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
I was traveling solo to Cape Town for vacation and wanted to be close to the beach. POD Camps Bay was the perfect find. It is across the street from the beach and walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. Yet it is only 15 minutes from downtown Cape Town. The staff are uniformly wonderful and helpful. They really make you feel welcome and well cared for. The rooms (facing the beach) have lovely views and are large, comfortable, and modern. I'd stay here again for sure.
This small boutique hotel was amazing! Super healthy breakfasts, my room also had a nice partial view of the Table Mountain and the ocean. It's literally 2 mins from it. And the staff was super helpful. I had a tour from 6 am to 5 pm and I was supposed to check out on that day, but they let me keep the room until I get back, take a shower and then check out.
The trip was in September 2017, but I just started posting my reviews on Tripadvisor. I would highly recommend this place and will definitely stay there again when I'm in Cape Town.
We stayed at POD Camps Bay for 3 nights at the beginning of our trip to South Africa and we cannot day enough great things! The location is perfect, we wanted to stay by the beach instead of downtown, and the hotel is a few steps away! The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, helping to coordinate a ride from the airport and also a day tour of the area for us. We absolutely loved the company they work with and ended up hiring for an extra day for a wine tour! The breakfast was delicious and the coffee was great! They also had a hiking backpack for us when we last minute decided to hike Table Mountain! We truly loved POD Camps Bay!
Pod is located in the centre of Camps Bay just a front of the beach. Pod is cool and beatiful boutique hotel, rooms are nice, service and the staff are supergood. There is small but nice pool area where you can look at the sea and enjoy the sun.
We were totally charmed by this lovely hotel. Situated in prime Camps Bay territory with close access to the beach, it had everything we could have asked for and more. Excellent location.
It felt safe and the staff went out of their way to be helpful and nice - the hotel provides free underground parking and our car was always attended to in a very timely matter. It always drives me crazy when you have to wait 20 mins for your car but someone would always run and get it right away.
The rooms were big and clean and gorgeous with very comfortable beds and soft linens and great pillows. Great shower, plumbing worked perfectly. We had a cute plunge pool outside - a little weird that it overlooks the road and people can see you when they're walking by (not very private) but still nice.
The hotel was REALLY expensive because we stayed over a holiday, but they made up for it by going out of their way to provide free amenities that made us feel better about it. Some examples: GREAT breakfast, complimentary happy hour beverage each night, complimentary bottle of wine and beers in your room, filtered water in your room that is refilled all the time, beach bags with towels and travel packets of sunscreen and bug repellent, and I believe you can also have them set up chairs and towels for you, the room was appointed with many amenities that were restocked every day. So they kind of made it worth it.
The two issues we had were: 1 - we had the hotel book dinner reservations for us beforehand and the first night we showed up the restaurant did not have our reservation and everyone blamed each other. We waited an hour which sucked. 2 - when we inquired at the front desk about going up to Table Mountain they failed to make it clear that the line would be 2-3 hours long unless we got there super early. So we wasted our time getting up early (but not early enough) and driving up there only to encounter a crazy line and turn around.
Otherwise the staff was helpful - specifically Taffy who went above and beyond to try to make up for the dinner res snafu even though it wasn't her fault.
Bottom line - loved this hotel and would def go back.