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7 Of The Best Places To Stay In Cape Town, South Africa - Updated 2020

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Framed by the iconic Table Mountain and located in Table Bay, Cape Town is a small but sprawling city, spread over a number of suburbs and smaller towns along the coastline. Whether you want to stay at the beach, in the exciting V&A Waterfront, enjoy a quieter, green area or spend the night in the heart of the busy city, there is plenty of choice.

To help readers decide, below is a breakdown of seven of the best places to stay during your Cape Town holiday, with guest-recommended accommodation for each.

1. Camps Bay (from USD 119)

Camps Bay is an affluent and popular seaside resort, located a short drive from the city centre. The hub of the town is bracketed by the rugged and scenic Twelve Apostle Mountains, while the beach is Blue Flag quality, golden sand. It is a place to “be seen” and look beautiful. While the Atlantic is too cold for swimming, there is a natural tidal pool available, to cool off after a day in the sun. The beach is lined by many beautiful homes and penthouses and a selection of great restaurants and bars. Enjoy a sundowner or cocktail while watching the gorgeous sunset.

The following accommodation options in Camps Bay are highly recommended by previous guests.

The Marly

Address: 201 The Promenade, Camps Bay, Camps Bay, 8005 Cape Town, South Africa (see map)

South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

Address: 6 Link Road
Price: from 119 USD

Airport drop off CCTV in common areas Fax/photocopying Dry cleaning Cashless payment available Safety deposit box Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Smoke alarms

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2. Clifton (from USD 164)

Situated between Cape Town and Camps Bay, Clifton is a great beach spot. Clifton is a rather affluent suburb of Cape Town with some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Homes nestle on cliffs just above the beach, offering beautiful sweeping ocean views. There are four beaches in total, at Clifton and each is packed with holidaymakers every summer, either sunbathing, playing volleyball or Frisbee.

Experienced surfers can have a go at the relatively small waves. There’s not much in the way of bars or restaurants in Clifton, but with Camps Bay just a short drive, bus ride or bicycle ride away, this is not a problem.

Below are two options for highly recommended accommodation in Clifton.

Dunmore Blue

Address: Unit 5, Dunmore Apartments, 5 Victoria Road, Clifton, Clifton, 8005 Cape Town, South Africa (see map)

Cape View Clifton

Address: 232 Kloof Road
Price: from 164 USD

Terrace Plunge pool Sun umbrellas Express check-in/check-out Airport shuttle (additional charge) Safety deposit box Head massage Shuttle service

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3. Cape Town City Bowl (from USD 80)

The Cape Town City Bowl covers several areas - the city centre itself, along with suburbs spreading out from the city towards the slopes of Table Mountain and bordered by Signal Hill and Lion’s Head on one side, and Devil’s Peak on the other. Gardens, Tamboerskloof and Oranjezicht are all green and lovely suburbs within easy reach on foot from the town centre and often with beautiful mountain or sea views. De Waterkant is closer to the water and is an upcoming and edgy area.

The following are some choice options for a stay in Cape Town’s CBD.

The Capital Mirage

Address: Corner Strand & Chiappini Street, Cape Town, City Bowl, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa (see map)

Taj Cape Town

Address: 1 Wale Street
Price: from 80 USD

Facial treatments Massage chair Steam room Luggage storage Indoor pool (all year) Trouser press Swimming pool Safety deposit box

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4. The Bo-Kaap (from USD 77)

The Bo-Kaap was formerly known as the Malay Quarter, which used to house slaves brought over by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries. The area is now well known for its vibrant history and also for its multicultural vibe and fascinating, brightly-coloured homes. Visit the Bo-Kaap museum to learn more about the area’s past. In the area, enjoy the best in Cape Malay cuisine, cooked by the masters in the local restaurants or explore hidden little shops in the side streets for bargains.

You can stay in this colourful and historic location at one of the following options.

La Rose B&B

Address: 32 Rose Street, Bo'Kaap, City Bowl, 8001 Cape Town, South Africa (see map)

CAPE TOWN CNTR - Historic Cottages

Address: 100A Chiappini Street BoKaap
Price: from 77 USD

Garden Designated smoking area Sun terrace Street parking WiFi Walking tours Books, DVDs, music for children Children's playground

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5. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (from USD 237)

Located close to the main Cape Town harbour, the V&A Waterfront has grown in the last few years from a waterfront entertainment area, to include a full-blown residential area. While staying in the Waterfront, you can enjoy a range of great shopping opportunities, restaurants, bars, museums, and more, all backed by the iconic Table Mountain. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium to get a close-up view of marine life, or head out on an exciting sailing cruise, into Table Bay. All this and more is available to you, while your apartment or luxury hotel is just steps away. The beaches of Sea Point and Clifton are only a short drive, or bus ride, away.

Lawhill Luxury Apartments V&A Waterfront

Address: V&A Marina Residential, V&A Waterfront, Port Road, Waterfront, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa (see map)

The Table Bay Hotel

Address: Quay 6, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Price: from 237 USD

Physical distancing rules followed Smoke alarms Higher level toilet Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Non-smoking throughout Business centre Restaurant Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas

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6. Constantia (from USD 61)

Constantia is an upmarket and very beautiful suburb, located in the Constantia Hills. The area is a part of the Cape Winelands and the Groot Constantia Winery is an interesting visit. There is a small village with supermarkets, banks and other shops available, as well as some fine restaurants. It is a short drive from Constantia to either the Cape Town city centre or Hout Bay. Some of the gorgeous properties in the area have stunning views across to False Bay and the sea.

The following are two guest-recommended properties available as holiday accommodation in Constantia.

Nova Constantia Boutique Residence

Address: Corner Welbeloond & Muscat Lane South, 7806 Constantia, South Africa (see map)

Constantia Vista Guest House

Address: 34 Price Drive
Price: from 61 USD

Terrace Swimming pool Safety deposit box 24-hour security Private check-in/check-out Outdoor fireplace Garden Sun umbrellas

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7. Bloubergstrand (from USD 42)

With its picture-postcard views of Cape Town and Table Mountain, along with gorgeous, endless sandy beaches, Bloubergstrand is one of the best places to stay in the area. Enjoy surfing, windsurfing and other water sports, or laze on the beach getting the perfect suntan. The area offers a range of shops and some excellent restaurants and is around a 15-minute drive from Cape Town city centre.

The following are two excellent choices when spending a holiday in Bloubergstrand.

Gull on the Bay Boutique Guest House

Address: 5 Gull Road, Blouberg Beach, 7441 Bloubergstrand, South Africa (see map)

Baysands Lodge

Address: 3 Oyster Lane
Price: from 42 USD

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Cape Town, South Africa and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Cape Town, South Africa

Enjoy your visit to Cape Town

With its beautiful scenery and so many attractions, Cape Town offers the best in location, sights and activities. Have fun on your South African holiday!

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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