The number of boutique and design hotels in South Africa (also known as fashion hotels) is growing year by year providing a wide choice of modern hotels with character for travellers. Most of these uniquely designed contemporary hotels are situated prime city locations ensuring easy access to all the major sights and attractions.
Boutique hotels are contemporary, offering a hip atmosphere, combined with 5 star service. In the fast paced and sometimes impersonal world we are living in, a more intimate personal hotel atmosphere, providing unique and personalized services, go a long way to make you feel at home. These hotels are the best choice for businessmen, as most offer services like executive lounges, conference facilities and 24 hour room service. The chic design and intimacy, urban locales and architecture are large contributors to the appeal of boutique hotels. It is more than a hotel stay compared to the normal chain luxury hotels, it’s a lifestyle.
What makes a boutique hotel stay different from a large hotel stay is the elements of surprise that can be found in all aspect of a boutique hotel. From the design, the personalized service and the ambiance, to the cuisine; these are the aspects that make you keep coming back time and again. The location of a boutique hotel, being in a big city environment, and so close to the attractions and landmarks, combined with the homey feel, makes them the best of both worlds.
Here are a few of our favourite boutique hotels in South Africa
Its sought-after location in Sandton’s tranquil suburb of Rosebank, as well as its unique 60-year old Cape Dutch building; an engaging mix of old and new, makes Clico Hotel stand out.
The smell of warm croissants greets you as you make your way to breakfast at this beautiful Rosebank boutique hotel.
The luxurious and beautifully appointed en suite rooms make you feel at home; furnished in warm earthy browns, creams and soft greens. These spacious bedrooms all open onto the garden or offer a balcony overlooking the pool, bringing in fresh and inviting air and lovely natural views.
Dining at the Clico is an experience in itself. Their European style cooking is reflected in the individually crafted fine dining menu’s that change daily, based on seasonal ingredients, organic and free range meats, and carefully sourced local ingredients. On request, the dishes may be complemented by carefully selected wines, to pair the menu and enhance the all important flavours, and in turn making your meal a memorable taste sensation.
Immense natural beauty, and the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban centre meld effortlessly here. Firmly positioned on the international map, Cape Town offers a myriad things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.
Experience a dash of flair as the contemporary elegance of Winchester Mansions provides the perfect setting of a romantic courtyard, stylish restaurant and spacious luxury rooms with spectacular sea or mountain views.
Winchester Mansions is situated at the famous Sea Point Promenade facing the Atlantic coastline, only minutes from the V&A Waterfront. When it comes to lifestyle offerings, you can enjoy a relaxing Sunday Jazz Brunch, indulge in a monthly Grapes Gourmet and Gallery evening, or even experience the holistic treatments at the Ginkgo Health and Wellness spa, all at Winchester Mansions.
As they always say “Staying at Winchester Mansions is not just accommodation; it is part of your journey!”
Ten Bompas Hotel
This all-suite boutique hotel and restaurant, situated in Dunkeld, is part of the distinguished Design Hotels Portfolio and is a wonderful mix of urban style and homely finishings, with suites reflecting an emphasis on space, intimacy and originality.
Each of the individually designed suites at Ten Bompas, has a separate lounge and bedroom, a fireplace, a guest toilet, a steam bath, plenty of natural light and opens onto a private terrace or garden.
Space, the new events and meeting facility at this spectacular hotel caters for events, business meetings, and conferences. It is complemented with advanced technology as well as friendly, dedicated staff on standby to attend to your needs. The chefs at Winehouse serve meals with French flair, using fresh seasonal produce sourced from the hotel’s gardens.
“In a world where size is the standard measure of success, where me-too conformity leads the upwardly mobile masses, there is a haven of sanity and tranquility for the true individual – Ten Bompas Hotel.”
You can experience true South African charm and hospitality at this lovely boutique hotel. The Hamilton is situated in Craighall, and is the ideal hotel, designed for the discerning business traveller who appreciates understated luxury, well-crafted design and personal service.
Well-positioned between the business hubs of Sandton, Hyde Park, Rosebank and the Johannesburg CBD, this boutique hotel is a short five-minute drive from either the Sandton or Rosebank Gautrain stations which connects to OR Tambo International Airport.
The decor is stunning and exudes warmth and comfort. When it comes to accommodation, the en suite rooms are comfortable, light and airy, with beds dressed in fine linen. Every room is spacious and perfectly designed with twin, queen and king-sized beds.
Breakfasts are heavenly and are freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen. The Hamilton prepares designer lunches & dinners by request by their in-house chef.
Come and experience the best of both worlds at any of our stylish South African boutique hotels.