POD Camps Bay
What We Love
- Ordering take-away from a local restaurant, which the hotel will plate and deliver straight to your room
- Thoughtful eco-features added by architect Greg Scott, including a sustainable water supply
- Staying in for a night with the DVD collection and complimentary popcorn
What To Know
- Book a Penthouse suite for the best mountain and ocean views
- Onsite parking is available
- Some views of the beach are partially obscured by an apartment block
- In the South African winter, it can be too cold to properly enjoy the plunge pools
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With fewer than 20 rooms to look after, the staff at POD are instantly available to do everything from moving your deck chair to the beach to refilling the complimentary mini-bar – service is paramount here. Rooms run the gamut from small “Mini-Mountain” open-plan rooms to deluxe suites that have tubs big enough for two people, but they all come with underfloor heating, Nespresso machines, and walk-in rain showers. We love the bedside tables, which were fashioned from slices of tree trunk. A communal pool, deck, and bar have ocean views and good cocktails—park yourself here nightly to watch the sun sink into the sea. While the only meal provided is a breakfast buffet (it’s a good one, with excellent coffee, fresh smoothies, and hot items cooked to order), there are plenty of area restaurants and the staff can direct you to the best. The whole operation is expertly run and made for adults—kids under 12 aren’t permitted—so it’s best suited for couples, who can make the most of the private plunge pools and abundance of South African wine.
In the Area
Table Mountain National Park rises up just behind the Camps Bay beach strip, so hiking, exploring, and angling couldn’t be easier, especially if lounging on the beach eventually gets old or if you’re here in winter. There are a handful of excellent restaurants within walking and driving distance of Camps Bay. The Roundhouse is one of the country’s best, with dishes spotlighting seasonal produce in creative formats alongside a stellar wine list and seriously stunning Atlantic views. Also nearby is the Codfather, home to the freshest fish and seafood around. Sample Falkland’s calamari, linefish, and giant prawns, plus excellent sushi; it’s a ten-minute stroll from POD. It’s worth making the 15-minute trip into Cape Town proper to visit the Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen, a mecca for foodies with a daily tapas menu and communal tables that encourage laid-back snacking that can last an entire afternoon. Trips to Robben Island and Stellenbosch vineyards can each be done in a day; ask the hotel to arrange.
How to Get There
We stayed at the POD for 3 nights and i can’t say how wonderful our stay has been.
The hotel is very stylish with a minimalist but very functional design.
It is perfectly located in Camps Bay.
The rooms are spacious, clean and very well equipped (Nespresso, AppleTV, minibar with complementary wine).
Breakfast is excellent with a lot of choices.
Last but not least, the management and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. They always wanted to help.
It couldn’t have been a better experience and we are looking forward to visiting back soon.
We stayed here for a week in March. It was a last minute trip and we really enjoyed ourselves. I really liked the small scale relaxed vibe of the place. Our room was well designed and housekeeping was excellent. The staff was great and very accommodating. They helped us arrange a tour and provided local restaurant suggestions and helped with bookings. The breakfast was simple but good, and while the hotel does not have in-room dining it is readily available on a number of local food delivery apps. Overall, we will stay here again on our next visit to Camps Bay.
This is an exceptional property located in a quiet suburb of Camps Bay with stunning sea views, access to a myriad of beautiful beaches and minutes away from an array of bustling
restaurants and bars. What sets this property apart is not only its clever & environmentally friendly design but it wonderfully attentive, friendly and professional staff. We were greeted by the gracious and ever helpful Claire who together with her colleagues made our stay at POD incredible to say the least. The rooms are superbly appointed, spacious and elegant with all of the amenities and more of a fine establishment. The public areas are equally attractive, conducive to relaxing, soaking up the sun during the day and enjoying a cocktail as you watch the sunset in the evening.
A must visit for the discerning traveller, you won’t be disappointed.
We loved staying here, it's such a perfect little hotel. The Rooms are brilliantly designed - we had a view of the mountains and sea from ours. The staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable, they were all great but special mention to little Bryan on the bar and the lovely Zimbabwean lady who served breakfast (sorry, I don't remember her name). Both were so friendly and genuinely interested in how you were enjoying your stay. Obviously reception staff were great too and helped us arrange trips and rectify a problem (which was out of their control). The hotel is in a great location, steps from the beach and a short walk to Clifton beaches. Breakfast was excellent and the complimentary cheese and wine each evening was a great way to chat to other guests. Would definitely reccomend staying here.
What an amazing way to start our epic vacation. Camps Bay is truly the best place to stay in Cape Town, and the hotel itself is cute and cozy, rooms are big, beautiful and very clean, and the staff is the BEST. Special thanks to Vaughn to making everything perfect and going above and beyond - he is truly good at what he does and obviously passionate. He's a great example of how to manage a hotel. Also thanks to Nick, Tamsin and Claire who were all so wonderful and accommodating. No request felt like a bother, no task or question went unattended or unanswered. Relaxing and posh!
I would just note that if you're interested in room for dinner, it was pretty tricky as the hotel does not have it's own restaurant - we had to get takeout via UberEats and there is not a massive selection. Minor issue though!