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Cape Town’s Top New or ‘Reimagined’ Boutique Hotels

March 22, 2018  By: Gretchen

Cape Town is a city on the move – it’s hip and trendy and full of great restaurants, attractions, and hotels. We keep our fingers on the pulse of the ‘Mother City’ so we can keep you up-to-date on the city’s best offerings. We focus on comfort, design, amenities, and location, location, location. Without further ado, here is our list of Cape Town’s top new or reimagined hotels!



This affordable and historic guesthouse is made up of 2 Victorian houses and is located within easy walking distance of some of the best local restaurants, bars, and artisanal stores of Kloof Street and the Company Gardens, giving it a quintessentially Capetonian feel. The hotel’s new owners have recently done a makeover of the rooms with signature fabrics playing a key role in the design. A newly installed borehole (well) and water-wise garden ensure that guests will not be affected by water restrictions.

Cloud 9

Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel

At just over a year old, this boutique hotel has a heritage pedigree, made up of 5 historical properties on a block. Reimagined and renovated, the hotel is now a convenient base to explore Kloof Street which is right on its doorstep. Various room types have all the latest modern amenities, including fiber optic WiFi, Nespresso machines, and soundproofed windows in all street facing rooms for a quiet and peaceful stay. We particularly love the award-winning rooftop bar with swimming pool, and the hotel’s access to all the trendy restaurants and bars.

Tree House Cape Town

Tree House Boutique Hotel

This little gem is set high up on the slopes of the mountain in the Green Point neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful old trees and views that extend over the city. Originally three individual properties, the property has quirky design touches and local, minimalist design. The secret garden along with the dramatic modern art pieces commissioned by the owners are our favorite features.

Cape View Clifton

Cape View Clifton

This boutique hotel was recently sold to the owners of Rare Earth Retreats, a luxury collection of properties around South Africa, including The Outpost in Northern Kruger and The Old Rectory in Plettenberg Bay (ask us about these spots!). Cape View Clifton has one of the best locations in the whole of the Atlantic Seaboard with uninterrupted views of Clifton and Camps Bay. Spread over several floors, it’s designed to capture those views – from every room, lounge, and deck. The crisp, clean design works well within its seascape setting and it is a lovely, luxury escape in the city.

Cape Cadogan

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

This charming historic building dating back to the beginning of the 19th Century has been awarded national monument status, and along with several other restored apartments in Nicol Street, forms the collection of Cape Cadogan and More Quarters. Recently renovated, this family-owned and operated boutique hotel marries old world charm with classic contemporary. Its location in a lush street just off trendy Kloof Street makes this an ideal base to immerse yourself in the Capetonian lifestyle.

Kensington Place

Kensington Place

Tucked away in a leafy suburb on the slopes of Table Mountain, this luxury escape was one of the first properties that highlighted Cape Town’s treasure trove of boutique hotels. Owner run and managed and ever so stylish, the hotel continues to evolve and remain cutting-edge with its slick contemporary design all the way down to the details, even debuting a new logo in the last year. Guarded by greenery and commanding fantastic city views, you’re still just a walk away from Kloof Street, and your team at the hotel will ensure you don’t miss out on any of the latest dining and drinking hotspots!

Manna Bay

Manna Bay

This modern build showcases the city and mountain from every available angle through its use of expansive glass windows and balconies in most rooms. Its modern aesthetic carries through in the quirky design in each of its unique bedrooms and the collection of rotating contemporary art scattered throughout the building, providing a new experience each time you visit. A highlight of the property includes the dining area which has unrivalled views across the city – the ideal spot to contemplate your day of exploring over your eggs Benedict!

Camissa House

The sister property to Manna Bay, this guesthouse will open in November 2018 with 8 suites. Situated on the same road, nestled at the base of Table Mountain, the guesthouse enjoys spectacular views of the city and will no doubt delight guests with the quirky and artistic flair of its owners.

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Photos courtesy of Welgelegn, Cloud 9, Tree House, Cape View Clifton, Cape Cadogan, Kensington Place, and Manna Bay.