Labotessa: The Lowdown

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Labotessa is part of a new breed of stylish city hotels springing up in the beautiful old buildings of Cape Town‘s CBD.

What’s LaBotessa really like?

Till fairly recently, many of Cape Town’s hotels have been tucked out in smart suburbs or in the Waterfront development. Now however, travellers looking for an authentic, characterful experience are turning their sights to the city centre, with its cobbled squares, statues and heritage buildings. Labotessa has been built in one of South Africa’s oldest buildings, dating back to the 17th century.

Inside, the style is impressive, mixing both a great sense of history, local modern art and a real sense of luxury. There are just 7 suites in total. The six large signature suites look towards Signal Hill and the square- the nice thing about being on the square is that you don’t hear much traffic despite being so central- plus there’s parking next door as well. Décor is plenty of deep colours, rich rugs, modern artwroks and amazingly high ceilings. We also love the Dyptique products in the bathrooms. The more modern-feeling Governor Suite has 3 rooms in total spread over 2 floors with a private kitchen, dining area, and balcony.  There’s a café for breakfast on the ground floor and several excellent restaurants just around the corner.  

We’ll say now- this is a gentrifying area- so while residents of Manhattan and central London won’t bat an eyelid (and probably love the area’s historic character as we do) if you feel uncertain we can happily recommend alternatives.  

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