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“A beautiful hidden oasis”
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Camps Bay Glen
Lusaka
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“A beautiful hidden oasis”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

Campsbayglen is one of the nicest places we have holidayed as a family. We are two adults and two boisterous boys (6 and 8), so we appreciated the spaciousness. The property has several different areas: the (large) bedrooms, the kitchen/dining room area, the deck, the pool and the river site. The overall feel is slightly rustic, with a lot of soul and good energy: it does not (thankfully) give the impression of being a hyper-modern, yuppie apartment like others we saw in Camps Bay, but instead feels like someone's much-loved home. I'd also like to point out that the security systems were well thought-out, and made us feel safe without being in any way intrusive. Finally, I'll add that the caretaker and cleaning staff were fantastic--very efficient and super-friendly, and the owner was extremely helpful, welcoming and professional. I wish we were back on the deck now, watching the sunset! But that will have to wait for next year.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

I've been in Campsbayglen in August. Even if it was winter, the room was well warmed. You have also a wonderful view of the sea from the balcony. Staff were very friendly! And the price was very reasonable. The sea is 500m far from the room. A great value for money!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

The level of security is enough to frighten you alone. To gain entry you have to unlock a metal gate then unlock an inner gate which gives you access to a small courtyard. This has razor wire on top of the high wall. Then a double lock on the access door. Once inside there is an armed response panic button by the bed.
The two patio doors in the bedroom had pull to metal grid doors as you would find in an old style lift secure yes but it felt like you were in a prison. To be fair there were high levels of security in the area.
Overall it had a well used seedy feel but then the price was very reasonable.
The pool area felt like it needed a good clean with many dead insects floating on the surface of the water. We did not use the pool during our stay
Staff were very friendly.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Me and my friend had a wonderful two-week-stay at camps bay glen. It was a perfect start on our 6 months of exchange studies here in cape town! The location is perfect, only a 10min walk to the beach, and 15min to the city center of Cape Town by car.
The staff was really nice, Isaak the gardener was really warm and friendly and Bulelwa the housekeeper did a superb job in keeping the house neat and tidy every weekday (she really folded the clothes we left lying around, and if we didn't have time to do the dishes, she did them for us.) Mark, the owner, is a really cool person with a lot of interesting things to tell about Cape town and what to do here, and about life in general!

It is possible to contact him at their web site and to book from there:
www.campsbayglen.co.za

Camps bay glen is a perfect place to live while you're spending wonderful days in cape town if your looking for a relaxing place. Chill in the hammocks and swim in the pool after a day of adventure, while you're enjoying the sun set - it can't be better than that!

Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Streatley
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

While visiting Cape Town for my daughter's graduation from UCT in June, we stayed at Campsbayglen for three nights. We stayed in Studio A. It was perfect for the 3 of us. We entertained friends for dinner each night as we did not want to leave this amazing place. The deck was so spacious and the view of the sunsets over the ocean was spectacular. It was cool at night so we enjoyed our dinner inside in the spacious dining area along with a roaring fire in the fireplace. We had some initial issues with cable as the guys wanted to watch soccer. Mark came over and took care of the problem himself. We have stayed at other places in Camps Bay, but found Campsbayglen to have so much more character with amazing views. We will definitely be back in the summer so that we can enjoy the pool area.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

We're a group of Singaporean friends who visited Cape Town on a budget in May, and if we return or if we have friends visiting, we'll definitely recommend Camps Bay Glen!

Value for money: We stayed in Studio A, the main house. It had 2 bedrooms each with a queen-sized bed. If there were more than 4 people in the studio, then they would bring in more single beds, and convert the sofa into a sofa bed. That would accommodate up to 7 people, or even 8 because there's another sofa that someone can sleep on. That was just for about R1000 per night, for the whole studio! So with the 6 of us snuggling comfortably in studio A, it cost just about S$25 per night per person.

Facilities: we didn't have much time to try out the pool and the pool-side hammocks, mainly because our stay was quite short. It was also winter and we weren't in the mood to jump into cold water at night. However, had we visited in summer, we would definitely have taken time to check out the pool and braai equipment.

Furnishings: we found the studio to be extremely homely. There were pots and pans, dishes and utensils that allowed us to prepare our own breakfast in the morning, and enjoy some late night suppers. We made full use of the stove, toaster and new sandwich maker that Mark just bought when we got there. The wifi was also well-utilized. The sofas and beds were comfortable, and the toilet was beautiful. Mark also took a lot of pictures and printed them out on canvas-like frames and hung them around the walls. They're really beautiful and well-taken, and shows the passion that Mark puts into his work.
The only qualms we had were that the sofa bed springs were getting spoilt, and the middle sank in when you were trying to sleep. The kitchen had no cloths to wipe up any water, so the tables and floor got wet quite easily.

Security: Mark did a superb job making us feel well and safe at home. The gates and doors all have locks, and there are emergency remote controls he places around the house, just in case. He had 2 safes in the house, and they are very sturdy and well, safe.

Services: Mark is very passionate about his job, and it was great that he kept trying his best to help us plan our own vacation via email. Bulelwa the housekeeper did a superb job in keeping the house neat and tidy every weekday (she really folded the clothes we left lying around, and if we didn't have time to do the dishes, she did them for us), though sadly we didn't get to see her much.

We were thoroughly fascinated by Camps Bay Glen and how we could find such cheap but homely accommodation in Cape Town. If you aren't travelling in a large group, check out Camps Bay Glen! You won't regret it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2012

It never showed up for some reason :( So many wonderful things to say about this place...

I can start by telling you that in my last review I went on and on and on about how much my boyfriend and I enjoyed our nearly 3 week stay at CampsBayGlen-- Mark and Bluewa & crew were incredibly accommodating and hospitable and the accommodation itself was like staying in a cozy, comfy cottage with all the familiarities of home. I spent a LOT of time relaxing and watching the birds in the hammock on our private balcony (there are 2 others as well at the pool, but it was winter while I visited). They allowed us essentially free reign over the laundry facilities (THANK YOU!) which is pretty unheard of in comparison to most other places. Mark even agreed to allow my boyfriend and I to use the AMAZINGLY ROMANTIC outdoor patio bathtub one evening that we were the only renters-- a very generous offer on his behalf and it made the evening magical!

The view and location are fantastic, not to mention the PRICE! With the rate being per DAY instead of per person along with a discount for the duration and off-season rate, it was more than affordable to stay here and I would definitely return to CampsBayGlen on my next trip to Camps Bay :) Thanks Mark! See you again soon!

Room Tip: They're all great! If you want a private hammock, go with the Studio C :)
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Camps Bay Glen
Address: 40 Rottingdean Road, Camps Bay 8040, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Camps Bay Glen 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Campsbayglen is a little gem on the edge of a nature reserve "Glen". A beautiful rustic, down to earth natural setting with a unique river & wild waterfalls flowing through the garden that has a leafy green forest feel at the river which is a great place to cool down after the heat and sun of the pool area. We also have a rustic hammock lounge at the giant pool to laze around in and relax and with sun beds around the pool. There is an easy walk to the beach and to do Table mountain hikes. An exquisite and unique feel of nature and beauty is Campsbayglen. we are a rustic earthy place with no Stars. We try to give a sense of maximum privacy by breaking the garden and pool areas into different parts and places for people. We even have a sleeper day bed over the river. Book the whole house or go for a self catering studio. THERE ARE 3 INDEPENDENT, Own Entrance self catering studio Apartments,- Each is fully equipped for self catering and with own toilet shower & toilet. STUDIO A - MAIN HOUSE. Has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & kitchen and lounge and its best space is the huge terrace with sea views. Studio B and C are smaller & ideal for couples or small family's or friends. See the pictures. Best rates are through our official Campsbayglen website direct. I do give discounts & will happily advise on travel. I am a fanatical lover of nature and know a lot about South Africa. ... more   less 
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