This quietly stylish hotel has just nine rooms, each decorated with Rwandan artwork and featuring mod cons such as flatscreen TVs. You’ll find it in a swanky part of town, a stone’s throw from the president’s house, and surrounded by restaurants and bars. The private terraces offer great views of the city skyline, especially at night.
2. Villa Margherita, Swakopmund, Namibia
An old colonial townhouse has been transformed into a riotously colourful boutique guesthouse, with eight rooms full of modern art and personal touches. The owner is also the chef – he combines local ingredients with techniques learned in his native Italy’s top cookery school.
3. Cape Cadogan, Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is spoilt for choice when it comes to boutique hotels. Literature buffs will love Cape Cadogan, a Georgian house in central Cape Town that is now an Oscar Wilde-inspired boutique hotel. It’s not as strange as it sounds: the theme simply translates as boho-chic decor and a decent library.