Best Accommodation In Stellenbosch
If you are looking for the best accommodation in Stellenbosch, you are in the right place. Stellenbosch is one of the top tourist destinations in the Western Cape as well is in South Africa.
Cape Town is blessed with some of the best wine growing country in the world, and Stellenbosch is the quintessential example. It is one of the historic towns with vast vineyards in settings that will take your breath away.
Stellenbosch is a prime tourist destination. The Stellenbosch Wine Route offers more than 150 tasting rooms across over 200 vineyards, with the highest number of buildings that are certified as national monuments. Many of the estates are characterised by historic Cape Dutch Manors as well as restaurants and tasting rooms. Added to a number of galleries and museums, there is plenty for you to keep yourself busy with.
How To Choose Accommodation in Stellenbosch
There are 2 main things to consider when looking for a hotel or guest house in Stellenbosch.
The first will be location. In this instance, we classify the lodgings according to the distance from Stellenbosch’s town centre. The pros of staying in the town centre are that you are placed in a central location that is essentially the commercial hub. Here you will get to experience the cultural vibe of Stellenbosch and be near to a plethora of restaurants and cafes. The hotels in Stellenbosch town centre also tend to be more affordable, but have more people around. Staying in town is ideal if you want to feel the heartbeat of this quaint village and for business travellers as well.
Alternatively, there are hotels that are on the various wine estates. These enjoy the benefits of greater privacy and some of the best vistas available. The trade-off is that they are out of town and a bit if driving will be required to get around. These estates are great when you are planning to make a getaway of your stay and plan to spend more time at the hotel.
The final factor to consider will be price. Stellenbosch is a world class travel destination and, as a result, there is accommodation from affordable to exclusive 5 Star hotels for elite traveller who demand only the best.
But you don’t have to be rich to enjoy quality accommodation in Stellenbosch. We have divided this list into 3 categories based on the best accommodation as well as place that give good value for money at an affordable price point without compromising on a quality experience.
5 Star Hotels In Stellenbosch
Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa
If you are looking for the best of the best and an uncompromising 5 Star stay while in Stellenbosch, Delaire Graff Lodge and Spa is easily the number 1 contender. It is a luxury hotel designed for the discerning traveler looking for a world class luxury experience.
The estate was founded by the owner, British jeweller and billionaire, Laurence Graff in 2009. Being created by avid collector of air and fine jewellery, he has created an experience that is the ultimate in luxury in the Stellenbosch region.
You have a choice of 4 different types of lodges at Delaire Graff. The rooms have a modern decor with large airy spaces. At the entry level there is the deluxe lodge, luxury lodge and superior lodge which measure 70m2 (76m2 for the superior lodge) and can accommodate two adults.
The luxury lodge has views of the Stellenbosch Valley and Simonsberg Mountains, which makes it an easy choice over the deluxe which is garden-facing. The presidential lodges are spread over 180m2 with 2 bedrooms that can accommodate two adults.
All of the Lodge bedrooms are en-suite and have a separate seating
The hotel is located in an elevated position overlooking the Stellenbosch Valley with 360 degree views of scenic winelands. The venue is a serene escape surrounded by vineyard, manicured gardens and mountains on either side
At Delaire Graff you have access to a full suite of facilities that include a fully equipped gym, a boutique spa, and gourmet dining at Delaire Graff Restaurant. Each lodge has a private heated pool and all of the rooms are en-suite. If you want it, they have it at Delair Graff.
Luxury is of the utmost importance at the hotel and every experience is tailored to the guest to give the complete world-class 5-Star experience. You have world class luxury with a distinctly African touch comprising Cape Dutch architecture with South African art pieces. Coupled with the oversized beds to the double height ceilings, there is a sense of scale and openness that makes it a perfect getaway to relax.
Lanzerac Hotel & Spa
Of the high end hotels in Stellenbosch, Lanzerac is one of, if not the most well-known. The wine estate is iconic and a bastion of Stellenbosch’s distinct Cape Dutch character and over 300 year old heritage. Extensive refurbishment has upgraded the hotel to give the best of both worlds in contemporary sophistication and old world charm. It’s is a luxury hotel with all the amenities and service you expect of a 5 Star establishment.
You have a choice between 4 room types that include classic rooms and suites, all with a King size bed or two twin beds. The decoration and furnishings of the rooms reflects the rich history of the Estate and its Cape Winelands heritage, along with carefully balanced modern touches.
Each room is spacious individually decorated with elegant pieces that give a timeless character. The design of the estate and the lodgings create a striking contrast of natural colours and neutral tones that offset against the with the lush greens and bright blue of the vegetation and the sky outside.
Located in the foothills of the Jonkershoek Valley, the estate is bordered by a mountain range and surrounded by lush vineyard. It’s a wonderful escape and conveniently located 5 minutes away from the Stellenbosch town centre. The tree-lined driveway when entering the estate has been featured in many magazines and videos showcasing the best of Cape Town.
Lanzerac is as popular a destination for day visitors as it is for hotel guests, with tones of amenities for patrons to enjoy. Along with all the amenities you expect of a 5 Star hotel, a stay at the hotel includes complimentary use of the Spa’s hydro facilities and a complimentary wine tasting at the tasting room and a tour of the cellar.
Lanzerac is a historic landmark in Stellenbosch and with respect to the history of the Cape. It is one of the best places to get sample the Cape Dutch history and enjoy an escape amid the refreshing scenery that is characteristic of the winelands.
Clouds Estate rounds up our 5 Star selections with some of the most stunning views of any hotel in Stellenbosch. The estate is both a boutique hotel and a working wine farm, offering premium accommodation and a selection of wines under its own label. Clouds
The estate has hotel accommodation with 5 rooms, and villa accommodation. All of the rooms come with an extra large double bed and can accommodate two adults. The villa has two bedrooms and can accommodate 4 adults.
The rooms and villa have floor to ceiling windows purposely designed to make the most of the panoramic views. They are spacious with modern finishings and neutral colours offset against the lush views of the surroundings.
The location of Clouds Estate is a winner and the best on our list. It is located on one of the highest points of the Helshoogte pass and surrounded by the Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains.
The property right is Next door to Delaire Graff, right in the middle of wine country, making it easy to visit the nearby wine farms. It is perfectly placed for visits to the wine route towns including Franschhoek and Paarl.
Breakfast is included in the room rate for up to 2 persons. All other meals can be enjoyed at the on-site restaurant which serves an a la carte menu with the choice of al fresco dining if the weather permits.
If you need help in planning your activities, the establishment has a concierge service. Clouds has two swimming pools, with the Villa pool being exclusively for villa guests.
Free WiFi is available for all the rooms and there is ample free parking for guests.
Clouds is out top choice when it comes to the environmental setting. It has good quality accommodation, a convenient location and excellent customer service. Its 360⁰ views are engrossing and distinguish it as a great getaway.
Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel
Coopmanhuijs is the 5 star hotel on our list with the most central location. It is located in the heart of Stellenbosch town centre, on the popular Church Street. I was built in 1713 and as one of the first grand residences in the town.
Coopmanhuijs is a historic building and was proclaimed a South African National Monument in 1978. The current neo-Georgian architecture of the manor house section dates from 1870 – 1900.
There are 5 different room categories for you to choose from. The entry level rooms have a queen bed and are 25m2 in size. On the higher end, there are the luxury and deluxe rooms which come with an extra-length king size bed and are approximately 30m2 in size.
All of the rooms are decorated in Victorian style, each with an en-suite bathroom.
Coopmanhuijs is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre. Being in church street, all the places of interest like museums and galleries are a minute or two’s walk away from the hotel. Stellenbosch University is 600m away, and the hotel is 25km from Cape Town international Airport.
For your dining requirements, all rooms come with a full English breakfast with an assortment of freshly baked good, cereals and a selection of cold meats. For other meals, there is a restaurant on-site and serves, Cape-inspired cuisine.
If you are looking to relax or enjoy some pampering, there is a spa facility on-site and an outside swimming pool.
There is free WiFi at the hotel for all guests. Parking is available with a valet parking service.
Coopmanhuijs’ major draw card is being a 5 star hotel with a central location. It also brings with it a lot of history. Staying here is like taking a little trip back in time without having to give up the creature comforts that come with modernity. The hotel is also popular with patrons for the excellent staff, making it an all-round recommended destination.
Majeka house is a boutique hotel in the quite and is all about creativity. It bears an artistic and striking aesthetic that blends country hospitality with forward thinking interior design. The result of a partnership with designer Ettiene Hanekom, the hotel is as much an exhibit of art as it is a place to rest your head. The white exterior with pops of colour throughout make for a vibrant look.
There are 23 rooms at Majeka house, each of which fall into one of four categories based on the common theme of either premier, garden, poolside, and mountain view. The rooms which vary between 45m2 and 55m2 come with an extra large double bed or 2 singles, and can accommodate two adults and one child. Interior decoration of the rooms is the standout feature at Majeka. The décor is vibrant with a healthy use of different colour and art. The artistic direction being evident (quite literally) from the floor to the ceiling.
The hotel is located in the quiet Stellenbosch suburb of Paradyskloof, 8 minutes away from the city centre. While it does not sport the same expansive vistas as our other 5 Star selections, the eye candy at Majeka is really inside the hotel itself and at a less lofty price point.
Majeka House is has the full suite of 5-Star amenities and top shelf service from professional staff who are always on hand to cater to your needs. When you get hungry, meals can be enjoyed at Majeka Kitchen, the on-site restaurant which is an award-winning culinary destination in its own right.
The gourmet meals prepared by the kitchen team are a food blogger’s dream and as much feast for the eyes as they are for the palate. Facilities for guests to make use of include an indoor pool, an on-site gym and a spa with various treatments and skilled therapists.
For the explorer and those who like novel experiences, there are few hotels that provide as much novelty as Majeka has. It’s a 5-Star hotel with character in spades, and great value for money as far as hotels in Stellenbosch are concerned.
Good Value Accommodation
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel
Asara is located in the heart of an operational vineyards, surrounded by rolling hills and a scenic dam. It is located on the Polkdraai Hills, amid 15 acres of lush gardens, and offer guests engrossing views over the vineyards and to the mountain range. The hotel sports 41 rooms and suites, spread across three wings designed to take advantage of the sprawling views.
The décor in the hotel is contemporary, with the use of natural materials and textiles coupled with neutral colours for a relaxed ambience.
The rooms and suites vary in size from the 45m2 deluxe room to the 150m2 suites with a separate sitting-room with a gas fireplace. Each of the lodgings can accommodate two adults, and suites come with an extra-large double bed while rooms have the option of the double bed or two singles.
French doors in each room create a picture frame for the natural environment outside and open up onto a terrace or private balcony
Asara is located just 6km outside of the Stellenbosch town centre, in a quit and picturesque location. One of the defining features on the property is the dam with adjacent features so if you want to enjoy those views, you will want to opt for rooms other than the courtyard room. The estate is smaller and less “commercial” compared to the aforementioned ones in this list, with excellent security on-site. If you want to see the vineyard up close, you can choose from a selection of trails throughout the vineyard on foot or on a hired bicycle
For dining, there is a selection of three destinations for unique dining experiences at Mise en Place Restaurant, Sansibar Bistro, and the Lounge Courtyard and Deli. Other facilities on the site include an onsite spa, gin tasting room, and wine tours and tastings.
The basic requirements like free WiFi and ample on-site parking are available to guests.
Asara is a good luxury hotel with a cosy vibe and ‘artisanal’ atmosphere than the larger wine estates. It is ideal for the explorer who wants the high end wine farm experience with value for money.
Oude Werf Hotel
Oude Werf is high in this list of ours for two main reasons. The first is that it is a great establishment to stay in. The second is its convenient location. If you are in Stellenbosch to experience the rich culture and want to be close the “action” then Oude Werf hotel is a winner. It’s not lacking in history either, being the oldest running hotel in South Africa. This is the heart of Stellenbosch and perfect for you if you want to spend more time out and about exloring the nearby museums and food and wine spots.
The rooms at the hotel come in 3 categories, all featuring a choice of double bed or 2 singles, and capable of accommodating two adults. The interior décor is a blend of old and new, with craft art pieces and antique pieces coupled with modern finishings and a contemporary design aesthetic. Natural materials like woods and textiles are equally at home as glass and steel is what is a skilfully balanced versatile design.
Oude Werf has a prime location in the heart of Stellenbosch’s town centre. It is located on Church street with most of the cultural hotspots of the town in walking distance. Everything from cafes and restaurants to museums and historical landmarks are but a short stroll away. You are right in the heart of the action, and a great touch by the hotel is an effective sound proofing that keeps a lot of the bustle out.
For your dining requirements, on top of the selection of restaurants within a 100m radius, Oude Werf also has an on-site kitchen serving classic South African dishes. All rooms are equipped with the basic creature comforts like complimentary WiFi, Satelite Television and secure parking among others.
Oude Werf hotel has a lot of character and is one of the best bases from which to explore the town. The quirky exuberant interior design with quirky touches makes it a great choice for the adventurous traveler who is on the move and wants a good sample of the eclectic culture of Stellenbosch.
Spier is one of our favourite places all-round in Stellenbosch because of the unique and fresh package that it offers. The 4-star hotel is built to resemble a village and surrounded by vineyards, tranquil gardens and historic farm buildings. It is one of the most complete experiences you can get in the winelands, and doesn’t even cost an arm and a leg.
The decoration on the hotel interior is tasteful without too many furniture pieces or ornaments, which give it an airy and homely feel. There are various rooms to choose from with either a garden or a river view, each coming with a large comfortable beds.
Bathrooms are en-suite with a large bath and water-wise shower. At the higher end of the accommodation are the distinctively decorated suites, with large windows that frame the picturesque surroundings.
Spier’s location is in the hub of winery and this particular arm is popular with day visitors for family picnics. Because of the high demand, for the picnic spaces (which are open to the public), there are semi-private areas that can be booked at a premium.
In the dam area there is an abundance of birdlife and a good way to spend the day is under the trees with a bottle of wine. The gardens are kept in immaculate condition, which has resulted in the popularity for years.
There is a full suite of room amenities at the hotel that includes unlimited WiFi, in-room safes and a mini-bar with Spier wine and soft drinks.
Spier is an experience destination with lots to do. There is even on-site child care available at The Kids’ Club house while you are enjoying the wine tasting.
If you get hungry, there are two eateries on the premises. The hotel restaurant has the perk of being next to a nice lawn area where with a frog pond where the little ones can have some fun.
Other experiences included a craft market and even up close interactions with birds of prey and reptiles. The only thing we can think of that is missing is a gym.
Spier is a local favourite with top shelf staff, well-maintained premises, and a wealth of things to see and experience. If you are looking for a place with lots to do that can keep you busy for more than a day or 2 without leaving the premises, you can’t go wrong there.
Molenvliet is a family Vineyard situated on the banks of the Bankhoekrivier between Stellenbosch and Pniel. The 14 Ha estate comprises a wine farm and boutique guest accommodation. The lodgings comprise discrete manor houses and guest cottages that are surrounded by a mix of mountain scenery, vineyard, and manicured gardens.
The accommodation comes in 4 categories. Guest cottages, Mountain View suites and River Manor suites are the standard suits that are between 40m2 and 50m2 in size. All rooms sport a classic European-inspired décor that consists of vibrant colours and luxurious finishings.
The different suites are individually decorated, with unique themes encompassing each category. The mountain view suites are the premium option, with views over the Drakenstein Mountains and over the vineyard. They are approximately 60m2 in size and have private a private balcony from which to take in the views.
The estate is tucked away in Stellenbosch’s wine country, surrounded by other popular wine farms in the area. It is situated 10 minutes away from town.
The surroundings are scenic, and if you are in one of the mountain view suites, you can enjoy nice panaromic views from the bedrooms and from the lounge.
The proximity to other wine estates makes it convenient if you are on your own private wine tour and want to explore other popular (and perhaps pricier) the neighbouring farms.
Breakfast is served daily at the manor house and for other meals, you will have to go to dine at the restaurants off-site.
For recreation and relaxation, there are 2 splash swimming pools overlooking the mountains, with outdoor lounge furniture. Suites come with satellite television and Free WiFi in all rooms, and there is parking available on-site.
Molenvliet is one of the impressive and more reasonably priced hotels in the heart of Stellenbosch’s wine country. The location is perfect for a hideway in the peaceful area and would suit couples on a private getaway. What you trade in for the price is an on-site “wine tour” experience (if that is what you are looking for). But that is a reasonable trade-off as the wine experience at bigger farms are a short drive away.
Bonne Esperance Guest House
Bonne Esperance rounds out our list with a bang. The classic hotel underwent a huge transformation in the past year, transforming the Victorian Villa from in to a luxurious guest house with modern comforts to please any guest who like the contemporary.
Bonne Esperance has rooms in two categories. The guest house lodgings offer guest a bed and breakfast. There are also studio apartment 50m from the main house that offer self-catering accommodation. Interiors are wonderfully decorated in a style that is modern and elegant while keeping with the old world Victorian influence.
The rooms are spacious and bright thanks to the use of whites and neutral colours. Bathrooms in particular, with the marble tiling give an overall luxurious feel.
The location is on the corner of Neethling and Van Riebeeck, right opposite Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens and amid a myriad of galleries and cafes. It is an a tree-lined street with slightly less foot traffic than the busier Dorp street and is a slightly “quieter” alternative in the town centre. The location has a beautiful manicured garden that has been the backdrop of weddings and magazine shoots where you can enjoy a quiet moment.
There is a courtyard with a swimming pool and lounging area for your leisure. Room are equipped with LED TVs with full DSTV bouquet, air conditioning and many other creature comforts. There is free WiFi available, as well as parking. Airport transfers are available on request.
Bonne Esperance is a hotel that give choice as a visitor. With the transformation to modernize the facilities, it is a luxurious place with inviting living areas that make spending time inside the hotel appealing. The availability of cleaning services with the comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms make it a good option for staying over a
The luxury guest house at Webersburg is an elegantly restored Cape Dutch Manor House offering guests Cape hospitality in a historic setting. It is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain and is part of a wine estate dating back to 1786 with a winemaking history of 222 years. The hotel consists of separate manor houses or cottages with great views of the surrounding nature.
The accommodation at Webersburg comes in various categories, from standard double rooms that accommodate two people, to a luxury three bedroom en-suite cottage with an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area.
The décor in the units is a good blend of old and modern, with the classic style the main direction and retained with antique furniture pieces and wooden floors to add to a real Cape Dutch experience
The estate is nestled in the valley of the Hellderberg Mountain, surrounded by green landscape and mountain scenery. Views of the surroundings are spectacular, from the mountain that serves as a backdrop to the dam in front of the manor house with its resident ducks that is a central feature of the property.
If you want to get around, there are surrounding wine farms and the Stellenbosch town centre is 10 km away.
For your dining requirements, there is an on-site Bistro where you can enjoy wine and food pairings or a relaxed picnic on the rolling lawns overlooking the dam.
Other facilities for recreation include a swimming pool and a tennis court. WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge, along with on-site parking.
Webersburg is a historic estate that gives you a true Cape Dutch experience. Its location in the Helderberg region yields mesmerising views and a relaxing atmosphere. The pricing of the hotel is affordable, making it very good value for money.
Manor House Hotels
River manor is a quaint hotel situated in Stellenbosch’s town centre. The hotel is laid out in two adjacent manor houses with classic architecture that fits perfectly in Stellenbosch’s eclectic heritage. The Manor House building is a historic landmark, a 350-year-old building that has been restored to fit the modern traveler’s needs.
The hotel has 10 rooms, each with its own style, with over-sized beds and rich linen fabrics. The decoration inside the rooms is modern, with a classic undertone, making great use of contrast between the darker wooden floors and furnitre against the bright and lighter neutral colours of the walls and linens.
Each room can accommodate up to two adults adults and is equipped with a full set of amenities. The manor house has a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
Manor House Hotels is centrally located so it allows you to discover the town of Stellenbosch and all its attractions on foot. The tree-lined streets also have a scenic appeal in their own right, with mountain peaks above visible in the distance. It is a safe area and it’s safe to make you’re your way around the streets with without worry.
A stay at the manor house includes daily breakfast in the room rate. Manor Houses has facilities to keep you busy or to just relax, that include 2 spacious pool areas, lounges and a 24-hour bar. If you want pampering, there is in-room spa and beauty treatment service.
There is free WiFi available throughout the hotel. Parking is available off-street.
Manor Houses has a lot to offer to guests. The hotel is beautiful and well-maintained, with excellent service. It also comes with a central location that makes getting around and exploring Stellenbosch convenient. Coupled with its very affordable price point, this makes it one of the best hotels in the area when it comes to value for money.
Affordable Accommodation In Stellenbosch
The Stellenbosch Hotel
The Stellenbosch Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Stellenbosch town. The hotel was built in the late 1600s and is another of Stellenbosch’s hotels that have been declared a National Monument. It’s also a popular destination for day visitors who to hang out or gather over food or drinks.
Stellenbosch Hotel has a variety of room categories, from studio apartments for singles and classic rooms for which accommodate two people, to three-bedroomed self-catering apartments that are ideal for groups or families and can accommodate up to 5 adults.
The rooms are well lit and decorated in a contemporary style with great use of colourful pieces amid the clean white linens.
The hotel is located right in the middle of the action in Stellenbosch and makes great use of the atmosphere. Dining in particular is a treat with a good number of tables along the street for some alfresco dining. Other restaurants and attractions are within eyeshot so getting around to take on the town is a breeze.
All accommodation includes a full English buffet, fresh fruits, a selection of cereals and yoghurts; along with a variety of cheeses, cold meats, muffins and pastries. There is restaurant at the hotel that caters for other meals and has a selection of local wines.
Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Parking is, however, limited on at this location and is on a first come first served basis.
Stellenbosch Hotel is a landmark in the town with a great location from which to people-watch over a coffee or as a base for your travels. It is also one of the good hotels that are affordable and give good amount of value for money.
Eendracht has a distinctive aesthetic that makes it stand out from the hotels in the busy Dorp Street. The hotel sports a colonial design and a strong commitment to the theme of classic Cape Dutch design. It is popular for great service and has received rave reviews from guests. The hotel has undergone a recent renovation to bring it in touch with the current.
The hotel has an array of rooms and suite, mainly sufficient for couples, as well as a family room with a double bed and two singles. The rooms are decorated in a classic theme that is consistent with the hotel’s historic theme, accentuated by the use of natural wooden furniture pieces and warm colours.
Eendracht is located on Dorp Street with others on this list and comes with the expected conveniences of the central location. Everything that you want in town is right in reach, and you can travel on foot to most places.
For your recreational needs, there is a swimming pool on the property, a ladies bar and a lounge.
If you need to have laundry done, there is an outsourced laundry service at a surcharge. There is free WiFi for all guest at the hotel. As is the case with other hotels in town, parking is limited.
While it has recently been renovated, Eendracht provides a good deal of variety to the selection of hotels with its commitment to preserving the classic and old world charm in its design. It comes with the perks and disadvantages of being in the town centre. It is ideal for the travelers on the move and exploring he wine route, or business traveler who puts a premium on the centrality of its location.
De Oude Meul Guest House
De Oude Meul is another quaint hotel with an old world aesthetic and one of the oldest in the town. What makes Oude Meul popular with visitors is the preference for a more homely style in a bed and breakfast lodging. The hotel is managed by the Manager Arno and excellent staff that give a personal touch to your stay.
There are 6 rooms at the guest house, all of which accommodate two people and have either a double bed or two singles. Each room is upstairs and has access to a balcony. The rooms are en-suite and equipped with a kitchenette and air-conditioning.
De Oude Meul is located on Dorp Street, the heart of Stellenbosch and home to the most national monuments of any street in South Africa. Museums galleries and restaurants are a short walking distance away, and the wine route is a 5km drive away.
The rooms are equipped with Televisions with M-Net, A complimentary breakfast is served daily at the Mill Coffee House downstairs from the guest house.
There is free WiFi to all guests. There is off-street parking offered to guest just 300m away from the guest house
For all its quirks, de Oude Meul is a very popular destination in Stellenbosch because of its distinctive offering, which is based largely on its people. The style of the guest house is a bit on the old side, but that is all made up for by excellent service and a personable hosting experience.