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“Great Location,Friendly And Helpful Staff-Needs Updating” 4 of 5 stars
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The Place on the Bay
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Victoria Rd, Camps Bay 8001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Camps Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Guildford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Location,Friendly And Helpful Staff-Needs Updating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We stayed In Fairways On The Bay for 9 days in March which is part of Place On the Bay,infact i would call it an annexe,decribed as boutique in all the brochures! We were recommended by friends who have stayed at Place on the Bay before and when we could not book there because of availability were happy to go next door to the Fairways.We had been in South Africa for 3 weeks previous to arriving at Camps Bay,and had excellent B&B accomodation(4/5 Star) at a number of places and were really looking forward to our final week in the Cape Town area.

When we arrived and were shown to our room I have to say initially we were very disappointed,this is an old house converted into accomodation and is certainly not boutique.To be fair the room was very comfortable with a balcony and side view of the beach and once we got used to it I guess it was OK,but needs some updating to classify it as boutique.The Italian restaurant within the complex was excellent and good value,and the position of Fairways was good,just off the busy main road but still close to the beach.

The position of Place On The Bay and its small pool all just across the road from the beach together with all the restaurants and bars so close was excellent,and the staff were very helpful and attentive.
Our last night we moved into Place On the Bay and one of the two storey apartments which was very nice and well equipped,with a balcony and great views of the beach,but as commented by another of your subscribers was "tired"and in need of some modernisation.

When we return to SA which we will at some point and go back to Camps Bay would we stay there again?.....yes certainly at Place On the Bay and in a couple of years time hopefully some updating will have taken place to the apartments in this lovely location.

Room Tip: Apartments/rooms nearer the back/side of the complex(Place On The Bay) but still sea facing quieter
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank PeterG878
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Dear PeterG878
A big thank you for your feedback. We will definitely look into all your points mentioned.
I am happy that our staff was very helpfull and that you enjoyed your stay in Camps Bay.
Looking forward to your next stay!!
Kind regards
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Our room was perfect. It was sea facing, had a full roof sky light, plus excellent self contained facilities. The staff were excellent, friendly, professional and very friendly. The only thing I could possibly advise other travellers of is that the safe was slightly temperamental, but the on site concierge sorted the issue very promptly. This was for our honeymoon and I would recommend it to all traveller lucky enough to stay in camps bay.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Louisecairn
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Dear Louisecairn
A big thank you for the feedback. I am glad to hear that our staff was excellent and that you enjoyed your honeymoon in Camps Bay.
All the very best for your future and hope to see you one day again.
Kind Regards
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Camps Bay is one of the most spectacular places around Cape Town with the beach and the Table Mountain as a background. The hotel is within walking distance of Good restaurants and interesting bars where you can have a cool one as you watch the sun go down.

The Place on the Bay is convenient if nothing else. As a a family we had a roomy apartment over 2 floors. Rooms were on the small side. There is a pool area. The place is slightly on the neglected side, it could do with bit of sprucing up. In summary I would call the place convenient rather than inviting.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Martin H
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Dear Martin H
Thank you very much for your feedback. I will make sure that the pool is well looked after.
Kind regards
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We recently stayed at The place on the Bay and we were a bit disappointed. You couldn't knock the location as its right on the beach and you can watch the sunset from your balcony and walk out to fabulous restaurants but we felt the accommodation was a bit tired.

We had booked a two bedroomed deluxe apartment and overall it was a bit tired, a bit dark and a bit dingey

On our first night the hotel is next to a bar and the noise was terrible with pumping music going on until the early hours, however it didn't happen again which we were grateful for as we had two children with us that couldn't sleep. In the morning the noise started again but this time it was the staff starting work at 07:00.

Overall its ok if you want a great location and probably not bad if you are with friends and enjoying the nightlife but we expected more and felt it was just average.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the front of the hotel unless its a weekend when the bar is loud.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank VicsM71
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Dear VicsM71
Thank you for your feedback and you right - if you have children, rather stay more to the back. The night life in Camps Bay is very busy - speacially in season - but it calm down later.
Happy that you enjoyed the sunsets.
Kind regards
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dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Friends of our were married in the region and The Place on the Bay was one of their recommendations for Camps Bay accommodation.

I booked online, very easy, I think through a 3rd party vendor (the Booking Button). We received a helpful email prior to our arrival, directions, etc. We had a TomTom and found the location easily. They have free secure parking onsite.

Being in Cape Town for a wedding and in happening, gorgeous Camps Bay, we did not spend much time in the room. That said, we were still fortunate enough to receive an upgrade as Place on the Bay was doing some shuffling to accommodate all their enquiries. My partner and I booked a studio for 2 nights at ZAR 1,400 per night which is the equivalent to USD 300. We actually ended up with a 2 bedroom deluxe suite that has its own little pool, kitchen, etc. Very nice of them!

Everything was ready and clean each day. The properties are older but they have made efforts to keep the design and decor new and fresh. The age only shows up in some of the furnishings and bathroom. But for this location and value, I think its great.

We didnt eat at the restaurant attached but it smelled good. You have lots of choices for restaurants, cafes, bars, beach right outside the door. We fell in love with The Grand Cafe next door / around the corner.

I would recommend The Place on the Bay and would stay there again for sure.

Room Tip: These images are from the 2 bedroom deluxe suite
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank cocorotsie
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear Cocorotsie
Thank you very much for the photo`s you uploaded - much appreciated!!
Camps Bay is always a good choice if you want to have a really good holiday combines with a wedding because of all the bars and restaurants. With most of Cape Town`s attractions close by, it is a easy choice.
Thank you for the compliment about the cleanliness of your apartment. I will tell the staff.
I am happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that it was a good wedding.
Kind regards and keep well!! Hope to see you soon!!!
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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

It is obvious from some of the recent reviews that some have had a very bad experience here. But I can't fully contribute to that view. I am not saying it was excellent but more than adequate for our 4 night stay. We had a 2 bedroom apartment right at the front overlooking the beach and just above the pool with a veranda to front and side. The bedrooms were spacious and clean (although one of the sliding wardrobe doors did not slide). Bathroom with shower upstairs and toilet with shower cubicle downstairs and kitchen area. Must say showers were very good in relation to power and hot water.
As we were out nearly all day the apartment was absolutely fine for what we wanted. It was right over from the beach and right next to bars and restaurants. There was some road noise at night but not enough to keep you awake. They could consider putting some complimentary bottles of water in the fridge for your arrival. But in general I found the staff very friendly and helpful. All in all I can't really find much to fault the hotel but that is not to say others will find the same view.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BasilEdinburgh
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear BasilEdenburgh
Thank you for this review!!!! I am really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and also that you had a good time in our beautiful city!!
To stay in an apartment right in front is always a plus because of the beach and beautiful sunsets. For that you can tolerate the little bit of noise.
Keep well and hope to see you in Place on the Bay again (Will remeber about your water).
Kind regards
Marlie
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We had a 2 bedroom suite in the Place on the Bay. We found the staff very accommodating, the suite was massive, comfortable and very clean and the view was stunning. It is perfectly placed just down from the bars and restaurants but I didn't hear any noise from them in the room.

Don't forget to ask if you want pool towels at reception.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank HollyStar
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear Holly Star

A big thank you for your review and I am really happy that you had a wonderful stay. Hopefully the weather was good as well.
Winter arrived overnight and it is much cooler now but our winters are also very good with temperatures up to 25C
Hope to see you again in Camps Bay with us.
Kind regards
Marlie
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Property: The Place on the Bay
Address: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Camps Bay
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Camps Bay
#10 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Place on the Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Place on the Bay, situated along the beach-front road enjoys an undisturbed picturesque view of the white sandy beaches, the palm fringed bay and the majestic Twelve Apostle Mountains. The hotel is perfectly positioned in Cape Town`s trendiest suburb, Camps Bay, 15 minutes' drive from the Cape Town CBD.The Place on the Bay hotel offers 21 serviced hotel apartments. All are elegantly furnished en suite bedrooms with a kitchen, king/queen-size beds, Samsung LCD TV with satellite television, air-conditioning unit, coffee/tea-making facilities and a bar fridge. The suites are serviced daily and guests have access to the outdoor pool and braai(BBQ) facilities. The luxurious and exclusive five-star penthouse with its private heated swimming pool and sundeck, caters for all your personal needs. ... more   less 
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