Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa
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."
"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."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“Lovely villa, beautifully decorated with quality bath products. Nice location where Captonians live. Good selection of restaurants nearby. Easy to get to Table Mountain and Camps Bay with a hire car. A very personal service given by the attentive hosts who have good local knowledge of restaurants and shops. Their team of local women who prepare breakfast and clean the rooms are delightful.”
caroline, Switzerland (21.11.13)
“Caroline and I really struggled to find anything negative to say about the three days at An African Villa. Jimmy and Louis, and the whole team, were so welcoming and helpful throughout and the standard of service so good that we can honestly say we cannot recall a better hotel stay in ages. If I'm being super picky I'd say I would have preferred to have a pepper grinder instead of a pepper shaker for my scrambled egg at breakfast - so there you have it! I mean we're really scraping the barrel here... The recommendation of The Miller's Thumb restaurant ten minutes walk away was excellent - we were meeting up with 2 friends from London and they loved it too. And I'd second their recommendation of Rick's Diner (our next night) as also good and good value as well.”
Piers, United Kingdom (19.01.13)
“We liked the personal attention and service, location, decor and architecture, free Internet, lovely breakfasts, hospitable hosts. We disliked the fact that the room too warm at night, and slightly noisy. We tried several of the restaurants they recommend and all good. The 'test kitchen' is top. Good walks from AV and cut across the mount Nelson to company gardens, a lovely and scenic route for a stroll in the day.”
Devesh, United Kingdom (12.05.12)