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Cape Town area: What is your favorite accommodation and WHY?


Sep 17th, 2012, 06:46 AM
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We had friends stay at the Twelve Apostles when they came to visit us in Cape Town (May 2012). They were on a fully inclusive tour, and the TA was the assigned hotel in Cape Town. The hotel was beautifully decorated, the staff seemed very professional, the hotel was easy to reach from our home in Rondebosch and convenient to many of Cape Town's highlights, and there was a stunning view of the ocean from the bar and dining room. We enjoyed high tea with our friends at the hotel, which was very classy and featured excellent food. The only downside I saw was their room. It was tiny (the bed took up most of it) and on the back side of the hotel - no ocean view and a poor view of the mountain. They asked about upgrading to a room with an ocean view, but the cost of upgrading was high enough (I am afraid I do not remember the amount, but I believe it was several thousand rand) that they did not even consider it. While the room was very nicely decorated, I did not think it was worth the price. If you are going to stay at the Twelve Apostles and spend any time in your room, make certain that the rate they quote you is for a room with a view of the ocean and one that is larger than a closet. CR
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Sep 22nd, 2012, 02:12 AM
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'At the moment there are very tedious roadworks happening between Kalk Bay and Fishhoek and they will be ongoing for the next year or so and they are having a major effect on traffic in this area. '

Still??? This is a really long project. We usually spend most of the winter in the Cape, and last February decided to go to Kalk Bay, one of our favourite locations for lunch. I knew we had come across roadworks further north several years ago, and couldn't believe they would still be in action. Of course we got caught up in the construction in the middle of town. (I recently checked online to see how it was going, and found a report of an incident where the cement truck for the project had got caught in a low tunnel. Not good for speedy resolution.)

I guess it will be another few years before that part of the coast is easily accessible.

We in fact rent an apartment in Gordon's Bay, just the other side of False Bay, which is perfect for us, as we have easy access to Stellenbosch and the vinyeards, can get into town if we want to, or go east towards Hermanus. Also last year discovered the Elgin area more, which we liked, especially the Open Garden weekend.

Not really what tourists coming for a short stay are looking for, but you did ask what was our favourite accommodation.
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Sep 22nd, 2012, 07:15 AM
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Carlux - they have finally finished the section between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay (where Boyes Drive meets Kalk Bay Main Rd) but have now started on the section of road between Kalk Bay and Fishhoek and it is causing horrible traffic jams. The only alternative route is via Ou Kaapse Weg which, as you can imagine, has now become really busy. I think they said it will be another 18 months until its finished???
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Sep 26th, 2012, 05:27 AM
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Breakwater Lodge was nice when I stayed there earlier this year. The staff were super friendly and helpful and the location was great, just near the Waterfront. It is a big hotel though, so if you are after a smaller boutique place this isn't the right option. It was a jail at the time Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, so there's a bit of history about it. There's also a hospitality school co-located on the site so I think we are helping the students by staying there It's part of the Protea chain, and not too badly priced I don't think.
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Sep 28th, 2012, 10:19 AM
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Down on the Cape, we stayed at the Boulders Beach Lodge(by Simonstown) which was a basic hotel but the location is unbelievable! It is right on the ocean next to the penquin area park so you have the penquins walking around on the beach to yourself in a special residential area.
We would get up in the morning and have our coffee watching them watching over their nests,getting in a morning swim,etc. At sunset we would sit with a glass of wine and sit on the beach while our feather buddies would be walking all around us intently starring.Truly a special moment!!!
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