Cape Town's 4 Most Exclusive Boutique Hotels


January 9, 2017 | BY Madeleine Ross

Planning a trip to South Africa's most beautiful city? Be sure to rest your weary head at one—or all—of these stately lodges

 Ellerman House


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The grand dame of Cape Town’s hotels, Ellerman House has been a haven for old money since 2004, when the Cape Edwardian mansion opened as a guest house. 

 Ellerman House


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Its extensive art collection includes works by Lionel Smith and William Kentridge, and private tours can be arranged. Don’t miss its avant-garde wine cellar either.

 Tintswalo Atlantic


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This oceanfront lodge in Table Mountain National Park provides a complete retreat from the urban hubbub. 

 Tintswalow Atlantic


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Each of the plush, beachfront suites is uniquely decorated, so be sure to look online first and request a room that is to your taste. The staff treat you like family and the service is excellent.

21 Nettleton


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Views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles are complemented by lavish furnishings and beautiful grounds at this boutique hotel.

 21 Nettleton


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Located on Cape Town’s most exclusive (and expensive) street, Nettleton Road, it offers just four suites, so privacy is guaranteed.

 La Residence


Opulence meets rustic charm at this estate in the heart of Franschhoek in Cape Town’s winelands. Expect high ceilings, chandeliers, burgundy velvet and bathrooms reminiscent of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors. 

 La Residence


 Request a room on the ground floor so you can throw open the French doors of your suite and walk directly into the vineyard.

 For more on South Africa's cosmopolitan capital, see Why Cape Town is the New Cultural Capital You Have to Visit

Stays at Ellerman House, Tintswalow Atlantic, 21 Nettleton and La Residence can be arranged through Jacada Travel, which specialises in tailor-made, boutique tours  of Cape Town and its winelands.