Home to a warm climate, a vibrant culture and some of most breathtakingly beautiful vistas in the world, Cape Town has spent decades seducing its many visitors. Relax on the beach, commune with the local wildlife, take a tipple on a wine-tasting tour or just experience Cape Town’s unique view on life, often reflected in their collection of unique and quirky hotels. We asked travel writer and Cape Town connoisseur to choose her favourite ten cool and unusual hotels in Cape Town…
Grand Daddy Hotel – very retro cool
No holiday in Cape Town would be complete without at least one night at the famous Grand Daddy Hotel, with its Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park — that’s right, the penthouses in this hotel are Airstream trailers. Although this is no ordinary trailer park, each of the seven trailers (and communal spaces) have each been renovated by talented local artists creating unique and playful living spaces. On summer nights, you’ll also find a rooftop concert going on right outside.
- Prices from ¢91 per night
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Kagga Kamma – for quirky nature lovers
Definitely one for the outdoor lovers, Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve offers unique Cape Town accommodation options located in the pristine wilderness near the famous city. Here you can sleep literally under the stars (but from the comfort of a luxury open-air bed) or sleep in a naturally cool cave room previously inhabited by the region’s native Bushmen. See 6,000 year old cave paintings, take a guided safari or just spend a day unwinding at the spa.
- Prices from ¢69 per night
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Dutch Manor Antique Hotel 1812 – old-school chic
Ever wish you could travel back in time? Now you can, when you stay at the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel 1812. Every room and every piece of furniture has been restored to match the opulence of this bygone era — but don’t worry, not everything’s antique. You’ll still get all of the modern amenities, including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, televisions and the most important modern convenience of all — plumbing.
- Prices from ¢99 per night
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The Tipi Experience – for a taste of the outdoors
The name speaks for itself, doesn’t it? At Healing Holidays: The Tipi Experience, you’ll stay in an actual tepee and benefit from holistic therapies like massage. Your tepee will be perched on a wooden deck for comfort, and you’ll have access to a gas cooker, a private shower and a braai (barbecue) pit; all you need to bring is food.
- Prices from ¢36 per night
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Daddy Longlegs Art Hotel – funky, fun budget
Creative types will love this fun and funky cool hotel in Cape Town, where every room has its own unique art-inspired decor. The comfortable, affordable and spacious rooms seek to marry the privacy of a hotel suite with the personality of a backpacker hostel.
- Prices from ¢70 per night
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Langebaan Houseboats – nautical and nice
The Langebaan Houseboats offer unique luxury accommodation off the coast of Cape Town. Groups of up to six can stay aboard the Larus, while larger groups can rent either the lower or upper deck of the Nirvana. Both boats include kitchen and dining facilities in addition to sleeping accommodations. The sunsets will be worth price alone!
- Prices from ¢36 per night
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Overseers Cottage – for complete isolation
Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most noticeable landmark, but did you know that you can spend the night up there? The Overseers Mountain Cottage can accommodate up to 16 people and offers facilities for cooking and bathing. Perfect for exploring and hiking the surrounding landscapes.
- Prices from $208 per night (sleeps up to six people)
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Teniqua Treetops – unique Cape Town eco-retreat
If you’re an Eco-conscious nature-lover or just a great big kid, you’ll love Teniqua Treetops. Here, you can sleep in a tented tree house perched high in the forest canopy of the Outeniqua foothills. Get a close look at the region’s many exotic birds, or make special memories with your sweetheart!
- Prices from $115 per night
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Breakwater Lodge – prison chic
The centrally located and modestly priced Breakwater Lodge puts you in easy reach of everywhere you want to be in downtown Cape Town, but if this 19th century structure looks imposing, that’s because it started out life as a prison. Although don’t worry about prison-style accommodation this newly renovated hotel offers chic and contemporary interiors. A fabulously unusual Cape Town hotel!
- Prices from $145 per night
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Aquila Private Game Reserve – for the wildlife fans
The Aquila Private Game Reserve offers luxury and standard chalets and the opportunity for Big Five game safaris. Glimpse elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhino, and return to your rustic yet comfortable accommodations for a dip in a natural rock pool. The safaris are educational, so you’ll learn plenty about the wildlife and ecosystem of the region.
- Prices from $152 per night
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Top 10 Cool and Unusual hotels in Cape Town was written by South Africa fan Adi Herndon, Abi has visited more than 30 countries and written for numerous travel blogs.