5 Trendy New Places to Stay in Cape Town

The Winchester Hotel

The Mother City offers a diverse range of attractions and activities, whether you’re a permanent resident or a tourist. The city offers something for everyone to enjoy, from young professionals to families and now, thanks to these exciting property developments, there will be so much more to discover in Cape Town.

These five innovative new property developments are set to add huge value to Cape Town’s property investment and hospitality offering, so whether you’re an avid traveller or someone looking to invest in real estate, this list will have something for you. Here are our picks for 5 new property developments to get excited about in Cape Town. From self-catering holiday apartments to hotels and investment property opportunities, it’s all here.

The Winchester Hotel: A Cape Classic Reinvented

The Winchester Hotel

Nearly a century after it was first built; The Winchester Hotel will reopen to the public in November after a comprehensive R90-million renovation that has transformed the much-loved seafront hotel overlooking Cape Town’s scenic Sea Point promenade.

Previously known as The Winchester Mansions, a beautifully reimagined The Winchester Hotel reopens under the management of Newmark Hotels, Reserves, Lodges and Residences, with a remarkable refurbishment set to cement the hotel’s long-held reputation as one of Cape Town’s most sought-after destinations.

The Winchester Hotel

Honouring the rich history of the property, while meeting the evolving needs of the contemporary traveller, was the starting point for the creative process behind the redesign. From the first steps through the front door, where a sleek steel and glass roof now replaces the vintage canvas awning, the transformation is striking. But, although some of the changes are bold, the DNA of The Winchester Hotel remains the same.

A bold approach to the décor sees the hotel’s public spaces enlivened by an eye-catching monochromatic colour scheme of richly-detailed black-and-white tiles, offset by striking signature chandeliers and splashes of colour and character that celebrate the hotel’s long and rich history. The minimalist look extends to the iconic central courtyard, which has been rejuvenated with new tiling, extensive landscaping and the installation of a refreshed signature fountain. Just beyond the courtyard, the refurbished pool terrace, features bold black-and-white striped sun loungers and new landscaping. A reimagined wellness spa is also in the pipeline, with opening planned for early-2022.

The Winchester Hotel

The 76 guest rooms and suites have also been thoughtfully updated, and fresh inspiration has been given to the food and drink experience in the capable hands of respected restaurateur Rory Jossel. The foundation of the dining experience at The Winchester will be a contemporary menu built on cooking with charcoal, wood and open flame. Jossel also plans to revive the much-loved Sunday brunch events, held in the idyllic central courtyard to live jazz tunes. Complementing the dining experience will be a new incarnation of the hotel’s famous Harvey’s Bar.

Find out more about the new-look hotel here.

The Rockefeller: Part hotel, part luxury residence

The Rockefeller

Due to be completed in 15 December 2021, the impeccable ’The Rockefeller’ residential development by Ryan Joffe Properties is sure to become a sought-after place to live in Cape Town. Perched on the Foreshore at Harbour Place, the 396 apartment residential development promises upmarket hotel-style living with comprehensive, masterfully designed facilities. The development is located next door to the R14-billion Harbour Arch mixed-use precinct development.

The Rockefeller is packed full of amenities that service residents’ and hotel guests’ every need. The ground floor boasts a double volume lobby, 24-hour concierge and security as well as 3 premium restaurant offerings. One floor up, you’ll find the fitness centre, drop & go laundromat, conference facilities and meeting rooms, as well as the Ideas Cartel, a world-class co-working space for residents and hotel guests.

The Rockefeller

Restaurants include; the Corner Deli (for artisan coffee, salads, wraps, and pastries), The Empire (offering breakfasts, wood-fired pizzas, and juicy burgers), as well as Prime Cut Steakhouse and Seafood (an intimate 40-seater grill serving wet- and dry-aged beef, shellfish and Knysna oysters). Alternatively, diners can grab a light bite at the standing Miso Sushi and Noodle Bar. There’s also a reasonably priced convenience store and room service available for hotel guests and residents.

Beyond that, The Rockefeller’s beautifully designed luxury apartments stretch up over 18 floors before culminating in the magnificent rooftop Skye Bar and pool with sweeping views of Table Bay, the city and Table Mountain. The swimming pool has been specifically designed to be enclosed by large windows and a retractable roof to make it available for use throughout the year.

The Rockefeller

Newmark Hotels facilitates and manages the hotel rental and has a wide range of premium units that are impeccably appointed with lavish décor accents offering a stately refuge from the inner-city bustle. Epitomising the city’s penchant for cosmopolitan fashion, its design is inspired by a sleek, modern aesthetic that adds to its majestic setting.

Priced from R1,515million including Vat, apartments at The Rockefeller are the perfect choice for investors looking to bolster their portfolio. To make things even more appealing, the developer is offering buyers a four-year rental guarantee returning a *7% net yield for a period of 48 months.

Find out more here.

Coco-Mat: Chasing lofty ideals


Nestled in the quirky Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, in the heart of Cape Town, stands a beautiful new destination that has been tailored with nature, luxury and inspiring design in mind. Here, the creativity of a team of artisans and dreamers has shaped a space that celebrates the remarkable. Welcome to Coco-Mat lofts.

With its expansive outdoor relaxing space that overlooks Cape Town’s bustling city, to the cosy beds that invite lingering lie-ins, this development sets a new standard when it comes to inner-city stays. A luxury living experience crafted by the great minds that brought us the luxury Coco-Mat all-natural, hand-crafted bedding brand, Coco-Mat lofts is indeed something special. The inspiring humans behind the much-loved Coco-Mat brand have officially opened the doors to these two luxury lofts, where guests can experience their gorgeous beds and bedding in situ, while simultaneously indulging in some of the most sumptuous accommodation the Mother City has to offer.

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The Coco-Mat credo is blissful sleep using nature’s wisdom, and this is exactly what you’ll experience during your stay at the lofts. Furnished with the brand’s flagship top-end beds, these spaces are tailored for the utmost relaxation and provide guests with the ideal opportunity to try out these exceptional products before making a purchase.

When booking a stay at one of the Coco-Mat lofts guests can expect a tranquil experience of note. The lofts boast wide-open spaces with striking views and an attention to detail like no other. From freshly baked focaccia filling the loft with a golden aroma upon arrival, to a generous selection of lovely local olive oils and vinegars, fynbos-infused gins and locally crafted whiskeys, it’s a feast for all the senses.


Open the fridge, and you are greeted by a selection of artisanal kombucha, plant-based mylk, small-batch wines, as well as a delightful bubbly from the Hemel & Aarde valley. Not to mention the tasty stash of fynbos cooking herbs, teas and biscuits of course. It’s little touches like these that make the lofts feel home.

So, if you feel like discovering a space of joy, contentment and relaxation during your next stay in the Mother City, put Coco-Mat lofts at the top of your must-encounter list. This is loft living like you’ve never experienced before.

For reservations, email capetown@coco-mat.co.za.

The Halyard Apartments

The Halyard Apartments
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Situated on the top three floors of the city’s most iconic new Foreshore building, The Halyard Apartments is a place to embrace the high life. Cape Town’s newest collection of luxury apartments, for short-term private and corporate rental, is as versatile as they come. Beautifully designed and oh-so-functional, these apartments can be whatever you need them to be. A place for an intimate brand launch, a comfortable retreat for ‘bleisure’ travel in Cape Town, or an inner-city getaway to celebrate a special occasion; you name it, The Halyard Apartments can host it.

Offering 19 beautifully designed self-catering apartments in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations, these luxury apartments feature future-proof tech home automation systems, contemporary furnishings, a full complement of modern conveniences, as well as wrap-around balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows that make the most of the building’s exclusive vantage point.

The Halyard Apartments
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This is self-catering accommodation reimagined. Whether you choose to stay in a voluminous one-bedroom apartment or a generous double-storey three-bedroom penthouse, there’s a size, style and vista to make your visit to Cape Town luxuriously comfortable. Plus, with incredible views from all the apartments, you’ll have plenty of Instagram-worthy backgrounds to capture your stay. Choose between ocean vistas and harbour scenes or mountain panoramas and cityscapes.

Of course, the amenities are in a class of their own as well. The rooftop of The Halyard has been transformed into the ultimate blank canvas event space. A metal gin bar and ready-to-go food prep area sets the scene for everything from private family dinners, birthday dos and engagement parties, to full-on corporate shindigs and elbow-rubbing meet and greets.

Book your stay directly at stay@thehalyard.co.za.

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