top Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses in Cape Town - Boutique Manolo
Boutique Manolo: personalised service in an unforgettable setting.

5. More Quarters Apartment Hotel - A Classy City Escape

Set at the foot of Table Mountain in the leafy neighbourhood of Gardens, More Quarters Apartment Hotel offers a stylish, independant city escape with the convenience of professional hospitality. The hotel offers a selection of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, and a family-sized 3-bedroom suite, Redcliffe House.

The apartments are located within easy walking distance of popular restaurants, cafés and boutiques. This luxurious style of optional self-catering in a fully serviced apartment is ideal for couples and small families - it's the freedom of a home-away-from-home with the convenience of room service, transfers and baby-sitting. 

Our Experts Say: "If you're looking for an affordable, well-placed boutique hotel, this is an excellent option! Easy walking distance to popular Kloof and Long Streets." - Tanya Ellis

Top Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses in Cape Town - More Quarters
More Quarters: an ideal combination of hotel services with home-from-home independence.

6. Four Rosmead Boutique Guest House - Historic & Unique

Built in 1903 and overlooking the City Bowl with Table Mountain as a backdrop, the stylish Four Rosmead Boutique Hotel exudes classic charm. In a great guesthouse you feel you are the personal guest of your hosts. Four Rosemead serves up this warm hospitality with a generous helping of homely comforts - roaring fireplaces, lush, private gardens and Wi-Fi throughout.

Delicious local cuisine can be sampled from the hotel’s restaurant, Liquorice and Lime, and a visit to the hotel’s Pamper Spa is the perfect way to rest and recharge. A remarkable feature of the hotel is the art gallery, which plays host to a carefully curated selection of local South African artists. 

Our Experts Say: "I loved this Cape Town inspired boutique hotel; the Table Mountain location and onsite art gallery are the total highlights." - Jehan Begg

Top Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses in Cape Town - Four Rosmead
Four Rosmead: a classic guesthouse with an in-house spa and art gallery.

7. Welgelegen - An Elegant & Welcoming Retreat

Offering guests an unpretentious and comfortable retreat in the heart of the Mother City, Welgelegen Guest House is within walking distance of Kloof Street's restaurants and shops, and is central to Cape Town's main attractions. In true boutique style, there are only 13 en suite bedrooms, each with private balconies to make the most of the views stretching over the city. 

Welgelegen offers its guests a delectable range of special treats, from sumptuous breakfasts in the cobbled courtyard to treatments at the exclusive in-house therapy room, and chocolate treats with the evening turn-down.

Our Experts Say: "This guest house has to be the most eco friendly property I know and its also close to all the hot spots in Cape Town. The staff's friendliness is commendable and the cuisine never disappoints." - Shelley Hess

Top Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses in Cape Town - Welgelegen
Welgelegen Gueshouse: warm pesonal service in an unpretentious and very comfortable setting.

8. Atlantic House - Contemporary Spaces with Spectacular Views

Perched on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range overlooking the picture-postcard beachfront of Camps Bay, Atlantic House balances sophistication with simplicity. A short stroll from Camps Bay’s trendy beachfront with its powder white sands and string of a sidewalk cafés, this is Cape Town's hot spot for languid summer lunches and chic sunset cocktails. 

With only five suites, Atlantic House offers an almost private retreat for guests in a setting designed to spoil and pamper the senses. In addition to the salt water pool, our favourite feature is the enchanting tropical aquarium. 

Our Experts Say: "The location is perfect for Camps Bay and is just a 5 minute walk down to the beachfront! The friendly staff and breathtaking views are just fantastic." - Tanya Ellis

Top Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses in Cape Town - Atlantic House
Atlantic House: an almost private retreat designed to pamper the senses.

Written by Staff Writers.

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