Finding good Stellenbosch accommodation is easier than you’d imagine. This lovely city in the Cape Winelands, at about one hour drive from Cape Town, is an absolute must visit.
While many will tell you it is ok to visit on day trips from Cape Town (it is perfectly doable, indeed – more about that below), I am more of a fan of slow travel and recommend spending a few days in Stellenbosch to fully enjoy everything it has to offer. I spent a week there the first time I visited, and a couple of days the second time, and don’t regret it one bit.
A university town, oak lined Stellenbosch is well known for its beautiful buildings (here you’ll find many examples of Cape Dutch architecture), museums and art galleries, wine bars and good restaurants, and for the thriving nightlife. At a stone’s throw from it you will find breathtaking mountains with plenty of hiking opportunities; national parks and lots and lots of vineyards where you will be able to taste delicious wines.
Among the places you shouldn’t miss there are the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, in the town center and home to an incredible array of plants; Stellenbosch Village Museum, where you’ll be able to get a glimpse of what life used to be in the area in the 18th century; Eagle Encounters South Africa, a home for rescued and endangered birds. Lovers of chocolate will enjoy the chocolate and wine pairing at Stellenbosch Waterford Estate; whereas Warwick Wine Estate is the perfect place to couple wine tasting and breathtaking scenery.
Make sure to check out my posts 17 Cool Things To Do In Stellenbosch and 7 Amazing Estates To Do Wine Tasting In Stellenbosch for more unmissable activities and for a selection of the best wineries.
The good news is that if you decide to spend a few days there, you won’t have any troubles finding good hotels in Stellenbosch. I thought I’d give you a hand in picking one that is suitable for your budget and taste, and have selected the best hotels in Stellenbosch, as well as a handful of Airbnbs. Rustic and modern, luxurious and classy, there is something for everyone here!
Stellenbosch Accommodation: The Best Hotels In Stellenbosch By Budget
No matter what your budget is, you are bound to find some great places to stay in town. In general, most luxury and boutique hotels in Stellenbosch are a bit out of the center of town, located in the many fabulous wine farms. The center and its immediate surroundings is where you’ll find the majority of mid-range and budget accommodation options, with good guest houses, Airbnbs and apartments for rent.
TIP: If you plan to stay in one of the luxury hotels out of town, you will be better off having your own car to move around. The good news is that parking is hardly an issue in Stellenbosch.
Luxury Stellenbosch Accommodation
Stellenbosch has a fantastic range of luxury and boutique hotels, most of them outside the center of town. For an even better experience, I recommend staying in one of the many fabulous wine estates scattered around town and completely immersed in the vineyards. They usually have a fabulous restaurant too – so that you can pair your stay with fine dining for an even better experience.
The following is a selection of the best luxury and boutique places to stay in Stellenbosch.
Lanzerac is the first wine estate I visited in Stellenbosch, and it remains one of my favorites. Wine tasting at Lanzerac reaches perfection thanks to the fantastic job of the perfectly trained sommeliers. I recommend opting for the chocolate and wine pairing experience if you want your mouth to burst with flavors. Let’s talk about the hotel though! Lanzerac definitely has one of the best hotels in Stellenbosch.
The most basic room measures a whopping 40 square meters; it is completely plush and cozy and has a fabulous, large bathroom with the most lavish bathtub to take a relaxing bath at the end of a day of exploring. If your budget allows it, opt for the suite – it’s massive, and comes with its own porch facing the beautiful garden.
Hotel facilities include two pools (why settle for one?!), a spa center, a fitness center, a restaurant and a bar – where you can sit sipping a glass of Chardonnay while admiring the view. Breakfast is includes in the price and – needless to say – it’s fabulous! Wi-fi works perfectly well.
This is a wine estate you can’t help to love and it comes with one of the nicest hotels in Stellenbosch.
Spier strives to run all of its activities in the most environmentally and socially inclusive way, recycling most of the water it consumes; funding projects that support young local artists – don’t miss the art studio and the art gallery on the grounds, with paintings decorating the restaurant, and sculptures scattered around the garden; and obviously producing fantastic wines.
With so much to look forward to, you won’t be disappointed to know that even the most basic room at Spier measures 60 square meters (the largest is 110 square meters, which where I come from is the size of an apartment for a family of four!). All rooms face the perfectly kept garden and come with a spacious bathroom and a fireplace, for those cold evenings. They even have a dining table, in case you want to oder room service.
The hotel counts with a nice pool, a spa, a bar and a restaurant – Eight, one of the best I have tried while in Stellenbosch. Breakfast is inclued in the price. Wi-Fi works well in all common areas and in the rooms.
Majeka is one of the best restaurants in Stellenbosch, famous for the delicious food it serves and which is prepared with local, seasonal organic ingredients. The good news is that its is one of the nicest hotels in Stellenbosch too! Completely immersed in nature, at about 10 minutes drive from the center of town, you won’t want to miss the chance to stay there.
Rooms at Majeka House are all very spacious. Some of them face the mountains, others overlook the garden and the pool – but all have nice chairs and tables outside, so you can sip your morning coffee while enjoying the fresh morning air (oh, and the views). Some rooms even come with a Victorian style bath-tub!
The hotel counts with two swimming pools – one is indoor, so you can still enjoy it even on colder days; a bar and a spa and wellness center. You can also count on good Wi-Fi.
Mid Range Stellenbosch Accommodation
If you are looking for mid-range places to stay you will be happy to know that you don’t have to give up comfort at all, and in fact your money will take you a long way. From small guest houses to holiday rentals, there is an excellent range of honestly priced hotels in Stellenbosch. Most of them are located centrally, steps away from all the action.
The following is a selection of the best mid-range places to stay in Stellenbosh.
The welcoming staff at Twice Central will make you feel at home from the moment you walk in. Steps away from Dorp Street, this guest house features a beautiful dining room and a just as nice living room – with a fireplace, bookshelves and plenty of space available to guests who may decide to relax a bit after exploring. There is a small but spotless pool and well kept garden, and Wi-Fi is nice and fast, should you ever need to check your emails.
Rooms are large and comfortable, and count with a large window and balcony to admire the views, and a state-of-the-art bathroom. A fantastic breakfast – the menu changes daily – is included in the price.
With design apartments of various sizes, De Haas is one of the best luxury Stellenbosch accommodation options. You can pick among two different locations in the center of town, from where you will be able to easily walk to the many restaurants and bars.
Prices start at $114 USD for a one bedroom apartment which is perfect for a couple – I stayed in one of them and found it to be incredibly comfortable, not to mention spacious and fully equipped with anything I needed for my stay. The two-bedroom apartment is perfect for a family or a group of friends.
All apartments have a kitchen and a dining room, so you can cook your meals and eat in; there is a living room with a comfortable couch and a massive tv (and one in the bedroom too!) and a state-of-the-art bathroom. Laundry is available for a small additional cost. Wi-Fi is free to access for all guests.
At easy walking distance from Dorp Street and the center of town, this is one of the nicest mid-range priced hotels in Stellenbosch. Rooms aren’t the largest, but they have everything you need to make your stay comfortable, not to mention spotless. Family rooms are available for travelers with children,
Rooms are set around a beautiful garden perfect to sip your morning coffee. The hotel counts with a swimming pool, and a massive breakfast is included in the price of the room, as well as the Wi-Fi.
Budget Stellenbosch Accommodation
Who said you have to pay a fortune to sleep comfortably? This certainly isn’t the case in Stellenbosch, where you will find a great range of budget options that combine good rooms, good locations and stylish decor. Some of them best budget places to stay in Stellenbosch are located slightly outside the center of town, but still close enough for you to be able to walk anywhere.
The following is a selection of the best budget hotels in Stellenbosh.
Literally at a stone’s throw from Dorp Street and all the most famous attractions in town, this bed and breakfast counts with just three rooms, but all of them are spacious, comfortable and spotless. What’s incredible is that such beautiful rooms come at such a convenient price.
Are you not convinced yet? As if this was not enough already, you get access to all common areas – living room, kitchen, dining room and laundry facilities, so that you can have a perfect stay at a real steal. Oh and let me not mention the fast internet connection!
At 20 minutes walk from the main street, this guesthouse certainly is one of the best finds. Rooms aren’t the most spacious, but they are absolutely lavishly decorated, and even work-friendly (should you ever need to check your emails while away). If you fancy some extra space opt for the superior suite. It comes with a kitchenette and there even is a washing machine.
The guesthouse counts with a nice swimming pool and breakfast is included in the price.
30 minutes out of the center of town, this guest house is a perfect combination of spacious rooms which are also stylish, comfortable and very budget friendly at the same time. Rooms have a kitchenette so you can prepare a quick meal every now and then. Guests have access to a large, beautifully kept garden too.
Best Airbnbs in Stellenbosch
If you are a fan of Airbnb, you will be happy to know that there are some great ones in Stellenbosch. The one where I stayed last time I visited – a room in a traditional Cape Dutch home on Dorp Street, whose owners are real stars and where the price also included breakfast – is unfortunately not available at the moment. However, there is a very good selection you can pick from.
The following are the best Airbnbs in Stellenbosch.
This studio apartment is perfect for a solo traveler or for a couple. It’s very stylish, equipped with anything you may need for a comfortable stay, and centrally located steps away from the main historic church in Stellenbosch, so that you can easily access all the attractions. It’s also incredibly budget friendly!
GOOD TO KNOW: Keep in mind that the church bell rings regularly and that such central location comes with a downside, as there is quite a bit of traffic and noise in that part of town!
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Perfect for a family or a small group of friends since it has two bedrooms, this apartment is located on the most historic street in the city. Guests can enjoy using the full kitchen – there even is a dishwasher – and sitting in the balcony for a sunset drink.
GOOD TO KNOW: As the use of Wi-Fi is limited, this may not be a good option for business travelers.
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A slightly more expensive option compared to the other apartments I have mentioned, but to be fair this place is spacious and with two bedrooms and two bathrooms you can easily share the price if you are traveling with friends. The living room, full kitchen and patio are perfect for a night in – definitely one of the best Stellenbosch accommodation options.
Day trips to Stellenbosch from Cape Town
Are you unable to spend more than one day in Stellenbosch? Worry not! Check out these easy guided day tours from Cape Town!
- From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting – this tour stops in Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl (home of the Spice Route). You will enjoy wine as well as cheese tasting.
- Full day shared wine tasting tour – probably the best wine tasting day trip, as it includes four wine tastings and lunch a la carte.
- Shared half day tour with local guide – this day tour includes a walking tour of Stellenbosch, as well as wine tasting.
- From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting – great value for money.
- Private Full-Day Wine Tour and Tasting from Cape Town – the best option for a private tour.
Make sure to ready my post “10 Great Day Trips From Cape Town.”
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