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 arrived to the POD early in the day after two very long flights from the West Coast of Canada. We were immediately met with something to drink and offered the breakfast buffet. Our room was gorgeous and beautifully appointed with everything from the free and fully stocked mini bar to beach towels and a beach bag. The bed and linens were so nice and the views of Table Mtn and the Ocean were great. The breakfast was delicious and they even have a free glass of wine and appetizers at sunset. We were tired after two days of traveling and the staff just took care of us.... they booked tours and restaurants for us, they even set up Uber on our phones and taught us how to use it! Everyone was very pleasant and you felt like you were with friends. July was a gorgeous time to visit Cape Town and the POD staff and our beautiful, super comfortable room made our visit even more special.
We stayed for 4 nights.
The staff was extremely attentive and sweet. Would tell all my friends to stay. Trendy with class. Big rooms. Great little hang out area with pool. Great breakfast and steps from the beach. Every staff member was super professional and yet fun and charming. I will definitely stay here next time.
Excellent value for your $$ with a great included breakfast, sunset drinks and apps are fantastic. Not to mention 2 blocks from the beach and downtown Camps Bay with incredible view. Highly recommend!