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The Crystal
4.0 of 5 Cottage   |   35 Medburn Road, Camps Bay 8040, South Africa   |  
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Swellenbosch
1 review
“Perfect location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

We stayed 5 nights in a very nice appartment on the second floor. The building and the appartments are quite new and in very good shape. The view from the balcony was amazing! For a family with a grown up child it was the perfect location to stay.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

This is a good location, 1.3km from the beach. Quality apartments with quality furnishings. Good pools 1x cold & 1x warm, decent size. Easy, downhill walk to the beachfront. Ideal to hire a car to explore The Cape, free allocated secure space. Well sought and looked after. Never really worry about security around this neck of the woods.

Room Tip: Studios are very spacious, 1 beds are much more. Book through Village and Life, 'Camps Bay Contr...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Henley on Thames
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

We have just got back from two weeks in South Aftrica staying in the Cape Town district all the time. We spent the last five nights at The Crystal. We were gobsmacked when we saw our apartment. Although only one bedroom, it was huge and spotless with the most wonderful views. Only a few yards from a lovely long swimming pool, (which is great for me as a length swimmer!). We had two car parking spaces included in our rent, which we found to be far better value than a lot of other options.

The facilities were amazing and an extra bonus was having the apartment cleaned daily. It was as good as staying in a hotel, but far more relaxed.

I would thoroughly recommend The Crystal for its convenience to Camps Bay, cleanliness, space and friendliness of the staff in the office who couldn't do enough to help us.

We will definitely stay at The Crystal (hopefully in the same apartment) for the whole of our holiday next time we visit Cape Town.

Room Tip: The only thing which would have made life a little easier, would have been wi fi in the room. I was...
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Berkshire
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

These are very high quality apartments in a quiet residential location but only a few minutes walk down the hill to the heart of Camps Bay and close to Table Mountain. We stayed in a sizeable 1 bed apartment on the ground floor with a handy outside dining area and great views from every window of either the bay, Lions Head or Table Mountain. We could reach the pool directly from our room across the front lawn and the only downside was that the pool was very cold! The place had a real feeling of newness and the service was welcoming and attentive from the reception staff. We had dinner in the the Bay Hotel who own the apartments and were served wonderful food with great service including being chauffeured home at the end of the evening. With only one full day to see Cape Town, we found the hop on hop off bus an excellent way to cover the main sights, joining it in Camps Bay. This is a great place for the independent traveller and excellent value for money. We would definitely choose these apartments again for a longer stay from which to explore Cape Town and the region.

Room Tip: Ground floor apartments have an outside patio with table and chairs
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Warwick, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We stayed at the Crystal for 6 nights in early February, having a 1-bedroom-plus-mezzanine room on the top floor. The location is good for both Cape Town and the Cape peninsula. The position guarantees breathtaking views over Camps Bay to the sea, with Lion's Head to the right and the Apostles to the left. The swimming pools are small but share the views. And the windows at the back of the room provided uninterrupted views of Table Mountain. The kitchen was well enough equipped, and being a new development (Google Streetview shows it still under construction!) it's all clean.

Less-good elements would include the room being rather soulless, especially at night with the harsh light from the CFLs, and the fact that reception is at the back of the parking garage -- the main reception on the front is not used. Also, the recommended route to the swimming pools is again through the garage; ignore this and go out of the doors in the stairwells and walk round the back of the building instead.

Overall I'd recommend this as a very good place to stay. It's pretty good value, it has a great position and the staff are very friendly.

Room Tip: Don't be afraid of the mezzanine format. The upper "bedroom" is still pretty private a...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Austria
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

i loved the view - wonderful to eat outside - it was quiet - wonderful to relax and sleep - the interior is great - the pool is long enough for good swimming - everyone was friendly - i will come again

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Maisons Laffitte
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

My husband and I spent 2 weeks here in this amazing location. Even at the end of the 2 weeks, we were still open-mouthed at the luxuriousness of the whole place! The apartment was stunning with the most amazing views - front and back! It was beautifully and tastefully furnished. My one little niggle was that I thought the bed could have been a little more comfortable, but that's just me - I prefer a softer mattress! It's easily within walking distance of Camps Bay beach - we found a couple of alleys with steps which cut off a couple of the wider bends on the way down - and made it easily in 15 minutes, and always asked for the courtesy car at the Bay Hotel to take us back up, which they always did willingly and with a smile!

Room Tip: We were allocated Room 302 which had 2 bedrooms, although there were only 2 of us, so we had loads o...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Additional Information about The Crystal

Address: 35 Medburn Road, Camps Bay 8040, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Crystal 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Panoramic views of the Atlantic and spectacular sunsets are the order at The Crystal, architecturally stunning apartments in one of the world's premier scenic settings. With easy access in and out of Camps Bay, these luxurious, fully serviced apartments afford a choice of outstanding accommodation from modern studio and two-bedroom apartments through to captivating loft and three bedroom apartments, all well-appointed and designed for the ultimate in comfort and style. Two swimming pools on an expansive terrace provide refreshing dips and sun-soaked relaxation while contemplating the delights of splendid ocean views. ... more   less 
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