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4.7 out of 5

"We had a wonderful stay at the Hippo Boutique Hotel. We used the hotel as a staging ground to discover the sites of Cape Town. The facilities were g ... " More

By a verified traveler on Thu 15 Mar 2018

Hotel Description

4-star boutique hotel near South African Museum and Planetarium

Oceanside stay

With a stay at this Cape Town City Centre hotel, you'll be within half a mile (1 km) of South African Museum and Planetarium and 2 miles (3 km) of Greenmarket Square. Also, Castle of Good Hope is within 2 miles (3 km) and Table Mountain is within 6 miles (10 km).

Dining options, 5 bars/lounges

This smoke-free hotel's 3 restaurants, 5 bars/lounges, and outdoor pool are some of the featured amenities. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and airport shuttle. You'll appreciate the area shuttle, self parking, and coffee shop/café.

Free WiFi, kitchenettes

The 25 guestrooms feature well-equipped kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves, as well as free WiFi and satellite TV. Other amenities include minibars, room service, and coffee/tea makers.

Standard Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$56* Per night/room Jun 11 - Jun 12

Standard Room (BF)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max


Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Hippo Boutique Hotel ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hippo Boutique Hotel

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5 out of 5

In the Thick of It

We had a wonderful stay at the Hippo Boutique Hotel. We used the hotel as a staging ground to discover the sites of Cape Town. The facilities were great and the staff was excellent.

Posted by , from Lagos, Nigeria on Mar 15, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 26, 2018 by Adine Perel

Thank you for taking the time to write down your positive feedback after your recent stay with us at Hippo Boutique Hotel! We are delighted to hear that you had a good experience with regards to our excellent location, amazing restaurants for breakfast and our spacious rooms. Thank you for choosing to stay at Hippo Boutique Hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind Regards Adine Perel General Manager

5 out of 5

Friendly hotel with great location and staff

The hotel is in between the central city and Table Mountain and the doorway to peninsula sites. Lots of good restaurants nearby. Can’t say enough good about the helpful staff and their contacts to tours and good drivers. The Hippo was an important background to a great stay in a lovely city. Not a single complaint but one caveat - request a room at the back away from the lively front restaurants if you want to sleep well.

Posted by , from Vancouver on Jan 8, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 9, 2018 by Adine

Thank you for taking the time write down a review about your recent stay with us at Hippo Boutique Hotel. I am delighted to hear that your enjoyed your stay. Please be assured that I will congratulate our team! Thank you for choosing to stay at Hippo Boutique Hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards Adine Perel

4 out of 5

Close to restaurants & great view of Table Moutain

Pros: The staff was very friendly and accomodating with our last minute changes.
Location: Lots of restaurants and bars close by and a market that can easily be reached by walking. Nice view of Table Mountain.
While in Cape Town, my husband and I bounced back and forth between cities and hotels. I had pre-booked to stay at this hotel upon arrival for a few days, travel down to Hermanus and then stay again before taking off for safari. The first stint was ok - the staff is absolutely great but we got the first room off of the lobby and it's located directly above a restaurant/bar. The noise wasn't an issue until the weekend but everytime we went to our room, it smelled of the food they were cooking downstairs. We laughed it off the first day but after the second and third, all of our clothes (including those in the luggage) smelled. When we returned from Hermanus, I politely asked for a different room and they very nicely provided us one. The room had been updated more recently, had a sliding door with a balacony and did not smell like food! Overall, the hotel staff was great and the location is pretty good. Easy walking to a number of restaurants and bars. The hotel also had private parking which is a huge plus especially in that area.

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 11, 2017 by Adine

On behalf of Hippo Boutique Hotel, I would like to humbly apologize for the experience with regards to the noise from the restaurants. We have investigated how to minimize the noise from the restaurants and appreciate your honest feedback. We have double glazed all the windows and doors and have started installing carpets with rubber which absorbs the sounds. We would like to assure you that we at Hippo Boutique Hotel pride ourselves in delivering the best guest service and strive to get the basics right consistently. Your experience does not reflect the high standard we are usually proud to offer. I confirm therefore that your concerns are being addressed in a serious light and that action is being taken to rectify any shortcomings in our service and facilities. We look forward to welcoming you back when next your travels take you to Cape Town! Kind Regards Adine Perel General Manager

Property Features

There are 3 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 5 bars/lounges. A business center and a meeting room are available. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, tour/ticket assistance, and coffee/tea in a common area are also featured at the business-friendly Hippo Boutique Hotel. An airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and an area shuttle are available for a fee. For a fee, parking is available. This 4-star Cape Town hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 25 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 3 dining venues
  • 5 bars or lounges
  • Built in 2004
  • Coffee shop
  • Business facilities
  • 1 conference room
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Cape Town (CPT-Cape Town Intl.) (19.7 km / 12.3 mi)
  • Train station: Cape Town Station (2.2 km / 1.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and area shuttle
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hippo Boutique Hotel offers 25 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Satellite television is provided. Accommodations at this 4-star hotel have kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include showers, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. This Cape Town hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; local and international calls are complimentary (restrictions may apply). In-room massages and hair dryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Satellite channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • International calls (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to noon.

Hippo Boutique Hotel has 3 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

Spa Services

  • Body treatments


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible parking

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Airport transportation is offered on request 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 12 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 12 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for ZAR 295 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for ZAR 50 per night.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Hippo Boutique Hotel


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • No pets or service animals allowed
  • Parking height restrictions apply
  • Debit cards


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: ZAR 100 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: ZAR 350 per vehicle (one way)
  • Self parking fee: ZAR 50 per night
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: ZAR 50 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: ZAR 295 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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You should know

  • Hippo Boutique Hotel offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Children 12 years old and younger aren't allowed at this property.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.

National Rating

Quality Graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organization.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.