We’ve stretched the definition of ‘hotel‘ a little, to accommodate a couple of boutique hotels – and even the odd lodge that welcomes almost the same number of guests as a small hotel – to bring you a list of the best hotels in South Africa.
All of them deliver hotel comfort, but not all of them come with the hefty price tag (some are a pleasant surprise).
And all of them are independent, and not one of them is part of a hotel chain…
Here are the best hotels in South Africa, right now:
Opulence and superlative views out over Johannesburg are the fundamentals of this boutique hotel, which provides only five individually decorated suites set around a central three storey Victorian conservatory.
Beautifully decorated, and artfully designed, this boutique hotel offers luxury in a garden setting. Explore the Penthouse suite as an option, with its rooftop covered terrace and private outdoor jacuzzi.
We love these idiosyncratic, affordable self-catering or B&B units that blend modern furniture and slightly off-the-wall décor with beautiful views and courtyard rooms in one of the city’s bohemian suburbs.
The eclectic mix of colonial and contemporary manages to blend distinctly unusual colours and concepts together in this twenty-seven guest boutique hotel in the city’s major business district.
Don’t miss the opportunity to stay in this eclectically decorated, and cleverly arranged, 15 room hotel right on Route 62 (the world’s longest wine route) with the Langeberg as your view.
Pretty, elegant and well priced, there are 10 individually decorated rooms, suites and a cottage that combine to provide an effortless stay in the heart of the winelands.
Nestled amongst the vineyards at the foot of the Simonsberg, Le Pommier Country Lodge’s 12 suites offer accommodation in luxury country house style and comfort, with breathtaking views of the countryside.
You’re going to snap up the chance to stay here purely for the views over the Knysna lagoon, but the elegantly modern décor works its own charm, as does having your own private patio.
The country setting of this small hotel alone will encourage a stay on the edge of the Tsitsikamma forests, the Kouga Mountains looming in the background. The price tag isn’t half bad either.
This beautiful, historic stone manor lies on sprawling lawns, surrounded by fir trees, gardens and a 150 year-old giant oak, its olde-world charm divided into 17 en-suite rooms with double-glazed bay windows.
One of the oldest houses in the Riebeek Valley, with gardens and views of the mountain, this small weekend hideaway is a find – beautifully but simply decorated, with a fair price tag.
Perfectly positioned between Kirstenbosch and the Constantia wine route, this gracious country house offers 14 graciously decorated suites, and a dining conservatory for breakfasts.
You can’t go wrong with a hotel on Cape Town’s most popular street. And these 12 comfortable, stylishly decorated en-suites offer an uncomplicated stay.
Think lovingly restored home, distinctive use of colour, tastefully furnished en-suite bedrooms, some with their own patios overlooking Table Mountain.
All we can say is: why wouldn’t you want to stay here?
The little town of Stanford is a popular weekend town, and this historical hotel not only offers the oldest pub in town, but a series of hotel rooms, and cottages, for a comfortable olde world stay.
This eight bed boutique hotel offers a colonial style stay in a restored 1926 residence with beautiful gardens and swimming pool.
The whale route’s capital offers a boutique hotel with views out over Walker Bay. Perched right on the edge of Fernkloof Nature Reserve there are sea view rooms, garden rooms or a pool room to choose from.
Set on the popular Panorama Route is a manor built in the style of a 17th century Italian castle, a fairytale experience for those who stay in one of the six suites.