Guesthouses in Cape Town
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Cape Town is a port city in South Africa, located on the country’s southwest coast. With beautiful beaches on one side and towering mountains on the other, there’s natural beauty everywhere!

It’s an exceptional destination for outdoor enthusiasts, but city lovers will find it just as appealing. Cape Town contains a spectacular selection of eclectic restaurants, buzzing cafes, insightful museums, and local markets. It’s the full package.

If you’re planning a trip to this incredible South African city, guesthouses in Cape Town are the perfect accommodation to stay in. Unlike hotels, guesthouses create a more intimate travel experience – you’ll feel right at home.

We’ve carefully selected the top 15 guesthouses in Cape Town, and the great news is this list has plenty of variety and caters to all budgets.

If you’ve stayed in a guesthouse before, you’ll be pleased to know that Cape Town does not disappoint in that department – there are some world-class options here! If this is your first time, you’re in for a real treat, too.

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Pool and sun – what more could you want?

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Amazing Views Cape Town
You’ll definitely spend some time here sipping Castle Lager or Sauv Blanc – and what do you know, you even have a fridge to keep them cool!
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  • V&A Waterfront
  • Table Mountain
  • Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

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Staying in a Guesthouse in Cape Town

Staying in a Guesthouse in Cape Town
Cape Town is an incredible place to explore.

Booking your stay in a Cape Town guesthouse means a homey environment with a vacation feel. Unlike hotels, which are often large and impersonal, guesthouses are built into actual houses, so you’ll see the personality and local expertise of your hosts shine through.

Guesthouses are similar to a homestay, except you have less interaction with the owners. While there’ll constantly be someone on the property, they won’t be in your space – you’ll have plenty of privacy.

You can expect a large house, with between 4 and 25 private rooms. These rooms are rented out individually and made specifically for vacationers.

This type of accommodation is popular with visitors to Cape Town, because it provides a fun local experience. The whole point of traveling is to immerse yourself in a new culture, and guesthouses make this easy to do. It’s also a perfect opportunity to discover some of the best spots to include in your Cape Town itinerary since hosts and guesthouse owner can give the best advice and recommendations.

What to look for in a guesthouse

Because of Cape Town’s Mediterranean-style climate, guesthouses here usually have pools. Also, considering Capetonians love hosting social braais, BBQ facilities are common.

Average guesthouse amenities vary slightly. Usually, you’ll have access to certain communal spaces in the house – these are the social areas that all of the guests can use.

Some guesthouses have shared kitchens where you can prepare meals, or in-room kitchenettes. If neither option is included, sometimes breakfast is offered. Lounges are another popular feature. This can be a great place to mingle with the other occupants of the house, and maybe even make a few new friends.

This may sound similar to a hostel. However, hostels mainly have shared dorm rooms, whereas guesthouses only offer private rooms. Usually, private bathrooms are standard too – unless you’ve opted for a real budget option.

Guesthouses are locally owned and advertised on platforms like booking.com and Airbnb. We’ve scoured the options and found you the best picks from both sites – so even if you’re backpacking Cape Town, you’ll find a spot that fits your budget! Let’s jump in.

tbb2-table__imageOverall Best Value Guesthouse in Cape TownOverall Best Value Guesthouse in Cape TownAmazing Views Cape Town

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Pool access
  • > Pavilion with incredible views
  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Pool access
  • > Pavilion with incredible views
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tbb2-table__imageBest Budget Guesthouse in Cape TownBest Budget Guesthouse in Cape TownHappy Home – Woodstock

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Fully equipped kitchen
  • > In a hipster area of Cape Town
  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Fully equipped kitchen
  • > In a hipster area of Cape Town
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tbb2-table__imageBest Guesthouse for Couples in Cape TownBest Guesthouse for Couples in Cape TownCamps Bay Studio

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Pool access
  • > Daily housekeeping
  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Pool access
  • > Daily housekeeping
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tbb2-table__imageBest Guesthouse for a Group of Friends in Cape TownBest Guesthouse for a Group of Friends in Cape TownNine Flowers Guest House

  • > $$$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Modern facilities
  • > Easy access to nightlife
  • > $$$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Modern facilities
  • > Easy access to nightlife
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tbb2-table__imageOver-the-Top Luxury Guesthouse in Cape TownOver-the-Top Luxury Guesthouse in Cape TownHoughton View Guest House

  • > $$$$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Pool access
  • > Beachfront property
  • > $$$$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Pool access
  • > Beachfront property
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tbb2-table__imageBest Guesthouse for Families visiting Cape TownBest Guesthouse for Families visiting Cape TownCentral & Sunny 3 Bed House

  • > $$
  • > 5 Guests
  • > Enclosed yard space
  • > Modern family home
  • > $$
  • > 5 Guests
  • > Enclosed yard space
  • > Modern family home
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tbb2-table__imageBest Guesthouse for Backpackers in Cape TownBest Guesthouse for Backpackers in Cape TownA Sunflower Stop

  • > $
  • > 1 Guest
  • > Pool access
  • > Free filter coffee all-day
  • > $
  • > 1 Guest
  • > Pool access
  • > Free filter coffee all-day
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The 15 Top Guesthouses in Cape Town

Alright, it’s time to get into our list of the best Cape Town guesthouses. To make things a little easier, we’ve categorized your options. We’ve also made sure to include the amazing perks you’ll have on offer for each place.

Overall Best Value Guesthouse in Cape Town – Amazing Views Cape Town

Amazing Views Cape Town
Enjoy the amazing view and your own pool.
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Pool access
  • Pavilion with incredible views

The best value guesthouse in Cape Town is this homey Airbnb right by Signal Hill with a killer view! You’re just a short drive from Table Mountain and a hop away from the City Center.

Relax on the outside pavilion with a drink while admiring the incredible views of the city and the iconic mountain. Or, head down the steps and enjoy a dip in the refreshing shared pool.

Best Budget Guesthouse in Cape Town – Happy Home – Woodstock

Happy Home Woodstock Cape Town
This is a proper home away from home.
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • In a hipster area of Cape Town

Looking for cheap guesthouses in Cape Town? If so, this accommodation has everything you need for an affordable city stay.

Cook up local dishes in the shared kitchen, or use the BBQ facilities to have a South African braai – similar to a BBQ. There is also a shared lounge on the property where you can meet your fellow travelers.

This guesthouse is in Cape Town’s trendy Woodstock neighborhood. The Old Biscuit Mill, which features local boutiques, food markets, and casual eateries, is less than a mile away.

Budget Tip: Dorms in Cape Town start from $10USD per bed. They're the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

Best Guesthouse for Couples in Cape Town – Camps Bay Studio

Camps Bay Studio Cape Town
Clean, spacious and bright – exactly what you need on your trip.
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Pool access
  • Daily housekeeping

This charming studio room is in easy walking distance from the famous Camps Bay Strip and beach. Due to its scenic appeal, this suburb in Cape Town is especially popular with couples.

After a busy day out exploring, grab a bottle of South African pinotage from the supermarket and head back to your room for a romantic evening. You can pair the wine with a meal prepared in your own fully-equipped kitchen. Enjoy your dinner in the dining room before snuggling up on the king-size bed!

Best Guesthouse for a Group of Friends in Cape Town – Nine Flowers Guest House

Nine Flowers Guest House Cape Town
You and your friends will have a blast in this guesthouse.
  • $$$
  • 4 Guests
  • Modern facilities
  • Easy access to nightlife

Planning a vacation for a lot of friends or family? This is one of the best Cape Town guesthouses for groups!

Located in the heart of the city, you’ll be in a prime area for sightseeing. The trendy Long Street and Kloof Street are only a five-minute walk from the property, and the scenic beaches are less than 10.

All rooms feature a minibar, so you’ll be ready to hang out with your group in the courtyard with a couple of cold ones. The breakfast buffet will call you out of bed each morning, with special menus for dietary requirements – so no one in your group will be complaining!

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Over-the-Top Luxury Guesthouse in Cape Town – Houghton View Guest House

Houghton View Guest House Cape Town
It really can’t get any better than this.
  • $$$$
  • 2 Guests
  • Pool access
  • Beachfront property

This is one of the most luxurious guesthouses Cape Town has to offer. If you’re a foreigner, the currency rate might be in your favor, so why not splurge a little and live large while you can?

Situated in the upmarket Camps Bay neighborhood, you’ll be just a stone’s throw from the famous Camp’s Bay Beach. When you’re ready to trade in salty water for freshwater, the guesthouse pool has wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean.

If you’re feeling extra spendy, order the in-house kitchen’s popular three-course dinner – accompanied by a bottle of South African wine, of course.

Best Guesthouse for Families visiting Cape Town – Central & Sunny 3 Bed House

Central and Sunny 3 Bed House Cape Town
Get the family together and enjoy this amazing guesthouse in Cape Town.
  • $$
  • 5 Guests
  • Enclosed yard space
  • Safe and quiet neighborhood

Planning a family trip? If so, this three-bedroom guesthouse has everything you need for a memorable family getaway – and you’ll have the whole place to yourself.

The house includes a kitchen, a family room with TV, and a tranquil garden with outside seating. It’s completely kid-friendly, with books and toys provided. You’ll find real home comforts available for the little ones, including a crib and baby bath.

The guesthouse is in the quiet neighborhood of Vredehoek, just outside of the city center. For families trying to save a little where they can, this is one of the best guesthouses in Cape Town on a budget.

Best Guesthouse for Backpackers in Cape Town – A Sunflower Stop

A Sunflower Stop Cape Town
Small but very cozy – and you’ve got a pool!
  • $
  • 1-2 Guest
  • Pool access
  • Free filter coffee all-day

A Sunflower Stop is technically a hostel, but it’s very similar to a guesthouse. It has a more laid-back vibe, and isn’t like the Cape Town party hostels you’ll find in the city center.

If you’re a backpacker trying to save money, there’s a fully-equipped kitchen where you can cook your own meals. Since this is a smaller hostel, you won’t have to fight for counter space, and the odds of a drunk backpacker stealing your food in the middle of the night are low.

Although it’s on the smaller side, it still has a great social atmosphere, so you can make new travel buddies at the on-site bar and outdoor swimming pool.

Best Guesthouse for Honeymooners in Cape Town – Beta Beach Guest House

Beta Beach Guest House Cape Town
This guesthouse has to have one of the best views of Cape Town!
  • $$$
  • 2 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Lovely sun terrace

If you’re on a honeymoon in Cape Town, Beta Beach Guest House is the ideal setting for a romantic vacation. Every little detail is accounted for, from bathrobes to beach views.

This property boasts views almost as beautiful as your newly-wed. All of the rooms feature large windows and private balconies with your choice of mountain or ocean views. The outdoor swimming pool and sun loungers also provide sweeping views of the Atlantic.

Set in the scenic suburb of Camps Bay, you’ll be just a short walk from the beach. You’ll also be close to the Camps Bay Strip, which is lined with oceanfront eateries. Swing by Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe & Bar for a cocktail (or a coffee!) with incredible views.

Best Guesthouse with an Epic Location in Cape Town – Wanderlust’s Way Guest House

Wanderlusts Way Guest House Cape Town
Stylish and designed with an eye for detail!
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi
  • Rooms feature a patio or balcony

This guesthouse in Cape Town is a total gem. It’s in a Victorian Heritage home built in 1904. It ties in old-world charm with modern necessities, so you can check your Instagram with the high-speed wifi while you brew a cup of tea.

You’ll be living it up in the lively Greenpoint neighborhood. This walkable area of the city is teeming with eclectic eateries, so if cooking on vacation isn’t your thing, grab a burger at Hudsons Burger Joint, pasta at Mario’s Italian Restaurant, or a noodle dish at Sawaddee Thai Cuisine instead.

Best Guesthouse for Solo Travelers in Cape Town – Altona Lodge

Altona Lodge Cape Town
Grab your coffee and start the day fully recharged.
  • $
  • 1 – 2 Guests
  • Breakfast offered for a fee
  • Close to Green Point Park

If you’re looking for guesthouses in Cape Town that cater more towards solo travelers, Altona Lodge will make you feel safe and secure. The accommodation has features independent travelers will appreciate, like an in-room safe and close links to public transport.

The kitchen is open during designated hours, but complimentary tea/coffee facilities are always available for that late-night caffeine boost.

This Greenpoint guesthouse is an equal distance from the Atlantic, Signal Hill, and the lively V&A Waterfront shopping mall, so seeing it all will be a breeze. It’s also a perfect place for exploring Cape Town for a weekend trip.

Most Beautiful Guesthouse in Cape Town – Private Room in Llandudno

Private Room in Llandudno Cape Town
Charming and homely guesthouse with an amazing view of Cape Town.
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Beach essentials provided
  • Surrounded by sea and mountains

This charming guesthouse is a beachside paradise. It’s in the quiet, beachy neighborhood of Llandudno, so you’ll be a 10-minute walk from the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Your private room includes an ensuite bathroom and a TV, but once you see how beautiful the rest of the property is, you probably won’t be spending too much time there.

The main house has an enclosed terrace that offers captivating ocean views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The tranquil garden features a swimming pool and sun loungers – a perfect place to catch a stunning Cape Town sunset.

Another Great Guesthouse with an Epic Location in Cape Town – Shekinah Lodge

Shekinah Lodge Cape Town
Simple, but perfectly located.
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Close to the Sea Point promenade

Located in Seapoint, this guesthouse is in an epic area of Cape Town. It’s between the hustle and bustle of the city center, and the more scenic beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton Beach, so you’ll get the best of both worlds.

After an eventful day of sightseeing in Cape Town, you can unwind in the pool and comfy lounge. If you feel like cooking, there’s a communal kitchen and BBQ facilities. Back in your room, you’ll enjoy complete privacy thanks to your ensuite bathroom. The TV, coffee machine, and mini-fridge should keep you going until the morning.

Most Traditional Guesthouse in Cape Town – Ashby Manor Guest House

Ashby Manor Guest House Cape Town
Check out this traditional Victorian Guesthouse in Cape Town.
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Breakfast offered for a small fee
  • Close to the Mojo Market

As far as traditional guesthouses go, the Ashby Manor Guest House checks all the boxes. This beautiful Victorian guesthouse retains its historic charm, but offers modern amenities.

Your room has everything you need for a comfy night in – TV, high-speed internet, a coffee maker and a mini-fridge.

Breakfast is served in the elegant dining room. Enjoy fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, toast, coffee, and juice before heading out to enjoy your day. The guesthouse is in Seapoint, close to some of Cape Town’s best areas for outdoor activity. Hike up Lion’s Head, catch a sunset on Signal Hill, or go for a jog around the Seapoint Promenade.

Best Guesthouse for a Weekend in Cape Town – Dunkley House

Dunkley House Cape Town
This great guesthouse is modern and stylish – check it out yourself!
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Enclosed garden and pool

Dunkley House is a great, cheap guesthouse in Cape Town to use as a base for your weekend. The rooms are spacious and modern and each includes a TV and a tea/coffee maker.

After you start your day with a complimentary, home-cooked breakfast in the lounge, you’ll be ready to head out. You’ll be within walking distance to some of the city’s key points of interest, including the legendary Long Street.

Amazing Luxury Guesthouse in Cape Town – Antrim Villa

Antrim Villa Capte Town
Full of charm and homely vibes.
  • $$$
  • 2 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Charming, old-world ambience

Set in a beautifully renovated 17th-century farmhouse, this Cape Town guesthouse will allow you to experience a complete state of comfort.

Decorated in soft earth tones, it’s an inviting atmosphere you’ll love returning to after an eventful day out. Unwind at the tropical garden, the outdoor saltwater pool, and the sun-lounger terrace.

After you return to your room, you can make a cup of tea and turn on Netflix. Or, get social with a board game and bottle of bubbly from your mini-fridge. This guesthouse is in Cape Town’s Three Anchor Bay neighborhood. The stunning Clifton Beach, Camps Bay Beach, and V&A Waterfront are just a short drive from the property.

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Final Thoughts on Cape Town Guesthouses

As we hope you’ve seen from our list of the best guesthouses in Capetown, staying in a guesthouse will add a lot to your vacation – you’ll enjoy a more intimate experience and lots of perks you won’t get by staying in a hotel.

Even if you’re on a budget, you have tons of great options for cheap guesthouses in Cape Town. Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or with family or friends, you’ll easily find an option that suits you.

Before you start your travels, make sure you know where to stay in cape town, whether it’s in a quiet and safe area or in the middle of the city center.

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