Great boutique hotels in SA’s major cities

Boutique hotels are ideal for smaller, more intimate and private events. TAM rounds up some of the options available in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.


  1. Idwala Boutique Hotel

Situated in the heart of Johannesburg in Darrenwood (near Cresta), this boutique hotel offers business travellers urban tranquillity. With easy access to business hubs, it is a luxurious and intimate retreat from the hustle and bustle. The hotel offers a variety of accommodation, from rooms in the main house to onsite cottages and serviced apartments.

Idwala has a conference room that can seat up to 18 delegates and has a variety of conference packages available. It is well set up and fitted with the latest state-of-the-art technology and built to cater for high quality presentations and meetings. It runs a full business service, has a restaurant on the premises and can cater for small corporate functions and cocktail parties.

  1. The View Boutique Hotel

Providing excellent value for money for meetings, training, conferences and events, The View is centrally located in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, in a house that Sir Julius Jeppe, prominent businessman and one of the pioneering developers of Johannesburg, built for his daughter.

The hotel is steeped in history and transports guests back to days gone by. Only a handful of rooms are available for overnight guests, but the venue can cater up to 80 delegates when conferencing cinema style or 40 when seated boardroom style.  Conference facilities are kitted out with the latest technology and free WiFi is available through all the venues.

  1. Little Tuscany Boutique Hotel

This boutique hotel in Bryanston has nine executive suites and 43 rooms available. With free uncapped WiFi access and its situation close to the Sandton business centre, it is an ideal venue for business travellers.

The hotel also has three conference rooms with a capacity of anything from six delegates to 100 depending on the seating style. With an in-house chef, they are able to meet most catering requirements.

Cape Town:

  1. Andros Boutique Hotel

Situated against the backdrop of Table Mountain in Claremont, this hotel personifies everything that is the Cape. Originally built and designed by Sir Herbert Baker, the property is ideally located for easy access to most of Cape Town’s corporate head offices and business districts. The hotel boasts four classic rooms, eight deluxe rooms, two garden suites and one executive suite.

 It has one conference room that can comfortably accommodate up to 20 delegates seated cinema style and smaller numbers in other seating configurations. Breakaway rooms are also available. Conference facilities include state-of-the-art technology and conferencing equipment.

  1. Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel

With spectacular views over the Dutch East India Company Gardens, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, this hotel in Gardens is close to the city centre and main business district. It has 56 rooms with en-suite bathrooms and a fully equipped conference venue that can accommodate 12 to 60 delegates.

Two exclusive meeting rooms, aptly named Hollow I and Hollow II, complete the offering and cater for both smaller more intimate groups of between 12 and 18 delegates as well as larger meetings of 60 delegates.

  1. Alphen  Boutique Hotel

In the heart of Constantia is this 17th century historic treasure with its 19 indulgent and avant-garde luxury suites. The hotel is close to the Cape Town city centre and boasts some ultra modern business amenities.

It has five conference rooms and a lounge that caters for small and medium-sized meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences and presentations. Teleconferencing for three-way international meetings is provided.


  1. Benjamin Boutique hotel

This hotel in Morningside, Durban, has 43 double rooms, all air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms. Only five minutes’ drive from the Durban beaches, the hotel is ideally situated for business meetings. It has a conference room that can seat between 16 and 40 delegates and a small boardroom with a lounge attached that accommodates ten delegates.

A variety of conference packages are available, while the hotel restaurant also caters for private high tea and lunch functions.

  1. Audacia Manor Boutique Hotel

Steeped in history, this colonial mansion, built in 1928 in Berea, Durban, is only a few minutes’ drive from the central business district. The manor has ten bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms for overnight guests while several private rooms are available for meetings, workshops and small conferences.

  1. eMakhosini Boutique Hotel

French colonial mixed with a hint of traditional Zulu best describes this trendy boutique hotel in Morningside, Durban. Once home to the French consulate, the hotel has been refurbished and now has 24 guestrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.

Not only is the hotel within easy reach of Durban’s business district but also its best attractions. The conference centre comprises three venues, one of which is rooftop, and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. 

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