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“Beyond phenomenal” 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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Toronto, Canada
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“Beyond phenomenal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The design, the decor, the staff, the location, the service where all incredible. We have never experienced a holiday like this. Be sure to stay here on your next trip to Cape Town. Hotel is steps to the beach, resatuarants and shops. It could not be better located.
We cant wait to return.
Mark F, Toronto

  • Stayed March 2014, 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, March 14, 2014
Dear Mark

Thank you for posting such a "phenomenal" review about our hotel.

It was an absolute pleasure hosting you during your recent stay in Camps Bay.
We look forward to welcoming you back to POD for the Argus Cycle Tour next year!

Warm regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Excellent modern hotel with great rooms. Very good location at beach in camps bay and right next to Main Street with bars etc. secure parking at hotel underground. Efficient friendly staff. Luxury rooms with private pool are great! Minibar complimentary with replacement of contents each day!

Room Tip: Luxury rooms with private pool are great! Minibar complimentary with replacement of contents each da...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Graeme

Thank you for your review.

I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the location, room, complimentary mini bar and the service that you received from the team.

Warm regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

what else can we say about this great camps bay boutique hotel? the pod is a beautiful place that combines style with coolness and the most caring staff you can imagine. we will most certainly return.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, March 14, 2014
Dear Matthais

Thank you for posting a review about your recent stay at POD Camps Bay on Tripadvisor.

Your compliments on the style, coolness and caring nature of our staff is most appreciated.

Thank you for booking again, we look forward to welcoming you back to POD in January 2015!

Best,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

POD Camps Bay was a brilliant way to start our trip. If you enjoy contemporary architecture, wonderful service and a short stroll to the beach, this is the place to go to without question. The manager Brendan is a great guy who clearly gets service after a few years in the industry. He has built a great team around him and they are a pleasure to be around. I am ashamed to say that I have forgotten the name of the tall chap who looked after us at breakfast and by the pool, but he deserves special mention - effortlessly charming, warm and welcoming, a real star. Sadly, we may not be able to return to the hotel in the near future as this was a last pre-baby escape and the hotel has a no young children policy. But for us this was part of the draw and in no way a complaint - it is a grown ups haven, wonderful! Best bits - architecture and coastal contemporary design, sunset by the pool, the staff, the ease of the underground parking and being just a short hop over the hill into town. A brilliant hotel I would wholeheartedly recommend.

Room Tip: All rooms look great, the corner suites looked amazing. We had a Luxury and loved it.
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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, March 14, 2014
Dear Alex

Thank you for posting such a fabulous review about POD Camps Bay.

I really appreciate the compliment on the management and service culture that we have created at the hotel.

I have said it before and I will say it again, the team in place at POD is the best group of people that I have had the pleasure of working with in all my years in the industry. It is without doubt that without them, POD would not be the place it is today.

Wishing you and Kizzy all the best for the upcoming birth of your baby. Get lots of sleep now :-)

Warmest,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stayed at POD for five nights this past February, in the room 3(Luxury suite with plunge pool). We've stayed in many top rated hotels, and from the second we arrived, this place blew them all away. Everything was complete perfection, down to the smallest detail. Very pleased with the area, as we were initially booked to stay in Cape Town Central, but opted for Camps Bay instead. Plenty of amazing restaurants within safe walking distance, for which the amazing staff happily reserved for us each night. Every employee truly went above and beyond for us, and made us feel at home. The lounge and bar/pool area are completely gorgeous, and frame the sunset perfectly over the beach. The drinks were beyond phenomenal, and delivered to the pool in our room with a smile. We had amazing tours booked most days in Cape Town, but regardless kept wishing they would just be over quickly so we could spend more time at this amazing place. Breakfast each morning was perhaps the best we've ever had, anywhere. The room was spacious, impeccably decorated with a great blend of modern and african decor. Our patio was equally beautiful, with amazing views of both mountains and beach. We cannot possibly recommend this place more highly, and worth every penny! A huge thank you to the staff as well, never felt more pampered.

-Gregory & Rebecca

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 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, March 14, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for posting such a positive review about POD Camps Bay, your praise on our property is warmly received.

I am thrilled to hear that we surpassed your expectations and topped the levels of some of the top rated hotels that you have stayed at in the past.

Thanks for the compliments on the service, hotel design, rooms, breakfast and beverage selection. It's great to hear that you felt at home during your stay with us.

Best regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

From the moment we walked through the door I knew it would be as good as I had hoped - but it was even better! Sleek, minimalist, pared back luxury. A very warm welcome from the staff and that superb service continued throughout our stay. The staff on reception went out of their way to help - the daily free bottle of wine was exchanged for a Chardonney instead of Savignon. I was a little apprehensive that the Mountain room might feel claustrophobic having smaller, high windows but what a surprise - the Lions Head was perfectly framed in one window and 12 Apostles in the other. Room was not huge but perfectly and thoughtfully designed, as was the ensuite, making both feel surprisingly roomy. Beautiful toiletries. Not that we stayed in to watch their DVDs but they provide popcorn with them! Breakfast was superb and the service then and for complementary teas, coffees and waters always first class. Beautiful, if smallish pool area with loungers but they also provided very comfortable deckchairs which they took down to beach for us and collected too. Sea view rooms were fantastic and the deluxe corner sea view was simply stunning - but unless you are thinking of staying in your room 24/7, opt for Mountain View ( not mini Mountain) and stay another night or two!

Room Tip: 206 which is Mountain view but on a corner so has three windows, two with spectacularly framed Moun...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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, March 3, 2014
Dear Jackie

I am pleased to hear that POD not only met but exceeded your expectations and I appreciate your praise on the design, welcome, service, breakfast and the amenities.

As you mention in your room tip, unless you are planning to stay in your room for most of the day the mountain rooms are perfectly proportioned rooms at a great rate.

Warm regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

We had the best stay at POD Camps Bay. Their staff was incredible, our room was modern, comfy, cozy, clean and fully stocked. They have a complementary mini fridge in the room with water, juice, soda, beer and wine - such a nice bonus! Their infinity pool and lounging area are breathtaking. The garage for our rental car was a nice security blanket. We were walking distance to the beach, tons of bars and restaurants, Table Mountain and very central for everything else we did during our week-long stay. Their awesome staff surprised us with a sweet card, champagne and roses in our room to send our honeymoon out on a high. We didn't want to leave and we will stay there next time we visit Cape Town. Thanks for an amazing vacation!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear Bridgette

Once again, congratulations on your recent marriage! It was an absolute privilege to host you at POD Camps Bay your honeymoon.

I am elated to hear that you enjoyed your room, the lounge and pool area, the service, the complimentary mini bar and the honeymoon turndown.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

Best 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 Family Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Romantic Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Spa 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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