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
The staff is very cordial and helpful. Hotel is small, something I prefer. Fruits for breakfast are great, but cheese and bread could be better. Very nice room, but the one I had towards the street is quite loud. Location is perfect - a few steps to the beach, all restaurants in walking distance.
The level of service and hospitality my wife and I experienced at this boutique hotel left us reeling from the first day of our stay. The moment we entered the POD we realized we booked the right choice. Situated in Camps Bay, it’s only about a 10-15 minute drive to Cape Town proper via a super affordable Uber ride, a quick five minute walk to a lot of restaurants and shops in the main part of Camps Bay and spectacular views of both Table Mountain and the beach. You won’t be disappointed. If you aren’t successfully lured out of the hotel by all the super close attractions, your pampering will begin with an incredibly delicious, complementary, breakfast. Follow that by enjoying a coffee or cocktail from the bar by the main pool, or if you’re so lucky, the soaking pool adjoined to your room, then follow that up with complimentary wine and cheese at sunset. My wife and I were a little jet lagged the first night of our trip, so we took advantage of the movie list that was available and had a quiet night in. “Would you like hot chocolate and popcorn to go along with your movie?”, asked the woman. Absolutely. Again, complimentary…just like the bottle of wine in our room’s refrigerator. We stayed here as part of my birthday celebration and I felt like a king, but something tells me they treat every guest with just as much hospitality and respect. Stop thinking about whether you should book a room at POD and book an additional night longer than you originally planned. You’re welcome.
This hotel is absolutely beautiful. It has 17 rooms, and close to the beach. Walking distance from many restaurants and bars. Can easily access the waterfront area as well. This hotel gets five stars because of the staff. Extremely accommodating. Prior to my trip I was in consistent communication with the front desk, they were able to give recommendations for beautiful places to dine and to prepare reservations for us. Always willing to help. Claire and Nick and the rest of the staff are absolutely wonderful. Felt so welcome here, and can trust them with anything. I would only stay here in the future.
I would definitely recommend this beautiful little hotel. Staff so unbelievably friendly and helpful . Fantastic location . With lovely views of the sea and you could even hear the sound of the waves whilst lying in bed . Delicious breakfast and even better wine provided free of charge in your complimentary mini bar. Sunset drinks in the bar (also complimentary) were a perfect why to start your evening ... we loved it and would stay again
Friendliness of all the staff. The rooms are amazing. If the decoration / look is minimalist everything else goes beyond your expectations. Service in room like nowhere else ! Worth every cent. Can only recommend it !