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Kensington Place is a small boutique hotel that delivers big on value, considering the amenities, décor and pristine location. The property sits just off the top end the restaurant haven of Kloof Street – but may as well be a million miles from the bustle of the city. Higgovale is one of the city’s most exclusive areas, set in the foothills of Table Mountain – and a rarity in that it’s somewhat sheltered from the gale that pummels most of Cape Town’s higher-lying residential areas, almost year-round.

Converted into a hotel from a residential property, Kensington Place is a welcoming space, with the reception area decorated in warm wood – almost as warm as the welcome from the team. A glass of bubbly accompanies the minimal paperwork required, before guests are shown to one of the eight well-appointed rooms. The upstairs rooms in the main property have great views out over a green vista across the road, with the city and the harbour sparkling in the background. One room sits adjacent to the main building – seconds away – but offers additional privacy with its own patio and seating area. The presence of loads of tasteful art and an unsecured plunge pool means that only children older than 12 are able to enjoy the beauty of Kensington Place.

Rooms are individually decorated across two categories, with several common denominators including king-sized beds, vanity, minibar, complimentary drinks, underfloor heating and free high-speed Wi-Fi. A cute touch in each is an ‘Emergency Kit’ alongside the bed, to cater for the rigours of adventures in the city – featuring headache tablets, cold meds, rehydrating solution, plasters and the like. The beds are a major feature – extra length and seemingly extra width, buried beneath mounds of pillows and extraordinarily soft linen – making the option to have breakfast served in-room a tempting one. The bathrooms are all cavernous and a recent renovation has seen the majority of baths converted to showers, in the spirit of helping conserve water in the drought-prone Cape.

The menu at the in-house restaurant is concise, but full of artfully-presented but homely options, including several variations for those with dietary requirements. The minimalist nature allows for seasonal focus, and all the food is fresh and vibrant, accompanied by a similarly curated wine list featuring one or two familiar Cape faces, alongside some more unusual varietals.

T7B Tip

The concierge team is able to offer eerily accurate suggestions for external restaurant experiences to cater for any taste, should you wish to venture out into the ‘real world’ for a meal. Test their local knowledge and prepare to be wowed.


Rooms from around R3 400 per night, depending on season and category.


Visit the official website at


38 Kensington Crescent,
Higgovale Gardens


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Trevor Crighton

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Trevor splits his time between two fields – working as a specialist Publicist & Media Relations Consultant in film, television, entertainment, sport, travel and FMCG and as a writer and photographer in the travel, lifestyle and social media space. You can connect with him on Instagram @trevorcrighton