Cape Cadogan


Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is authentic Cape Town at its loveliest – beauty, sophisticated charm and quirky personality in equal measure. Just like the city, oblivious to the world rushing by, Cape Cadogan has an almost hypnotic effect on the soul. You cannot help but sink a little deeper into your armchair, and just slowly drink it all in.


The interior style of the Hotel is one of a combination bohemian chic with simple elegance ensuring an environment which encourages our guests to relax and recharge before venturing out to explore the offerings of Cape Town and its surrounds. Our common areas comprise a comfortable lounge with an open fireplace, a garden and pool area, and a library where you can relax and read or research your itinerary from the computer terminal provided for your convenience.


Set just off the buzzing Kloof Street in a scenic suburb of Cape Town, you can live like a local and still be treated as our guest.After experiencing everything from Table Mountain to Camps Bay, and nights out at your new found favorite little spot, you can go back to your private room, kick off your shoes and get really comfortable.


Rooms at Cape Cadogan


Each of its fifteen bedrooms has been individually decorated, marrying a touch of yesteryear with contemporary chic and bohemian influence. You have at your disposal the lounge and breakfast room, carefully considered to provide every creature comfort without sparing on the fine detail. What’s your pleasure? A game of chess or cards, a book from our library, or perhaps lounging at the poolside? You may even choose to get in touch with the world from time to time, and are welcome to use our Wi-Fi from the comfort of your room or any of the public areas.


Join us in the afternoon for high tea or lemonade, or after sunset for an aperitif and canapés. We’d love to hear about your day, and to share advice about the incredible spots at your disposal for dinner, drinks or live entertainment. We know our neighborhood well!


The History of Cape Cadogan


The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storeyed Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was originally a single story Georgian farmhouse which was ‘Victorianised’ in the later part of the century. A second floor was added by the owner, Mr Heinrich Becker, in 1912 using Ernst Seelinger, an architect responsible for the beautiful old South Africa News Building, later remodeled (early 1920’s) by Seelinger, into the building which still to this day houses Die Burger (Afrikaans daily newspaper) in Keerom Street, Cape Town.


The granite garden wall still contains the original iron work which derives from the old quarry at the top of Kloof Street and was a wedding gift to Mr Becker. Suite 3 used to be the old wagon shed and stable which entrance opened into King Street. The building was awarded national monument status in late 1984.


Ernst Seelinger, the architect who designed the second floor and conversions of the farmhouse, practiced in Cape Town from 1890 and although he was of South African birth, his parents were from Germany and he became part of a group of architects and builders from Germany who worked extensively in the Cape. Seelinger was born in Paarl. His parents, on their way to Australia from Germany, had broken their journey in Cape Town as the emigration company had defrauded them of their monies to get to Australia and therefore by default landed up in the Cape. Seelinger was educated at “Penny School” in Lower Kloof Street where he trained as a carpenter and builder. He was offered free passage to Germany where relations in Berlin offered to see him through his architectural studies. He returned to the Cape and opened his practice in 1890. He married in 1894, designed his own house, IM Busch at 43 Camp Road in about 1894, now demolished and replaced by a block of flats, Silveretta. Seelinger and his friends, the builders, Joseph Rubbi, Anton Benning & Henry Teubes, the Government Surveyor, built themselves seaside houses at Kommetjie in about 1905.


In the depression Seelinger was forced to work in South West Africa (now Namibia), designing buildings for the Deutsche Diamant Geselschaft among others, one of which buildings was reproduced on a commemorative stamp in 1981. He returned to Cape Town in 1910 and continued practice, designing churches, commercial buildings and private houses. The German Red Cross Society gave him an award for his service after the war for his assistance given to German families who had been exiled from Germany in the First World War. He died in Cape Town in 1938.


In 2003 a United Kingdom businessman, Mr. Brian & Mrs. Aine Clancy, fell in love with area and this building specifically. The building was in a state of neglect being used for commercial office space and not really being appreciated for its charm, character & history. It took a very dedicated and passionate team almost two years to renovate and refurbish the building, retaining its old world charm but now with elegant chic new personality. David Strauss founder and owner of David Strauss Interiors, was the talent behind the very subtle but textured and classic interiors working in unison with Deon de Wet, the on the ground partner. At a similar time apartments were purchased in Nicole & King Street behind the Hotel and after extensive renovations, they were opened and linked to the Hotel offering guests a more independent type of accommodation experience.


In 2006 the More Family, a 4th generation South African Family owning and operating a luxury private game reserve, Lion Sands, in the Sabi Sand Reserve, Kruger National Park became partners in the Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel. They share a similar passion to Brian & Aine in wanting to provide a world class but very sincere and highly personalized guest experience.


Rates - 2015
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Please call us at 1.800.414.3090 for more information about incorporating Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel into your safari.
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