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Kensington Place

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Spent 4 nights here 2 weeks back on my honeymoon and the experience was great! Kensington Place is a boutique hotel with a limited number of rooms but in no way compromises on the service and the quality of your stay. In fact, I feel that it adds a very much more sincere and personal touch to your stay with in Cape Town! Facilities are comprehensive, with friendly staff always willing to help and internet reliable throughout the hotel. They added nice touches like making up your room just before bed, placing hot water pouches in the bed to keep your feet warm. Breakfast was amazing too, go for the spicy omelette with toast and tomatoes on the side!

Kensington Place will not disappoint! I have recently spent four nights at Kensington Place and loved the accommodation, service and meals. A wonderful base from which to explore Cape Town for leisure or business travel.

If it's a very discreet boutique hotel you're after in a stunning central location right under Table Mountain, plus chic interiors and very good service, you can’t go wrong with Kensington Place in Kensington Crescent, Higgovale, Cape Town. A recent one night winter stay was sheer pleasure from start to finish (despite the fact that it took a very long time for anyone to answer the door bell!) The interiors reflect both a contemporary style and very good taste and we were very pleased with our extremely comfortable private suite which was tucked away at the end of the building with a small terrace overlooking the beautiful leafy garden. We loved the big luxurious bed, especially as we were travel-weary, having just returned from a European holiday. The big bathroom, however, had one major problem which was the walk-in shower which leaked over the whole bathroom floor, a lawsuit waiting to happen for anyone unlucky enough to slip! Meals are available on demand throughout the day and all the staff we encountered were very pleasant indeed, especially the following morning in the pretty dining area overlooking the garden with its incomparable views of Table Mountain where we ordered breakfast. This was quickly and efficiently served and quite delicious with great attention to presentation. We were very sorry that we could only spend one night here, but would not hesitate to recommend it to visitors seeking both luxury and location in a small boutique hotel offering such a good general standard.

We stayed in various lovely hotels in South Africa over 2 weeks and this was our favourite. Service was off the scale good. Close to Kloof Street and table mountain/ Lions Head and away from the hustle / hassle of V & A waterfront. Beautifully turned out, and nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff.

Lovely boutique hotel with warm staff. I generally don't write reviews but I was thinking of my trip to Cape Town in May and thought I'd write one for this hotel due to the great experience. Rooms are comfortable and roomy and service was impeccable. Breakfast and dinner room service were great, as were the toiletries! Would definitely stay again the next time I find myself in Cape Town.

We had two rooms during our stay so this reviews includes both rooms in two separate areas of the hotel. Pickup from CPT airport was smooth and we arrived at the hotel in less than 30 minutes. The hotel is located a bit south and west of downtown and although shops and restaurants are within a long walking distance, if being close to things are a priority I would consider another place. If you have the Uber app however, getting around is cheap and easy! The hotel is gated and secured. We were greeted at reception with a welcome drink. My kids were assigned a room on the 3rd floor of the main building but my room was out by the pool. My kids' room was a regular well-appointed room with bathroom and balcony with great views of downtown. Cable mountain is behind the hotel. My room was a larger suite with a comfortable bed, however it had some strange design attributes. First, it had 3 tall steps to get up to the bathroom. This was terribly inconvenient, and not to mention dangerous in the middle of the night! Second, the shower has no door and they designed it so that the water drains out of the shower toward a tub that is on the other side of the room! To make matters worse, that drain must've been clogged so every time I showered, the entire bathroom flooded! Third, the bathroom door swung toward the toilet so, after climbing three steps, pushing the door open, you have to swing the door back to get to the toilet. As for service, everything was satisfactory, but twice housekeeping entered my kids' room without knocking first. And I did not have shampoo in my room for the first 2 days of our stay. I did greatly appreciate that the hotel had made dinner reservations for us for our entire stay. We took advantage of two of their recommendations and our meals were excellent! Also, the hotel breakfast was very good especially if you like eggs benedicts. Overall we had a very good stay, but the hotel fell a bit short of a perfect rating for this well-traveled family!

I recently stayed at Kensington Place (mid to late June), and like the place so much returned to stay for a few nights before my flight back to the UK. It’s a relatively small property, with perhaps 8-10 rooms, and split over three floors. I stayed initially in a room on the first floor, and then on return in the superior room up on the 2nd. The rooms are very well made up, comfortable, and at least the ones I stayed in had balconies - the superior room two, one facing in to the garden, and another facing up toward table mountain. Is it worth the extra for the superior room? Well, that depends on what kind of traveller you are I guess! After a fairly long drive around the Garden Route having a larger space with separate seating areas was an added bonus. If I were just there a few nights to experience Cape Town I’d probably stay with the normal rooms. So, opinions. Loved it - by far my favourite place in my whole trip. Very friendly staff (Hope in particularly couldn’t do enough to sort anything needed, such as printing tickets, booking dinner etc.) so it was a very welcoming environment. Location wise it’s about 90-100Rand in an UberXL down to the V&A Waterfront, and a bit less than that to get up to the Table Mountain cable car. Very tucked away - you wouldn’t know it was there, and certainly not realise it was a hotel! Thorough enjoyed my stay here, highly recommended.

Kensington Place is a boutique hotel, seemingly a house converted into a hotel. It is located in the residential area of Capetown. It is guarded. The room is spacious with cozy bedings. The toilet and bath are clean and located in the same room/area. How wonderful to take a hot dip in the tub but, Capetown is experiencing water shortage. It only rained during the time we landed when there was a storm which was a much needed rainfall. We skipped the bath tub and just took quick warm showers. KP has a pool, and lovely garden with some flowers, orange and lemon trees. Its receiving area has a fireplace, and a good venue to have wine, coffee, and do some reading. The artworks are lovely too. Breakfast is lovely. We usually had granola with fruits and youghurt, and an omelette paired with toasted bread taken with very good and strong coffee. There are other breakfast mains to choose from. For instance for the Eggs Benedict, it can be requested with either salmon or bacon. There was an evening wherein it was raining hard and we could not go out. Hence, we ate in the hotel. It took a long time for them to prepare the food and it wasn’t great. Pasta was not tasty and not al dente. Burger was bland. The receiving area of KP greets you with a beautiful flower arrangement. It also has a fireplace to keep you warm while enjoying either your coffee or wine. There is no elevator in KP. The rooms area accessible via stairs. If my memory serves me right, there are only three rooms in our floor. There are only 8 rooms in KP. A companion of ours stayed in another room which was separate from KP. To go there, one must get out of the gate of KP and turn to the corner but the room is not just room. It looks like a flat. It is huge. The room has beach towels, and yoga mat. I was able to squeeze in some minutes of yoga for some stretches to prepare Cape Town hikes. Staff is courteous. Best to go out and explore the many restaurants near KP. Uber works in Capetown to transport you to wherever. KP is so near the Tablemountain. 30 minutes away via car, you can be at the ocean, or at the winery, or at the mountains.

We stayed in one of the rooms on the top floor. The rooms are nice and clean. The staff is very friendly and the lounge area is cozy. The outdoor area isn't large, but is fitting to this small hotel. Would highly recommend.

My wife and I stayed here late April / Early May and had a very enjoyable stay. The hotel is small, contemporary and comfortable, the food tasty and reasonably priced and the staff very friendly and helpful. The hotel is located in an upmarket, quiet part of town, but well situated for Table Mountain and the bars and restaurants of Kloof Street, with areas further afield such as The Waterfront and Camps Bay easily reachable via short taxi ride, which the hotel are only too happy to organise for you. The hotel also makes dinner reservations for you prior to your arrival - we used one of these (Hussar Grill) and it was great: superb food, friendly service and reasonably priced, but also had a drink in one of the others (Black Sheep), which also looked like a smart place, although we didn't eat there that night as we had a very early start the following day (03:50 for a Shark Dive). Overall I would happily stay at KP again and would thoroughly recommend it.

38 Kensington Crescent Cape Town Western Cape

Hotel highlights

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in City Bowl, Kensington Place is within 2 miles (3 km) of popular attractions such as South African National Gallery and Greenmarket Square. This 4.5-star hotel welcomes guests with 8 rooms and conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Located in central Cape Town, the hotel is also near Table Mountain and Castle of Good Hope.


Start your day off right with a free cooked-to-order breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service.


All 8 individually decorated rooms provide furnished balconies or patios, iPod docks, and minibars. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Other amenities include free newspapers, safes, and phones.

Property features

Guests of Kensington Place enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a library, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Superior Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

99% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 336 reviews