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“Excellent service from all staff, beautiful hotel, met and exceeded all our expectations”
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POD Camps Bay
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Camps Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 12, 2013

This boutique hotel made our stay in Cape Town a complete pleasure.

All the staff were knowledgeable and proactive - helping ensure we didn't miss a thing during our 12 day trip whether it be a restaurant, art gallery, panoramic view, outdoor excursion, peace and quiet or a drive through the wine farms.

Friendly, warm and service-orientated staff that met and exceeded all our needs - we simply didn't have to lift a finger.

Our contemporary and chic room not only faced the beach but also Table Mountain with the beach only being less than 2 minutes walk away.

I have never been motivated to write a review on TripAdvisor but POD deserves a recommendation to anyone visiting Cape Town.

We will be visiting POD again very soon.

Laura & Rosalind

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Dear Laura & Rosalind

Thank you for sharing your experience via Tripadvisor, we are delighted to be your first ever review on this site.

It was an absolute pleasure hosting you during your 12 night stay.
I am glad that you felt that the service, knowledge and pro-active offering from the team exceeded your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you back to POD in the not too distant future.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed at the POD and had the most memorable time. The rooms are spacious and modern and the service extremely efficient and unpretentious. Brandon and his team make you feel this is your home away from home, where every wish you might have along the way comes true.

The hotel is conveniently situated in a quieter part of Camps bay and the sunset view from our suite that had a lovely private swimming pool was spectacular , so for a little price difference I highly recommend to book one of those.

Our flight was very late in the evening and the complementary stay in one of the other rooms which came as a surprise was a final touch to a truly amazing stay at the Pod.

This is by far the best place to stay when visitig Cape Town.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

Dear "Claudine000"

Thanks for the great write-up on your experience at POD Camps Bay.

I am glad that you enjoyed the unpretentious yet professional service offering from the team. We really want our guests to feel as though they are staying in a home away from home and based on your feedback, we seem to be on the right track!

The complimentary late check out was an absolute pleasure, if we have rooms available we will always offer them as a convenience to guests who depart late for the airport.

We are in the final phase of building an early arrival / late departure room where guests can store luggage, shower, change and freshen up before or after the customary check in / out times. I am certain that this room will get a lot of use and have a high impact on the guests staying with us.

Wishing you all the best for 2013 and hoping to see you at POD again in the not too distant future.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed here for a night while on our 3 week honeymoon trip in S. Africa. We thought the decor lacked personality and was rather clinical. We had a room that was facing the street with a side view of the beach and Table Mountain. The location is great, within walking distance to the beach and apparently they can also set up your beach chair and umbrella too (though we didn't make use of this service).

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2013

Dear "AuroracoralsHK"

Thank you for your feedback regarding your 1 night stay with us in December.

I understand that our design and decor can not appeal to every guests taste and that the minimalist look can appear quite clinical.

We have however taken great care to ensure that this is visually apparent on our website, booking engines and in all of our marketing information.

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Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We just enjoyed our 2nd stay at POD Camps Bay, and it was absolutely excellent. Staff is very friendly and personal, and the rooms and atmosphere are close to perfect. Camps Bay is a great place to stay. We definitely would recommend this hotel to everybody.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Dear Nienke

It was our pleasure welcoming you back to POD Camps Bay.

I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this stay as much as the last!

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We had an absolutely brilliant stay at POD for 3 nights in November (we'd previously stayed a night at another hotel and found ourselves wishing we'd done 4 at POD instead).

The hotel location is perfect - right at the end of the beach so great access and close to the restaurants/bars, but not at all noisy in the evenings. We were fortunate enough to be upgraded to a Deluxe Suite and can honestly say it was the best hotel room either of us have ever stayed in - slick, comfortable and the ultimate luxury. The double shower was amazing!

The hotel doesn't have its own restaurant but orders in - we didn't use this option but saw people having pizzas by the pool etc and the quality looked great. In the morning there's hot and cold breakfast with a great selection of both. Service is quick and the food is refreshed frequently.

The service from Brendan and the team on reception is also exceptional. Nothing is too much for them and they're full of tips as to what to try in and around Camps Bay.

This was the perfect end to a brilliant holiday. Thanks to the team at POD, we will be recommending you to everyone who will listen!

Room Tip: The Deluxe suite was absolutely amazing and we'll definitely choose this if we return.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Dear "EnglandBod"

Thank you for your wonderful review and for choosing POD Camps Bay for your accommodation in Cape Town. We also wish that you could have stayed for the full 4 nights!

Thank you for the commendations on our Deluxe Suite, they really are amazing rooms and having 75 sqm of space as well as the corner views over Camps Bay beach are worth every penny.

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the location, luxury and service offering from my team. We all work incredibly hard to make sure that all of our guests needs and requests are attended to.

We look forward to welcoming you back to POD Camps Bay in the not too distant future.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

My wife and myself spent 5 night at Pod as part of our honeymoon and the hotel blew us away.
When we checked in the room was not ready but we left all our luggage and had lunch at a nearby restaurant.
When we returend the room was ready and we found out the we had been upgraded to a deluxe room, a wonderful surprise. The rooms are very open and the lay out is very snart, nice shower, beatiful balcony og plenty of room for our luggage.
The hotel does not have a restaurant but serve breakfast in the lounge. Breakfast was very good, both hot and cold items.
Pool area outside was very nice although it was quite windy so we did not use the area too much.
The same afternoon we asked Nick in recption about shark cage diving and he gave us a good deal the following day. He suggested that we needed sea sickness pils, we said yes but did not really had the time to pick them up at the pharmacy. Nick said no problem we wil pick them up for you and you pay for the ammount you use, I really did not know what to say, this is world class service!
Each evening when we went out we had to iron our shirts and drsses, instead of the hotel lending an iron and a borad they did it for us for free, just another example of the service Pod provides. All restuarant recomendations where very good and Nick even got me a shirt I liked that the waiter was wearing, incredible!


After 5 exceptional nights we had to leave Pod behind but we wil never forget this stay and guarantee that we will return.
Thanks to Brandon and his tema, and especially Nick who made our stay unforgetable!

Sincerly

Jeanette and Arne

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2013

Dear Arne & Jeanette

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your honeymoon stay with us and that the upgrade to our Deluxe suite had such a big impact on your arrival.

Thank you for the commendations on the level of service received from Nick. His warm nature and willingness to go far beyond the call of duty is an attribute that we are so lucky to have here at POD!

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the shark diving trip, it really is a once in a lifetime experience and a must do activity when staying in the Western Cape.

Our complimentary ironing service is just one of the many value adds that we offer to ensure convenience to our guests. It's fantastic to know that all these little extras add to the overall experience.

We hope to welcome you back to POD for one of your future anniversaries.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Words cannot describe how much we were looked after at POD, my husband was ill so they personally went out and bought him migraine and nausea relief tablets. The turn down, dinner reservations & the online booking of the bus tours for us were all immensely helpful. The place in itself is beautful, we were upgraded and the room was amazing, huge and with a fantastic view of the ocean. Breakfast was fantastic and the use of the local pizzeria was a really excellent touch. While I would not necessarily want to stay in Camps bay again, I would do so to return the peace of POD, and I am still gutted that due to my husbands illness we did not make it to the beach of which there is a complimentary set up for you. I cannot recommend enough!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bl0ndie82
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2013

Dear "Bl0ndie82"

Thank you for posting such a wonderful review about your recent experience at POD Camps Bay.

It was such a pity that your husband was feeling ill when he arrived and that you were not able to take advantage of our beach service. I am just glad that we could assist with helping to get him the much needed medication.

It was a pleasure to upgrade you on your honeymoon. I am glad that you enjoyed the Deluxe Suite with is corner view over Camps Bay beach.

Wishing you many happy years to come and hopefully we will be able to celebrate one of your future anniversaries with you at POD.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay

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Address: 3 Argyle Street, 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 Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Family Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Romantic Hotel in Camps Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Camps Bay
Price Range: $259 - $989 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — POD Camps Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 17
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. 17 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. ... more   less 
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