Best Areas to Stay in Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Where to stay in Bloemfontein – A guide to the city of roses

Bloemfontein is an important city of the South African plains, located in the south end of the country, near the Karoo desert.

Although Bloemfontein is in the desert, in spring, it offers the greatest spectacle of the African continent, the Mangaung Roses Festival, a tribute to the exotic rosebushes that grow in its forests.

Some of its attractions are the Loch Logan Waterfront shopping area, the Free State Stadium, the King’s Park Zoo, the Raadsaal Fort, and the popular Naval Hill.

The temperatures in Bloemfontein are usually quite high, especially in January. Therefore, it is recommended to visit it from July, when winter begins.

Thanks to the Bram Fischer International Airport, which receives national and international flights, the city is well-connected to the rest of the world.

Bloemfontein also has a rail system with lines to Cape Town and Johannesburg, and a public bus service to move within the city.

As for the best areas to stay in Bloemfontein, the Central Business District stands out for having the most luxurious and exclusive hotel collection in the city of roses. (See accommodation in Bloemfontein’s CBD).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

The best areas to stay in Bloemfontein

1. Our favourite area: Central Business District

The Central Business District (CBD) of Bloemfontein is one of the oldest districts in the city, as well as its main commercial area.

The vast majority of historical monuments of the city are located in this area, next to modern buildings, shopping centres, museums and squares.

One of the most visited places in the CBD is Hoffman Square, which serves as the setting for the opening of the Festival of Roses and is ideal for walking.

Another popular attraction in the area is the Naval Hill, home of the statue in honour of Nelson Mandela, from where you can see the best views of the Bloemfontein skyline, as well as a modern planetarium.

To know the CBD, the best alternative is to walk since it is a pedestrian-friendly area.

The train station connects the CBD with the rest of Bloemfontein and is located on the east side of the district, on Harvey Rd.

The Central Business District is the best area to stay in Bloemfontein because it offers accommodation close to the attractions and it concentrates the best tourist activities in the city.

Where to stay in Bloemfontein - CBD

Where to stay in Bloemfontein – CBD

Accommodation in CBD - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in CBD – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bloemfontein, South Africa:

  • Heart of the city
  • Hoffman Square
  • Naval Hill

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

aha Bloemfontein

aha Bloemfontein is located in the business and sports centre of Bloemfontein, less than 5 minutes walk from the Mimosa shopping centre. It offers modern rooms with a flat-screen TV via.

from US$69
Budget

Rosedene

The Rosedene offers accommodation with terrace and barbecue, is located near the Mega World and the Oliewenhuis art gallery. Nearby attractions include the Mimosa shopping centre, the On Leviseur Bloemfontein gallery and the Sand du Plessis theatre.

from US$45
Luxury

Anta Boga Hotel

Anta Boga Hotel is located in the centre of Bloemfontein. It has an outdoor pool, a restaurant and a solarium. Bloemfontein Airport is 12 km away and the Loch Logan Promenade is 1.9 km away.

from US$75
 

 

 

2. Willows

Willows is a district located on the west side of Bloemfontein, a 6-minute drive from the Central Business District.

Willows is known as the intellectual corner of the city for having the University of Technology, the Museum of Presidents and Art Galleries.

The city’s Zoo is the epicentre of entertainment in Willows, the favourite place to meet a wide variety of animal species, have a picnic or just take a breath of fresh air.

Other recreational sites in the district include the Kin Park Rose Garden, the Tennis Free State Stadium, and the Fotz Park.

Willows lacks public transport, but it is a well-located area and fairly close to the centre of Bloemfontein.

The three-star apartments and hotels in Willows are a good alternative when looking for where to stay in Bloemfontein and they allow you to enjoy another facet of the city.

Best areas to stay in Bloemfontein - Willows

Best areas to stay in Bloemfontein – Willows

Accommodation in Willows - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Willows – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bloemfontein, South Africa:

  • Bloemfontein’s Zoo
  • Free State Stadium
  • Galleries and museums

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

The Nightingale Guesthouse

The Nightingale Guesthouse is located in Bloemfontein, 8 km from Northridge Mall, and offers air-conditioned rooms and a shared lounge. It also has a shared kitchen and barbecue.

from US$50
Budget

3 Lavenders

3 Lavenders is a guest house with garden located in Bloemfontein, 2.3 km from Mega World, 5 km from Oliewenhuis Art Gallery and 13 km from JBN Hertzog.

from US$19
Luxury

College Lodge

The College Lodge, which has an outdoor pool, is located in Bloemfontein. It offers free Wi-Fi connection.

from US$67
 

 

 

3. Westdene

Westdene is north of the centre of Bloemfontein, near Brandwag and Arboretum.

Westdene is a remote area, far from the Central Business District and its attractions, but it is one of the newest, most modern and peaceful areas of Bloemfontein.

Although it does not have the monuments and historical heritage of other districts, it is popular with tourists because it concentrates the greatest number of restaurants and gastronomic options in the city.

Westdene is the ideal district to enjoy Italian, German, Chinese and, above all, typical South African food. In addition, it offers a very attractive nightlife, formed by bars and live music venues.

Westdene has several car rental offices that make it possible to move easily within the area and to other places in Bloemfontein.

Westdene stands out for its mixed accommodation that is cheaper than in other districts, which makes it one of the best areas to stay in Bloemfontein on a budget.

Best areas to stay in Bloemfontein - Westdene

Best areas to stay in Bloemfontein – Westdene

Accommodation in Westdene - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Westdene – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bloemfontein, South Africa:

  • Great food
  • Good area for nightlife
  • Cheap hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Villa Bali Boutique Hotel

This Balinese-style boutique hotel in Bloemfontein offers comfortable rooms with matching bedspreads and curtains. The breakfast room overlooks the quiet courtyard.

from US$50
Budget

Premiere Guesthouse

Premiere Guesthouse is located in Bloemfontein, 1.3 km from Hydromed Hospital. It offers air-conditioned rooms. This bed and breakfast is 3.2 km from the University of the Free State.

from US$21
Luxury

Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein Willow Lake

The Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein Willow Lake enjoys an ideal and exclusive location next to the Bloemfontein Zoo. Guests can enjoy the views from the magnificent patio.

from US$89
 

 

 

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