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“Super comfy bed, helpful staff & great location!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Camps Bay Resort
Manchester, UK
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29 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Super comfy bed, helpful staff & great location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2009

We had a standard studio called 'Copacabana' in the Beach Studios block. It was one of the ground floor rooms opening out onto the poolside, close to the reception. I'd highly recommend these particular units - we had no problems with traffic or noise from nearby bars that other reviewers have mentioned. Our room did not have an updated bathroom unlike the other ground floor rooms opening on to the poolside, but it was a great size with all we needed, a fantastic bed, and it was clean. Only criticism I have was that housekeeping leave all the lights and TVs on for late night arrivals which seems unnecessary, and on our final night the adjacent room's TV was on really loud all night as the people who were taking the room hadn't arrived.

The breakfast provided was actually at a close-by cafe with views of the ocean because it was the off season I think. Breakfast could be taken between 7am and 1pm and was good but there wasn't really a healthy/ light option (full english, omelette or muffin with tea/coffee).

The reception were really helpful at all times with booking activities, sorting out any issues with the room etc etc. Parking can be reserved for an additional R50pn which is reasonable, and they have a selection of alcoholic drinks available for a reasonable price (these services weren't advertised, so just ask at reception).

We got a fantastic rate through Expedia - 4 nights for c£100 total incl. breakfast in May, which made Camps Bay Resort ridiculously good value for money! We'd have happily stayed there for twice the price.

Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2009

We stayed here in January for four nights. We started off in room towards the beach (rather than nearer the pool) and although the room itself was large with sea view "glimpses" it was very noisy - you can hear the cars roaring along the road and the bars closing at night - we were there during the week so I can imagine this problem would be even worse at weekends. Although of course if you are planning being out in Camps Bay till the early hours then this would not be a problem at all. The other issue with this room which was a one off but was frustrating was that they were continually painting the floors outside the room so everytime we returned to our room we had to skirt around the edge of the staircase or got stuck on the wet paint! However, we spoke with the receptionist who was very helpful and we were moved to one of the rooms directly by the pool which was much quieter. Throughout our stay the staff were excellent with good advice when needed and made us feel very welcome. The rooms are very spacious with excellent quality bedlinen and comfortable beds. As we were eating out we didn't need the kitchenette and I do find it slightly odd sleeping in a room which feels like a kitchen with a bed in it! But for people with children or those on a tight budget I am sure it would be great. The breakfast was good although only one "healthy" choice which we were tired of after four mornings - muesli, fruit and yogurt. All the cooked choice were big breakfasts and not what we wanted in the heat. The pool was lovely and large with a few sunbeds and staff supplying drinks if required. Another excellent perk is that if you need to use the internet but don't have a computer then you can use the business centre at the lush Camps Bay Hotel up the road - which I must admit is where I hope I will be staying next time we are in Camps Bay - if the budget allows!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank MrsKP
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Sutton Coldfield
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2009

Well the twist for my visit was two fold as my first trip to SA, 1) as part of a honeymoon 2) taking a city and beach break in one. This hotel delivers on both levels although I would rate as clearly as 3 star compared to UK and other international hotels, this would not rate as 4 star on SA Standards.
Arrival: Finding the accomodation is reasonably easy (South African road signage is sometimes pretty poor compared to UK standards - tourists are not given much help) road works in Cape town for the World cup currently do not help matters when trying to get to Camps Bay for the first time. When you arrive at the hotel you will find only two arrival car parking spaces, which is tricky with limited on road parking, when I imagine most arrive in a car. Hotel provides secure parking at resonable rates. The inital welcome I would rate 7/10, awareness that many English vistors arrive on overnight flights ensured our room was ready early for our arrival (11am). Points for improvement on arrival would be to be given full attention when greeted and processed (other issues often distracted receptionist), a greeting drink and cold refreshing towel would always be welcome for those extra stars after a long flight!
Room: 7/10. Rooms or "Unit" is of reasonable size. Romantic package was well delivered and recommeded. The rooms are clean and fresh no visible dirt/dust, although generally dated (style aside). Nice wooden flooring throughout. The cleaners do a good job with what they have. The bathroom in 39 requires updating, mold patches around shower which could be dealt with in a room which is well ventilated - time has caught up with it. Bed medium firm, bedding/linen crisp and white. New fresh towels daily. Room did not have A/C but fan provided, noise from road outside limited having window open at night when its hot! Kitchen area, like the bathroom is dated but clean. Complementary drinking water not provided in fridge which would have been a nice touch compared with competative set, fridge noisey old and a bit of a hummer..! Television reasonable choice but did not provide all the channels listed and picture quality on some channels below average, English Sky news available. Laundry service slightly expensive but good quality. Single door to the room did not feel too safe in terms of strenght and robustness for security.
Food: Breakfast was good, cereal with yoghut and fruit followed by a hot breakfast of the day (no choice), English tea as it should be. Breakfast served to you, service polite and quick. Eat on the decked or covered area by reception. The hotel recommends (could be linked with) a bar/restaurant called Primi, next to hotel - Although Primi is cheap, I have to say unfortunatly it was worst meal on whole trip to SA when the food in SA is excellent. Quality of food at Primi very low, my wife did not agree to well with the food afterwards. Camps Bay offers some excellent places to eat (i.e Kove. 5*) many in easy walking, do not waste your evening at Primi. Poor food & service 3/10.
Location: If you have a car, perfect for Cape Town (10/15mins drive) and surrounding attractions, tour bus stops nearby, 2 skips to the beach, amazing sunsets (on beach). Many rooms do not have seaviews even though hotel is virtually on beach. Cash machine (ATM) in a convenience store opposite ("Pick n Pay" a national chain - bit like Tesco/Sainsbury express). Warning some evenings outside the store attracts people from social poverty backgrounds, occasionally feels threating in the dark, would avoid taking cash out of the machine in the evenings.
Good for: Couples, Honeymooners. Not so good for, young, elderly or disabled (lots of steps to rooms)
Overall a pleasent stay, would I go back - maybe...

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Reasonwiththought
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Berks
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2009

What a poor place, the "blocks" are like pre war London Flats
The staff were good enough but this place is definately NOT 3*, at best it is 2*
We would cerainly not go there again and would advise others from going

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank LenOBerks
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London
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2009

Helpful & friendly staff, great breakfasts served on the patio, small but pleasant pool area to chill out after your long flight. We initially had a room that backed onto the road and we asked to move to somewhere a little quieter, and the staff were yet again very helpful and for a small fee we moved to room with lovely sea views, where we watched the dolphins jumping every night over sun downers. More an apartment feel to the place, ideal for exploring Camps bay and the Cape.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lashes71
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Herts
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62 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2009

It was our first visit to South Africa and our first port of call and Brighton Court in Camps Bay was perfect. Its beachfront location is superb and our 3-bedroom apartment had a fabulous view through its huge bay window overlooking the beach. The only downside to the apartment was having just one bathroom between the 5 of us (2 adults, 2 kids aged 16, 11 and 11). We stayed on a self-catering basis and bought breakfast from the local supermarket which was more than adequate. Breakfast was provided for guests in a small area near the main reception office for those on b & b or for a charge. The staff were all very friendly and extremely helpful when booking excursions, restaurants etc.

Camps Bay is a perfect location for all the sightseeing in Cape Town. The hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour bus stops just outside the Bay Hotel and is a perfect way to get your bearings around the city.

The restaurants along the beachfront are bustling, lively and so reasonable (compared with UK prices) and if the exchange rate is good you can eat very cheaply indeed and enjoy great cuisine. You should also be aware of the "leisurely service" in all restaurants!

Camps Bay itself is in a beautiful setting with the 12 Apostles as its back drop, just 10 min drive to the V & A waterfront and lovely beaches ............ what could be better?

  • Liked — its beachfront location and proximity to Cape Town
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Otty5
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brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2008

I stayed at the Camps Bay Resort for a week in July, not the best time of the year to visit Cape Town.
This resort offers fantastic value for money whilst still maintaining good service and well appointed rooms.

SERVICE: Fantastic, staff are absolutely wonderful and really go out of their way to make your trip fun. They are always on hand to assist in booking day tours and have breakfast included at the 5 star Camps Bay Retreat. The cleaning staff have the rooms cleaned and re stocked early and same time everyday and are very consistent and friendly. Overall 5 stars for service!

SECURITY: This one is a biggy and I found this to be no problem at all staying at this property. There is a night guard watching the front gate at all times as well as night reception. All rooms have locks and Windows have security bars. I felt extremely safe staying here. The hotel is also opposite some very popular restaurants that run late int the night so this is also a good thing, there is always other tourists walking by.

ROOMS: I stayed in a Standard room, the ones that have individual names. The rooms are massive, with the bathrooms the size of most hotel rooms alone. Very well appointed lots of coffee and teas, with free satellite TV. Beds are large and comfortable with a large selection of pillows. I high suggest you request a room on the second floor with a balcony as these look over camps bay and have tables so you can watch the sunset. You can also see the 12 apostles from these rooms with ease. overall rooms are great value and you get so much more for what you pay for, i would give the rooms 4 star for comfort and 5 star for the huge size!

LOCATION: well what to say? this property is in the most fantastic location. I will always stay in camps bay as it is only 10 min drive to the city, yet you are in the most cosmopolitan place in Cape Town. The resort is 2 minute walk to the beach and all the restaurants. great for family's and couples who don't want to have catch taxis or navigate around all day. 5 Star for the location.

OVERALL: this property is a must stay, its a great value and of excellent quality. But it is truly the staff at this property that make it such an enjoyable stay!.

  • Liked — The fantiastic staff and the huge rooms.
  • Disliked — no parking, only on the streets. There is a 24 hour gaurd watching at all times though.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank sheldon240
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Property: Camps Bay Resort
Address: 32 Camps Bay Dr, Camps Bay 8040, South Africa (Formerly Camps Bay Village)
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Camps Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set against the backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and a stones throw from the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town, Camps Bay Resort is perfectly located for your dream holiday in this idyllic location. Within walking distance from an abundance of day and night activities, cafe's, sundowner spots, cocktail venues, fantastic restaurants and places to be seen, staying at Camps Bay Resort is both fun and convenient. A favourite pastime at Camps Bay Resort is to soak up the sun at the two swimming pools located on the property. Boasting a selection of 47 rooms, studios and apartments which are serviced and immaculately prepared, you'll find the perfect accommodation for your needs. ... more   less 
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