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“Swirly and Sexy!” 5 of 5 stars
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POD Camps Bay
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 Argyle Road, Camps Bay 8005, South Africa   |  
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“Swirly and Sexy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We finished or two week trip to South Africa at POD Camp's Bay, at the recommendation of our travel agent, Liesl Matthews of African Safari Consultants. We wanted something smart and close to the beach. Nothing that screamed "touristy." POD hit the mark. We had a lovely room with plunge pool that overlooked the beach at Camp's Bay. Some may find elements in the room a bit too trendy. One way glass looking in the toilet from the shower, multi-levels and awkward positioning of the sink (shaving was a small challenge). That said, we loved POD. Breakfast was a gorgeous spread and the made to order hot breakfast was excellent. The overall location in Camp's Bay is perfect. Close to the action, yet away from it as well. The entire staff was gracious, informed and accommodating. As our flight back to the US left Cape Town at 10:40pm, we were generously granted a very late checkout. This made for an enjoyable day in the city, not worrying about bag storage, etc. The ONLY drawback we had (and it was my issue) was that when out by the private plunge pool, you could hear every conversation, etc. of the neighboring plunge pools. The separators between the decks allows for sound to travel (and cigar smoke). That only happened on one day, as the others checked out.
The public areas are gorgeous. The dining room, bar and pool area quite elegant. We will be back!

Room Tip: Plunge pool rooms are lovely. The water a bit chilly. The water views are excellent from the 1st flo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear "Hadley_Smith"

We had been waiting in suspense for our 100th review and it wasn't in vain!
Thank you for such a glowing report about your recent experience at POD Camps Bay.

I am delighted to read about how you described our property as it is exactly how we planned on positioning ourselves in the industry. "Smart, close to the Camps Bay beach and attractions, yet distant enough to be away from the noise. Nothing that screamed touristy."

Thank you for your commendations on the level of service that you experienced at our property, this is one area of our business where we set ourselves apart from the others. Our "Can Do" attitude makes a huge impact on ones stay at the hotel.

With regards to the soundproofing between the plunge pools, you will be happy to know that we are addressing this issue during the winter months. We will be working with a company called St. Gobain / Gyproc in an effort to reduce noise pollution in certain areas of the hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you back to POD.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I don't really know what to say that is not going to sound redundant considering all the other reviews describing this wonderful Boutique Hotel. Aside from the exceptional design what really sets it apart is the staff. They speak softly and they seem to know what your next wish is going to be and, there it is, you've got it before you even thought of asking for it.

All around, just a pretty wonderful place to be...

Marc

Room Tip: We have a corner suite 101. Fabulous view!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Dear Marc

It was an absolute pleasure hosting you during your stay in Camps Bay.
I trust that you enjoyed the rest of your trip through South Africa.

Thank you for the short but sweet review, I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the service from my team as well as the design of our building.

Good luck with your property development project!

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Abuja, Nigeria
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

First review I'm ever writing! I just had to comment about POD's modern chic architecture, its impeccable staff that go above and beyond to ensure your stay is the best it can be, and its peaceful location. Everyone is super helpful, super friendly, and always wearing a smile. The breakfast is probably the best I've had so far--catering to every taste. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will return as soon as possible! In such a beautiful city, POD is truly Cape Town at its finest!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear "RZee 13"

We are delighted to be your first ever review on Tripadvisor!

Thank you for your positive comments regarding our location, architecture, service and our Breakfast. We work incredibly hard to ensure that every aspect of the operation is running at the highest possible standard.

I am thrilled to hear that you will be returning to POD, we can't wait to host you for another stay.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

My partner and myself had 6 wonderful nights at the POD Hotel. We found the service, the staff and the overall experience an absolute pleasure. Brendan and all of his staff could not do enough for us. The location was extremely well positioned to the local restaurants and watering holes which we found all to be of great value. We would thoroughly recommend the hotel to anyone considering staying in Camps Bay. Their expertise and local knowledge in helping us to organise tourist destinations was second to none
Bob and Terri

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Bob & Terri

Thank you for choosing POD Camps Bay for your accommodation during your recent trip to Cape Town. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you during your stay.

What a wonderful review! I am ecstatic to hear that you enjoyed the overall experience and that you felt that the staff went out of their way to help you.

We are indeed lucky with our location, being set back from the main road ensures that our hotel offers a quiet sanctuary but is still within a stones throw from the beach, restaurants and the vibrant bars and nightlife of Camps Bay.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed three nights in POD, in a suite. What a beautiful and good place!! POD is perfect near the beach, just outside the crowd (2 minutes walk to the beach and the boulevard).

Nothing was to much for the POD-employees. And they gave us good advice for trips in the region (lunch-adresses, etc.). The rooms are very clean and welldesigned.

The day before we left, we asked the girl at the reception if a late check-out would be possible (our departuretime at Cape Town Airport was 23.30h). It was, because no one had booked the room the next night. They didn't charge us for the late check-out. They refreshed the towels and even cleaned the room.

All we can say: we think POD is really one of the best hotels. And if you're going to Cape Town/Camps Bay: sleep in POD!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear "Patrick1974"

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your experience at POD Camps Bay.

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us!

The late departure was our pleasure, if we have a room available we will always try to accommodate those whose flights are leaving late in the evening. During high occupancy periods, this isn't always possible though but guests are welcome to store their luggage and use the general facilities in the hotel until they depart for the airport.

I am elated about the fact that you feel that POD is one of the best hotels in Cape Town!

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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ballito Durban SA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

whoever says average is kidding they clearly have not travelled , as the POD is one of the best hotels I have ever had the privealage to stay at , ( I travel alot) I always book thru travel agents but decided to rather do it myself on the net the link to the POD is fantastic the arrival was amazing felt like home away from home , the follow ups before I got there to upgrade me was so special and so professional, The room is amazing , the decor the views the service the food the ambiance is wonderful . The staff smile constantly as they happy working there , that makes anyone smile and feel great , they neat friendly and all the staff is something any HOTEL can learn alot from well done to management .
The hotel is just perfect for any international and local guests, with the walking distance to the many wonderful resturants in the street, its just a fantastic HOTEL, reccommend to anyone looking for the best spot and jewel in CPT
I will DEFINATLY stay there again and come to cape town often , so see you soon.
Thank you for a wonderul 4 days .
paul

Room Tip: loved the floor room we were on number one , will try the others next time , the feel of cape town a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Dear Paul

Thank you for the wonderful review.

I am delighted to hear that you felt that every contact point from the initial booking of your room through to the check out at the hotel was a pleasant experience.

Thanks for your praise on the level of service that you received from the team at POD. A happy staff compliment = happy guests!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the POD for 5 nights during our honeymoon. It was truly a fantastic experience. The service was impeccable and every member of Brendan's team was friendly, kind, and welcoming. The hotel itself is small but this adds to the charm. We stopped by a few other larger, well known 5 star hotels for cocktails during our time in Cape Town. Even after seeing what these hotels had to offer, we were happy that we chose the POD. There was something quite nice about every staff member knowing our names. It is in an excellent location in Camps Bay with stunning views of the sunset and just a 3 minute walk to the beach. We were in room 3 which had it's own plunge pool and stunning views of the mountains and the ocean. I hope to return to Cape Town very soon and if I do, this is certainly my hotel of choice.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Dear "LouHC"

Thank you for having chosen to stay at POD Camps Bay during your recent honeymoon trip to South Africa.

I appreciate you taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. Your feedback is warmly received.

I am pleased to hear that you had a fantastic experience and that the welcome, exclusivity and charm of the hotel were to your liking.

Wishing you all the best on your new adventure as husband and wife!

We look forward to welcoming you back to POD in the not too distant future.

Kind regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Address: 3 Argyle Road, Camps Bay 8005, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Spa Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Family Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Camps Bay
#2 Business Hotel in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — POD Camps Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cool beyond question is POD Camps Bay. A true Africa original realised in a stunning set of decor elements, POD is both raw yet polished.See naked Africa design timber dropping into stone, shifting into glass, imbuing a sense of seaside sophistication so often attempted but so rarely achieved.15 modern suites and rooms share the spoils of idyllic mountain and ocean views. Truly surprising is POD’s proximity to the famous and ever energised Camps Bay beachfront, just a few light footsteps away.It is little wonder that POD appears on the Condé Nast Hot List 2011, and finds its place among Tatler’s 101 Best Hotels in the World.Facilities:POD Camps Bay offers modern and stylish rooms which include the following amenities: AC, Under-floor heating, rain shower, ultra slim 40’ flat screen TV, satellite TV channels, DVD player, ipod docking station, WiFi, Nespresso & tea station and a complimentary mini bar and room snacks.The hotel boasts a large pool overlooking the Camps Bay beach, a wellness room and a gym which offers both cardio and toning equipment.Rates include:Breakfast, unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water. Uncapped WiFi and secure underground parking.Services:24 hour reception, concierge, business services, laundry and dry cleaning, airport and city shuttle, luggage storage. ... more   less 
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