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An African Villa

Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa

Press Reviews


i-escape's Annual Guest Awards 2011
Winner: City category.

Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice 2009: Top 100 Best Bargains


"Elegant African-inspired surroundings set the scene at this small hotel, comprised of three renovated and interlinked Victorian terraced houses in Tamboerskloof. A home-from-home atmosphere is key to its popularity; facilities include a pool, internet and spacious high-ceilinged rooms."

The Telegraph
"Located in Tamboerskloof, one of the oldest and most charming of the city suburbs, with narrow streets lined with Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes. Walking distance from the Kloof street dining strip, and 10 minutes walk into the city...There are a range of room sizes, with similar décor - book one of the rooms on the second floor for street or partial mountain views (no views from ground floor); Platinum are the biggest and best."

Travel + Leisure
"A talented South African duo have made it their mission to create a sleek, modern hotel that still maintains a uniquely African feel. When Louis Nel was travelling the world as a buyer for a South African homewares chain, he hated waking up in hotel rooms so bland they could have been in Greenland or Guyana. So when he and Jimmy van Tonder opened An African Villa, they wanted all the rooms to feel distinctly African. And they do. The guesthouse, situated in the hip Tamboerskloof area of Cape Town, is just two blocks from the “dining mile” on Kloof Street. An African Villa’s library and lounge combine the period elegance of the ceilings with modern practicality (there’s a laptop with free, unlimited internet access) and bold and innovative decorations like lines of bright red Zulu women’s wedding hats.”

Conde Nast Traveller
"Louis Nel and Jimmy van Tonder originally bought 23 Carstens Street as a home for themselves... when number 19, and then 21 came on the market they couldn’t resist the opportunity to turn the houses into a bigger venture - and An African Villa was launched. The transformation of the interiors is dramatic... Vast spaces, high ceilings and an unhindered flow between rooms bestow an unlikely grandeur to these Victorian terraced houses.... Nel uses ordinary day-to-day things such as place mats from Swaziland and inexpensive African objects seen in markets and on street corners in an imaginative, almost irreverent way. He’s not afraid to buy or commission from street crafters, working with them to produce the quality and ideas he wants. And he’s not shy to share the decor - things literally sell off the walls - anything from baskets to cushions, pictures and side tables."

Guest Ratings


Guest Reviews

Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.

  • “Generally very high standards and great service. Free port and gifts a nice touch!”
    , United Kingdom (27.10.15)

  • “We loved this place, a real haven in the city of Cape town. We could not recommend it more!”
    , United Kingdom (23.11.14)

  • “We didn't dislike anything. The hosts were charming and the place run with quiet efficiency. I have no hesitation in recommending it and would return. The one small thing which would make it even better would be bathrobes.”
    joan, United Kingdom (19.10.14)

  • “A delightful small boutique hotel in an interesting part of town with many great value restaurants nearby. Excellent owner hosts.”
    , United Kingdom (11.10.14)

  • “Very helpful owners and staff. Ideally suited to our needs”
    Sue, United Kingdom (09.04.14)

Save to favouritesPrintMailAn African VillaYou may be forgiven for thinking that some clever illusion has been played out when entering the front gate of this friendly guesthouse, only 7 blocks from the city centre. The outside seems conventional enough: a terrace of charming 19th-century houses featuring original wooden balconies and wrought-iron railings; but open the door and you’re catapulted into a 21st-century urban safari. The interior yields spaces on a grand scale, with décor as up-to-date as this morning’s news. Some describe the design as 'African-Scandinavian'; others, 'African-Zen'. The owners have interlinked 3 'grand old Victorian ladies' to create 11 [r:SA017:guest rooms] and a disarmingly cosy environment. The chic African style features classy warm colours with splashes of tribal red, and an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful artefacts, many of which are for sale. In summer a tranquil courtyard with a rectangular plunge pool, tables and loungers invites you to soak up the sun after a morning’s sightseeing. The soothing atmosphere continues indoors to a library, a dining room and lounge, all with fireplaces awaiting the crackle of a winter blaze: the perfect setting for your complimentary sherry or port.

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