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57 Camps Bay Drive, Camps Bay 8040, South Africa
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Whale Cottage Camps Bay
Ranked #46 of 53 Camps Bay B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I would not advise anybody to book at the Whale Cottage, Camps Bay. The owner, a lady, is extremely unfriendly, my room was dirty, the toilet was despicable and no towels on the rails. My bedding had holes in it and hairs from the previous occupant was in the bed. I cannot recommend this establishment to anybody.

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Annapolis, Maryland
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Booked two rooms from the USA for 10 days in March 2014. I arrived with my 82 year old mother and my stepfather. We were told to carry our own heavy suitcases up a narrow, steep and dark staircase to our rooms as there was no one besides Chris (the owner) at the guest house and she certainly wasn't going... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We stayed at this B&B in 2009 and I couldnt believe the deterioration since then. We arrived at 13:50 and got told by a scared looking staff member that Chris the owner would be furious if she let us in before 2pm! We requested a cot for our toddler when booking, only to arrive to no cot. The staff told... More

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I'm sorry to say our experience at Whale Cottage was rather terrible. We stayed at Whale Cottage as no other accommodation was available in Camps Bay. Myself and a friend stayed in the very small Penguin room at the back of the property with a view of the car park. After speaking with other guests we realised we were paying... More

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White River South Africa
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

We have travelled a lot, and this is the worst experience we have ever had. we stayed in the bay suite, outside, upstairs. the shower over the bath, was so badly designed, the water went all over the bathroom floor, and the bath was so slippery, you had to be very careful not to slip. you could not bath either,... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I am a well travelled business man and cannot believe the service I got at booking stage from this owner. I want to warn other unexpected travelers that this is one of the places you MUST AVOID at all costs. I was lucky that I did not actually stay there as the rude service I got when just inquiring if... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I stayed in a room in a separate part of the building from my 4 friends I came away with, the staircase (more like a ladder to a tree house) to my room (called: Penguin) was extremely steep and wobbly. Having read reviews prior to arrival I was a little apprehensive (Camps bay was fully booked so had to stay... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

When you have been to a place beforehand, and enjoyed a good stay, you never think of checking Tripadvisor before re-booking it. Ohhhhh how wrong was I!? We stayed in 2009 and although the rooms were small, and there was a water leak from the patio door (which was summarily resolved with extra towels placed on the floor) we had... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

The rudest and most unhelpful owner of the B&B which made us want to avoid going back to relax there. Dirty place, overall a nasty experience. Cockroaches. Worse than poor service- actually nasty behaviour from the I owner Chris is inexcusable for someone in the hospitality industry. Do not stay here EVER! In my view, if you have a chip... More

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Lancashire, UK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

A disappointing end to our wonderful honeymoon in South Africa. We had booked the Whale Cottage for 6 nights and paid a 50% deposit when we booked. A month before the stay we were prompted to pay the remaining 50% in full by wire transfer which cost us £9. The owner Chris wouldn't accept a credit card payment. On arrival... More

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Address: 57 Camps Bay Drive, Camps Bay 8040, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Also Known As:
Whale Cottage Camps Bay Hotel Camps Bay
Whale Cottage Camps Bay Cape Town, South Africa

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Whale Cottage Camps Bay is a Beach Villa with magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean, and is just 500 meters fromCamps Bay beach and 25 restaurants, including the well-known Blues, in Camps Bay. Whale Cottage Camps Bay offers a panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean, with most of its rooms being seafacing. The occasional whales and dolphins can also be observed from the terrace. The dramatic Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Headcan also be seen from the guest house. Whale Cottage Camps Bay has a sparkling pool, and offers secure parking on the property. It is safe to walk to the beachfront and restaurants by day and night. All rooms have a bath/shower en suite, flatscreen television, airconditioning, hairdryers, heated towel rails, electric blankets, tea/coffee tray and a CD player. ... more   less 
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