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Camps Bay Glen
Reviewed August 18, 2010

We stayed at Camps Bay Glen for the best part of a month and absolutely loved it.

The place is situated in Camps Bay , an amazing area of Capetown where it is safe to walk around at all times. It is approximately a 10 minute walk to the beach and restaurants.

We stayed in Studio C, which has a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and amazing balcony. We also spent part of our time in the main house which has an amazing deck with an outdoor shower and bath. Both places were really comfortable and great value for money.

My favourite part of Camps Bay Glen was the outdoor pool with hammocks, we spent lots of time relaxing by the pool and messing around in the hammocks.

The owner (Mark) was also a great guy, he was a fantastic source of information on the surrounding area and will try to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. He actually invited us on a 5 day hike along the south coast to watch whales.

I'd love to be back there right now and will hopefully go again someday.

Thanks Mark

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2010

The last thing i told Mark before me and a group of friends left was 'Mate, you need to charge more for this coz this is an absolute steal'. Sucks for those reading it but explains why this is probably the best deal in South Africa (trust me, i checked). The house is quite rustic, but has all amenities (blazing wifi too!) and has a lot of character, like its handmade over a number of years. Lots of personal touches. Great view and a very good location. Mark is a great host, bursting with ideas for excursions for the outdoor-inclined. For anyone planning a trip, i cannot recommend 'The Glen' highly enough, it will make your time memorable (plan atleast a week as cape town has lots of things to do).

Cape town is the most beautiful place i've been to (i am counting europe in this comparison) and its definitely wortgh another visit, guess where i'll be staying?

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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5  Thank saadinxs
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

campsbayglen is a house divided into 3 rentals that is right in the heart of camps bay. It's a 12 minute walk to several beaches, restaurants, grocery store, etc and 20 minute walk to table mountain. the house itself is really nice and divided up so that each rental is very private. there is an amazing pool with upper and lower deck - lounge chairs, cool grill, big outdoor tables, outdoor showers, an outdoor bath and tons of hammocks made by the owner himself. the pool area is beautifully landscaped and very lush.

the rentals have all the normal stuff - we rented the one bedroom (with an extra bed in the kitchen/living room. the shower and bath was good, we had our own private deck in addition to the big ones, very secure, good kitchen stuff, good linens and room heaters.
in additional to all of this, the owner is amazing. he's a gregarious guy who will do anything for his guests - he can be involved (or uninvolved) as you want. he showed us all around camps bay in his car, gave tips for hiking lion's head, told us about nearby unknown beaches and we even ended up going camping with him and his friends on the whale trail. he is a real crocodile hunter type and made our cape town adventure better.

camps bay is a posh area of cape town - most rentals are very expensive and fancy. campsbayglen is more affordable and also more down to earth - very comfortable, but no marble floors or the like. it's an amazing spot and in our year long travels around the world, this was one of our favorite places to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank kgkenn
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

It is a very friendly accommodation with a nice pool and a wonderful view in the garden and at the ocean. We loved the atmosphere, it`s a perfect place to relax.
Marc is a very helpful staff, he has made every possible effort to make to feel totally relaxed.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2010

We stayed at Camps Bay Glen for four nights, our only regret being that we hadn't stayed for longer! We fell in love with our studio. Felt so at home. We both agreed we could have lived there it was so comfortable and nicely decorated! Really lovely rustic, feel with everything you need. The bed was the most comfortable we'd slept in of our entire six week trip around asia and africa! The decking and hammock made it feel really luxurious with views of the waterfall and ocean.
Cathleen was a great help, introducing us to the studio and some local activities. Bulewa the house keeper came in everyday and kept the studio in perfect condition for us.
Mark the owner was very accomodating on our last day, and allowed us to leave our luggage in a spare room so we could go out for the day after check out time.
We felt very safe and happy here and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
We are definitly going to come back, and I have already recommended the Glen to some of my family and customers.
Thank you again Mark and everyone.

Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

We had a wonderful time at Camps Bay Glen in Studio B which we would thoroughly recommend for a couple. Very comfortable accommodation with wonderful views. We were fortunate to have the large pool almost to ourselves with only another couple in the main house.
We love what Mark and his team are trying to do at Camps Bay Glen - affordable accommodation while preserving the wildlife and plantlife of the area.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Camps Bay Glen.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2009

I would thoroughly recommend Campsbayglen as a place to stay. Superb location, close to restaurants, bars, and seafront. Excellent views. Incredibly welcoming host, nothing was too much trouble. Quaint roomy accommodation, well equipped. Patio totally geared up to relax with outdoor bath, shower, and hammocks. Feels like you are in paradise!!! Would certainly come back again. Thank you so much!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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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 #11 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Camps Bay
Price Range: $50 - $236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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