This fabulous, well-located Georgian and Victorian boutique hotel dates back to the beginning of the 19th century and is now a designated national monument. The charming public areas—a library, lounge with wood-burning fireplace, pool, and patio—are great places to relax, and the staff are accommodating and able to arrange just about anything you need. Located in the trendy Kloof Street area, it is within walking distance of numerous cafés and restaurants and has a great breakfast and tasty extra treats galore in its own right.
The light, airy rooms are decorated with well-chosen contemporary and antique furnishings. All are different, but similarly elegant, and stocked with all the amenities you'd expect. Some have terraces.
Those interested in self-catering will find More Quarters, a series of small apartments (with kitchens) in four historic homes just feet from the hotel, the ideal lodging option for a longer stay that really gives you the sense of being a legit Capetonian.
Bathrooms are spacious and well-appointed, with luxurious Africology toiletries.
The hotel's trendy lobby, with its feel of being in an updated Victorian home, sets the tone for the rest of the property. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests have to phone to reception to get the WiFi code, which is a bit odd.
There's no gym, but access to the nearby Virgin Active is available, with return transfers.
The hotel breakfast is delicious, with a buffet and cooked options, and featuring interesting extras like honeycomb. Room service is available from 12-9 pm, with a tasty international menu. Coffee, tea and lemonade are available in the library in the afternoon, and the evening social from 5-9pm includes free canapés, port and sherry.
See above: While the hotel doesn't have a bar as such, drinks are available, and many of them are provided for free to be enjoyed in any of the hotel's pleasant public areas, from the poolside to the fireside.
The hotel is fantastically close to all the bars and restaurants of Kloof Street, which is a major plus. It's also pretty easy to reach the rest of the city's sights, albeit by car--although it only takes around ten minutes. The hotel provides a transfer service.
Da Vinci's on Kloof (2-minute walk) is a friendly pizza place with a good vibe. Or El Burro Taqueria Kloof Nek (5-minute walk) dishes up fresh, spicy Mexican food in a tiny little space. Be prepared to wait for a table at a nearby bar.
Yours Truly (5-minute walk) is a cool spot much-loved by locals with a small rooftop bar. The Vic Bar (3-minute walk) is the go-to joint for live music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Elegant and relaxing, Cape Cadogan has the deftness of touch that all good boutique hotels should, backed up by a host of cute extras and fantastic staff for whom nothing is too much trouble.