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Awesome and Unusual Places to Stay in Cape Town and Surrounds

A selection of quirky and cool accommodation spots in and around the Mother City

Last Update: 6 March 2018

You don’t have to drift too far off the beaten track to marvel in the magnificence that is the Western Cape.

We have made it much easier for you to find the ideal accommodation for your next getaway. We looked at Airbnb, hotels and self-catering cottages, and these ones stood out the most.

Making the most of Mother Nature:

AFRICA'S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE– FIRST RED CONCEPT HOTEL

One of only five RED concept hotels in the world, Radisson RED Cape Town (opposite the Zeitz MOCAA) is both pet-friendly and a space where art, design and technology meet. Here, you get to create their own unique RED experience. The modern studio rooms are all hooked up to wireless streaming technology and encourage you to BYOD (bring your own device). Guests can also use the exclusive RED app to stream any modern device through their 55-inch TV screen, engage with guests or order a “grab and go” meal from the delicious OUI restaurant downstairs. Take your laptop up to the rooftop for a dip and sip at RED rooftop bar with its lap pool, iconic red mobile bar truck and panoramic city views.

Unique factor: Expect the unexpected – a first in Africa and a pet-friendly hotel that puts guests in control of their guest experience through its app and wireless streaming technology, located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront’s arty Silo District.

Rates: From R1900 for a studio, R2500 for a studio with a view, R3400 for a studio suite and R3100 for a studio suite with bunk beds (with TVs installed in each bunk bed) for the kids.

 Silo 6 | Silo square | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 87 086 1578

AFRICAMPS BOUTIQUE CAMPING

Glamping is the answer to making the most of the outdoors without having to sacrifice comfort. AfriCamps Boutique Camping caters for this growing trend. They have five spacious, privately situated luxury tents at five special locations in the Western Cape. Each glamp tent sleeps five people in two private bedrooms furnished with queen-sized beds and one with an extra bunk bed. In the tent, too, is a private bathroom, a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen and outdoor deck.
Unique factor: They recently added new camps in Stanford and Plettenberg Bay. The other three are in the Oudtshoorn, Swellendam and Robertson.
Approximate travel time from CBD: Various venues around the Western Cape
Rates: R545/p to R1045/p


5 locations. This location: Ingwe | The Crags | Plettenberg Bay | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | [email protected]

MATROOSBERG PEAK OF ADVENTURE IN CERES

Escape to a remote cabin in Ceres for an authentic ski experience in winter. The cabins and mountains are covered in snow, which make it ideal conditions for a skiing adventure. The authenticity of the camping experience is further enhanced by the fact that the ski huts don’t have linen or electricity. A fireplace, hot water, bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen is available on site though.
Unique factor: There is a full range of activities on this farm, from snowboarding to 4x4 rides, farm tours, horse riding, cherry picking and ice climbing, as well as trail hiking.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 2 hours 30 minutes (164 km)
Rates: R130 per person, no less than 2 days may be booked.


Matroosberg farm private nature reserve| Ceres | Western Cape | +27 (0)23 312 2282

KAGGA KAMMA NATURE RESERVE IN CEDERBERG

Wake up to an unfiltered view of the untouched Karoo-like wilderness and explore caves covered in Khoisan paintings at the Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve in Cederberg. Experience rock climbing, a rock art tour and a stargazing experience at this nature reserve.
Unique factor: Explore the caves and sleep under the stars at this resort. There are roofed accommodation options available for those that prefer the comfort of something overhead.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 3 hours 45 min (242km)
Rates: From R3220/p to R5400/p


Kagga Kamma | Ceres | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 872 4343

TENIQUA TREETOPS IN SEDGEFIELD

Imagine swinging through the forest, slinging from one vine to the next, this is what you will get at the Teniqua Treetops. Located in the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua Mountains in Sedgefield, Teniqua comprises eight beautifully handcrafted, self-catering treetop cabins that afford guests the opportunity to see the region from a different perspective.
Unique factor: Glamp out in a luxurious tree house, equipped with everything from an ensuite bathroom to a kitchen.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 3 hours 45 min (242km)
Rates: R1870 to R2783 per unit


Ruigtevlei turn-off | Sedgefield | Western Cape | +27 (0) 44 356 2868

 

The carefully curated ones:

EVERY SMALL DETAIL COUNTS
You will find La Bella Vita Studios in the pages of premium decor magazines because the interiors of each studio are exquisite. These studios within the heart of the Cape Winelands is loved by creatives, photographers, and wedding couples because so much care has been taken in the details.
Unique Factor: Each of the studios are individually designed and decorated. Ebony is a statement studio in dark opulence. Blush, Haven and Mare studios are romantic and rejuvenating. There are many more to pick from, and two more being designed.
Each of the La Bella Vita studios donates 3.5% of the annual profits to a specific charity.
Approximate time from CBD: 50 minutes, From Stellenbosch and Franschhoek: 20 min respectively.
Rates: R2950 per night per studio. The winter special ends in September 2018, and is R2360 per night for two nights or more.


La Bella Vita Wine Estate, Simonsvlei Road | Paarl | +27 60 997 9081

THE FYNBOS GLASSHOUSE IN BETTY'S BAY

A private piece of paradise in an indigenous garden, surrounded by stunning fynbos and plenty of horse riding trails. Experience the essence of the Overberg, taste the vino at some glorious wine estates and marvel at the magnificence of the Kogelberg biosphere reserve in this area.
Unique factor: Despite the Cape Town water crisis, there are no water restrictions at this oasis. Indulge in unlimited baths after riding horses along the white sandy beaches.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 30 minutes (94 km)
Rates: R2832 per night


Kogelberg Coastal Biosphere| Betty's Bay | Western Cape

AVALON SPRINGS

Mountain chalets and hot springs are the prevalent currency at this majestic resort. The cosy chalets in Montagu include a private patio, built in braai area,  access to the jacuzzi and pool areas.
Unique factor: Choose from hotel rooms, self-catering apartments or the mountain chalets, and gain full access to the hot springs, restaurant and bar as well as the spa.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 2 hours 30 minutes (188 km)
Rates:  The mountain chalets range from R2000 to R3000 per unit

Uitvlucht street| Montagu | Western Cape | +27 (0)23 614 1150

THE PARKHOUSE HOTEL IN GARDENS

Treat yourself to a stayover at The Parkhouse Hotel, and experience sleeping in a pod. Nestled in a cosy cul de sac in Gardens, this elegant boutique hotel offers guests a true nesting experience. The contemporary multifunctional space is also environmentally friendly.
Unique factor: Get a mod-pod experience in a sleeping booth styled bed. It is semi-enclosed, with a pod-like structure. The headboard has deep-set buttons and velvet fabric, adding to a quirky finishing to this pod-like luxurious bed. Best to experience it for yourself.
Approximate travel time from CBD: It is within the CBD
Rates:  From R1590 to R2490 per unit.


3 Kohling Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 6913

THE TIPI EXPERIENCE AT THE CIRCLE T RANCH

The Circle T Ranch is South Africa’s very own version of the ‘Wild Wild West’. If you’re a fan of themed accommodation then this is for you. The Tipi Experience invites visitors to sleep in Native American-style tents. Each tipi is equipped with a fire-pit, wood, a gas burner, oil, candles and lamps.
Unique factor: The site also features eco-friendly ablutions. Wake up to the sound of roosters crowing, horses neighing, or sleep with the top of the tipi open for a unique experience of sleeping under the stars.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 40 minutes (46 km)
Rates: R300/p to R350/p per night. A 10% discount applies to bookings for 3 nights or more.  


Cape Road | Philidelphia | +27 (0)82 659 9143

AFRICAN RELISH IN PRINCE ALBERT

Amateur chefs, aspiring foodies and avid diners, this one is especially for you. African Relish is a cooking school that offers a culinary experience like no other. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of their Karoo themed cottages.
Unique factor: At African Relish, students can stay in the self-catering cottages found on the school grounds.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 4 hours 22 min (393km)
Rates: Half-day courses are R750 per person and come with lunch or dinner. For full-day courses, the cost is R1250, including lunch and dinner. The cost for the cottages starts at R500 per person per night, depending on the cottage, to R1500 for a full cottage which sleeps, four guests.


34 Church Street | Prince Alfred | Klein Karoo | +27 (0)23 541 1381/ +27 (0)72 582 8749

THE STABLES AT FISAASBOS IN TULBAGH

The Stables was once a coach house, which has been converted for short stay accommodation. This quaint outbuilding offers cosy lodgings in a beautiful setting. There’s plenty to see, do and experience in Tulbagh, especially their annual Christmas in Winter event.
Unique factor: The Stables perfect for travellers wanting to take in the history of the area.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 43 min (133 km)
Rates: R900 to R2000 per unit per night.


Remhoogte | Church Street | Tulbagh | +27 (0)84 777 8487

ONCE IN CAPE TOWN

To keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in and around the city, consider staying at this popular backpackers. Once will make sure you’re entertained from the moment you set foot in Cape Town until the minute Table Mountain’s silhouette disappears from view.
Unique factor: Expect free walking tours (to get familiar with your surroundings), trips to Signal Hill, as well as Sunday outings. Their daily weather forecast and ‘Things to Do’ list makes this conveniently located backpackers a sought-after accommodation option.
Approximate travel time from CBD: It is within the CBD
Rates:  Prices range from R235 to R1500 depending on which room is booked and for how many people. Seasonal rates apply.


73 Kloof Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6169

AKADEMIE STREET BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN FRANSCHHOEK

Who wouldn’t want to stay at a guesthouse that has won TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards, for categories such as Top Small Hotel in the World, Top Luxury Hotel in the World, Top 25 Hotels in the World for Romance, and Number One Hotel in Franschhoek from 2011 all the way through to 2016? No one should have to pass up the opportunity to stay at this picturesque boutique hotel where every vacation need is met by the hands-on staff.
Unique factor: Discover the nooks and crannies of the Cape Winelands on Akademie Street branded bicycles, and make the most of private pools, hot tubs and fireplaces.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 15 min (81km)
Rates: R6500 to 7500 per unit


5 Akademie Street | Franschhoek | +27 (0)82 517 0405

OVERSEERS COTTAGE ON TABLE MOUNTAIN

Ever wondered what it would feel like to sleep on top of Table Mountain? Perched on top of Table Mountain, the 16 sleeper lodging affords guests spectacular views that stretch as far as Stellenbosch and False Bay. Fitted with an outside braai area, a big fireplace, gas-heated showers and comfy beds, this is the perfect getaway for friends and family.
Unique factor: You needn’t worry about hiking up the mountain with your luggage either, as SanParks can arrange for a service that will take your suitcases to the top so you don’t have to.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 19 min (12,8 km)
Rates: R2280 per night for six people with an additional charge of R380 for extra adults and R190 for extra children. SANParks offers a 20% discount off accommodation in its Cape Town region parks in May, June and July.

 


Table Mountain National Park | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 701 8692

 

 

Words by Buhle Lindwa 

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