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POD Camps Bay
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Camps Bay
Certificate of Excellence
London, UK
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Style AND substance”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Our recent stay at POD was a brilliant experience. Although we had booked a Mountain View room, it was so well designed that its more modest size (when compared to the others on offer in the property) did not detract at all from its benefits.

The room was spotlessly clean and really well thought out. I loved the contemporary feel and the quality finish. The bed was enormously comfortable and we slept like logs. The only small niggle is that there did not seem to be very many electrical sockets - and we had to move the kettle over to the floor by the bed if we wanted a drink. Hardly a major concern.

The breakfasts at POD were great. In fact, there was so much variety on offer (including full cooked options) that I am sure we needn't have eaten lunch (although, of course, we did).

The greatest thing about POD is the enthusiasm and commitment of the staff. From Brendan down, nothing was too much trouble. They arranged a very efficient airport pick up and later volunteered to sort out car hire. Cabs were arranged efficiently as necessary and Brendan offered to sort out our Robben Island tickets for us one evening when we asked him about the tour. Before our visit, they recommended some great restaurants and were happy to make reservations on our behalf.

The weather was a bit dodgy for the first couple of days of our trip but nothing took the shine off the experience for us. I would thoroughly recommend POD if you are seeking a comfortable, stylish property close to the action in Camps Bay but utterly devoid of pretention.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Dear "TedLondon"

Thank you for taking the time to post such a comprehensive and glowing report about POD Camps Bay.

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the layout, contemporary feel and the quality finishes in the rooms. I have noted your point about the plug points in the rooms and we are looking to add a dedicated socket for the coffee and tea station.

Thank you for the commendations on the quality and variety of our breakfast offering. I have relayed this to the kitchen team.

I am really touched by the paragraph on the service that you received from us during your stay. Having passionate and service driven people is our biggest asset and a part of our operation that we will never compromise. It's good to know that this approach makes a big difference to ones stay!

Wishing you all the best.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

I have just returned from a fantastic stay at The Pod hotel and feel compelled to provide excellent feedback. I booked this hotel through Go2Africa (Candice McCarthy) and it exceeded the expectations of my friend Peggy and I - together we were celebrating a joint milestone birthday & the Pod staff ensured this birthday would be forever remembered.

The impressive architecture & decor was the first thing that blew me away, followed by the spectacular view from the pool & bar area. With only 15 rooms the staff truly provided first class customer service and always appeared to be quietly available when we needed them without being over the top. We got to know most of them & our personal thanks to Michaela, Nick, Dominic, 2 x Brian's, Jabu, Macfloyd - together they make a very special team & other hotels could learn a lot from them. I would say they have cornered the market for a "top class boutique hotel, without being pretentious".

I would also share the views of the previous reviewer about the quirky open plan bathroom layout, which would be fine for couples sharing a room, however for non-couples sharing a twin room this isn't ideal. In saying that, this was only a minor observation and not enough to diminish all other aspects of the superb bedrooms.

Finally the recommendations made by staff for restaurants, tourist trips etc were also excellent, in particular the services offered by Go Cabz who offer a safe, reliable and cost effective shuttle & tour service. We spent half a day on a personal tour with Riaz Gool who tailored a trip according to our needs, avoiding the usual tourist trail, and provided an insightful, local view of the area which was great value for money & thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall the Pod made this holiday one that we will never forget & I look forward to staying at the Pod again. Many thanks Karen x

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Dear Karen & Peggy

It was a pleasure hosting you and Peggy during your Birthday celebration trip to South Africa. I am truly blown away that your time with us exceeded your expectations and that your Birthdays will be forever remembered.

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the design and architecture of the hotel as well as the service offering from the team. I have passed this feedback onto Micaela, Nick, Dominic, Jabu, McFloyd and the two Brian's. I will also relay your feedback to Riaz at Go Cabs.

With regards to the open plan bathroom layout, we are working on a solution to screen off this section should guests decide that they would like more privacy in the rooms.

We look forward to seeing you and Peggy again on your next "Milestone Birthday".

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We finished or two week trip to South Africa at POD Camp's Bay, at the recommendation of our travel agent, Liesl Matthews of African Safari Consultants. We wanted something smart and close to the beach. Nothing that screamed "touristy." POD hit the mark. We had a lovely room with plunge pool that overlooked the beach at Camp's Bay. Some may find elements in the room a bit too trendy. One way glass looking in the toilet from the shower, multi-levels and awkward positioning of the sink (shaving was a small challenge). That said, we loved POD. Breakfast was a gorgeous spread and the made to order hot breakfast was excellent. The overall location in Camp's Bay is perfect. Close to the action, yet away from it as well. The entire staff was gracious, informed and accommodating. As our flight back to the US left Cape Town at 10:40pm, we were generously granted a very late checkout. This made for an enjoyable day in the city, not worrying about bag storage, etc. The ONLY drawback we had (and it was my issue) was that when out by the private plunge pool, you could hear every conversation, etc. of the neighboring plunge pools. The separators between the decks allows for sound to travel (and cigar smoke). That only happened on one day, as the others checked out.
The public areas are gorgeous. The dining room, bar and pool area quite elegant. We will be back!

Room Tip: Plunge pool rooms are lovely. The water a bit chilly. The water views are excellent from the 1st flo...
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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 review, February 4, 2013
Dear "Hadley_Smith"

We had been waiting in suspense for our 100th review and it wasn't in vain!
Thank you for such a glowing report about your recent experience at POD Camps Bay.

I am delighted to read about how you described our property as it is exactly how we planned on positioning ourselves in the industry. "Smart, close to the Camps Bay beach and attractions, yet distant enough to be away from the noise. Nothing that screamed touristy."

Thank you for your commendations on the level of service that you experienced at our property, this is one area of our business where we set ourselves apart from the others. Our "Can Do" attitude makes a huge impact on ones stay at the hotel.

With regards to the soundproofing between the plunge pools, you will be happy to know that we are addressing this issue during the winter months. We will be working with a company called St. Gobain / Gyproc in an effort to reduce noise pollution in certain areas of the hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you back to POD.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I don't really know what to say that is not going to sound redundant considering all the other reviews describing this wonderful Boutique Hotel. Aside from the exceptional design what really sets it apart is the staff. They speak softly and they seem to know what your next wish is going to be and, there it is, you've got it before you even thought of asking for it.

All around, just a pretty wonderful place to be...

Marc

Room Tip: We have a corner suite 101. Fabulous view!
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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 review, February 11, 2013
Dear Marc

It was an absolute pleasure hosting you during your stay in Camps Bay.
I trust that you enjoyed the rest of your trip through South Africa.

Thank you for the short but sweet review, I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the service from my team as well as the design of our building.

Good luck with your property development project!

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Abuja, Nigeria
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

First review I'm ever writing! I just had to comment about POD's modern chic architecture, its impeccable staff that go above and beyond to ensure your stay is the best it can be, and its peaceful location. Everyone is super helpful, super friendly, and always wearing a smile. The breakfast is probably the best I've had so far--catering to every taste. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will return as soon as possible! In such a beautiful city, POD is truly Cape Town at its finest!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear "RZee 13"

We are delighted to be your first ever review on Tripadvisor!

Thank you for your positive comments regarding our location, architecture, service and our Breakfast. We work incredibly hard to ensure that every aspect of the operation is running at the highest possible standard.

I am thrilled to hear that you will be returning to POD, we can't wait to host you for another stay.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

My partner and myself had 6 wonderful nights at the POD Hotel. We found the service, the staff and the overall experience an absolute pleasure. Brendan and all of his staff could not do enough for us. The location was extremely well positioned to the local restaurants and watering holes which we found all to be of great value. We would thoroughly recommend the hotel to anyone considering staying in Camps Bay. Their expertise and local knowledge in helping us to organise tourist destinations was second to none
Bob and Terri

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Bob & Terri

Thank you for choosing POD Camps Bay for your accommodation during your recent trip to Cape Town. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you during your stay.

What a wonderful review! I am ecstatic to hear that you enjoyed the overall experience and that you felt that the staff went out of their way to help you.

We are indeed lucky with our location, being set back from the main road ensures that our hotel offers a quiet sanctuary but is still within a stones throw from the beach, restaurants and the vibrant bars and nightlife of Camps Bay.

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed three nights in POD, in a suite. What a beautiful and good place!! POD is perfect near the beach, just outside the crowd (2 minutes walk to the beach and the boulevard).

Nothing was to much for the POD-employees. And they gave us good advice for trips in the region (lunch-adresses, etc.). The rooms are very clean and welldesigned.

The day before we left, we asked the girl at the reception if a late check-out would be possible (our departuretime at Cape Town Airport was 23.30h). It was, because no one had booked the room the next night. They didn't charge us for the late check-out. They refreshed the towels and even cleaned the room.

All we can say: we think POD is really one of the best hotels. And if you're going to Cape Town/Camps Bay: sleep in POD!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear "Patrick1974"

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your experience at POD Camps Bay.

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us!

The late departure was our pleasure, if we have a room available we will always try to accommodate those whose flights are leaving late in the evening. During high occupancy periods, this isn't always possible though but guests are welcome to store their luggage and use the general facilities in the hotel until they depart for the airport.

I am elated about the fact that you feel that POD is one of the best hotels in Cape Town!

Warm regards

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Property: POD Camps Bay
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 Romantic Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Family Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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