To those that live here, it was no surprise that Cape Town was voted as the number one city to visit in 2014 by the New York Times. With the royal blue Atlantic Ocean lapping at the feet of one of the most iconic mountain ranges in the world, it’s hard to imagine otherwise. Trying to find a hotel with the best mountain views can be an arduous task so we’ve compiled a list of our top five Cape Town hotels with the best Table Mountain views just for you. As an added bonus, some of them even have views of our many sun-kissed shores.
1. The One Above
The best views of Table Mountain are, without a doubt, from this fine piece of real estate, The Royal Portfolio’s new exclusive use villa located atop of the One & Only Hotel. The double-story penthouse is designed to invite views of the face of Table Mountain, Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront and the historic Robben Island from every angle. The mountain is also cleverly framed by the walls of all the penthouse’s suites. The marvellous views of this vibrant city are not the only highlight of this deluxe villa, however, which boasts 4 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, top of the range gym and 2 rather sizeable swimming pools.
2. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
The aptly-named Twelve Apostles Hotel is tucked snugly in the bosom of one of Cape Town’s most well-known geographical features – the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Unlike most hotels in the city, the 15 suites and 55 rooms at the Twelve Apostles Hotel will always give the visitor something to look at. Whether a face-to-face with the western slopes of the majestic mountain or the glimmering and ever-popular Camps Bay coastline, all rooms grant guests sweeping million dollar views. The Twelve Apostles is no secret, having been voted as the best of the best that Cape Town has to offer several times. Local Capetonians have also come to appreciate the stellar quality of the hotel’s Azure Restaurant, often dining here on special occasions, and making use of the facilities at the renowned spa which includes a sauna, hydrotherapy pools and flotation tank.
3. Boutique Manolo
Boutique Manolo is living proof that size certainly doesn’t matter – especially when your curtains open to breath-taking views of the awe-inspiring Lion’s Head and Cape Town’s Waterfront. Much of this small luxury hotel’s charm lies in its spectacular rooftop which is best visited for sundowners, during which the city’s famous fairy lights sparkle into the night sky and illuminate the brim of the Atlantic Ocean. This Victorian-style hotel is conveniently located only a few minutes’ walk from Cape Town’s bustling city centre and is home to four of the most deluxe hotel suites you’ll find anywhere in the City Bowl.
4. The Mount Nelson Hotel
Basking in the glorious shadow of Table Mountain, the Mount Nelson Hotel, or ‘The Nellie’ as it is warmly known by local Capetonians, is a City Bowl institution. Its candy-floss coloured walls greet all those who enter the city centre and direct their gaze to the sandstone giant that lies behind it. Unlike most hotels in the CBD, the Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town has space on its side, boasting several acres of well-manicured gardens. Those wishing to stay at one of the oldest and best regarded hotels in Cape Town will find such features as spacious and well-designed suites, a luxury spa and the famous High Tea at which guests and visitors alike are treated to the most decadent pastries and sweet treats.
5. The Vineyard Hotel and Spa
While some may think that the Vineyard Hotel is an unusual choice, its distance from the city centre, is in fact, one of its greatest assets. Draped along the slopes of Table Mountain’s eastern range, the Vineyard Hotel is graced with spectacular mountain views and provides a relaxing getaway into the quieter Southern Suburbs. The 200 year-old hotel provides a garden-like atmosphere in which guests can listen to the trickle of gentle waterfalls during the rainy season and watch as the estate’s giant tortoises slowly roam through the garden’s lush greenery. The Vineyard Hotel and Spa also boasts the internationally acclaimed Angsana Spa, as well as two top restaurants, and is located within walking to one of Cape Town’s most upmarket shopping centres, Cavendish Square.