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Experience luxury with these 5 best hotels in Cape Town

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South Africa’s most vibrant city is a bundle of superlatives. Take a look at its finest offerings in hospitality

food / kids / mid-range

1. Table Bay Hotel

V&A Waterfront

If it is location you are looking for, they've nailed it. And if it is the legendary multinational cuisine of South Africa that floats your boat, you could not have chosen a better place. Situated within the V&A Waterfront, in the shadow of Table Mountain, this hotel will give you rooms with stunning ocean views. Else, opt for ones that look out to verdant pine-tree mountain slopes. Apart from the mindblowing South African dishes, sample their Indian fare: it might just remind you of mom's kitchen back home. An impressive place to plan your next stay, you can read more about Table Bay Hotel here before finalising your bookings.

food / kids / good value

2. The Cellars-Hohenot

Constantina

Take an 18th-century wine-estate and transform it into a cradle of hospitality and luxury; you simply cannot go wrong. Spread out over nine acres of lush garden in the heart of Cape Town's vineyard belt and backed up against the slope of Table Mountain, your address cannot get classier. Dine at SA's toprated restaurant, The Greenhouse, overseen by Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef Peter Templehoff. Relax at the spa or work on your chip and putt at the Gary Player-designed golfing green. Book The Cellars Hohenot today & get some amazing deals here.

architecture / luxury / DECOR

3. Dock House Boutique and Spa

V&A Waterfront

Architecture had a certain class back in the 19th century. This refurbished residence of the harbourmaster-turned into a hotel has retained all of that. There are just five rooms and one suite, all furnished in tans and greys and embellished with ornate chandeliers and priceless antiques. The garden has a solar-heated pool and rustling palms. Celebrities and dignitaries make this their home; no reason why you shouldn't too. What more reason do you want to justify your stay at Dock House Boutique and Spa to get a unique experience.

architecture / mid-range / LOCATION

4. Mount Nelson Hotel

Orange Street

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This grand old dame of Cape Town hotels has had Agatha Christie, John Lennon and the Dalai Lama as its guests. Evoking a colonial charm with its beautiful pastels and wide balconies, all of its 201 rooms and suites are nonetheless hardwired into the modern age with top-shelf technology. Sample the wide and breathtaking range of South African cuisine at the Cape Colony Restaurant. For a bistro-chic experience, dine at the Oasis Restaurant. Check out the Librasia Spa to unwind after hectic forays into the city. Next time when you plan a visit to Cape Town, Mount Nelson Hotel is where you should stay.

food / luxury / LOCATION

5. The One & Only

Dock Road

Image Source: The One & Only
Staying true to its name, you will be hard-pressed to find such scale, luxury and hospitality anywhere else in the urban civilised world. Location? Right in the heart of the V&A waterfront, with Table Mountain and the Atlantic pouring in through your balcony windows. Size of rooms? A minimum of 60sq m, with bathtubs and huge walk-in showers. Food and drink? They have Nobu and Maze! The grandeur of Africa is represented in the decor; there is a 24-hr butler. It certainly ticks all our boxes.

Travel Tips

Insider Tips:

Afternoon (high) tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel is on several bucket lists, so unforgettable is the experience. Even if staying elsewhere, we recommend you check it out.