Any thoughts on the Breakwater Lodge?

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Jun 14th, 2005, 12:16 PM
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Any thoughts on the Breakwater Lodge?

It would appear to be a reasonably priced alternative on the Waterfront. We don't need luxury but would like a safe, well-located hotel. What other areas of Cape Town should we explore for accomodation? We will have a car. We are very open to guest houses. Would like to spend around $100 USD/night. Thanks.
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Jun 14th, 2005, 02:19 PM
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SHaglna,

The Breakwater Lodge used to be a prison
so prepare to want to stay in a place where most of the the rooms are the slightly larger than the size of prison cells. In actual fact I would classify the Lodge as a classy backpacker establishment.

Before I tell you about other places are you speaking of $100 per room or $100 per person?

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Jun 14th, 2005, 04:25 PM
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Shanglan,
I just read on flyertalk that the Holiday Inn on Strand St has a really good rate of around $50 per room per night. I have not stayed here but it used to be an Intercontinental before becoing a Holiday Inn I think about a year back. I have been inside and it is very nice. The location isn't great as its right downtown which can get a little rough at night but I think they have a free shuttle to the waterfront. I'd definitely consider it.
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Jun 14th, 2005, 05:11 PM
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Thanks! We're talking about $100 USD/night total, not per person. We can go above that if needed. But would prefer not greatly exceed that. Neighborhood safety is an important factor.
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Jun 14th, 2005, 05:48 PM
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Shanglan,

Not knowing when you are going or for how long, I just punched in 4 nights for mid-September, and these are the results from www.expedia.com

http://www.expedia.com/pub/agent.dll...r1=0&rfrr=-905

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There are quite a few nice places that are available for just a bit more than the Breakwater Lodge. For its 2* level, the Breakwater Lodge does not appear to offer the best value, at least not on Expedia where it is listed as $120 per night.

Here are the average nightly rates for some other Cape Town hotels, as shown on Expedia:

Mount Nelson Hotel - $157

The Commodore (4* hotel, waterfront border) - $164

Ambassador Hotel - $92 for a 1 bedroom suite in what is listed as 3.5* hotel in Bantry Bay

So, as you can see there are some much better hotel choices out there that will not break the bank.
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Jun 14th, 2005, 05:56 PM
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Protea is a a reliable mid-range chain and the President in Bantry Bay is $97 and in a very good location between Sea Point and Camps Bay.
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Jun 15th, 2005, 03:16 AM
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Shanglan,

I would suggest that you take a look at the following guesthouses as a good option relative to your needs of

1. Safety
2. Price
3. Location
4. Clean and well appointed place to stay.

Albatross Guesthouse
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http://www.albatrossct.co.za/

Best value for money amongst all the suggestions that I am making in this mail. Excellent host and very well run. Location is reasonable.



Cape Standard
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http://www.capestandard.co.za/home.htm

Excellent value for money. Different sort of venue. Good location and safe



Davids
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http://www.davids.co.za/

Great value for money. Well run guesthouse. Well located

Craigrownie
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http://www.craigrowniehse.co.za/

Near to sea, well appointed, free internet, great breakfast.


All the above places fit the bill of the 4 criteria that I have mentioned
and will all give you a much more local experience than a hotel. Parking is available at all the venues too. Also remember that hotels generally do not include breakfasts in their rates while all the guesthouses do.

Hope the above helps.

Enjoy our city when you visit us.

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