In Afrikaans, welgelegen means "well situated," and this classy boutique hotel in two beautifully restored Victorian mansions is just that: nestled under Table Mountain in a quiet street just minutes away from city attractions. The area feels safe and you can easily walk to trendy Kloof Street or get a quick Uber to the CBD. All the rooms are individually decorated and cozy. The pretty courtyard and the gorgeous old library are great places to relax after a busy day.
Rooms are stylish and comfortable, with a mixture of African chic and romantic whimsy, with low-key beige as the base. There are a few different classes--the smaller rooms have queen or double beds, the larger have king-size. Some have balconies.
Room 14 has its own private terrace, with a little pond. Room 7 has a view of Table Mountain. We could go on... have a chat with the staff when booking to find out which room might suit you best.
Toiletries are by the eco-friendly, 100% natural Healing Earth range. The deluxe room has an open-plan travertine bath (with shower), which might appeal to couples but would probably intimidate any but the closest of friends! The other room classes have light, airy private bathrooms.
Arriving at Welgelegen feels like coming up the steps to a friend's home. Staff are helpful and friendly but never intrusive.
The hotel has a small outdoor pool in the courtyard, nicely-lit at night.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While it is cute, the pool is pretty much only a plunge pool - there's not really room for any serious swimming here.
There's no spa, but on-site spa treatments are available.
The hotel breakfast is delicious and cooked to order, with cookies and other snacks, drinks and little extras available through the day, too.
There's an honesty bar for guests.
The hotel is in the Oranjezicht area, walking distance from Kloof Street and a quick drive from the CBD and waterfront. The beaches on the other side of the mountains are a slightly further drive - around 11 minutes to Clifton.
The famous, popular Black Sheep (2-minute walk) is close, and has a cool, laidback vibe and a daily changing menu. Cafe Paradiso (2-minute walk) - almost next door - is another good option for couples and families alike, with a garden and views of Table Mountain.
The Sorrows (11-minute walk) - as in, drowning yours - is an elegant spot with a vast array of drinks. Or try gorgeous Asoka (5-minute walk), for great cocktails, food and jazz.
WHY WE LIKE IT
An elegant guesthouse with a lovely vibe and reasonable prices, close to trendy Kloof Street, the little touches and boutique feel of Welgelegen really lift the experience of staying here.