The Best Areas to Stay in Pretoria, South Africa
The Best Areas to Stay in Pretoria, South Africa

Best Areas to Stay in Pretoria, South Africa

Where to stay in Pretoria – A guide to the Jacaranda City

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and is located between the Magaliesberg Hills, in the Gauteng district, north of Johannesburg.

Currently, the city is an industrial and modern metropolis, with large highways and prestigious universities.

The nature of Pretoria stands out for its large number of purple trees, known as “jacarandas”.

Among the natural paradises of Pretoria is the Cullinan Mine, named in commemoration of the discovery of the Cullinan diamond, the largest in the world and one of the jewels of the British crown.

This tourist destination is full of monuments from the South African independence era such as the Town Hall, the Garden of the Founders (The Pretorius), the Voortrekker Monument, the Freedom Park and the Government Seat.

The modern side of the city is well represented by Menlyn Park, which is not only the largest shopping centre in South Africa but also the largest in the continent.

To know Pretoria, it is important to consider travelling from October because it is when you can enjoy a pleasant climate, with few heat waves, and the gardens bloom in every corner of the city.

The international airports closest to Pretoria are the Tambo and the Lanseria, located in Johannesburg since the only airport in the city is the Wonderboom and has few flights, all domestic.

The most important public transport services are the Gautrain (high-speed trains) and the railway system called Metrorail, which allow you to move to any corner of Pretoria.

Pretoria has modern areas such as the Central Business District and its colourful skyscraper, the Poyntons, the ABSA building and the Reserve Bank of South Africa, shopping centres, restaurants, and more.

For those looking for a place to stay in Pretoria, Arcadia is the best option for hosting most of the attractions of the city (See hotels in Arcadia).

However, we must take into account that the cost of accommodation in Pretoria is usually high and that areas like Garsfontein offer the cheapest hotels in the city (See accommodation in Garsfontein).

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

The best areas to stay in Pretoria, South Africa

1. Our favourite area: Arcadia

Arcadia is one of the oldest and most valuable districts of Pretoria in terms of culture and history.

Arcadia has a large part of the historic centre of the city, offering a large collection of monuments, embassies and political buildings.

Among its attractions is Park Street, better known as Embassy Street since Pretoria is the second city with the most embassies in the world, just behind Washington.

Among the outstanding buildings in this area are the Loftus Versfeld stadium, the Art Museum and the Gerard Moerdyk restaurant, with its colonial-style architecture.

Arcadia is near the University of Pretoria and, in its surroundings, there are a lot of bars, nightclubs and alternative sites.

Therefore, this is the best area to stay in Pretoria for nightlife.

This is also one of the best areas to stay in Pretoria for business, as it has many business-type hotels that are within walking distance of the attractions.

Best areas to stay in Pretoria - Arcadia
Best areas to stay in Pretoria – Arcadia
Accommodation in Arcadia - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Arcadia – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Pretoria:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Loftus Versfeld Stadium
  • Heart of the city
  • Good area for business travellers
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Embassy Street

2. Waterkloof

Waterkloof is a relatively central district and is located southeast of the CBD (Central Business District).

It is one of the most exclusive and luxurious areas of Pretoria, with high-end hotels, golf courses such as the Pretoria Country Club, and the famous Union Buildings.

The gourmet restaurants of the area are the best option to taste and enjoy the gastronomy of Pretoria, with a peaceful atmosphere.

Waterkloof is a well-located district and it is close to the best in the city centre, where you can walk, take the bus or taxi.

Waterkloof stands out among the best areas to stay in Pretoria for its well-located and varied hotel offer.

However, it must be taken into consideration that it is one of the most requested districts to stay, and it is recommended to book well in advance.

Waterkloof is also the safest area to stay in Pretoria.

Where to stay in Pretoria, South Africa - Waterkloo
Where to stay in Pretoria, South Africa – Waterkloof
Accommodation in Waterkloof - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Waterkloof – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Pretoria:

  • Safe area to stay
  • Exclusive area
  • Near the City Centre
  • Luxury hotels
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Pretoria Country Club

3. Pretoria CBD

The CBD or Central Business District is located in the most central and modern area of Pretoria.

The CBD has large and modern skyscrapers such as the Poyntons building, the ABSA building, and the Reserve Bank of South Africa.

This area has the best cultural offer in Pretoria, with museums such as the Transvaal and the Sammy Marks, the National Zoo, the State Theatre and the founders’ square, named Praetorius Square.

The Gautrain station is located in this district and connects it with the rest of the city and the country.

The CBD is the favourite place to stay in Pretoria for most visitors due to its location and entertainment options.

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Why is this a recommended area to stay in Pretoria:

  • Best area for business travellers
  • Central location
  • Modern architecture and skyscrapers

4. Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a district neighbouring Waterkloof, located on the eastern edge of Pretoria, near the City Centre.

The Brooklyn Mall is one of the reasons why many tourists choose to stay in this area of Pretoria since it has more than 170 stores, a large number of restaurants and cinemas.

Another attraction in the area is the Brooklyn Art House, home to one of the largest art collections in the country, consisting of textiles, ceramics, paintings, iron sculptures, wood and contemporary art.

Near the shopping centre and the art house, you can take a bus to other nearby districts, as well as try an aperitif in one of the coffee shops in the area.

Three-star hotels with pools abound in this part of the city, some of them offer a homely and comfortable atmosphere, making Brooklyn a great area to stay in Pretoria.

Best districts to stay in Pretoria, South Africa - Brooklyn
Best districts to stay in Pretoria, South Africa – Brooklyn
Accommodation in Brooklyn - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Brooklyn – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Pretoria:

  • Brooklyn Mall
  • Brooklyn Art House
  • Good area for sightseeing

5. Garsfontein

Garsfontein is one of the newest neighbourhoods in Pretoria and is located east of downtown, near the main highways of the city.

Among its main attractions are the Jacaranda Gardens, theme parks and its residential environment that make it the most peaceful and family-friendly area of Pretoria.

The epicentre of entertainment here is the Menlyn shopping centre, with shops, restaurants and bars.

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is another Garsfontein attraction, where you can enjoy 300 hectares of open-air vegetation, ideal for family trips.

Being located in the centre, Garsfontein is served by a large number of bus stops and stations in the area, although walking to the attractions is the best alternative.

Garsfontein is the most peaceful and peaceful area to stay in Pretoria, designed for family enjoyment and to contemplate another facet of the city.

Best areas to stay in Pretoria, South Africa - Garsfontein
Best areas to stay in Pretoria, South Africa – Garsfontein
Alojamiento en Garsfontein - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Alojamiento en Garsfontein – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Pretoria:

  • Parks and green areas
  • Rietvlei Nature Reserve
  • Menlyn Shopping Centre

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