Booking an Airbnb for the weekend is always a good idea! But while kicking back in a stylish and self-catering accommodation may be all the rage right now, there’s nothing wrong with going the traditional route and booking a stay at a hotel.
Whether you’re looking to discover Cape Town’s award-winning beaches or looking to slow down and indulge in some countryside living, here are five boutique hotels that should be on your accommodation bucket list:
Sky Villa Boutique Hotel
Your luxurious beach getaway has arrived! Sky Villa Boutique Hotel is an affordable yet opulent escape to Plettenberg’s seaside and offers spectacular views of the ocean and rolling hillsides thanks to its prime location. The rooms offer a contemporary design with almost all of them offering incredible views and a range of amenities you would need during your stay. There’s a sparkling swimming pool for those scorching days and a rooftop bar for a sip of your favourite cocktail, and a restaurant.
- Location: Baron’s View Estate, Plettenberg Bay
Located just outside of Franschhoek, Babylonstoren has managed to steal the hearts of locals and travellers alike, and for good reason. It’s consistently topped the list of “must-see” spots in Cape Town with plenty to get up to on this historic working farm, including exploring the countless gardens, enjoying a delicious farm-to-table experience, and sampling some of the farm’s scrumptious wines. But it’s Babylonstoren’s accommodation that will truly steal your heart, particularly the Farmhouse. It offers a contemporary design style which is beautifully blended with its historic Cape Dutch roots, offering a bit of everything for the discerning traveller.
- Location: Klapmuts – Simondium Road, Simondium
The CBD is home to some incredible accommodation options, including the vibrant Gorgeous George Hotel. It’s a spot that draws thousands to its doorstep due to the popular Gigi Rooftop bar/restaurant, but it’s the hotel that should not be overlooked. The rooms offer a contemporary interior design that’s lush with a splash of city living, it’s also the perfect getaway if you’re not looking to travel too far.
Location: 118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre
The Wild Mushroom Country House
If you’re looking for a comfortable and “classic” luxury, The Wild Mushroom Country House in Stellenbosch should be your number one choice. The property is a restored old manor house which overlooks Stellenbosch’s exquisite natural landscape – rolling vineyards and rugged mountains as far as the eye can see. Each room is generously decorated, offering a sort of comfort that you’ll only get from a quintessential home away from home. Spend your days soaking up the sun alongside the swimming pool or enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by this farmhouse.
- Location: 39 Digteby Estate, Vlottenburg Road, Stellenbosch
Down to earth and luxury are two words that may have contrasting meanings, but it’s exactly what you’ll enjoy when booking your stay at this Franschhoek accommodation. Each room offers a hint of quirkiness and a dash of countryside living that will ensure you won’t want to leave anytime soon. In the mood for that famous Cape Winelands view? You’ll get plenty of that when staying at 7 Koppies which overlooks vineyards, mountains and a 50-hectare fynbos reserve perfect for hiking.
- Location: Wemmershoek Road, Franschhoek
Picture: Sky Villa Boutique Hotel