Every year Travel & Leisure releases their World’s Best Awards aimed at recognising excellence in specific fields and their ‘Top 10 City Hotels in Africa’ list has truly brought to light the excellent city hotel offerings in Cape Town.
The list comprises of 10 of the best city hotels in Africa, seven of which can be found right here in the Mother City. Readers are asked to rank their favourite hotels with reference to facilities, services, location, overall value and food. A curated list is then produced from these rankings to help travellers pick their next city stay when visiting Africa.
The only accommodation that made the list and is not in The Mother City, is The Four Seasons Hotel in Johannesburg at number 8, Giraffe Manor in Kenya coming in at number 6 and Saxon Hotel, Villa & Spa also in Johannesburg ranked as second best city hotel in Africa.
Without further a due here are Africa’s best City Hotels, located in Cape Town:
10. Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel is a sophisticated oasis of peace in the centre of one of the Cape’s most visited shopping destinations. Visitors can easily enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the harbour and easily take part in canal cruises and activities at the Waterfront.
Contact: 021 419 6677
Address: On the Waterfront Pierhead Cape Town, Western Cape
9. Belmond Mount Nelson
Known for its iconic bright pink walls and unforgettable high tea experience, the Mount Nelson is a must-visit.
Its convenient location makes it easy to experience the Mother City and you’ll enjoy the stay enough to not want to leave.
Contact: 021 483 1000
Address: 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
7. The Table Bay Hotel
Sun International’s five-star hotel in Cape Town, The Table Bay, offers luxury steeped in history. Opened by former South African president, Nelson Mandela, in 1997. Since then has continued to set its own standards in international service and luxury – it boasts 329 opulent rooms offering panoramic views of the ocean or waterfront; a world-class spa; five beautiful function venues, and a spectacular pool deck.
“There are many beautiful hotels in Cape Town. Certainly, our location at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is spectacular but it is our people and the warm hospitality that our guests receive that make them choose to stay with us time and again. It is easy to do something special for someone, to treat a guest as though they are family. In this way, The Table Bay is remembered and we start to create a history with someone,” says Joanne Selby, General Manager at The Table Bay.
Contact: 021 406 5000
Address: Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (1.55 mi) Cape Town, Western Cape 8001
Website: The Table Bay
5. One&Only Cape Town
Known as one of the best honeymoon location in the Mother City, One&Only is the place for visiting lovebirds.
It is not only for couples however as they also offer a variety of children activities and entertainment.
Their spa is renowned as it is its own island located in the middle of the hotel.
Contact: 021 431 5888
Address: Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (1.21 mi) Cape Town, Western Cape 8001
4. Cape Grace Hotel
Situated on a private quay, nestled between the working harbour of Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the serenity of an international yacht marina, Cape Grace showcases the essence of the Cape with designs that reveal local creativity, whilst staying true to the warm atmosphere and personalised levels of service that have for years defined the hotel.
Guests can enjoy a number of unique offerings from a 15-metre heated pool to a fitness studio.
Contact: 021 410 7100
Address: West Quay Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town, Western Cape
3. Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Poised above the Atlantic Ocean on one of Cape Town’s most scenic routes, Twelve Apostles Hotel is something to behold.
It is well established as a leading boutique hotel and provides easy access to prime beaches and the V&A Waterfront.
Guests are spoilt for choice with beautiful mountain views, a private cinema and a tranquil spa.
Contact: 021 437 9000
Address: Victoria Rd Cape Town, Western Cape
1. Ellerman House
Ellerman House, Relais & Chateaux, is open exclusively to guests and offers a luxurious 5-star stay in Cape Town.
The Edwardian mansion, built in 1906, has 11 rooms, 2 suites and 2 three-bedroom Villas and is perfect for couples and groups of friends and families.
Guests can enjoy amenities such as the Ellerman House, Spa, Contemporary Art Gallery, Wine Gallery and Literary.
Contact: 021 430 3200
Address: Ellerman House 180 Kloof Road, Bantry Bay Cape Town