Choose hotels in Cape Town wisely to base your holiday around the things that appeal to you most...
The good news is that there are many types of accommodation in Cape Town, from budget hotels, and four- and five-star luxury hotels, to self-catering apartments and stays among the vineyards of the countryside, on the city outskirts, so you can usually find exactly what you're after.
Many of the hotels in Cape Town are located in the city centre, or the City Bowl, so-called because of the bowl-like valley formed by the surrounding mountains. The area is home to many sights, restaurants and shops, though walking to the Waterfront or Table Mountain is not recommended due to the distance involved.
You'll find lots of individual hotels run by South Africans across the city - names such as the Mount Nelson and Cape Grace are well known. And there are also properties from international chains such as Radisson Blu, NH Hoteles, Hilton and Holiday Inn Express as well as local chains such as Protea and Southern Sun.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a popular tourist area, with large hotels casting shadows on the harbour and a wide range of entertainment, dining and shopping options on the doorstep.
Other accessible seafront options include Green Point, Sea Point and Camps Bay, with Hout Bay tucked away on the other side of Table Mountain and offering a more laidback holiday between the forests and the beaches. Away from the city, the vineyard areas also have beautiful converted historic houses offering rooms.