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“Cape Town Oasis”
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Alta Bay
Ranked #22 of 110 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 13, 2014

My wife and I spent two weeks at Alta Bay in the middle of December and give it our highest recommendation.

The location is not only ideal for easy access to downtown Cape Town but also has very convenient access to Table Mountain and Camps Bay via a 5 minute car ride. We stayed in the fantastic loft suite that felt very secluded and had great shade from mature trees. It had all the amenities we needed for our long stay. The hosts were very responsive and had great activity and meal recommendations. Great restaurants within easy walking distance.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed at Alta Bay for 5 days in December 2013, it just made our trip to South-Africa even better. The interior is really stylish, comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. We didn't take the breakfast there but Stephan, Beulah and Laure recommended us perfect spots for breakfast just down the road and also a whole list of places to visit and not to visit. Definitely a place and a crew that contributes to our good memories!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sophie B
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

Belgian owner Stephan and his South African wife transformed this boutique hotel into a 4 rooms B&B (actually they prefer not to cook breakfast, but you ll have a small kitchen in each room).
Great location up in Garden district. Super independent small units in a luxurious garden. a small pool, lots of private secluded terraces.
An oasis of affordable luxury, with great style, but don't expect hotel service in the middle of the night.
It is a very luxurious B&B, not a hotel anymore.
Great deal.

Room Tip: the "loft" is awsome
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jeromecamblain
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Fantastic accomodation with a short 15 minute walk to the heart of Cape Town. Or a taxi if travelling at night costs only $3-$5 to most restaraunts. The location just below Table Mountain is perfect. We stayed in the loft and very much enjoyed this nicely updated room that's very spacious. I highly recommend this place and the staff are fantastic as well. Thank you Laure.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ARMY5
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We stayed three nights (not enough :(... ) at Alta bay and it certainly was an upgrade to our weekend.
The owner made sure we visit all the best attraction with great tips concerning locations, rates and schedules and what we should avoid.
The room itself was very comfortable, clean, well equipped and designed.
It's better to stay there if you have a car.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mariel R
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We stayed for 5 days at Alta Bay in the fountain room, it is a "standard room" according to the owners but it was an extraordinary experience to us! Beautifully furnished with traditional African art mixed with some artistic photography. Great experience!
The owners gave us very good tips to walk into Cape Town, the places to see, where to eat, to shop and avoid tourist traps. If you are fit and feel like climbing up the table mountain ask for the alternative route (avoiding the mass tourism track, it is called "the diagonale") this was a mind blowing experience to us, beautiful sights, no crowds and pretty sporty.
We didn't have breakfast at Alta bay as there are plenty of authentic breakfast cafés in the neighbourhood.
Our conclusion, top experience with both the accommodation and the staff!

Jerome De Waele

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jerome D
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Over the years I've had the pleasure of staying several times at Alta Bay. Nestled at the footsteps of Table Mountain in the largely wind-free suburb of Higgovale, Alta Bay offers a truly memorable accommodation experience.

Several rooms/suites are placed in an almost magical, tranquil garden setting, all private and out of each other's space. No matter which, they are beautifully and luxuriously appointed with an elegant, ethnic African touch, and fully equipped to suit your luxury or entertainment needs.

Service is very personal and staff multi-lingual, in one word: outstanding. Breakfast is extra, but that's perfectly ok, because there are so many locations in the vicinity (Kloof Street, Gardens) that you are welcome to sample.

Alta Bay is a perfect stay for those spending more time in Cape Town, or just for a couple of days. You feel welcome right away, so what more needs to be said than this: One of Cape Town's best kept secrets, awaiting your unforgettable stay.

Perhaps a side note: a beautiful ginger cat roams the property, so if you're allergic to cats, just be aware. Shouldn't distract you from having a great stay there, though. :)

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank MrMasterKey
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Additional Information about Alta Bay

Address: 12 Invermark Crescent | Higgovale, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#20 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#22 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#35 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range: $113 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alta Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alta Bay, located in Higgovale, the most up-market suburb of the City Bowl, is set high on the slopes of Table Mountain, with beautiful views over Table Bay and the City, yet only 3 km away from most of Cape Town's attractions including the Waterfront, beaches and within walking distance (1 km) of Kloof Street with its many restaurants and coffee shops. Surrounded by a lush native garden, Alta Bay combines understated luxury and urban chic with a laid-back and retreat atmosphere. Alta Bay, previously a 5-star boutique hotel has 5 years ago (Oct 2011) been converted into a 4-star self-catering Guest House with 3 large luxury units. Each unit has a separate entrance, a fully equipped kitchen (or kitchenette), a private outside terrace and offers all the 5-star facilities. This Tuscan house is built on separate levels with a great sense of space and light throughout and is designed in a contemporary style with bespoke furniture handcrafted locally. The Loft (70 m²) and the Bay Suite (42 m²) offer spectacular views of the sea and city while the Garden Room (28 m²) has the benefit of the shaded lush garden. The Loft has a bedroom on the mezzanine floor, a bathroom with bath & shower and a sleeper couch which can accommodate a 3rd adult or 2 children. On arrival, there will be cereals, coffee, tea, bottled water and milk in your room. For guests who want to have breakfast outside, there is a large variety of restaurants and snack bars within walking distance (1 km). We suggest our guests to have their own transport during their stay in Cape Town. Alta Bay is located high on the slopes of Table Mountain. Having their own transport car will give them the flexibility to explore the region. Kloof Street with its' many restaurants is only 1 km away, which is an easy walk downhill. However, to come back is much harder. If driving left is a problem, taxis (including Uber) are easily available. ... more   less 
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