What makes a boutique hotel special?
People are drawn to boutique hotels for the sense of place and belonging that they create as opposed to the normal hotel experience. Boutique hotels are more intimate and have a connection to the look and feel of the neighbourhood that they are located in.
Attention to detail is seen in the architecture as well as the interior design of a boutique hotel. This is the epitome of hotel accommodation with a more upmarket residential feel. The attention to detail is mirrored in the service of the staff as well as the amenities. When spending time in this type of hotel, you will soon find that the staff are knowledgeable about local sites, events and history; and can make informed recommendations on nearby shops and restaurants.
It has been said that boutique hotels hold up a flattering mirror; when guests arrive, they feel like they are entering an edgy community of unconventional, discerning people like themselves.
Boutique hotels cater to discerning leisure and business travellers, who seek and select accommodations based on their character and amenities, and who are willing to pay a premium for experiences that meet their heightened expectations.
When staying at a boutique hotel, one can expect the following: exquisite accommodations, anticipatory service, fine dining, and an exciting neighbourhood at your doorstep. That is the experience that drives recommendations to friends, family and colleagues.
South Africa is no stranger to exceptional boutique hotels. From Cape Town to Johannesburg, you will always find your ideal accommodation needs met with style and panache.
The Hamilton Boutique Hotel
The Hamilton Boutique Hotel is situated in the tranquil, leafy suburbs of Craighall Park, well positioned between the business and commercial hubs of Sandton, Hyde Park, Rosebank, Randburg and the CBD.
The theme of the comfort of home is continued throughout the hotel making for a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere.
The Hotel was designed by renowned architect Pierre Swanapoel, his most recent work been the new Circa Art Gallery in Rosebank, which has received acclaims from around the world.
The rooms exude decadence with rich textures and complimentary tones, while the bay windows allow the natural light in. Every room is spacious and perfectly designed with twin, queen and king-sized beds.
Situated on Cape Town’s Platinum mile and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Winchester Mansions is an exclusive, privately-owned 4 star boutique hotel in Cape Town. It sets itself apart among other hotels in and around Cape Town with its spectacular beachfront location, stylish elegance and personalised service.
Enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner at Harveys, Winchester Mansions restaurant where you’re sure to find something to suit all tastes. Gingko is the place to be for rest and relaxation, offering aromatherapy, body scrubs, body treatments, body wraps, as well as massages, facials and massage/treatment rooms.
The Winchester Mansions, Cape Town’s leading beachfront boutique hotel, embodies the charm and gracious hospitality of a bygone era. It recalls a more genteel age, when courtesy and personal attention were paramount.
Close to the heart of Johannesburg and Sandton’s business district, this small, suite-only retreat, Ten Bompas envelops its guests in warmth and tranquillity, whether with its pool and peaceful gardens or through unlocking the wealth of experiences that Africa has to offer.
A different designer created each of the ten bespoke suites—which range from ethno-African to contemporary Johannesburg cool—following a brief by proprietor Christoff van Staden to provide natural light and incorporate the lush garden setting.