I will be spending 5 nights in/near Cape Town in June 2014. I realize this is their slow season and better rates are available. I have been researching and inquiring, and am confused. Some places are offering me their current specials of stay 4 nights and pay for 3. Some are offering me their 2013 rates by booking early. One even offered me a steal if I "book and pay now." And because I like to have a plan - I was all ready to book a place (as soon as I choose which one) to ensure I get the room of my choice. But now I wonder....
AtlanticView offered me a steal on the room I wanted if I booked and paid by April 2013. I wasn't ready to do that at the time. I just inquired about something different yesterday, and his rate has already gone up $50USD....in a month. Perhaps he is punishing me for not taking his deal, or perhaps there was a reason he could offer that deal at that time and not now. But I feel pressured to make a quick reservation if I want to stay there - in a certain room. (because it is small)
Cape Royale Hotel & Spa is currently advertising a winter special of R1450 per night. However, they quoted me full rate of R3500/night for next winter for this exact same time. I inquired about a winter special, and they pretty much said no. So if I book now, I do not get any specials.
12 Apostles, Ellerman House, One and Only Cape Grace, and Blackheath Lodge all pretty much are quoting me what their websites are showing as their current winter specials. So I am wondering --would it be better wait until perhaps next May - right before we leave - to reserve our Cape Town portion of our trip? Or do you think there is a chance I may not get a room I want (if I prefer a certain view) - or do you think availability could be an issue? I realize currency exhange rate can change, and all. I need some advice. I don't mind paying more if it's worth it to guarantee something good. But I would prefer to save $$ if it means waiting. And if I wait - when would you recommend I start looking to book?
And if I should book now - which hotel would you stay? They are each unique for different reasons and I can't decide which factor is most important. I love them all for different reasons. We won't have a car and are fine with paying for a taxi or using a hotel shuttle. We plan to book private tours during the day, so we will only need evening transportation anyway...unless the hotel offers dinner, then we may not venture out every night. We do like to socialize with others, so a lounge / bar is perfect for us. We are into going out clubbing. The most important thing for us though is that even though we like a fine, luxury accomodations - we don't want a stuffy atmosphere where we will be out of place if we just want to wear jeans. I am not saying we won't dress for dinner - but I don't want to have to be real formal. I prefer to be casual in a bar. So even though 12 Apostles is high on my list, I worry about the atmosphere there (and in the other places as well). I appreciate any input you can give me. Thanks!!