Which is the best luxury Cape Town hotel? Well, there are a lot of superb hotels in the city, with most of the big international chains having a presence.
None of them made our list. We've chosen three smaller hotels. Each offers an exceptional experience with world-class service levels.
Cape Town is most famous for its spectacular location and you'll want a hotel that will allow you to enjoy this 24/7. Why would you want to stick yourself away in the city centre? Rather enjoy the ocean views on one of the most stunning coaslines on earth.
So, forget those big hotels where you are only a number and "personal" service is reserved for celebrities. Rather have a look at these three hotels...
Absolutely fabulous! Far and away my number one pick in Cape Town and one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at. The setting is the most spectacular of any hotel in Cape Town and views become memories you'll treasure forever.
Don't just take my word though - read what others have said.
The food is excellent as well. And what makes a wonderful dinner even better?
You guessed it! A wonderful view.
To see the last golden beams of light illuminate the tip of Lionshead in the distance is priceless.
Words simply don't do it justice.
What made the experience truly memorable for me, however, was the warmth of the staff. I often find five star hotel staff to be either snooty and aloof or "caring and passionate" - in a corporate policy kind of way. At the Twelve Apostles that is not the case - everybody we encountered came across as genuinely warm and caring.
It's very hard to beat the location of the Marly right on Camp's Bay beach - one of the top twenty beaches in the world. The views from the hotel are nearly as good as the Twelve Apostles and service too is excellent.
A four star hotel that is better than most five star hotels in Cape Town. I had the feeling that everything had been tailored to me personally and that nothing was too much trouble. The views from the hotel, and from the quayside terrace, are out across the bustling harbour and towards the city, with Table Mountain framing it all.
If you enjoy shopping this is the best choice out of the three hotels featured - you've literally hundreds of shops right on your doorstep and the whole Waterfront area, where the hotel is located, is wonderfully lively and vibrant until the wee hours with jazz bars, cafes and restaurants of every type. Here's more.
The Mount Nelson was one that nearly made the list but, as I said at the beginning of this page, I want a hotel that is on the water so that I can enjoy Cape Town's spectacular coastal scenery. Still, The Mount Nelson is a fabulous hotel and, if the joy of watching the ocean from your room is not important to you, then it is worth considering.