Take an urban break to one of these 13 city hotels across Africa

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While many travellers want to escape to nature for their holidays, there are some who prefer the glitz and glamour of urban cities as their perfect holiday destination.

Africa has some cool up-and-coming cities that are making their mark on the global scene, and they've got the city hotels to match that style with sleek comfort. 

SEE: World Travel Awards: Cape Town International lands Africa's top airport award for a second time

At the World Travel Awards Africa, Cape Town's Pepperclub Hotel and Spa took home the top prize for the Africa region as the Leading City Hotel, but the other nominees should not be looked over if you're looking for that luxury city escape - and they're also almost always in walking distance of a cool sight to see.

Cape Town

Pepperclub Hotel & Spa (Winner)

Price range: R2 240 - R5 391 per suite per night

Closest attraction: Take a short walk to Cape Town's Company's Garden, where you can peruse through the South African National Gallery, the Iziko South African Museum or even do a viewing at the planetarium.

Hilton Cape Town City Centre

Price range: R2 330 - R8 400 per suite per night

Closest attraction: The hotel is situated on the periphery of the Bo-Kaap suburb - famous for its colourful houses and Islamic heritage and culture, which you can learn more about at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum.

SEE: Hilton looks to grow African loyalty with five new hotel openings in 2018


Sandton Sun

Price range: R2 870 - R29 370 per suite per night

Closest Attraction: On its doorstep is the Sandton City Mall, where you can shop the most luxurious brands from around the world, so you don't have to carry your shopping bag too far.

Hilton Sandton

Price range: R1 560 - R10 985 per suite per night

Closest attraction: Besides shopping and business, Sandton is also known for its exclusive nightlife, and this Hilton hotel is walking distance from Taboo Night Club, a multi-level entertainment extravaganza perfect for living up the high life.

Radisson Blue Hotel  Sandton

Price range: R1 700 - R2 185 per room per night

Closest attraction: If you like to get some jogging in while checking out the glitz and glamour of Sandton, the hotel is right next to Mushroom Farm Park, a green urban space with an interactive children's play area, outdoor gym, an amphitheatre and even a giant balloon ride. 

SEE: Indulge your senses in Sandton


Hilton Durban

Price range: R1 500 - R16 815 per suite per night

Closest attraction: Want to take a step back into history? Nearby is the Kwamuhle Museum, the building once home to the Native Administration Department and now a museum that reflects on Durban's history during and leading up to the Apartheid period.


Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

Price range: R2 500 - R11 900 per suite per night

Closest attraction: The Nairobi River runs right past the hotel, and just across sits the Nairobi National Museum, a one-stop to discover Kenya's heritage and houses natural, historic, cultural and contemporary art collections.

InterContinental Nairobi

Price range: R1 620 - R27 000 per suite per night

Closest attraction: The hotel is right next to Uhuru Park, filled with national monuments and an artificial lake, as well as the top spot for the city's skateboarding scene. It also offers the perfect place to view Nairobi's skyline.

SEE: Kenya Airways adds two more direct flights to Cape Town


Transcorp Hilton Abuja

Price range: R3 755 - R37 301 per suite per night

Closest attraction: A stay here puts you in Abuja's largest public park - The Millennium Park. Split in half by a river, the one side is like a wild botanical garden with tropical birds and butterflies in greenhouses, while the other side is more manicured, dedicated to the scientific research of nature and home to Abuja's holy tree and holy rock.


Hyatt Regency Casablanca

Price range: R3 600 - R47 520 per suite per night

Closest attraction: It's very close to Place des Nations Unies, a public square built in the 19702 surrounded by shops and restaurants, a tram station and a cinema, with a tall clock tower as a landmark.

Sheraton Casablanca Hotel & Towers

Price range: R2 820 - R23 530 per suite per night

Closest attraction: In Boulevard Ben Abdellah are a few restaurants that will make you feel like you've stumbled into the famous classic film of Casablanca, with restaurants like La Bodega de Casablanca and L'Etoile Centrale. 

SEE: From Casablanca to Marrakech: Top tips for South African travellers

Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

Price range: R4 450 - R116 330 per suite per night

Closest attraction: You'll have the perfect view of the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco, second largest in Africa and fifth largest in the world, but the minaret is the tallest in the world at 210 metres.


Hilton Windhoek

Price range: R1 790 - R9 650

Closest attraction: This hotel is in heart of the city, but you can't pass through Namibia without picking up some souvenirs, and right outside this Hilton is the city's Craft Market - a massive gathering of curio vendors and all other kinds of trinkets that you can take home with you.

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