Cape Town Travel Guide

Sleep

Accommodation in Cape Town ranges from hostels (of which there are many) to luxury accommodation. Actually, there are so many hotels, B&Bs and guest houses that it can be difficult to decide where to stay!

Staying in city centre can often work out cheaper as obviously all the attractions are to hand, but stick to one of the neighbourhoods next to the central area for better prices and a quieter nights sleep. The area around vibey Kloof Street in Gardens/Tamboerskloof with its young cafe culture and hip shopping is a good choice. You could consider sleeping in one of the suburbs. It is normally quieter and there is less traffic than in Central Cape Town. The suburbs in the south, like Muizenberg, Fish Hoek or Simon's Town, or near the winelands (see Cape Winelands)are ones to try. Areas along the western seaboard of the peninsula (such as Camps Bay) will be more expensive.

Budget
33 South Backpackers48 Trill Road, ObservatoryPhone: +27 (0)21 447 2423Fax: +27 (0)21 447 2423Price: From R140 per person including a fresh Muffin breakfast.A Boutique style hostel, Join them every Tuesday for the already legendary "creative evening."
A Sunflower Stop Backpackers179 Main Road, Green PointPhone: +27 (0)21 434-6535Fax: +27 (0)21 434-6501Price: From R185 per personSleep in tastefully decorated and extremely clean dorms, doubles, and twins. En-suite rooms available too.
African HeART BAckpackers27 Station Road, ObservatoryPhone: +27 (0)21 447 3125Fax: +27 (0)86 556 0277Price: From R130 per person including light breakfast & FREE internet.African HeART is an artwork in progress. A small, beautifully decorated backpackers which aims to offer the alternative side to travelling in Cape Town"
African Train Lodge3 Old Marine Drive, Monument StationPhone: +27 (0)21 418-4890Fax: +27 (0)21 418-5848Price: From R190 per personSleep in tastefully restored train carriages right in the centre of town, adjacent to the main train station.
Alive PTLBeyers Road, WoodstockPrice: From R70 per personWoodstock can be unsafe even in the day. Beyers Road has a bad reputation. Avoid nearby Gympie Street at all costs.
Ashanti Lodge11 Hof Street, GardensPhone: +27 (0)21 423-8721Fax: +27 (0)21 423-8790Price: From R160 per person, or R90 per person for campingA perennial favourite among travellers ; camping also permitted. Has a large travel centre as well.
Atlantic Point Backpackers2 Cavalcade Road, Green PointPhone: +27 (0)21 433-1662Price: From R130 per person in a 8 Bed Mix, or R450 per night in a Double Room with free cable TV.Free Breakfast and wifi included.
Bohemian Lofts Backpackers41 Trill Road, ObservatoryPhone: +27 (0)21 447 6204Price: From R120 per person.Situated on the bohemian Lower Main Rd."
Cape Town Backpackers81 new church streetPhone: + 27 (0)21 426-0200Price: From R170 per personCape Town Backpackers has a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of style.Listed by the British newspaper The Independent as one of only 3 places to stay in Cape Town (the other 2 being 5 star hotels!) the review described the place as "...spotless and stylish.." Just off Park Road and Kloof Street, the area they are in is renowned for delicious restaurants, busy cafs and trendy drinking spots. This place is fun, friendly,clean, it's gay friendly and they have regular theme nights in the funky bar. There are options for sleeping from dorms if you want to save money for more beer, to ensuites with table mountain views if you want to spoil yourself.
Carnival Court Backpackers255 Long StreetPrice: From R130 in the dorm to R250 for a double roomDorms and private rooms at reasonable rates. Linen provided, hostel is very clean and staff friendly and there is a bar and balcony to hang out.
Castle Inn Backpackers76b Darling Street (corner of Harrington Road)Phone: +27 (0)21 465-1662Fax: +27 (0)21 465-1662Price: From R100 per personDirectly opposite the Castle of Good Hope and 5 minutes walk from the train station. Cheapest Internet cafe in the area.
Cat and Moose Backpackers305 Long StreetPhone: +27 (21) 423-7638Price: From R130 in the dorm to R230 for a double
Formula 1 Hotel17 Jan Smuts Street (corner of Martin Hammerschlag Way)Phone: +27 (0)21 418-4664Fax: +27 (0)21 418-4661Price: R369 per roomPart of the international chain of budget hotels - each room can sleep up to three people. A few minutes walk from the train station.
Green Elephant Backpackers57 Milton Road, ObservatoryPhone: +27 (0)21 448-6359Price: From R80 for camping to R480 for a double ensuite. and dorm R130.
Long Street Backpackers209 Long StreetPhone: +27 (0)21 423-0615Fax: +27 (0)21 423-1842Price: R175 in a dorm to R320 for a private roomOffers dorms as well as private accommodation and a good range of travel-services.
Riverlodge Backpackersoude molen eco village Alexandria road PinelandsPhone: 27-0-21-448-0526Price: R60/80.00camping. 8 bed dorms.
Saasveld Guest lodge73 Kloof Street, Gardens, 8001, Cape TownPhone: ++27 21 424-6169A affordable, neat and clean guest lodge, with good rates

Light house farm backpackers lodge. A1 Oude molen eco village Alexandria road Dorm beds=R75 phone 0827442504.

Mid-range
The BallinrobeCalais Road, Sea PointPhone: +27 (0) 87 943 4302Price: From R2100 per night to R3500 per night
The Camps Bay Guesthouse31 Geneva Drive, Camps Bay, Cape TownPhone: +27 81 467 4400Price: From ZAR 750.00Exclusive use of 180sqm private self-catering stand alone luxury accommodation set in the grounds of the owners Camps Bay Villa, private and secure with onsite gated parking, full kitchen, teak floors, living and dining room with underfloor heating throughout, widescreen LCD television with Apple TV entertainment system and stereo surround, complimentary hi-speed WIFI access, private deck and garden area opens into the grounds with access to the Villa swimming pool, porcelain tiled bathroom has separate bath and shower, WC and bidet.
Dark Chocolate Guest House Durbanville1 Mountain View Crescent DurbanvillePhone: +27 21 979 1988Price: From ZAR 810.00Standard rooms, all equipped with Air-conditioning, TV with cable and High-speed Internet connection. Facilities and services are Garden, Outdoor swimming pool and Conference.
Cape Diamond Boutique HotelLongmarket and Parliament StreetPhone: +27214612519Price: From ZAR 1080.00All rooms equipped with Air-conditioning, Private toilet and bath, Safe deposit box, Side lamp table and Wired Internet connection (extra charges apply). Some of its facilities and services are Meeting/ banquet facilities, Business centre, Restaurant, Theatre Cafe, 24-hour front desk, Room service and Laundry service.
Lorraines on Lincoln12 Lincoln Street, BostonPhone: +27 21 946 4710Price: From ZAR 670.00All rooms equipped with English breakfast, Spacious dining area, Hair dryer, TV with satellite channels, Work desk and Fan. Outdoor swimming pool, Garden, Banquet hall, Car rental, Wi-Fi Internet connection, Fax and photocopying services.
26 on Aandbloem26 Aandbloem Street, Devil's PeakPhone: +27 (0)83 460-7140Price: R500 single, R375pps (includes breakfast, en-suit bathroom with shower & WCViews of Table Mountain and the Cape Town City Bowl.
Abbey Manor Luxury Guesthouse3 Montrose Avenue, OranjezichtPhone: +27 (0)21 462-2935Price: From R800Luxury guesthouse set high on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town city. Dramatic views from individually decorated rooms. Built in 1905 in the Arts-and-Crafts style, and has been recently remodelled. An easy hop from the city centre and the V&A Waterfront. Rated 5 stars by TGCSA. Provides free wi-fi to guests.
Afton Grove Country RetreatAfton Grove, Chapman's Peak Road (M6), NoordhoekPhone: +27 (0)21 785-2992Price: From R720Four star hotel. B&B and self-catered accommodation is offered in charming cottages in a garden. Provides free wi-fi to guests.
The Bay Atlantic Guest House3 Berkley Road, Camps BayPhone: +27 (0)21 438-4341Price: From R350Beautiful four star Guest House situated in Camps Bay with exhausting view on the beach of Camps Bay and the Lionshead, only 10 minutes away from the V&A Waterfront. Provides free wi-fi to guests.
Bayflowers Guest House5 Scholtz Road, Green PointPhone: +27 (0)21 434-0968Price: R650 for a single room, R425 pps for a doubleVery central, walk to Waterfront, beach and city centre, helpful staff, rooms clean and tastefully equipped.
Birkenhead Manor Boutique Guest House23 Birkenhead Road, BloubergPhone: +27 (0)21 556-3072Price: R450 for a single room, R300 pps for a doubleLovely warm guest house boasting excellent service and beautifully clean rooms. Close to the beach with stunning views of Table Mountain. Rates include breakfast. Free wi-fi.
Cape Coast Views95 High Level Road, Green Point, Cape TownPhone: +27 (0)21 439 7761Price: From R550 per roomEco friendly guest house located in trendy Green Point. Central to most attractions. Walking distance to bars, cafes, shops and taxi rank. Includes secure parking, wifi, continental breakfast, solar heated pool, bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and more. Starting price - R550 per room. Self-catering - R750 for the unit.
Cape Paradise Lodge48 Leeuwenhof Rd, HiggovalePhone: +27 (0)21 424-6571Price: From R300ppsCape Paradise awaits you! Has Table Mountain as a backdrop and fantastic views.
Cactusberry Lodge30 Breda Street, GardensPhone: +27 (0)21 461-9787Price: R5003 star. 200 metres from the Gardens Shopping Centre, is comfortable, central and quiet, very good value for money, excellent breakfast, very helpful in all itinerary planning.
City Lodge V&A WaterfrontCorner Dock and Alfred RoadsPhone: +27 (0)21 419-9450Price: From R480 per person sharing3 star.
Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel & Self-Catering Apartments134 & 263 Long StreetPhone: +27 (0)21 422-3074 (Hotel) & +27 (0)21 424-1403 (Self-Catering)Price: From R450 a double/twin (Hotel) & R550 a one bedroomed apartmentLocated in the heart of the city centre on one of Cape Town's most celebrated streets - a hotel with a difference, focusing on good value accommodation and a hotel experience you'll never forget.
De Waterkant Village1 Loader street, De WaterkantPhone: +27 (0)21 437-9706Price: R580 for single room, R850 for a doubleDe Waterkant is often described as being arty, charismatic and quaint and is a truly special place decorated with gorgeous al fresco restaurants, sidewalk caf's, boutiques and bars and is often compared with Greenwich Village.
Don Beach Road Hotel249 Beach Road, Sea PointPhone: +27 (0)21 434-1083The Don Beach Road is located in Sea Point spectacularly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Grande Kloof Boutique Hotel69 Kloof Road, FresnayePhone: +27 21 4331852Price: from ZAR600 (includes light continental breakfast, free WIFI, open plan top floor sea view rooms or executive petite garden level rooms, swimming pool, jacuzzi area, steam area, saunaGood Sea Views, Fantastic Lions head view and views of famous Robben Island.
Grapevine Cottage Guesthouse13 Vierlanden road, DurbanvillePrice: R650 per unit, max 4 people3 star. Great view over the Durbanville winelands. Surrounded by wine estates, excellent restaurants nearby. Self catering accommodation and Bed and breakfast; garden and pool invite you to relax.
Nine Flowers Guest House133-135 Hatfield StreetPhone: +27 (0)21 462-1430Price: R480 for a single room to R850 for a tripleVery central, helpful staff, nice rooms.
Protea Hotel Sea PointArthur's Road, Sea PointPhone: +27 (0)21 434-3344Price: R350 pppnProtea has a whole bunch of hotels in Cape Town and surrounding areas. It is well worth checking their web site for last-minute bargains, which can reduce the price by 50%.
Rhonda's Manor35 Clarens Street, FresnayePhone: +27(0)21 434 4231Price: R800 double roomUpper Sea Point, near the Waterfront,campsbay and clifton beaches.
Shambala Guest Lodge7 Little Lions Head Road, Hout BayPhone: +27 (0)21 790-4328Price: From R250pppnSet in a lush and tranquil garden on the sunny slopes of Little Lions Head mountain, overlooking the valley of Hout Bay. Offers a selection of one and two bedroom self-catering suites. Breathtaking views and beach access close by.
Southern Light Country House24 Hohenort Avenue, ConstantiaPrice: R850 - R1300 Season DependantSouthern Light Country House is an accommodation in Constantia set in the beautiful surround of Upper Constantia.
Sitara Country Lodge10 Guinea Fowl Way, NoordhoekPhone: +27 (0)21 789-1622Price: From R325 for single room, from R450 for a doubleIn the south of the Cape Peninsula. Ideal base for exploring the natural beauty of the Cape Town area. Own transport required.
Tudor Hotel153 Longmarket Street, Greenmarket SquarePhone: +27 (0)21 424-1335Price: R520 for single room, R740 for a doubleIn the city centre, near the Waterfront, Parliament, Gardens or the Malay Quarter Boo-Kap.
The Charles Guesthouse137 Waterkant Street, De WaterkantPhone: +27 (0)21 437-9706Price: R920 for single room, R1400 for a doubleTrendy and fashionable today, it is compared to New York's Greenwich Village and London's Soho with its tree lined streets, restored cottages, spectacular views and village atmosphere.
NH The Lord CharlesCorner of Stellenbosch and Faure Roads. 7130 CapetownPhone: +27.21.8551040Located in an area with beautiful surroundings, this 4* hotel offers meeting rooms, a fitness centre and some fantastic views.
The One 818 Antrim Road, Three Anchor BayPhone: +27 (0)21 434-6100Price: From R550 per roomModern and intimate Four star accommodation in Cape Town. The One 8 Hotel is located in Green Point and close to Clifton Beach, Camps Bay, V&A Waterfront, De Waterkant gay village, and Table Mountain. This gay and lesbian friendly Guest House offers bed and breakfast and contemporary rooms for your South African Holiday.
Villa Sunshine Guesthouse1 Rochester Road, Bantry BayPhone: +27 (0)21 439 8224Price: From R 950 per roomThe Villa Sunshine guesthouse is a classic Mediterranean Villa situated along the prestigious Atlantic Seaboard. In close proximity to several of Cape Towns most revered tourist attractions, it is still able to provide its guests with a peaceful setting within walking distance of restaurants and shops to meet your every need.
Villa Zest Boutique Hotel2 Braemar Rd, GreenpointPhone: +27 (0) 21 433 1246Price: From ZAR 990/Single & ZAR 1190.00 /doubleThe Villa Zest is in the Green Point suburb.
Splurge
De Verdwaalde Boer10 Monterey Drive, ConstantiaPhone: +27 (0)21 794 1501Price: From R700 p.p.p.nDe Verdwaalde Boer boasts 7 suites and is available to book as a villa for full privacy.
Cape GraceWest Quay Road, Victoria & Alfred WaterfrontPhone: +27 (0)21 410-7100Price: From R16000 to R55000 for 5 nights, 2 peopleSituated on its own private quay on Cape Towns vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Grace has 121 rooms all with views of the V&A harbour or yacht marina with a Table Mountain backdrop.
Radisson HotelPhone: +27 (0)21 441-3000Price: R2745 pppn5 star hotel overlooking its own private marina and the famous Robben Island.
Mandela Rhodes PlacePhone: +27 (0)31 310-3333Price: From R815ppsOld school charm and hospitality meets modern amenities and features. It also boasts a gymnasium, swimming pool, wireless internet, undercover parking, 24 hour concierge and business centre, optional breakfast service, pre-delivery grocery shopping, airport and city transfers, car hire, house keeping and laundry and day tours
Township
Liziwe's Bed and BreakfastNY 111, No 121, GugulethuPhone: +27 (0)21 633-7406Price: R600 per room
Ma Neo's B&BLangaPhone: +27 (0)21 694-2504Township B&B.
Majoros B&BGraceland, KhayelitshaPhone: +27 (0)21 361-3412Township B&B.
Radebe's23 PW Mama Way Settlers Place, LangaPhone: +27 (0)82 393-3117Price: R250pps

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