Cape Cadogan

Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa Book from Book from £143 per night

Traditional meets modern at this elegant Cape Town hotel oasis, in the heart of one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods
Dating back to the early 19th century, Cape Cadogan is such a perfect example of Cape Dutch architecture that it was made a national monument in 1984. To this day it oozes charm and character. As we walked through the garden’s flawless topiary, the stately veranda’s Georgian pillars and billowing white drapes indicated that we’d found one of Cape Town’s true gems.

We found it hard to tear ourselves away from the bijou pool, but with Kloof Street just a stroll away, we couldn’t resist experiencing the highlights of Cape Town’s fantastic food and drink scene - the street really comes alive at night. And what about further afield? Well, Cape Cadogan’s complimentary mini bus transfers run within a 4-mile radius of the hotel, so we ventured everywhere from the Table Mountain cable car to the V&A Waterfront. But no matter how far we strayed, there was always a reason to return to Cape Cadogan. Perhaps it was the complimentary afternoon tea in the elegant lounge, or the early-evening aperitifs and canapes by the fire... We just couldn’t resist.


  • This national monument is one of the finest 19th century houses in Cape Town, its tradition and heritage is complimented with modern touches and charming, attentive service
  • You're yards from Kloof Street's plethora of excellent bars and restaurants, yet the hotel feels like an oasis of tranquillity and a drive
  • We found the complimentary 4-mile radius shuttle bus fantastically helpful for reaching the Table Mountain cable car and V&A Waterfront (there’s no public transport to speak of in Cape Town)
  • A relaxing atmosphere and excellent service (unobtrusive yet attentive) There's bags of parking space right outside your door, and 24-hour surveillance by a friendly attendant


  • There is no restaurant but there is room service
  • There can be noise from the street and nearby bars - the flipside of its buzzy location
  • The beach or the Table Mountain cable car are a short drive away
  • Not suitable for families with children under 10 years old – try sister property More Quarters, instead

Best time to go

With its mild climate, and so much going on, any time of year is a great time to visit.

The town is at its busiest from November through to March, which in South Africa equates to late Spring and Summer. Expect the sea to be cold on the Atlantic facing beaches throughout the year; by hopping over the hill to False Bay you'll be swimming in water which is several degrees warmer.

The best time for whale watching along the coast east of Cape Town is between September and mid November.

Our top tips

Don't underestimate the power of the sun in Cape Town. Even if it's a cloudy day be sure to apply blocks and cream before you head out and be sure to take some kind of hat with you.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 16 apartments, 11 rooms, 1 house
  • Accommodation only
  • Ages 10+ only
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Laundry Service
  • Dry cleaning
Room: Luxury Room - Cape Cadogan


Due to the charming idiosyncrasies of this historical building, no two of the 15 bedrooms are alike. Each has been individually decorated, striking a balance between classic-chic and bold-elegance. The tasteful and soothing neutral palate is offset by pops of colour in contemporary rugs, cushions and throws. The Standard Rooms are light, airy and gorgeously comfortable. The more spacious Luxury Rooms have a private courtyard, terrace or balcony. Better yet, the Superior Luxury Rooms have an alfresco plunge pool.

Bathroom treats come in the form of big soft bath towels, robes and slippers together with a full range of natural Afronica bath products. There's plenty of bedroom hardware, too. A dock for your iPod, a telephone, a flatscreen TV, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, hot and cold air-conditioning and masses of wardrobe space, along with big look-at-me mirrors. You'll sleep long and deep thanks to the enormous beds (they're zip-linked twins) and comfy-as-pie mattresses.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


The Cape Cadogan breakfast, served in the stylish dining room, is one of the finest in Cape Town: cold cuts and cheeses, yoghurts and cereals, all kinds of fresh and dried fruits, several breads, croissants and homemade muffins. Tea and coffee is served at your table, and a hot breakfast order is also taken.
The Superior Luxury Room has a kitchenette with a stainless steel hob, a microwave, an oven, a sink, a percolator and a kettle, it works well for those wanting the best of both worlds.

If you're thinking drink-and-a-snack, you can raid the minibar, where you'll find peanuts and Pringles, biltong and pretzels, along with beer, bubbly and a big stash of miniatures and mixers. When it comes to lunch and dinner, room service is available and the diligent staff can help you order a takeaway.

However, it would be a shame not to eat out on Kloof Street, as you're just a few strides away. Home to some of Cape Town’s finest eating establishments, let yourself be guided by the hotel’s list of favourite eateries. On Kloof Street we'll happily endorse their Italian favourite, Zucca, which is cheap, friendly and cheerful. If you can get a table at the fashionable Kloof Street Townhouse you won’t be disappointed, it delivers on both style and substance. We also loved Manna Epicure.Finally, if you've got something really special to celebrate Aubergine is hard to beat. Specialising in seafood and game, this city centre restaurant has one of the best wine lists in town, as well as a top sommelier to guide you in your selection.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Cape Cadogan
Activity: Cape Cadogan


  • Ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, hike across the top to Skeleton Gorge, clamber down to Kirstenbosch then taxi back to your hotel
  • Head for the Waterfront and take a boat trip to Robben Island to visit the cell where Mandela dreamed of freedom for himself and his people
  • Hire a car for the day and drive south to the Cape Point Nature Reserve to see the meeting point of 2 of the world's mightiest oceans
  • Wander along Kloof Street, stop to buy a paper then people-watch from one of its kerbside cafés
  • Head for Kirstenbosch and one of the world's best botanical gardens
  • Take a day trip out to Franschhoek to taste wines, then eat lunch at one of its top notch restaurants
  • Head for the beach: be aware there can be a difference of several degrees between the Atlantic (brrrrr!) and the Indian ocean

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Hiking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting


Children aged 10 and over are welcome, however the atmosphere is peaceful and geared towards adults. Families are warmly welcomed at Cape Cadogan’s sister property More Quarters, which has a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Kid Friendly: Luxury Room

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