The 15 Best Cape Town Waterfront Hotels

Best Cape Town Waterfront Hotels

On your way to Cape Town? Are you looking for the best place to stay in Cape Town? One of the most popular areas to stay during a trip to Cape Town is the Cape Town Waterfront, also known as the V & A Waterfront. In this article, I help you find the best Cape Town Waterfront hotels to cater for your budget and needs. 

Cape Town is the second-most visited city in South Africa. Every year Cape Town wins several travel awards, and it is no wonder as Cape Town offers so much as a holiday destination. Whether you love history, adventure activities, wine-tasting or wild animals, there is something for you in Cape Town. 

Here is my list of the best Cape Town Waterfront hotels with additional information to help you choose a hotel for your visit to Cape Town. 

Comparison Of The Best Cape Town Waterfront Hotels 

Hotel Name

Star Rating

Price

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The Cape Grace Hotel and Spa

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One and Only Cape Town

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The Manor House at the Queen Victoria Hotel

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The Queen Victoria Hotel

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Victoria and Alfred Hotel

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The Table Bay Hotel

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Radisson RED Hotel

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Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

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Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa

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aha Harbour Bridge Hotel and Suites

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Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

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City Lodge Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town

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The Commodore Hotel

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The Silo Hotel

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The Portswood Hotel

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15 Best Cape Town Waterfront Hotels 

The Cape Town Waterfront is an upmarket area and most of the hotels listed here are either 4 or 5-star hotels. There are several hotels offering really good value for money if you consider their location.

The Cape Grace Hotel and Spa

Address: West Quay Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8002

Near: Centrally located, close to shops, restaurants and sights

Room Types: A selection of rooms, including luxury and superior rooms – some with views of Table Mountain, rooftop luxury rooms, penthouse suite, rooftop terrace room, one to three-bedroom suites.

Top Features:

  • Family-friendly
  • Complimentary offerings: local transfers, Cape wine experience, gingerbread decorating for children, port and sherry evenings, shower rooms for early arrivals or late departures
  • Walking distance to restaurants and shops at the V & A Waterfront and the Cape Town city centre 

The Cape Grace Hotel and Spa has a central location with quality accommodation and service. Its hotel rooms include free WiFi, 24-hour room service, security, daily housekeeping and an on-site souvenir shop. All rooms have LCD/plasma televisions, carpets, a separate living room. You can find a fitness centre, an outdoor pool and a spa for massages at the hotel. This luxurious hotel offers tasting menus, whisky pairings and Afternoon Teas. 

You can choose from three food options at the hotel, including: 

  • Signal Restaurant: Here, you can find a buffet breakfast, light lunches and indulgent dinners. The restaurant includes dishes representing the Cape’s different cultures, local flavours, and classic European options. The restaurant caters for meat or seafood lovers, but also vegetarians.
  • Bacule Bar: The bar is the perfect place if you want a quick coffee or a light meal. Bascule is a vibrant destination to enjoy a cappuccino or light lunch. It is a popular place to spend evenings enjoying sundowners.
  • Afternoon tea in the library: The hotel serves afternoon tea in the library. It includes both sweet and savoury treats to enjoy with your tea. 

One and Only Cape Town

Address: Dock Road, Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Close to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: A range of rooms, suites and a unique penthouse suite – many with views of Table Mountain

Top Features:

  • Family-friendly with a kids-only club and a unique teenager programme
  • Private dining options 
  • Wine studio and Chef and wine sessions on Friday evenings

The One and Only Resort offers beautiful views of the Cape Town harbour and Table Mountain. This hotel can arrange a transfer with luxury vehicles for you. You will find a spa at this hotel and a variety of exciting fitness classes, including paddle boarding and pilates. You can use their yoga room, try canoeing or spend quality time with your family completing the mini-golf course. The resort’s free form, temperature-controlled infinity pool is the largest in the Southern hemisphere. 

The Manor House at the Queen Victoria Hotel

Address: Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge V&A Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Close to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Choice of suites, some with a mountain view

Top Features:

  • Family-friendly with a babysitting service
  • Complimentary water and welcome drink

Although the Manor House is at the Cape Town Waterfront, it is situated in a quiet corner. The hotel offers babysitting services but does not focus on families. There is an on-site restaurant, Dash, where you have breakfast, but you can dine here as well if none of the restaurants in the Cape Town Waterfront appeals to you. There is an outdoor pool, which is shared with the Queen Victoria Hotel. You can enjoy spa treatments or use the on-site fitness centre for workouts.

The Queen Victoria Hotel

Address: Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Close to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Choice of premium or deluxe rooms

Top Features:

  • Exceptional high ratings for cleanliness and comfort

The Queen Victoria Hotel offers high-quality room facilities such as LCD/plasma television screens and air conditioning. Most rooms feature views of the Cape Town harbour or Table Mountain. 

The hotel offers a fine-dining restaurant specialising in contemporary European-style cuisine. You can enjoy the outdoor pool, poolside bar, the fitness centre or have relaxing massages at the spa. The hotel offers free face masks. You can take a walk in the hotel’s gardens, visit the solarium or spend time in the sauna.

Victoria and Alfred Hotel

Address: Dock Road, On the V&A Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Close to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Choice of premium or deluxe rooms

Top Features:

  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Historic hotel
  • Known as one of Cape Town’s best hotels

The Victoria & Alfred Hotel was built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse. It was named after Queen Victoria and her son, Prince Alfred, who played an essential role in creating the Breakwater Basin, now known as the V&A Waterfront.

The hotel features 94 hotel rooms. Each room has a view of the piazza, Table Mountain or Alfred Basin. Rooms feature 24-hour room service, free WiFi, 24-hour security and daily housekeeping. 

The hotel has a restaurant, the Ginja, for meals with a stunning view. Guests have breakfast at either Ginja or Dash, near the Queen Victoria Hotel. 

The hotel has a sauna, fitness centre, and a spa to relax after a busy day of sightseeing. 

The Table Bay Hotel

Address: Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Close to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Over 300 rooms and suites

Top Features:

  • Direct access to the V & A Waterfront
  • Tailor-made tours are available at the hotel’s travel desk
  • Breakfast buffet, known as the best in Cape Town

The Table Bay Hotel is a leading 5-star hotel in Cape Town. Former President Nelson Mandela opened the hotel in May 1997. 

This luxury hotel has over 300 rooms and suites, many with beautiful views of the working harbour or Table Mountain. 

We know the Atlantic Grill Room and Terrace within the hotel for its extensive selection of wine – it has over 6000 bottles of wine on display. 

The hotel has friendly service and an awareness of environmental sustainability. There are more than a hundred indigenous Protea flower arrangements throughout the hotel. The hotel’s colour scheme is based on the historic Spice Route.

Radisson RED Hotel

Address: No. 6 Silo, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Close to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Large range of rooms available: Junior Suite with Balcony and a V&A Waterfront View, Superior Room with a Mountain View, Superior Room with a Mountain View, Family Room with Table Mountain View Standard Rooms with or without a Mountain View, Junior Suite with a Table Mountain View

Top Features:

  • Family-friendly
  • Pet friendly

The design of the rooms is bold and beautiful. They feature bright styling with colourful art, and rooms feature state-of-the-art television and sound equipment. 

You can eat all day long at the OUIBar + KTCHN where fresh meals and refreshing drinks are available. The hotel has a terrace bar with amazing views of Cape Town.

Raddison Red is family-friendly and provides kids activity packs on arrival, and kids can choose from special menus to cater for their specific tastes. 

You can take your pet along with you when you stay at the Raddison Red Hotel at the Cape Town Waterfront.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

Address: Beach rd Granger Bay Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8002

Near: Short distance to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Large range of rooms available.

Top Features:

  • Stunning ocean views
  • Family-friendly

The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is a seaside hotel. From this hotel, you will see striking ocean views. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the Cape Town Waterfront. 

Treat yourself to both local and international dishes at the on-site Tobago’s Restaurant, where you can enjoy your meal with a stunning ocean view. Alternatively, you can relax next to the heated rim-flow pool while having a cocktail at the Tobago’s Bar & Terrace. You may spot dolphins swimming past while you are eating!

You can have a variety of spa treatments at the Amani Spa. The hotel has 177 rooms with free WiFi and coffee and tea facilities. As with many other Radisson Hotels globally, the hotel is family-friendly and provides kids activity packs on arrival. Kids can choose from special menus to cater to their specific tastes. The Radisson Blue Hotel is not pet-friendly.

Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa

Address: Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Short distance to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Luxury rooms, standard rooms and suites

Top Features:

  • Small boutique hotel

Dock House offers 6 rooms with on-site features that include 24-hour room service and free WiFi. Rooms have LCD/plasma television screens. The hotel also has hot tubs, a fitness centre, an outdoor pool and a spa.

aha Harbour Bridge Hotel and Suites

Address: Dockrail Rd, Roggebaai Canal Foreshore, Cape Town, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Short distance to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Standard or luxury rooms or suites, some with mountain views

Top Features:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Access to non-motorised water sports

Guests enjoy free WiFi and parking is provided. There are facilities for disabled guests. Each room has LCD/plasma television screens, a separate living room and air conditioning. The hotel has an outdoor pool and offers non-motorised water sports to help you relax.

Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Address: Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Short distance to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Rooms with different options for bed (twin, double), suites, 2-bedroom units

Top Features:

  • Affordable

The Lodge was built in 1854 with the purpose of housing male convicts who were working on the breakwater in Table Bay. It was used for this purpose until the end of the 20th century.

The hotel offers a garden, tennis court and access to water sports, such as canoeing. There is a spa and sauna on-site.

City Lodge Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Address: Corner Dock and Alfred Roads, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8012

Near: Short distance to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Variety of twin and double rooms, some with disability access

Top Features:

  • Budget hotel and facilities

The lodge features a nautical theme. There is a spa pool on-site for the use of guests. The on-site restaurant serves local and international cuisine.

The Commodore Hotel

Address: Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Short distance to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Standard and variety of queen rooms

Top Features:

  • Budget hotel and facilities

The Commodore Hotel offers panoramic views of Table Bay and Table Mountain. The hotel has a nautical theme and offers an outdoor pool, sauna, fitness and massage facilities. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a private bathroom with a bathtub. Guests can use room service 24-hours and there is a 24-hour reception. Some rooms have a balcony providing views of the Atlantic or Table Mountain.

The on-site restaurant, Clipper Restaurant, offers breakfast and an à la carte menu with seafood dishes and a selection of regional wines. The Admiralty Bar and Lounge have a 24-hour cocktail menu. 

The Silo Hotel

Address: Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Near: Short distance to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Silo room, suites, penthouse

Top Features:

  • Interesting history
  • Above an art gallery
  • Beautifully designed rooms

The Silo Hotel is one of the tallest hotels in the V&A Waterfront area, giving you beautiful views of the harbour. The hotel was built in the grain elevator section of a grain silo. On the bottom floors, you can find the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).

The building features large glass windows that had been fitted to the original grain elevator’s structure. The hotel has 28 rooms, each individually designed by Liz Biden. Each room’s category depends on the size of the room and its views. Each room has its own balcony and a collection of contemporary African art.

The Portswood Hotel

Address: Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001 

Near: Short distance to shops, restaurants and sights.

Room Types: Variety of standard rooms

Top Features:

  • Interesting history
  • Above an art gallery
  • Beautifully designed rooms
Best Cape Town Waterfront Hotels

This hotel features free WiFi and a terrace with an outdoor swimming pool. Guests will enjoy the 24-hour room service. Each room has been decorated in maritime style with satellite TV and air conditioning. Some rooms have a bathtub and others have a shower.

There is an on-site restaurant, the Quarterdeck Restaurant, serving Indian cuisine. There is a cocktail bar for drinks. 

Map Of The Best Cape Town Waterfront Hotels

Click the map to open it in Google Maps. From there you can access directions to each of the hotels discussed in this article.

Things to do around the Cape Town Waterfont

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By Sabs

Editor of the South Africa Travel Blog that focuses on travel to South Africa, including destinations, attractions, accommodation, food & drink.

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