Accommodation in Cape Town

African Travel Guide – Accommodation in Cape Town

If you’re traveling to South Africa or are a local  looking for an exciting destination in the Rainbow Nation, Cape Town is likely to top your list of places to see.

The number of activities and sights in the Mother City is overwhelming and you’ll find no shortage of places to stay in Cape Town to suit every budget and preference either.

Solo travellers, students, couples, family and groups will all feel right at home here. Let’s take a look at some options for accommodation in Cape Town:

Hotels in Cape Town

Every major international hotel group has at least one branch in Cape Town. Many of these have achieved super star status among both local and international guests but you’ll also find a wide-range of hotels representing every star-rating.  

Although your choice of hotel will determine the amount of luxury you enjoy during your stay, you’re assured of a high standard of friendly hospitality wherever you unpack your bags in Cape Town.  

Hotels in Cape Town usually offer a choice of suites and family rooms in various configurations. Most of these will have air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, television, and tea and coffee making facilities. 

You can enjoy your meals at your chosen hotel’s onsite restaurant, or you can choose to treat yourself with in-room dining if preferred.

Self-Catering Accommodation in Cape Town

While hotel accommodation certainly has its perks, there’s a good chance you’ll want to take charge of your own meals during your visit to Cape Town. This area of the country is a wonderland of delicious eats, artisan produce and delectable wines. It makes sense to sample as much of it as you can during your visit to one of South Africa’s finest dining destinations.

If you prefer picnics, an evening braai or eating out at a different venue every day, self-catering accommodation is a good choice for your trip to the Mother City.

DIY dining also allows for better control over your budget food-wise. Choosing cheap self-catering accommodation in Cape Town means more cash to splash out on the exciting activities and sublime shopping that the city has to offer.

Within the self-catering realm, you’ll also find a huge variety of options to choose from when it comes to amenities and facilities.

Backpackers Budget Accommodation in Cape Town

Backpackers accommodation is the top choice for travellers world-wide who are less concerned with the frills and more interested in experiences. If you opt to stay at a backpacker establishment in Cape Town, you can choose from single, double or dormitory room configurations all over the city.  


At the other end of the scale, multi-bedroomed villas in the Mother City are a plush option for discerning travellers. They’re often located in sought-after destinations like the beach, close to city attractions or in the winelands.

When you book a villa you can expect all the comforts of home such as state-of-the-art kitchens, swimming pools and spacious entertainment areas. Some villas even come with the option to hire a chef or butler to cater to your every need.


Location, location, location is what most Cape Town apartments are all about. Cape Town city accommodation means you’re closer to all the action, you can easily take the hop-on-hop-off bus to major sites or book guided tours to nearby attractions.

Apartments that lack the frills associated with hotels and villas are often the cheapest way to book Cape Town accommodation near the beach and other major Cape Town destinations.

Often apartments have only limited catering facilities which means cheaper rates, but these are usually located close to numerous dining options or have a restaurant on site.

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation and Guest Houses

Cape Town B&B accommodation is a fantastic middle ground between hotels and self-catering accommodation. While you have the convenience of ready dining every morning, you are still free to go your own way with regard to meals the rest of the time.

With so much to see and do in the Mother City, it’s convenient to be able to eat on the run during the day, enjoy food markets and pub fare in the evenings, or take in dinner and a show in the city. When you stay at a B&B you can expect either a continental or English breakfast or a choice between the two.

If you opt to stay at a guest house, you can add lunch or dinner to your accommodation package if preferred.

Unique Cape Town Accommodation

Naturally, you’ll find endless variations on these major Cape Town accommodation options to choose from both in and around the city. Some of the more unusual places to stay include:

  • A rooftop trailer park in the heart of the city
  • Lighthouses and house boats along the West Coast
  • Tree houses in the Overberg
  • Pet friendly accommodation at the V&A Waterfront
  • Caves at St Helena Bay

For a wild experience in the heart of the city, Table Mountain National Park offers chalets and camping on the slopes of Cape Town’s most iconic landmark.

Visit Cape Town

No South African holiday is complete without spending time in and around this fascinating and diverse destination. Get in touch for more information on planning your trip to the Mother City, and we’ll get you on the road to unforgettable adventures.

Please Note: The details shared herein were correct at the time of publishing. However, with time some of this information may change. We recommend confirming information with suppliers prior to making final travel arrangements. If you do happen to find an issue with any information we’ve shared here, please feel free to contact us so that we can make the relevant changes.