20 Spectacular Cape Town stays for this summer

2015-11-06 16:16 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - The Mother City is always a darling favourite when it comes to the great coastal migration. Whether you're an old-school seasonal holidaymaker, new to the city or simply looking for a staycation option, Traveller24 has rounded up a selection of places to stay ranging from the affordable to the uber-lux.

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1. Newmark Hotels La Splendida

Traveller24 recommends: This boutique hotel, situated on the promenade of Mouille Point has lovely Table Bay ocean views. It's within 100m of the historic Green Point Lighthouse, a 12-minute walk from Cape Town Stadium and 2.1 km from the shops of the V&A Waterfront. Expect contemporary furnishings and hardwood floors, with free WiFi and satellite TV.

Price point:  From R705 per room, per night

Travel time: Situated in the city centre and about 20min from Cape Town International Airport.

Contact: Tel: +27 21 439 5119; Website: Newmark Hotels - La Splendida

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2. Winchester Mansions

Traveller24 recommends: Lovely four-star accommodation, situated on the Sea Point promenade, with an in-house spa and a stylish restaurant offering gourmet themed evenings, as well as Sunday brunch with live jazz.

Price pointFrom R2 875

Travel time: About 20 minutes from the city centre and Cape Town International Airport.


Contact: Tel: +27 21 434 2351, sales@winchester.co.za

3. Townhouse Hotel

Traveller24 recommends: This four-star bronze classified hotel is modern, functional and offers travellers the modern comfort and luxury expected more from a private club establishment. Open since 1973, this urban hotel is a 2-minute walk from District Six Museum as well as other city favourites, such as the Company Gardens and vibey Long Street.

Price point: From R2 065

Travel time: Situated in the heart of the CBD and about 20min from Cape Town International Airport.

Contact: Tel: +27 (0)21 465 7050, hotel@townhouse.co.zawww.townhousehotel.co.za

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4. The President Hotel

Traveller24 recommends: This is a lovely family-friendly hotel, with an expansive outdoor and pool area to keep the kids entertained. It is also a short walk from the Sea Point Promenade and popular Atlantic Seaboard beaches, with the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and Red Bus tours right on the hotel's doorstep.

Price point: R 1650

Travel time: about 10min from the city centre and 30min from Cape Town International Airport.

Contact: Tel: +27 (21) 434 8111, reservations@presidenthotel.co.za

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Cape Town Iconic luxury

5.  Last Word Constantia

An enchanting rendezvous with Old World beauty in a modern-day Eden, best describes this exclusive offering. Golfers will love this luxe boutique hotel, situated about 6.4 km from Royal Cape Golf Club and 6.2 km from Steenberg Vineyards. Expect stylish spacious facilities and decor.

Price pointStarting from R4 000 per night  

Travel time: Situated in the posh southern suburb of Constantia, it is about 20min from Cape Town Central and less than half an hour to Cape Town International 

Contact:  Tel: +27 [0]21 794 7657, Info@lastword.co.za, www.thelastword.co.za 

6. One&Only Cape Town

Traveller24 recommends: Expect unprecedented luxury and style at this five-star hotel. Home to an unrivalled view of Table Mountain and some of the most sort-after restaurants in the mother city such as Nobu and Reuben's, it also serves a classic high-tea that has become a must-do with locals and visitors alike. Spoiling and pampering is easy with their in-house spa and a Kids Only club that will make sure the entire family is taken care of in a really special way.

Price point:  R8 292 per person

Travel time: Situated in the heart of the Waterfront, less than half an hour from the airport.

Contact: Tel: + 27 21 431 5888, Reservations@oneandonlycapetown.comcapetown.oneandonlyresorts.com

7. The Belmont Mount Nelson

Traveller24 recommends: This beautiful pink Cape Town institution has rolling green lawns, a plush tea room which serves a generous High Tea, stunning bar and sought-after restaurant. The Nellie should always be at the top of the list for any traveller who enjoys quintessential luxury.  

Price point:  R10 859 per person

Travel time: Situated in the heart of the Cape Town and about 20min from Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel: +27(0)21 483 1000,  www.belmond.com/mount-nelson-hotel-cape-town

8. Newmark 
Queen Victoria Hotel

Traveller24 recommends: It's easy to feel as if you're behind a secret wall of boutique loveliness, yet still in the heart of the bustling V&A Waterfront when staying at the Queen VictoriaFive-star attention to detail is an over-riding factor and dinner at its in-house restaurant also comes highly recommended. 

Price pointFrom R4 655 per room

Travel time: Situated in the heart of the Cape Town and about 20min from Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel: +27 21 418 1466,  reservations@newmarkhotels.com, www.newmarkhotels.com

9. The Taj, Cape Town

Traveller24 recommends: Set in a 19th-century office block and a 1932 bank, the Taj is city-centre, historic luxury that literally spills out onto St George's mall. Get ready to explore the heart of the cosmopolitan Mother City, as the hotel also offers an excellent and rather informative walking tour. Dining options include 3 restaurants, with the Bombay Brasserie a must-do experience during your stay.

Price point: From R3 531

Travel time: Situated in the heart of the city centre and about 20min from Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel: +27 (0)21 819 2000, www.tajcapetowm.co.za

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Mother City Surrounds...

10. Castle Hill, Kalk Bay

Traveller24 recommends: This Edwardian villa guesthouse is a short drive away from one of South Africa's most famous beaches, Boulders with its shore-based colony of African penguins.  Colonial-style rooms with knotty-pine floors, a latticed wraparound veranda make enjoying the False Bay views an absolute late-afternoon pleasure. 
Price point:  From R749

Travel time: Situated along the quaint False Bay coastline, about 40min from the CBD and an hour from Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel: +27(0)21 788 2554, www.inatcastlehill.co.za

11. BON Hotel Shelley Point 

Traveller24 recommends: A West Coast stay at Shelley Point in St Helena Bay is the ideal combination of golf-course class and small town loveliness. Enjoy the surroundings of a private peninsula with beautiful sandy beaches. There is plenty to do at the resort with its 6-rink bowling green, 2 tennis courts, running trails, beach walks, a nine-hole golfing green, spa and a “Crazy Crew Kidz Club”. This is an ideal getaway for couples with its 84 elegant rooms designed for privacy and comfort. 

Price pointFrom R549 per person sharing (Kids under 12 stay free)

Travel time: About two hours from Cape Town city centre as well as Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel: +27(0)22 742 1394, bonhotels.com

12. Abalone House, Paternoster

Traveller24 recommends: Experience West Coast charm at this vibrant guesthouse. Its restaurant overlooks the ocean and African-inspired treatments are on hand at the in-house spa. It also has a pool, garden courtyard and sundeck with a hot tub, making it easy to unwind. 

Price point: R2 152

Travel time: About two hours to Cape Town city centre and 1 hour 46min to Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel: +27(0)22 752 2044, info@abalonehouse.co.zawww.abalonehouse.co.za

13. Babylonstoren, near Franschhoek 

Traveller24 recommends: A rather special little spot out in the Cape Winelands provides a refreshing break from city living. Set on a 200ha historical fruit and wine farm established in 1692, the fruit and vegetable garden has over 300 edible plants and enough things to keep kids busy, if you decide to base your family here - feed the donkeys, collect eggs, help pick vegetables and fruit or just run around. Guests stay in -ultra-stylish suites or cottages  with kitchens complete with coffee machine, oven and large wooden table. 

Price point: From R5 300

Travel time: Just over an hour from the Cape Town city centre and about 45min to Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel:+27 (0) 21 863 3852,  mailto:enquiries@babylonstoren.com, www.babylonstoren.com

14. Coopmanhuijs, Stellenbosch

Traveller24 recommends: Situated in the heart of Stellenbosch’s shopping district, one can be forgiven for feeling as if you've just been transported to a different time and place when entering Coopmanhuijs’s doors - which makes it perfect for a stay-cation Winelands escape.

Price point: From R2 390 per room

Travel time: Just over an hour from Cape Town Central and about 30min to Cape Town International

Contact: Tel:+27 (0)21 883-8207, info@coopmanhuijs.co.zawww.coopmanhuijs.co.za

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15. Schoone Oord Country House, Swellendam

Traveller24 recommends: Schoone Oord is the perfect place to escape to with your loved one. This beautifully restored old Victorian homestead in Swellendam just exudes old-timey romance. Enjoy their quaint and comfortable bar as well as delicious dinner in the Conservatory Restaurant with its intimate setting. The rooms come with antique wardrobes, extra-length beds, deep Victorian baths and all the romance you could ask for.  

Price pointFrom R2 385

Travel time: About two and a half hours from Cape Town Central and just over two hours to Cape Town International Airport.

Contact: Tel: +27(0)28 514 1248, info@schooneoordt.co.zawww.schooneoordt.co.za

16. Beartrap Lodge, Grabouw 

Traveller24 recommends: If you're looking for functional, self-catering accommodation that lets you explore the Western Cape countryside head here. Situated in Grabouw in the heart of the Elgin Valley, you'll be surrounded by the Groenland Nature Reserve. This spot is the ideal base camp for mountain biking, hiking and rowing enthusiasts. Expect homely comfort designed to help you relax and enjoy your time-off.

Price point: R2 500 for the eight-sleeper, min two-day stay

Travel time: Just over an hour from Cape Town city centre and about 53min to Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel:  +27(0)82-2206443, info@beartraplodge.co.za, www.beartraplodge.co.za

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Outdoor adventurer

17. Orange Kloof Tented Camp

Experience this unique accommodation at Orange Kloof Tented Camp in Hout Bay, nestled among an ancient Afromontane forest. Situated within Table Mountain National Park, it is perfect for hikers or anyone wanting to just getaway and enjoy nature.

Price pointR375 per person sharing, R375 single supplement, R187.50 per child under 12 years (based on sharing 4 sleeper with 2 adults)

Travel time: About 20 minutes from Cape Town city centre and Cape Town International Airport.

Contact: Tel: +27(0)21 701 8692,  tablemountain@sanparks.org

18. Langdam Guest Farm, Montagu

Traveller24 recommends: This self-catering accommodation is situate on a delightful fruit farm, hidden amidst the Langeberg mountains. Initially the ruins of an original 19th century farm house, Langdam has been an 8-year-long journey of restoration for its most recent owners. You'll find yourself just 30 minutes from the historic town and hot springs of Montagu, on the wine and brandy tasting route - with kloofing expeditions, horse riding, golfing, tractor rides and good old traditional South African cuisine and hospitality the order of the day.

Price point: From R450 per person sharing

Travel time: About two and a half hours from Cape Town Central as well as Cape Town International.

Contact: Cel: +27(0)82 610 2450, langdam@breede.co.zawww.langdam.co.za

19. Rocherpan Eco-Lodge

Traveller24 recommends: CapeNature recently added  four new eco-cabins, north along the West Coast. Rocherpan’s Nature Reserve is for the traveller conscious about leaving only footprints and allowing nature to restore their inner balance. Choose from eight of these solar-powered cabins, with eco-friendly waterless toilets. Accommodation includes new Self catering cabins - Coot, Shoveler, Egret, Moorhen (Four units sleeps 1 - 4) as well as cabins Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Flamingo (Four Units - 1 sleeps 4).

Price point: Off-peak 750 to R950, Peak 950 to R1 250

Contact: Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190, www.capenature.co.za

20. Akasha Mountain Retreat

Traveller24 recommends: Out in the Langeberg Mountains you'll find this Cape/Moroccan style lodge which sleeps eight, with three bedrooms in the main house and a cottage that sleeps two a few steps away. Luxurious rooms are adorned with colourful stained glass windows and beautiful crystals. Jaw-dropping views, an outdoor braai, fully equipped kitchen make this a super cool escape from the city.

Price point: From R4 812 for ten people of which two are kids on bunks (peak-season)

Travel time: About three and a half hours from Cape Town Central and about three hours to Cape Town International.

Contact: Tel: +27(0)82 090 1741, info@akasharetreat.co.zawww.akasharetreat.co.za

Note: Traveller24 selected this information independently and the rates sourced online were estimates at the time of publishing.