Best Pet-friendly Hotels & Holiday Homes in the Cape

Words: Crush

With stunning retreats dotted throughout the Cape, relaxation is just a short journey away – paws and all welcome. Whether it’s a staycation in the city, an escape to the countryside or a holiday getaway by the coast, look no further than these gorgeous, pet-friendly hotels and holiday homes in the Western Cape.

Gonana Guesthouse


Gonana, meaning ‘to embrace’, welcomes all family members to their guest accommodation. With the beach just a stone’s throw away, pets and owners will adore this sustainable and stylish oasis in Paternoster. Self-catering units are well-equipped, allowing guests to dine and relax at their own pace before exploring breathtaking surroundings; breakfast can also be arranged with staff. Doggie treats are given on arrival, while the open design of the guesthouses means pets can roam freely.

Location: 42 Sonkwas Road, Bekbaai, Paternoster
Contact: 079 424 7467 | Email
Pet policy: pets are allowed in their apartment, house, villa and studio units. Beds and water bowls are provided upon arrangement. | Facebook | Instagram

  Radisson RED Cape Town V&A Waterfront

Graphic wall art, bold colours and exquisite views make the Radisson RED a favourite for travellers. Couples, large groups and furry friends are well catered to; their staff provides specialised bedding for pets, along with food and water bowls. Both cats and dogs of any size are welcome; a maximum of two pets per room are allowed.

Location: No. 6, Silo, Silo Square, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: 087 086 1578 | Email
Pet policy: pets are not to be left alone in rooms; max. 2 pets allowed per room; owners must pay an additional cost of R 250 per pet per night. | Facebook | Instagram

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Perched over the Atlantic Ocean, The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa boasts incredible views, making it a fantastic holiday getaway. The five-star luxury hotel has equally impressive dining options, with Azure Restaurant having a long-standing reputation. Visitors can delight in the fact that it is also a pet-friendly hotel, catering to small four-legged travellers with their dedicated rooms and bespoke menus offered at the Leopard Bar.

Location: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Contact: 021 437 9000 | Email
Pet policy: they only allow dogs smaller than knee height; dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when in public areas. | view more | Facebook | Instagram

The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Known for its magnificent Greenhouse high teas and spectacular gardens, The Cellars Hohenort Hotel is also a pet-friendly oasis. Located in Constantia, there are plenty of walking routes that cater to pets. Small and medium dogs are well looked after by hotel staff, and receive a welcome treat upon arrival, water bowls and a special menu. Should you dine out at the hotel restaurant, pets are welcome to join, provided you are seated by the patio.

Location: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town
Contact: 021 794 5535 | Email
Pet policy: they accommodate small dogs in the villas and select premier suites | view more | Facebook | Instagram

Bokriver Cottage

Experience cottagecore charm at its finest. Nestled between the Riversonderend Mountain range, lies Bokriver Cottage – a secluded farm with stunning cottages. It’s ideal for families and couples looking to escape the city life and take things a bit slower this holiday. Dogs of all sizes are welcome to tag along. Kitchens are fully equipped with gorgeous appliances; there’s also a combustible fireplace, outdoor braai, hot tub, and endless mountain views.

Location: Bokrivier Farm, Greyton, Riviersonderend
Contact: 072 394 9802 | Email
Pet policy: dogs ranging from small to adult are welcome in the cottages | Facebook | Instagram

The Marine

Part of The Liz McGrath Collection, The Marine is one of the most loved luxury hotels and coastal escapes in Hermanus for both tourists and locals alike. The luxe pet-friendly hotel caters to small and medium-sized dogs, who are given complimentary treats upon arrival, and are welcome at the hotel in all rooms and suites with patios and balconies. Surrounding attractions and activities like beach walks also cater to pets.

Location: Main Road, Hermanus, 7200, Overberg
Contact: 021 794 5535 | Email
Pet policy: pets are not allowed in the hotel’s restaurants, but are welcome on the patio, where owners can dine and drink. | view more | Facebook | Instagram

Dorp Hotel

Elegant charm with a hint of quirkiness makes Dorp Hotel one of the most loved accommodation places in Cape Town. Designed by late hotelier, Gail Behr, all rooms are uniquely decorated. Guests can enjoy the private sauna, pool area, gardens and the salon for dining. The hotel also welcomes furry companions upon arrangement.

Location: 273 Longmarket St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 1676 or 021 612 0298 | Email
Pet policy: dogs welcome; must be arranged with hotel staff before arrival. | Facebook | Instagram

The President Hotel

Located in Bantry Bay, The President Hotel is a watering hole for socialites, vacationers and pet owners. Specially curated pet-friendly menus, beds and water bowls are all provided to ensure a comfortable stay for your pooch. Allocated rooms are reserved for dog owners. Guests are welcome to dine at the Deck Bar and Terrace, along with furry companions.

Location: 4 Alexander Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town
Contact: 021 434 8111 | Email
Pet policy: pets must be on a leash in public areas, and may not be left unattended in rooms. Dog owners can inquire about the hotel’s dog-sitting services at the Guest Experience desk. | Facebook | Instagram

The Riverstone House – The Couple’s Pod

Retreat to Wolseley in the Cape Winelands for a romantic getaway in a luxury renovated container. Located on the Palmiet farm, The Riverstone House’s Couple Pod promises cosy country living for pets and owners. Relax in the reading nook, while overlooking views of the dam, or stargaze under the night sky. The secluded unit offers privacy and comfort; pets are welcome to roam freely on the picturesque farm, ensuring a happy and pet-friendly stay.

Location: Palmiet Vlei Farm, Wolseley, Cape Winelands
Contact: 083 499 1524 | Email
Pet policy: dogs of all sizes are allowed; they can also roam freely on the farm without a leash, but owners should be responsible and mindful of other guests. | Facebook | Instagram

Restio River House

This self-catering and stylish five-room holiday home is perched on the edge of Buffels River in Pringle Bay. Glass windows and an open floor plan provide uninterrupted views of the vast skies and mountains. Guests can take a walk to the beach, prepare dinner in the fully-kitted kitchen, or enjoy sundowners on the patio. Contemporary-styled interiors are gorgeously decorated, making it a chic getaway for pet owners and well-trained pooches.

Location: No. 577 Anne Road, Pringle Bay
Contact: 082 718 7475 | Email
Pet policy: small, trained dogs are welcome, provided they keep off the furniture. | Facebook | Instagram

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