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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Victoria Road, Camps Bay 8000, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Camps Bay
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“I loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This was the first stop upon arrival in South Africa! The choice was either the Commodore in Cape Town, or The 12 Apostles out on the coast! This was a GREAT choice! The staff was wonderful...we arrived late, having a connection delay in Joberg, but everyone was was warm and welcoming when a van of 12 tired, jet lagged people arrived from New York at midnight! I shared a room with my mother (412) which was very comfortable? Two twin beds, comfortable chairs, a balcony with beautiful view....fresh fruit and water daily...along with a daily spa "treat" (a small lotion, mask, or scrub) waiting bedside! The pool and grounds are lovely...didn't use the pool, a bit too cold, but given a few more degrees it might have been irresistible. Dinner at Azure was excellent...and the same dining room is e joyed for the buffet breakfast (included). Beautifully presented and very nice choices! We found the staff friendly and welcoming, and have suggested to several friends planning trips to stay! We were there on September 2008 and will return!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Horst F, General Manager at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewer

Thank you for your lovely review following you recent stay with us at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa.

We have a very dedicated team of people who work incredibly hard and who take great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests.

I have passed your praise to the whole team, who were equally delighted to hear it. It is always wonderful to hear such positive feedback, and it motivates us to work even harder when our high level of service is acknowledged.

I do hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in the not too distant future and please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance with any future bookings.

Warm Regards,

Horst W. Frehse
General Manager
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  • Location
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  • Value
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We decided to stay for our honeymoon at this supposed 5 star hotel and found the hotel was
so far from town and camps bay we couldnt believe it. Its not in camps bay at all or Capetown. Its closer to Hout Bay and in a town or suburb called Oudekral. Its 15km from the city and 5km along the coast from Camps Bay beach where the closest restaurants are. To drive after dinner down the dark lonely isolated windy coastal rd late at night is dangerous and simply too far. Not a good idea at all. This makes guests want to stay at the hotel and dine in (which we tried and didnt like) or take taxis which is another bone of contention. The food is okay, nothing special. The staff do not know their own menu and for 5 stars at the price of their rooms they serve you bottled orange juice at breakfast. Even the 4 star guest house we stayed in afterward in Franschoek served freshly squeezed juice. The spa has fake rocks and decor that are all peeling and cracking. The room was tired and there were actually holes in the linen on the bed!! There is a very busy highway between the hotel and the ocean which trucks utilize between hout bay and the city all day and evening. We dont know how this hotel is listed in Camps Bay or Cape Town when it is clearly in Hout Bay. We were so looking forward to staying there as the pictures were so inviting. They must be old pictures and some definitely tampered with to give you the impression it is on the beach. There isnt any beach. If you like isolation and bad food at a big ticket price then this could be for you. For us it was a very expensive disappointment and not at all what we expected. I dont know how they have all these rave reviews cause all the other guests we met were also under the same opinion. It didnt spoil our honeymoon as we wouldnt let it. The desk staff tried to be helpful as we aired our concerns on departure. They said a manager would contact us but its been a few weeks since we were there an heard nothing so far. We dont want anything from the hotel except perhaps a nice email from the manager saying they will look at some of the issues we had pointed out. We never heard a peep from anyone there. We would not recommend this hotel to any one we know and most certainly will not go back. We were impressed with Cape Town itself and the level of service everywhere else so will go back some day to visit but not to the 12 Apostles hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Horst F, General Manager at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewer

Thank you for taking the time to post your review of The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. I am most grateful for your feedback, which is such a valuable source of information for me as we continually strive to improve our service and the product we offer.

I was concerned to read of how disappointed you were with your recent stay and have addressed the points you raised with my team since receiving your feedback.

I am also sorry that by not knowing about these issues during your time at the hotel we did not have the opportunity to address them whilst you were still in-house, as, although this in no way makes up for the service you experienced, I am confident that my team could have resolved some of your challenges for you and that you would have left not feeling so disappointed.

Please accept my apologies for an experience that was not as positive as that of others on this site and I hope that this did not detract too much from the overall enjoyment of your travels.

Yours sincerely,

Horst W. Frehse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This was our 3rd visit to 12 Apostles.

The service standards remain outstanding and at the same time friendly and very personal. We really enjoyed our stay. The attention to detail from all staff is memorable, As an example ( one of many) the receptionist who was about to go off duty on our final day came to find us at the pool to give her personal thanks and a goodbye kiss, the doormen great you by name, the waiter at breakfast wanted to know if you want your easy over eggs, soft, medium or hard.

We had a lovely large room overlooking the sea beautifully furnished with a wonderful view

We look forward to our next visit

max lewis

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  • 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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Horst F, General Manager at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Mr. Lewis,

Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. I am delighted that you had an enjoyable stay with us.

I am very pleased that you recognized our high level of service. We have a very passionate and dedicated team who work consistently hard to make sure each and every guest has a memorable stay with us. It is most rewarding to read that you did.

The team at The Twelve Apostles is thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us and would like to invite you to also experience our other properties Bushman’s Kloof and The Oyster Box, which form part of the wider Red Carnation Family.

The team at The Twelve Apostles looks forward to your next visit.

Warm regards,

Horst W. Frehse
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is well located with spectacular views of the ocean. Our room was relatively spacious and well appointed. The bed however was two single beds joined together, not the best of arrangements. Further our room was next to a staff closet so we were woken up bright and early to staff opening and closing the door. The azure restaurant was fantastic.

All in all a good but not great experience.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Horst F, General Manager at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewer,

Thank you for choosing The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa as your destination of choice, and sharing your experience with us and fellow-travelers.

Thank you very much for your comments regarding our Azure Restaurant. Our Executive Chef, Henrico Grobbelaar, is guided by feedback from our guests in building up a track record for the Azure Restaurant and establishing ourselves as a ‘contender’ on the South African food map.

It saddens me to read that you were not entirely happy with your recent stay with us. I am sorry that the bed set up was not to your satisfaction. This bed arrangement should only ever bed done when specifically requested by a guest. I hope that you will accept my reassurances that our housekeeping staff responsible for providing this service have been given a reminder about the standards we expect.

I do hope that you will return to stay with us again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Horst W. Frehse
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The 12 Apostles, distinct mountain bluffs about 2KM behind the hotel, are magnificent, and set the backdrop for this elegant hotel. Small but lovely rooms, complete intimacy and subtle professional service. Highly recommended for dining, absolutely outstanding. Dinner for two, seafood "platter", enough delicious victuals to feed 5 angry UFC fighters and some of South Africa's finest Merlot, all the whopping $210 USD. Great value, lively atmosphere, unbeatable ocean views.

Recommend a walk through the sparse brush behind the hotel up to the mountain bluffs themselves (30-45 min).

Justin Pold
Montreal, Canada

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Horst F, General Manager at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
Dear Mr. Pold,

We are delighted to receive a review from you indicating the enjoyable time you had at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa.

We have a very dedicated team of people who work incredibly hard and who take great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests. Our Executive Chef, Henrico Grobbelaar, is guided by feedback from our guests in building up a track record for the Azure Restaurant and establishing ourselves as a ‘contender’ on the South African food map.

Please note that the same level of care is taken to ensure a similar memorable experience at our other properties Bushman’s Kloof and The Oyster Box which form part of the wider Red Carnation Family.

The team at The Twelve Apostles looks forward to welcoming you back home in the not too distant future.

Warm regards,

Horst W. Frehse
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visited the Twelve Apostels Hotel as part of our 20th anniversary. Everything was superlative from the very efficient internet booking (thank you Petra Smit) where every aspect of our weekend visit was anticipated and organized in advance. The hotel inquired upfront about your needs and delivered accurately on them. The hotel was everything I wished for and more. It is not big but feel cozy and very elegant(in a colonial way) and the service is among the best I have ever encountered in a hotel (service with a friendly smile everywhere!). The hotel is close to all the important spots of Cape Town but still nestle in a quiet spot between Camps Bay and Llandudno (although the relative busy coastal road runs right in front of the Hotel, it never bothered us). The Azure restaurant serve classy food and the Spa is small but with a beautiful atmosphere and good service. The Hotel is not perfect but in the real world it is worth the charged tariffs and we will recommend it to anyone especially for romantic weekends. They will definitely see us again! Steyn and Louise (Pretoria)

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Horst F, General Manager at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear Steyn and Louise,

Congratulations once again on your 20th wedding anniversary! We trust that your day was filled with happy memories of the past and bright hopes for the future.

Thank you for choosing to spend this very special occasion with us at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. We are delighted that we have been able to be part of your very special memories.

I was delighted to read that we delivered a service that met your expectations. We have a very dedicated team of people who works incredibly hard and who takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests.

Please note that the same level of care is taken to ensure a similar memorable experience at our other properties Bushman’s Kloof and The Oyster Box which form part of the wider Red Carnation Family.

The team at The Twelve Apostles looks forward to your next visit.

Warm Regards,

Horst W. Frehse
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here just before Christmas and enjoyed our time. The location is great as I wouldn't have wanted to stay in Camps Bay....way too busy. I did feel a little claustrophobic in the hotel as it is much smaller than I envisaged from the reception area,restaurants,rooms and swimming pools, fine during quiet times but not great during peak periods. The room decor was also quite dated, a bit Mediterranean 1980's! The food in the Azure restaurant was wonderful!
The reason our stay was a good one was due to the fantastic staff who were brilliant! Some elements that the hotel lacked were made up by the great people who are a credit to Carnation Hotels.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Horst F, General Manager at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewer

Thank you for sharing your experiences at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa with us and other travelers.

It is the fantastic team that I am lucky to have here that makes The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa a very special place to work and for our guests to stay at. I have passed on your very kind words to them and I hope that we will have the chance to meet your expectations again in the very near future.

Please note that the same level of care is taken to ensure a similar memorable experience at our other properties Bushman’s Kloof and The Oyster Box which form part of the wider Red Carnation Family.

I do hope that you will return to stay with us again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Horst W. Frehse
General Manager
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Address: Victoria Road, Camps Bay 8000, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Camps Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
#2 Romantic Hotel in Camps Bay
#2 Family Hotel in Camps Bay
#2 Spa Hotel in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between the staggering 12 Apostles Mountain Range and the Atlantic Ocean, the uniquely located and luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa offers the ultimate escape to relax and be pampered, while indulging in stunning beauty, discreet service and extraordinary charm. Within 10 minutes of the best beaches and 15 minutes from the waterfront. A proud member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. ... more   less 
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