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Hotel Highlights

  • Hidden bed and breakfast with flair and finesse
  • Warm welcome and bespoke service from on-site owners
  • Perfectly positioned for Cape Town mountain adventures

Overview

Two British owners work modern magic with colour at hotel 22, a bed and breakfast in Cape Town where bold tones are the foundation of four stylish, sassy rooms. Service is personable and an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool showcases city views at this intimate, chic retreat.

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Here's what you get for booking Twentytwo with us:

Cable car tickets to the top of Table mountain

Facilities

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22 hotel – Cape Town – South Africa

Need To Know

Rooms

Four.

Check–out

Midday, although both early check-in and late check-out can be arranged, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $146.93 (ZAR1,579), excluding tax at 14 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

22 can arrange temporary membership at a nearby gym, or spa treatments at a hotel in the vicinity. Allan and Dominic live on site and are generally on hand to help make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Hotel closed

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout; visiting masseuse. In rooms: TV, DVD player, iPod – compatible Tivoli Audio sound system, La Companie de Provence Marseille toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Although rooms 2 and 3 are the largest and most honeymoon-friendly, we got very excited about room 1, with its clever colour palette of pastel blue, accented with orange and umber. It also has a fabulous little sun deck – complete with comical plastic dog sculpture. Room 4 is the smallest, but, thanks to its corner window, has the biggest view: the mountains to one side, the Waterfront to the other.

Poolside

Like 22 itself, the pool is small (14 metres) but stylishly formed, with cosy loungers set up on the lawns beside it, and sofas and coffee tables at one end – perfect for card games, leafing through the papers or just dozing in the sunshine.

Packing tips

Walking boots or decent trainers are always useful for traipsing Cape Town and exploring the environs – especially if you take advantage of owners Allan and Dominic’s personal trainer friend, who can take you on fitness-building mountain hikes.

Also

There’s no smoking throughout, although three rooms have balconies or terraces you can smoke on. Pets are not allowed – Monty the cat gets jealous.

Children

22 is very much a couples’ hideaway.

Food & Drink

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22 hotel – Cape Town – South Africa

Hotel Restaurant

No restaurant; breakfast is usually served in the beautiful gardens, weather permitting.

Hotel Bar

There’s an honesty bar and fridge in the extra-comfortable lounge area, where you can grab wine, beer or spirits, and sup or sip to your heart’s (or liver’s) content. The hotel’s even got it’s own 22-branded mineral water.

Room service

24-hour staff can bring you tea and coffee, etc, whenever and wherever you want.

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Dress code

Whatever you like, from starched and stylish to fun and floaty.

Local Guide

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22 hotel – Cape Town – South Africa
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

22 is a short walk or drive away from the diverse eateries and drinking dens of lively Kloof Street. More South Beach than South Africa, Manolo (+27 (0)21 422 4747), in a zhuzhed-up Victorian house, is a good place to start your culinary journey. It’s only open for supper from 7pm, and it’s by no means the cheapest option in town, but the European, Asian and South African flavours are suitably sophisticated, as is the clientele. For simple, no-nonsense Vietnamese and sushi, head to Saigon (+27 (0)21 424 7670) on the corner of Camp Street – a refreshing change from the superabundance of Thai and Chinese in the city. Café Gainsbourg (+27 (0)21 422 1780) – a chilled café-style spot – dishes up some exquisite Mediterranean flavours.

 

Local cafés

Vide e Caffe (+27 (0)21 426 0627) and Manna (+27 (0)21 426 2413), both on Kloof Street, are ideal stop-offs for brunches and posh snacking.

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Mountain-view Oranjezicht

Twentytwo

22 Montrose Avenue, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Matt Morley , Home avoider

It was an innocuous one-liner on the bottom of an email at the tail end of the hassle-free booking process for 22 in Cape Town. ‘Please let us know what time you’ll be arriving on the day’. ‘What would happen if we didn’t?’ is the obvious response from even the most infrequent of travellers. ‘Perhaps we’d just find an empty house,’ said …
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Twentytwo

Anonymous review by Matt Morley, Home avoider

It was an innocuous one-liner on the bottom of an email at the tail end of the hassle-free booking process for 22 in Cape Town. ‘Please let us know what time you’ll be arriving on the day’.

‘What would happen if we didn’t?’ is the obvious response from even the most infrequent of travellers.

‘Perhaps we’d just find an empty house,’ said she. ‘Or a wild swingers party in full, er, swing…’ thought me.

Being well-behaved British types, we rang as soon as we knew our ETA. Although the time lag between the two was a mere three hours, we assumed we’d given our hosts enough time to arrange their diaries accordingly and clean up any evidence of tomfoolery, if needed.

It was only as we pulled up outside 22 and clocked the GB registration plate on the early nineties Jag outside that we realised the accent on the phone earlier had been an English one. After pressing the external buzzer we both did a quick mental tot-up and assumed the car’s owner must either be an East End wideboy looking for a fresh start or a savvy artistic type determined to make a statement in a new city.

As it turned out, we were only halfway there, sort of. For starters, the ‘owner’ was in fact ‘owners’, with Allan and Dominic there to welcome us across the hearth. It also became immediately clear that neither of them were even remotely dodgy, indeed they were as squeaky clean as they come, male-spa clean in fact.

This Mr Smith’s increasingly disturbing audio-visual fantasies of communal mid-afternoon romps littered with Cockney-tinged squeals now lay mercifully in tatters, which was probably for the best. Allan and Dominic had been living in East London before they relocated to Cape Town, however, and they certainly have plenty of creative juices flowing between them, so we weren’t too wide of the mark.

The interior design of their bijou four-bed abode was a collaborative effort with locally based designer Nicola Townsend. The result is one of quirky cohesion; each space has been given its own distinct look, yet bears the hallmarks of a well-conceived aesthetic master plan. Flashes of smoky pink and blue neon lighting create highlights of dramatic colour along the corridors and exterior walls, while each of the bedrooms has been assigned a core colour from which the soft furnishings and intricate wallpapers take their cue.

Our room, number two, was located in the attic, or rather ‘the upper level’ as Allan coyly corrected us. The house was originally only big enough for three guest bedrooms, once an admin office and the couple’s own living quarters had been factored in, so a rooftop extension created an extra hideaway at the top of the house. If it’s privacy you’re after, this is undoubtedly the room to choose as the others all lead out onto the communal hallway on the ground floor.

In their defence, the lower-level rooms all benefit from access to either a modern balcony area with splendid views out across the ‘city bowl’ (as it is known locally) or a secluded outdoors terrace, both of which have plenty of comfy seating designed for those sunny Sunday mornings that Cape Town does so well.

Staying in a guesthouse of this size is inevitably a very different experience to that of even a boutique hotel of 30 rooms, let alone a larger site such as one of the Cape’s holy trinity of ageing beauties: the Cape Grace, Table Bay and Mount Nelson hotels. The idea of Mrs Smith managing an hour’s undisturbed kippage anywhere but inside her own room at one of those bigger hotels, for example, would be unthinkable: if an over-zealous Resident Manager’s cushion-fluffing didn’t get her, another guest’s stray ringtone would surely do the job sooner or later.

And, yet, on that glorious Sunday afternoon, my sleeping beauty clocked up an impressive Z-count while curled up on a sofa by 22’s gardens. Whether Allan and Dominic had deliberately absented themselves that day or not, we cannot tell, but having the house to ourselves for a few hours was quite a treat.

Part owners, part hosts, part housemates, it’s a delicate role indeed these two have cast themselves. Emerging in matching white chinos and fuchsia polo shirts to serve breakfast each morning, they clearly do their best to inject a chirpy, upbeat feel to the guest experience, and with considerable success. By the end of the morning’s second cafetière we had heard all about the mysterious arrival of Monty, their recently adopted cat, swapped notes on all the better eateries in town, and learnt how they’d left their previous lives in recruitment and film production to pursue a new path in hospitality.

At the time, this long chat felt like the most normal thing in the world, only afterwards did we realise how the boys in pink had treated us like old friends rather than guests, clients or, worse still, customers. It can’t be easy creating such a positive impression day after day after day, but a year into their bold adventure, Allan and Dominic look like they may have found their calling.

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