Waterfront Hotels in Cape Town and Surrounds

Cape Town hotels by the sea, from affordable accommodation to luxury living 

Cape Town, with its sweeping ocean vistas, splendid mountain backdrops and cosmopolitan pulse, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Quite unsurprisingly then, those journeying to the Mother City on holiday can choose from a hearty selection of accommodation; though, Cape Town’s waterfront hotels make for especially enticing places to stay.

Luckily, those dead set on sleeping next to the ebb and flow of the ocean can choose from a range of overnight options, from luxury accommodation centrally and conveniently located in the world famous V&A Waterfront to private lodges with sea views outside the city centre. In short, whether you’re looking for an exclusive five-star room or a well-priced self-catering bungalow, Cape Town has the ideal waterfront hotel for you.


City Lodge V&A Waterfront
Affordable accommodation just outside of Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront, The City Lodge provides guests with all the top quality facilities without breaking the bank. This three-star establishment on the water’s edge provides good value for money and a central and convenient location base. A favourite among families, leisure travellers and businesspersons alike, there’s a host of activities within walking distance: boat cruises, a ride on the giant Wheel of Excellence, African market browsing as well as a choice of top-quality restaurants and convenient dining.
Corner of Alfred & Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 21 419 9450

Newmark Hotels
This esteemed hotel group has three distinct waterfront accommodation sites. While each has its unique charm and exclusive elegance, the grouping shares a common line of luxury, scintillating sea views, mountain backdrops and sensational service. Similarly, all of the hotels boast a range of things to do for teenagers and children: cave golf, trips to the Two Oceans Aquarium, precious stone searching at the Scratch Patch and helicopter rides, amongst others.

  • Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa
    With butler-style service, this exclusive five-star boutique hotel is the height of comfort and opulence, making it an ideal getaway for newlyweds on honeymoon or those looking to be spoiled. Offering only five B&B rooms and a private suite set around the beautifully manicured lawn and outdoor pool area, this home-away-from-home boasts a setting that is both intimate and spacious. Savour a ‘home-cooked’ meal prepared by the in-house chef or request a table to be booked at any of the top quality restaurants affiliated with Newmark Hotels group.
    Portswood Ridge | Portswood Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 21 421 9334
  • Queen Victoria Hotel
    Located within the precinct of heritage buildings along Portswood Road, this five-star Cape Town waterfront establishment is steeped in history yet dressed in modern garb, think classic elegance meets contemporary function. Removed from the hustle and bustle of the Waterfront’s centre, but close enough to access all the exciting activities, this luxurious hotel is a haven of relaxation and regal pampering. Book a treatment at the designer spa or indulge in fresh French fare at fine-dining eatery Dash. 
    Portswood Ridge | Portswood Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 21 418 1466
  • Victoria & Alfred Hotel
    Named after the Queen of England and her son (as is the surrounding location of Cape Town’s popular Waterfront), this majestic establishment treats guests to a royal experience imbued with old world romanticism and charm. Not to mention, the hotel is located smack in the centre of the V&A Waterfront; the area’s mega mall is just a stone’s throw away. Additionally, staff provide friendly service that is efficient without being intrusive, so you can have your needs catered for while enjoying ultimate privacy. All the rooms available have unrivalled views of the Alfred Basin and Piazza, as does the hotel’s own eatery, OYO Restaurant and Cocktail Bar - a restaurant that specializes in top-notch Japanese food. 
    Ground Floor | Alfred Mall | Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 21 419 6677 

One&Only Cape Town
An opulent establishment to rival the rest, this five-star waterfront resort epitomizes luxury and elegance. Staking a claim to its own man-made island in the heart of the marina, the One&Only offers guests a unique experience of grand proportion. Enter this urban-chic hotel and let your senses be enchanted by its lush interior, state-of-the-art facilities and world-renowned restaurants. Kids can get the most out of their stay too, with the KidsOnly Club offering children activities such as Nintendo, Wii, PS3 and an arts and crafts area. Take a luxury cruise around the harbour on the catamaran or indulge in a top-class meal at acclaimed eateries Nobu and Reubens.
One&Only Cape Town | Adjacent to the Two Oceans Aquarium | Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 431 5800

Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge
Offering comfortable and affordable accommodation in prime location, the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge is situated on an official heritage site in the heart of the trendy V&A Waterfront. Originally a 19th century prison, the hotel is now a much more alluring place to stay; simplistically elegant standard rooms, business suites and family rooms boast a bird’s eye view of the restored harbour. A Prokidz playroom makes this establishment child-friendly, and adults can try-out the in-house gym or linger over a delicious meal at the Time Out Café.
Portswood Ridge | Portswood Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 406 1911

The Legacy Hotels & Resorts
This group of hotels, lodges and resorts boasts two well-established places to stay – each offering gracious and top-notch hospitality - within the bustling Cape Town V&A Waterfront area. Offering breath-taking views with service and comfort to match, these two hotels offer guests a first-class experience to remember.

  • The Commodore Hotel
    For an overnight stay (or two or three, we promise you won’t want to leave) that’s budget friendly, comfortable and relaxing, yet with all the perks of five-star accommodation, the cosmopolitan Commodore Hotel is first choice. Five hundred metres down the road from Cape Town’s iconic Green Point Stadium and within walking distance of other tourist attractions, such as the Maritime Museum, this reasonably-priced lodging is ideally located to suit any whim or priority. Take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, such as the indoor gym and calming health and wellness centre.
    Portswood Ridge | Portswood Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 415 1000
  • The PortsWood Hotel
    Originally built as part of the convict’s station in 1860, this building, today, is a family-friendly, four-star accommodation spot for leisure travellers and businesspeople. The historical PortsWood Hotel has a commitment to service and guarantees its guests an unforgettable experience. The Quarterdeck Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, built over the original holding cells for prisoners bound for Robben Island, serves up a sumptuous spread of Authentic Cape Malay cuisine. 
    Portswood Ridge | Portswood Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 3281

The Table Bay
The five-star Table Bay Hotel aims to not only meet guest expectations, but to exceed them. Conveniently attached to the V&A Mall in the heart of Cape Town’s popular Waterfront, this hotel’s affordable luxury and incredible experience is ideal for those travelling for pleasure as well as for business. Take in splendid ocean views as you unwind in the heated mineral swimming pool or stick to dry land and quench your thirst at the poolside bar. Ask about the Oscar Kids club range of children programmes to keep the little ones entertained, or relax in peaceful surrounds as you round off your day and kick off your night with a pre-dinner drink at the Union Bar.
Adjacent to the Victoria Wharf | Breakwater Boulevard | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 406 5000


Winchester Mansions

Situated on the hustling and bustling Beach Road in Sea Point, this small luxury lodge is an oasis of peace and quiet in the heart of a vibrant Mother City neighbourhood. From its veranda and front-facing rooms visitors can indulge in beautiful ocean views across the sweeping expanse of the Sea Point promenade, a greenway ideal for morning jogs and sunset walks.  In a melding of cultures indicative of the boutique hotel’s vast local and international guest registry, the building’s Cape Dutch architecture surrounds a central Italian-plaza like courtyard. Here, you can enjoy South African cuisine with a European twist at Harvey’s Restaurant, a bistro by day and restaurant by night, or you can linger over a sundowner on the outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. Not to be missed are the famous Sunday Jazz brunches, weekly festive affairs held in the courtyard; be sure to book!
221 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 434 2351 

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Restore your body, mind and soul at this award-wining five-star resort on the wild and rugged coastline of one of Cape Town’s most popular seaside suburbs, Camps Bay. A leisurely drive or eight-minute helicopter ride (the hotel has its own helipad) from the well-known V&A Waterfront, this heavenly luxury hotel is close to the city centre while at the same time refreshingly secluded; it sits neighbourless amidst the fiery fynbos of the Table Mountain National Park. Choose to take a scenic walk or soak up the beautiful surrounds and languish luxuriously at the spa, one of only three accredited Leading Spas in South Africa. Backed by the majestic Twelve Apostles Mountains and with the sweeping Atlantic Ocean on its doorstep, the hotel is the perfect place for those looking for quiet luxury away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s more ostentatious accommodation options.  
Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 437 9000

Chapmans Peak Beach Hotel
Situated at the foot of world-renowned Chapmans Peak Drive and with an expansive view over the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay, the affordable and well-priced Chapmans Peak Hotel is the ideal location for a relaxed getaway outside of the Cape Town city centre. Midway to one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations, Cape Point, this budget-friendly hotel is situated near popular beaches such as Llandudno, Sandy Bay, Clifton and Hout Bay Beach. Take in the beautiful surrounds and savour fresh flavours from the sea (like their signature calamari) on their sun-drenched outdoor terrace; the expansive deck has a sea view to rival the rest.
Chapmans Peak Drive | Hout Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 790 1036

Tintswalo Atlantic
This sensational seaside resort is magnificent in every way, but most notably, it flaunts an incredible and unique position at the base of world-famous Chapmans Peak.  On the slopes of the Cape Mountain Fynbos Reserve, each beachside lodge is situated at the water’s edge, boasting uninterrupted sea views across the Atlantic Ocean. The experience at Tintswalo is intimate and personalised; no length is too far for the Tintswalo resort team to travel to meet the specific needs of its guests. For instance, have a professionally-prepared dinner in the interactive open kitchen or choose to take advantage of the romantic in-room service on offer. Needless to say, this is an ideal spot for honeymooners or those looking to spend some quality time amidst nature’s beauty.  
86 Chapmans Peak Drive | Hout Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 87 754 9300

Dolphin Beach Hotel
If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation at affordable prices and in a great location, this seaside resort village is where you’ll want to stay. Dolphin Beach Hotel is a haven of tranquillity set on the beach in scenic Blouberg (roughly 15 minutes from Cape Town city centre). Seaside rooms boast panoramic sea views across the waters to Robben Island, Cape Town’s cityscape and Table Mountain, while the vlei (marsh)-facing rooms look out onto the nearby wetlands and its array of natural birdlife. Conveniently positioned near business hubs, such as Bayside Mall and Century City, and with the popular and reliable MyCiti bus stop  just a five-minute walk away, Cape Town city, with its exciting family activities, thriving nightlife, beautiful beaches and sightseeing highlights, is easily within your grasp.
Dolphin Beach Complex | Marine Drive | Table View | +27 (0) 21 557 8140


Haven’t found the ideal home-away-from-home? Check out our overview of accommodation in Cape Town, and if looking further afield, have a gander at our hotels in Stellenbosch as well as our hotels in Franschhoek overviews.  


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