Cape Town, South Africa


Rates from (ex tax)$159.94

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ZAR2,550.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Colourful, cordial guesthouse


Mountain-view Oranjezicht

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


Double rooms from $159.94 (ZAR2,237), excluding tax at 14 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ZAR2,550.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast.


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.


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.


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.


22 is very much a couples’ hideaway.

Food and Drink

Photos Twentytwo food and drink

Dress Code

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

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.


Photos Twentytwo location
22 Montrose Avenue, Oranjezicht
Cape Town
Cape Town
South Africa

Local restaurants

22 is a short walk or drive away from the diverse eateries and drinking dens of lively Kloof Street. Manna is an ideal stop for brunch, posh snacking and an easy evening meal full of seasonal fare.For simple, no-nonsense Vietnamese and sushi, head to Saigon on the corner of Camp Street – a refreshing change from the superabundance of Thai and Chinese in the city. Café Gainsbourg – a chilled café-style spot – dishes up some exquisite Mediterranean flavours. 


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Matt Morley

Anonymous review

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.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Twentytwo’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The personal touches, attention to detail, wonderful hosts and a beautifully designed guest house.

Don’t expect

A 'canned' experience. Allan and Dominic will take the time to chat with you to find out what you enjoy and make recommendations that are truly tailored to your needs.


Stayed on 7 Mar 2016

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