Top 10 Guesthouses In Cape Town, South Africa - Updated 2021

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The port city of Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and affectionately known as the ‘Mother City’ by locals. Frequently featured on the ‘must visit’ lists of many travel publications, Cape Town is a very popular tourist destination in South Africa. From the Table Mountain to the Cape Peninsula, Cape Town has many sights and activities to woo tourists. Hiking across the slopes of the Table Mountain, wine tasting through the wineries of this famous wine-producing city, lazing around on the beaches, going on a safari, shopping at the many luxury stores, or taking in the magnificent view at the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town has something for every visitor. One is simply spoilt for choice in terms of accommodations in this vibrant city, where a wide range of options to suit every budget are readily available. As such, choosing to stay at a guesthouse is not only economical but also beneficial in terms of the local knowledge that your host could provide to you. Come and check out our recommendations of guesthouses in Cape Town, South Africa.

1. Spacious apartment with Table Mountain views (from USD 39)

Live comfortably in this spacious one-bedroom apartment in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town. The unique feature of this apartment is its upper seating area that has views of the beach as well as the Table Mountain in the distance. The apartment has a living area, a bedroom with an ensuite and a full kitchen (with all appliances included) overlooking the pool. Guests have full access to the shared community pool and an undercover braai entertainment area. Blouberg beach is just a five minutes’ walk from the apartment, and another beach very popular with kite surfers is also two minutes’ away. Many shops, pubs, and restaurants are also nearby.

Beautiful 1 Bedroom apartment Bloubergstrand
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
226 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great views of table mountain
beautiful and private flat with the most stunning view of table mountain from the sun deck
beautiful view of table mountain
it was great having a heater a garage and bbq facilities and good quality coffee
stunning views of table mountain and downtown cape town
Cleanliness:
great clean and tidy accomodation
the unit was clean and comfortable
the place was clean and neat
it is modern clean and comfortable
it is very clean and safe
Host:
wonderful hosts all round
great host & beautiful are
lovely apartment and friendly hostess :-)
lovely place and extremely accommodating host
friendly host who respects you privacy
Location:
location is great spacious and modern
great place wish we could have stayed longer
very comfortable place close to the beach and restaurants
we really enjoyed our stay in this stylish well located gem
the neighborhood is very conveniently located and the apartment is very quiet would absolutely recommend to stay there
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2. A safe and rustic cottage perfect for hikers (from USD 57)

Bright, white and oozing rustic charm, this cottage is located in a cul-de-sac on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town. It has an open-plan main room with a farmhouse kitchen. The cozy bedroom and pool boast Table Mountain views. The cottage has a very earthy feel to it and blends in well with the surrounding mountains. It has a pool, a barbecue area and a small sideways climbing wall in the alley. The cottage is a short 20-minute walk or an easy drive to the Cape Town city center and an ideal base for runners and hikers as the paths, trails, and tracks of Table Mountain are very close by too. Some local cafés, shops, and restaurants are also at a walking distance.

Designers Cottage on Table Mountain
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
74 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we loved the swimming pool and the fantastic view on the table mountain
deerpark café is great for lunch or breakfast and the woodlands eatery has the nicest pizzas
the location is perfect to enjoy the city center vibes while enjoying amazing views of table mountain
it is private quiet very comfortable and has a spectacular view
its got amazing views and a great pool to relax in
Cleanliness:
everything was perfect very clean and ready for us upon arrival
the guesthouse was clean and included everything we needed for our week stay
nice clean accommodation with friendly hosts
a nice cottage in their garden: safe clean and spacious
Host:
quick responses and helpful
hosts friendly and helpful
lovely hosts and a lovely home
jarad is a great host
hosts very helpful in answering questions and helping with various details
Location:
centrally located in good neighbourhood
well located and well equipped
easy walk to city center
a perfect location to explore the city
very comfortable and nice location
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3. Private studio with a heated pool (from USD 32)

Located in a quiet, classy and safe neighborhood, this studio is perfect for exploring Cape Town. The studio is located in the back courtyard of the host’s house, but it has a private, gated and separate entrance on the side of the house for guests. The studio comes with a living area, a comfortable bed for two, an ensuite bathroom and a private heated pool right outside the studio. An excellent deli is just a five-minute walk from the studio and the beach is a mere 10 minutes’ drive away. The local De Waal park is also two minutes’ walk away. The studio is also very close to Table Mountain, ideal for walks and hikes.

Private Studio - Cape Town - Fantastic location
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
177 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
(also easy to use wifi at will’s)
lovely views great spots for breakfast
wifi connectivity was also not bad and guy is a great host
wifi is good pool is in front and is soothing
hoping to stay at his rooftop apartment in the future it has the most incredible views
Cleanliness:
clean spacious and secure
very clean and private accommodations
space was clean safe and quiet
studio was clean and comfortable and all necessaries provided
nice place clean and cozy equipped with everything to make your stay comfortable
Host:
guy is a great host
guy was an amazing host and knowledgeable about the area
guy was a fantastic host
he is the great host i must say
he was very helpful and acommodating
Location:
a great location in a quiet and safe neighbourhood with shopping and restaurants a short walk away
so central for everything and lovely quiet location
great location - quiet neighborhood but very central
absolutely fantastic location within walking distance to trendy cafe's and restaurants
location is great lovely neighborhood and guy is super friendly
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4. Centrally located studio at a boutique hotel (from USD 125)

Centrally located, the Rouge on Rose boutique hotel has nine individually decorated studios, each with a city or mountain view. The studios are perfect for two guests, with a living space, a comfortable bed, a partially open bathroom, a deep soaking bathtub, and a separate shower with a rainfall showerhead. The hotel has also thoughtfully provided many other amenities to guests, including free Wifi, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, free bottled water and daily housekeeping. The hotel is centrally located to explore Cape Town. Greenmarket Square is a mere eight-minute walk away and the Cape Town International Convention Centre is just 14 minutes’ away.

Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel
Cape Town, ZA
1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

5. Comfortable stay at The B.I.G Backpackers (from USD 71)

This bright and comfortable property offers a shared mixed dormitory with twin bunk beds. A private bathroom and shower are available to guests. Other practical amenities provided by the host include free Wifi, free cribs/infant beds, ceiling fans, and daily housekeeping. A shared living area, pool, and communal courtyard seating area are added touches to this property. The house has been well designed to keep guests’ comfort in mind and thoughtful interior details can be seen throughout the house. At a ten-minute walk from the property is the V&A Waterfront and Greenpoint Market. This guesthouse is also 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from Cape Town Stadium.

The B.I.G Backpackers
Cape Town, ZA
0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

6. Comfort and accessibility at Antrim Villa (from USD 76)

Surrounded by greenery and located in the Three Anchor Bay area of Cape Town, the Antrim Villa is a Victorian guesthouse with 11 individually decorated guest rooms. The guest rooms are bright, comfortable and come furnished with a private bathroom, shower, bathrobes, and designer toiletries. The use of wood and wicker furniture throughout the property gives it a very home-like feel. Guests can relax at the large pool or take in the view from a terrace or the garden of the guesthouse. The Antrim Villa is located at a five-minute drive from Greenpoint Market and Cape Town Stadium. V&A Waterfront is just a short distance from the guesthouse.

Antrim Villa
Cape Town, ZA
0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

7. Conveniently located near the South African National Gallery - The Fritz Hotel (from USD 90)

Bordered by mountains and greenery, the Fritz Hotel exudes old-world charm with wooden floors and delicate balconies off the guest rooms. Each guestroom has two twin beds, a balcony, and a private bathroom. Other conveniences like free Wifi, TV with satellite channels, refrigerator and minibar, etc. are included too. The property has a fabulous location; the South African Museum and Planetarium is just a five-minute walk away and 11 minutes’ on foot will take you to the South African National Gallery. Greenmarket Square is merely 0.8 miles (1.2 km) from the guesthouse.

The Fritz Hotel
Cape Town, ZA
1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

8. Modern and convenient - Olaf's Guest House (from USD 112)

The guest rooms at Olaf’s Guest House are modern, clean and luxuriously furnished. Each guest room has a small living area, comfortable beds, an attached bathroom and can easily accommodate four guests. Air conditioning, free Wifi, and daily housekeeping are also provided. The guesthouse has many other common-use areas like the outdoor pool, a terrace/patio area to relax and unwind after a day of exploring the town, a common lobby and reception area, and a light-filled breakfast room. Milton Beach is just a three-minute drive away from Olaf’s Guest House and Green Point Park is a five-minute drive away.

Olaf's Guest House
Cape Town, ZA
1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

9. Practical and comfortable - Leeuwenzee guest house (from USD 60)

Situated in the Sea Point area of Cape Town, Leeuwenzee guest house has 11 comfortable guest rooms. Each guest room can easily sleep three guests and has an ensuite bathroom with a shower and rainfall showerhead. A pool, an outdoor seating area, free Wifi, air conditioning, and daily housekeeping add to the guests’ comfort at this property. The Leeuwenzee guesthouse is at a five-minute drive from Milton Beach and Green Point Park.

Leeuwenzee Guest House
Cape Town, ZA
1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

10. A tranquil country cottage in Cape Town

The charming house is surrounded by lush greenery and truly exudes a holiday cottage feel. This airy and bright two-bedroom cottage comfortably accommodates four guests. It has an indoor fireplace in the living room and a fully equipped kitchen that opens on to a leafy garden. The tastefully decorated cottage has lots of wooden accents and exudes charm in every room. This cottage is ideal for access to the Constantia vineyards, Kirstenbosch Gardens, beaches, and Cape Town city center, which is just a twenty minutes’ drive away. A short drive will take you to the Constantia shopping center and restaurant area.

Charming, separate cottage, work/relax/escape.
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
79 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a very comfortable and secluded little cottage in a wooded nook in constantia
the beds were so comfortable and the cottage so tastefully furnished
our family of 4 (including 2 teenagers) loved the comfortable cottage and beautiful garden
lovely comfortable cottage with huge space for a family with a crawling baby
claudias place is a great place to stay when visiting cape town and wanting a quiet comfortable cottage
Cleanliness:
very cosy clean and spacious
the house was clean comfy and had everything we needed
it is beautiful quiet clean
the cottage is clean and comfortable and we enjoyed our 6 night stay with her
Host:
claudia is a lovely host
claudia is a great host
claudia was a great host and responded quickly to all our questions
claudia and loveness were friendly and helpful throughout our stay - thank you very much
loverly host with a beautiful well kept home
Location:
the location was totally secure and perfect for mountain sea and city
also the neighbourhood is very friendly
great area close to everything we needed and with fantastic mountainside garden and birdlife
the location in the city is beautiful and very easy to reach all other areas
you need a car though to get around but all major tourist attractions in close reach
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Cape Town has guesthouses to cater to all budgets, styles, preferences, and needs. And wherever you choose to stay in this lively city, you’re always guaranteed quality and comfort, especially at our recommended guesthouses in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Isha is a former corporate nobody. She lives a quiet life of travelling, writing, and minding her own business.

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