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Best family hotels in Cape Town for sun, sea and safari

Cape Town has a well-deserved, family-friendly reputation. Many of the city’s hotels, resorts and guest houses are extra accommodating to parents travelling with kids. Here’s the 10 best family hotels in Cape Town if you’re planning a trip here.

By Nela Lukic | Last updated Aug 23, 2022

Family hotels in Cape Town

Looking for a magical getaway? There’s no better place than Cape Town - there’s sun, sea, safari and winelands, all within driving distance. Located at the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a 12-hour flight from London, but definitely worth the journey.

To help you plan your visit here, we have selected 10 of the best child-friendly hotels in and around Cape Town, ranging from the sumptuous to the affordable.

All of them are family-friendly, and some have facilities especially designed for kids. If you’re looking for a more relaxed and independent atmosphere check out Cape Town’s bed and breakfasts.

Here’s our guide to the best family hotels in Cape Town.

Family-friendly hotels in Cape Town, a round-up

From our list of 10 best family hotels and resorts in Cape Town, the following five stand out and merit a special mention:

Read on to find out more about our selection of the best places to stay in Cape Town, ranging from luxury family hotels to budget family hotels.

1. Best overall family hotel in Cape Town: Belmond Mount Nelson

Belmond Mount Nelson

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No two rooms are exactly the same in the luxury Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Six wings contain 201 individually decorated rooms and suites, and each wing has its own style. The main building dates from 1899 and, just like then, is still painted pink. The locals affectionately call it “The Pink Lady”.

Located at the foot of Table Mountain, close to the historic centre of Cape Town, the hotel features extensive lush gardens with two heated swimming pools. There are also tennis courts, a gym, a spa, and a fine restaurant.

Belmond Mount Nelson welcomes families with children of all ages. The hotel features kids' and teen clubs. It also provides baby cots and babysitting service at extra cost.

Distance from airport

The hotel is 12 miles away from Cape Town International Airport, and offers free airport taxis to guests for the short journey.

What Mumsnet users say

“Not sure of current prices but don't think you'll get better than Mount Nelson. Stunning setting, grounds and the food is exquisite.” Namechangedtoday15

2. Best luxury family hotel in Cape Town: One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town

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The One&Only was opened in 2009 in Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. The hotel is divided into two sections: The Spa Island, built around a lagoon-shaped pool, has 40 suites, and the Marina Rise has 91 rooms.

The resort boasts three gourmet restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools (including an infinity pool), tennis court, a spa, a gym and a boutique with designer fashion. It has lots on offer for kids too: a playground, games room, the KidsOnly club and a daily programme for teenagers. Babysitting can be arranged at an extra cost, and you may request any baby item or product you might need during your stay here.

Distance from airport

The One&Only is 13 miles from Cape Town International Airport and provides free airport taxis to the guests.

What Mumsnet users say

“​​Table Bay Hotel or The One and Only. Cape Town is my absolute bestest place in the whole universe. The scenery, the weather, the breeze, food, wine, people, everything.” Fluffy1234

3. Best beachfront family hotel in Cape Town: The Bay Hotel

The Bay

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The Bay Hotel is, first and foremost, about location - and its location is fabulous. This family friendly Capetonian hotel is situated at Camps Bay, with the beach across the road. In the summer, Camps Bay is Cape Town’s most popular beach destination, the place where you go if you want to be in on the action.

The hotel’s facilities include four outdoor pools, a fitness centre, hair salon, tennis and squash courts, and a spa.

Most of the hotel’s rooms and suites have their own spacious balcony, and a number of upgraded rooms even have whirlpool tubs. However, several guests have pointed out that some of the rooms still have quite dated bathrooms.

Distance from airport

The Bay Hotel is 16 miles from Cape Town International Airport.

What Mumsnet users say

“I am just back from there with a three year old and baby. We stayed in a sister apartment hotel type property of the Bay Hotel (amongst a couple of other hotels in CT). The Bay is pretty smart and full of rather glamorous, tanned cocktail drinking people. I think the Bay is a better location than the Royale though I have never been inside the Royale to see the facilities.” Belsize77

4. Best mid-range family hotel in Cape Town: Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

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The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is close to the beaches and within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront, a popular shopping, dining and entertainment area. There is also the complimentary shuttle bus available between the hotel and the Waterfront.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel features a private marina, and other facilities include a heated pool, spa, and a fitness centre. The hotel’s fine restaurant offers a spectacular view of the sun setting into the ocean.

Cots are available for babies. You can also request hypo-allergenic bedding for children with allergies.

If you value peace and quiet, get a sea view room, because the rooms on the front entrance side can get noisy with guests coming and going.

Distance from airport

Radisson Blu Waterfront hotels is around 13 miles from Cape Town International Airport.

What Mumsnet users say

“We stayed in Cape Town last year for 8 nights at the Radisson Blu at the Waterfront. Felt really safe, and could watch dolphins whilst having breakfast.

As others have said, there’s loads to do. The hop on hop off bus was great to see the city, lovely beach at Camps Bay, we also hired a car for a few days so it was easy to drive. You will feel like a millionaire - as eating out is so reasonable and the quality is fabulous.” futilityutility

5. Best city guest house for families in Cape Town: Four Rosmead

Four Rosmead

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According to some, Four Rosmead is gorgeous enough to tempt you to abandon sightseeing for a day or so, in order to enjoy this tranquil guest house.

The guest house is situated within walking distance of the trendy Kloof Street, filled with restaurants and cafes, making it suitable for your older teenagers.

Built in 1903 on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse is a listed monument. It has been expertly restored to offer modern amenities to the guests, and there is an outdoor pool, a spa, and a beautifully landscaped garden. A selection of artwork by local South African artists adds to the unique ambience.

Distance from airport

Four Rosmead guest houses are just 13 miles from Cape Town International Airport.

What Mumsnet users say

“Four Rosmead is a fantastic guest house in “town”. It’s a fantastic place to stay. Guest Houses in SA are often wonderful. However with DC, Camps Bay is a good choice. Christmas is super busy and lively though.” BubblesBuddy

6. Best self-catering guest house for families in Cape Town: Auberge du Cap Guesthouse

Auberge du Cap Guesthouse

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If self-catering is more your style for whatever reason, look no further than the Auberge du Cap Guesthouse. Offering spacious apartments, all fitted with a kitchenette, this guesthouse is conveniently located close to the Camps Bay Promenade. So for nights when you don’t feel like preparing a meal yourself - you can venture out to the promenade, and find a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars.

This budget, family-friendly guesthouse is located at the top of Camps Bay, and offers stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean from your own private deck or balcony.

However, that also means there’s a steep drive - or walk - down to the beach! But for days when you don’t feel like trekking to the beach, this family guest house also comes with its own outdoor pool.

Distance from airport

Auberge du Cap Guesthouse is just over 13 miles from the Cape Town International Airport.

What Mumsnet users say

“I would suggest Camps Bay - you have the mountains on one side, a gorgeous beach, it's a posh area with some expensive boutique hotels, but we stayed at Auberge du Cap and price per person was pretty reasonable. Great views, breakfast on the patio when weather is good, only downside was the incredibly steep driveway! It's not near the beach if you walk but only 5 to 10 minutes (and maybe £2 or so fare) in an Uber.” buttermilkwaffles

“I would stay in Camps Bay. Lovely beach - good for the kids to play frisbee / run around, lots of bars and restaurants and a friendly feel. Def have a car. The waterfront is so busy and just full of shops. Town has a lot of backpackers / bars and can be noisy / a but seedy late at night.” SeaHawk80

7. Best waterfront hotel for families in Cape Town: Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel

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Located next to the yacht marina, kids will delight in watching the comings and goings in the harbour… All while you enjoy the Waterfront’s retail haven, just steps away from the Cape Grace Hotel.

This luxury hotel is beautifully decorated with antiques, indigenous artefacts, and hand-painted fabrics. No effort has been spared to put you in touch with the rich heritage of Cape Town. Here, you’ll find in your bathroom the exclusive range of fynbos toiletries and enjoy fynbos infused beverages for your afternoon tea. If your tastes run in a different direction, give the rooibos whisky a try; it is just one out of hundreds of whiskies that the hotel’s bar offers.

Wine tastings and local chauffeur transfers are free of charge. Other amenities include a fine restaurant, an outdoor pool, a spa and a gym.

The hotel organises many activities for children, from gingerbread decorating, an Africa-themed story time to a selection of games, consoles and books. Child-minding services can be arranged, and you get up to four hours of free babysitting during your stay here.

Distance from airport

Cape Grace Hotel is 13 miles from Cape Town International Airport, a short transfer when travelling with children.

What Mumsnet users say

“We stayed at The Cape Grace a few years ago when DH ran the Two Oceans Marathon. I saw The Silo on that hotel programme with Giles Coren/Monica Galetti - it looked amazing!” MooseBeTimeForSpring

8. Best all-inclusive resort for families in Cape Town: Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa

Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa

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This all-inclusive, rustic safari lodge on a private game reserve in the Southern Karoo offers an exciting experience of African wildlife. At Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa you will have the opportunity to see lions, rhinos, buffalos, elephants and leopards. Children will love it! However, do not expect real wilderness.

The two complimentary drives with an open 4 x 4 vehicle, in the morning and in the afternoon, are scheduled to coincide with the feeding times. For those feeling a little more adventurous, horse-back and quad-bike safaris can be arranged.

Guests can relax by the saltwater pool or in the spa, and all meals are included and are served buffet-style in two restaurants.

Aquila welcomes children, providing activities to keep them entertained in the children’s play area. You may also request babysitting services.

This game reserve is for people looking for a true break. Whereas others may find that there is nothing to do at night, especially since there are no TV sets in the rooms… So remember to pack a kids tablet!

Distance from airport

Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa is 107 miles from Cape Town International Airport.

What Mumsnet users say

“As for safari, we love a little safari lodge called Aquila which is about 2 hours drive from Cape Town via the Winelands. It's not the Kruger Park, but it has most of the Big 5 and the experience is magical if you've never seen animals in the wild! It's loads of fun for children and they get a "bush" experience without having to travel all the way up to the Kruger. Plus, it's malaria free!” MissSusanStoHelit

9. Best budget guesthouse for families in Cape Town: St. James Guesthouses

St. James Guesthouses

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St. James Guest Houses is a seaside retreat overlooking the fishing village of Kalk Bay, with views across False Bay and the Indian Ocean. Built over 100 years ago, it is steeped in old-world charm.

This location is perfect for those keen on swimming and soaking up the sun. The warm seas of the False Bay are just across the road, and the famous St. James beach that still features the colourful Victorian bathing boxes is within walking distance.

St. James Guest Houses is also one of the best spots for watching dolphins and whales. On-site facilities include an outdoor pool and tanning deck. Kalk Bay village with its excellent restaurants is a 5-minute walk away.

Distance from airport

St. James Guesthouses is 20 miles from Cape Town International Airport.

What Mumsnet users say

“We have been a few times, most recently last month - we stayed in a guesthouse in Kalk Bay which we love. We’ve rented a house previously in Camps Bay and also Simon’s Town. I think a hire car is a must unless you go for a driver and car.” pilotswife

10. Best family boutique hotel in Cape Town: The Winchester Hotel

The Winchester Hotel

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The Winchester Hotel is situated at the Sea Point Promenade facing the Atlantic coastline. Your kids will have loads of fun playing on the swings and numerous playgrounds located along the Promenade.

In its recent renovation, utmost care has been taken to preserve the century-old charm of The Winchester. This elegant boutique hotel has bright rooms with original Cape Dutch décor. If you value peace and quiet, choose a room with a sea or mountain view, because rooms facing the beautiful Italian-style courtyard that doubles as a restaurant seating area can be noisy.

The Winchester Hotel has a heated outdoor pool. Other amenities include a sundeck and a spa.

Distance from airport

The Winchester Hotel is 15 miles from Cape Town International Airport.

What Mumsnet users had to say

“We stayed at the Winchester Mansions Hotel on the seaboard, it was very nice and had a heated pool (very welcome as the sea is freezing). A bit on the old-fashioned side, but a very nice, lovely veranda at the front to have breakfast overlooking the seafront. We could walk to the Waterfront, and a taxi back at night was very cheap.” Ruby1234

Is Cape Town safe for families?

Cape Town is largely safe enough for tourists, although like most cities, there are less desirable places that are best avoided. Some universal travel common sense is recommended - avoid carrying around expensive and luxury items, keep your money and wallets safe and secure on your person.

In fact, a few Mumsnetters have shared some top tips on safety in Cape Town when travelling with kids:

ZaraW says: “Cape Town feels safe enough during the day. By the waterfront is extremely safe as there is so much security.” 

BubblesBuddy says: “We always felt safe. Stay somewhere like a guesthouse (if any have availability) and you’ll get great advice on safety. Small is beautiful in Cape Town.

Stay to tourist areas. Don’t stray into less desirable neighbourhoods. Don’t walk miles to restaurants at night.

Keep your valuables at home. Look ordinary. Go to most places in daylight. If you drive, pay for a parking minder if available.” 

Muddlingalongalone says: “I was there last Dec without my children but thought what a great place it would be with the children. Little playgrounds everywhere, beaches, pools, penguins, baboon spotting in Cape Hope National Park.

Felt fine safety wise although I didn't stray from the waterfront at night.”

Flight times from UK to Cape Town

Direct flights from London to Cape Town International Airport take about 12 hours, which granted, is a long journey for younger children. Older kids and teens should manage well, but if you’re travelling with younger holidaymakers - don’t forget to pack travel toys!

How to get around Cape Town

Most of the hotels on our list offer shuttle service from and to the airport, at extra cost; only the luxury hotels such as Mount Nelson and The One&Only offer this service free of charge.

Once in Cape Town, you can use the complimentary short-range shuttle services that some of the hotels offer, or public transport. However, in order to truly enjoy Cape Town and the spectacular surroundings, you need to rent a car.

What to see in Cape Town

The list is very long, so we’ll limit it to just a few not-to-be missed attractions:

  • Table Mountain. Take along a jacket or a sweater, even in the summer.

  • Cape of Good Hope. This is not the southernmost tip of Africa, and it’s not the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian oceans… But it is still spectacular!

  • Chapman’s Peak. The drive is so dramatic it will take your breath away.

  • Two Oceans Aquarium. Meet the dwellers of the two oceans, including the ones that live in the deepest depths.

  • Boulder Beach. Swim with the penguins!

  • Robben Island. Learn more about South Africa's recent past.

  • Bo-Kaap. Admire the brightly coloured houses and cobble stoned streets.

When to visit Cape Town

January, December and February are the hottest months in the Southern Hemisphere. That is the most popular and most expensive time to visit Cape Town.

Shoulder seasons, from March to May and from September to November, will welcome you with fine weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices.

June, July, and August are mid-winter; these are the rainiest and coldest months, with daytime temperatures falling to between 11 and 20 degrees centigrade.

However, July and August are also peak whale season, when southern right and humpback whales can be seen calving in the shallow waters just off shore.

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations by real parents

Before choosing any destination for our roundups, we first consult the Mumsnet forums. With over 10 million users per month, there’s a lot of suggestions by real parents who have been there, done that when travelling to Cape Town with the family.

Expert guidance and traveller reviews

After we’ve collated our hotel picks, we then turn to the experts and consult the likes of TripAdvisor,, and Expedia to see what their recommendations include for family holidays here.

Here we’ll also check what travellers are saying about Cape Town on these sites, taking into consideration both the positive and negative points of their trip to bring you a well-rounded and honest guide.

We also examined what industry experts Getaway Magazine, BBC Travel, and Cape Town Magazine were also recommending.

Celebrated hotels

Finally, we cross-referenced all of the above information to find the best Cape Town hotels for families that had won the most awards and recommendations across the board. We feel there’s something here for everyone, to suit every budget.

Why should you trust us?

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