Cape Town is not only one of the most stylish cities in Africa, it’s also one of the most stylish cities in the world. From film studios to glossy magazines, cutting-edge galleries to high fashion, the Mother City is the hub for all things artistic. Jet setters in the know routinely fly down to the tip of the continent to get a taste of the Europe-meets-Africa vibe, shop in the hip boutiques, each cutting-edge cuisine, and revel in the creative energy.
It should come as no surprise then that there are plenty of places where you can stay in style, see and be seen, and maybe even bump into a few celebrities. From boutique properties in Camps Bay, to swanky resorts by the V&A Waterfront, here are our picks for the six most stylish hotels in Cape Town.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!
If you’re looking for a young and funky vibe with incredible style, look no further than the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town. The interior is adorned with black carpets, red and blue lights, and elevators that are decorated as shark diving cages. The location of the hotel is unbeatable for hitting up the best bars and restaurants, and is the perfect place to get a taste of Cape Town’s buzzing inner city vibe. Rooms are a bit of the small side, but are ultra snazzy and modern. Locals rave about the delicious downstairs restaurant, which is right next to a giant fish tank and serves up the city’s best gourmet milk shakes.
POD Camps Bay
This stylish hotel is one of the best in the area and features breathtaking views of the ocean with the Twelve Apostles as a backdrop. There are only 17 rooms at the location, allowing the staff to pamper travelers with a five-star experience and an extremely high attention to detail. The pool outside faces the ocean and there are plenty of lounge chairs perfect for taking in the afternoon sun. The bar is also top notch, and serves up some of the best cocktails in the city. You’ll find it busy in the evening with people hanging out before they waltz over to hip night life spots in the area. The rooms are ultra modern,with bathrooms and showers that seamlessly blend into the rest of the room.
The Bay Hotel
Modern luxury meets fabulous historic architecture at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay. For those looking to soak up the Cape Town sun, there’s not one, but four pool decks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you get an ocean front room or one with a view of Table Mountain, you’ll have little to complain about in terms of scenery. The restaurant’s hotel, The Tides, is also top notch and one of the best in Cape Town. The hotel gets super busy during the summer, when beach-goers from around South Africa and beyond turn the hotel into one of the hippest hubs in the city. There are also no young kids running around, as the hotel only lets children in that are older than eight.
One&Only Cape Town
This urban resort is without a doubt one of the best properties in Cape Town, and is where many celebrities and glamorous locals head when they want to do Cape Town properly. Unlike smaller boutique hotels, this property has 131 rooms spanning seven stories that offer incredible views of Table Mountain or the harbour. Décor throughout the property is utterly luxurious, with small African touches to let you know you haven’t left the continent. There are several celebrity chefs that have restaurants in the hotel as well, including Reuben Riffel and Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, it’s worth coming to the restaurants to mingle with some of the locals.
Eco-conscious travelers that want to travel in style will want to look into Hotel Verde, billed as “Africa’s greenest hotel.” The hotel was built from the ground up according to eco-friendly principles. Staying there, you are practicing conscious, sustainable tourism. It’s the first hotel in Africa to offer a carbon-neutral stay, meaning you know exactly how much or how little your stay impacted the environment, and that makes it an amazingly feel-good experience. The hotel also has an eco-pool which uses plants and natural soil filtration to balance bacteria without chlorine, along with owl houses and beehives located around the property. Simply put, this hotel is eco-chic as it gets.
African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel
This classy hotel gives you the rare combination of big-hotel ease and boutique-hotel good looks. Set on the edge of the city centre, 15 on Orange dishes up stylish and modern accommodation at surprisingly good value. Plus, there’s a rooftop pool and on-site spa that are musts to check out. Suites on the south side of the hotel offer views of Table Mountain that are so gobsmacking you won’t want to drag yourself out of the lounge chairs facing the floor to ceiling picture windows. At sunset, the views get even better. The hotel’s Murano Bar is a great spot for a signature cocktail before hitting the town, and you’ll find a young, hip crowd hanging out most of the time. If you don’t want to hang around the hotel during your stay, some of the city’s best restaurants are right at the door step.
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