On a quiet street in leafy Oranjezicht, this midsize boutique hotel has spacious, contemporary rooms laid out on two floors around a lovely courtyard in a beautifully restored old building. Public spaces are somewhat limited, with the breakfast room/bar, courtyard and pool all on the small side. The best public feature is probably the roof deck area with stunning views of Table Mountain and the city, though in summer the wind may keep you downstairs.
For history buffs, the lovely old building has considerably pedigree. Formerly known as "Schoonder Sigt" (beautiful view), in the 1770s it was one of the most well-known manors in Cape Town and owned and occupied by the Commandant of the Castle, General Robert J. Gordon, who mapped huge parts of South Africa.
The light, modern and elegant rooms have thick cozy throws and plenty of amenities - universal power outlets, Nespresso machines, work desks and air-conditioning/heating - to make your staff comfortable.
Bathroom amenities include high-quality linens and robes and great bath products (a designer biodegradable line). Plus, some of the bathrooms have huge freestanding tubs.
The hotel's small reception, with stone walls, is staffed by a really helpful, relaxed team. There is some free parking.
Breakfast is delicious, with a buffet and hot options as well as tasty smoothies.
The hotel is in a safe, walkable district, and you can reach some cool restaurants and bars in this way, although for many sights a car or Uber is probably better.
The Bombay Bicycle Club (19-minute walk, 6-minute drive), a Bohemian hangout with food from all over the world. Or Cafe Paradiso (17-minute walk, 6-minute drive) is a relaxed Mediterranean restaurant with a lovely large garden.
Perseverance Tavern (14-minute walk, 4-minute drive) is a fun, traditional pub dating from the 1800s. Or check out the Belmond Mount Nelson Planet Bar (15-minute walk) for a swanky but not snooty drink accompanied by live piano music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A friendly and elegant boutique hotel in a quiet, leafy district below Table Mountain, the Three has some standout features, like its view-tastic rooftop deck and its interesting history, that lift it above the competition.