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5 of 5 bubbles Review of POD Camps Bay

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POD Camps Bay
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Camps Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reading, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fantastic hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

From the moment we walked through the door I knew it would be as good as I had hoped - but it was even better! Sleek, minimalist, pared back luxury. A very warm welcome from the staff and that superb service continued throughout our stay. The staff on reception went out of their way to help - the daily free bottle of wine was exchanged for a Chardonney instead of Savignon. I was a little apprehensive that the Mountain room might feel claustrophobic having smaller, high windows but what a surprise - the Lions Head was perfectly framed in one window and 12 Apostles in the other. Room was not huge but perfectly and thoughtfully designed, as was the ensuite, making both feel surprisingly roomy. Beautiful toiletries. Not that we stayed in to watch their DVDs but they provide popcorn with them! Breakfast was superb and the service then and for complementary teas, coffees and waters always first class. Beautiful, if smallish pool area with loungers but they also provided very comfortable deckchairs which they took down to beach for us and collected too. Sea view rooms were fantastic and the deluxe corner sea view was simply stunning - but unless you are thinking of staying in your room 24/7, opt for Mountain View ( not mini Mountain) and stay another night or two!

Room Tip: 206 which is Mountain view but on a corner so has three windows, two with spectacularly framed Moun...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Jackie B
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Dear Jackie

I am pleased to hear that POD not only met but exceeded your expectations and I appreciate your praise on the design, welcome, service, breakfast and the amenities.

As you mention in your room tip, unless you are planning to stay in your room for most of the day the mountain rooms are perfectly proportioned rooms at a great rate.

Warm regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

We had the best stay at POD Camps Bay. Their staff was incredible, our room was modern, comfy, cozy, clean and fully stocked. They have a complementary mini fridge in the room with water, juice, soda, beer and wine - such a nice bonus! Their infinity pool and lounging area are breathtaking. The garage for our rental car was a nice security blanket. We were walking distance to the beach, tons of bars and restaurants, Table Mountain and very central for everything else we did during our week-long stay. Their awesome staff surprised us with a sweet card, champagne and roses in our room to send our honeymoon out on a high. We didn't want to leave and we will stay there next time we visit Cape Town. Thanks for an amazing vacation!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Bridgette R
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Dear Bridgette

Once again, congratulations on your recent marriage! It was an absolute privilege to host you at POD Camps Bay your honeymoon.

I am elated to hear that you enjoyed your room, the lounge and pool area, the service, the complimentary mini bar and the honeymoon turndown.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

Best regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

This hotel is amazing. The staff is super friendly and helpful, the breakfast is good. The rooms are marvelous, we stayed in 201 and it was great. To see the sundowner either from your room or from the pooldeck is just awesome. It is also very conveniant that all the minibar is for free amd you can ask for more!
Do not miss the movie selection with popcorn or the beach service.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Go100go
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Dear Reviewer

Thank you for the kind words regarding your recent stay with us.

It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the room, pool, breakfast, movies and popcorn, beach service as well as the incredible sunsets over the Atlantic that we are so privileged to enjoy every afternoon from our lounge and deck.

Best regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Hazyview, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Pod Camps Bay feels much more as a House than a big Hotel... You just very quick feel home, thanks to the Place, but above all, thanks to all Staff who are really outstanding : kind, helpful, very professional, multitasking (people from reception often replace/help those from the Bar and even take care of the swimming pool). Above all, you can feel that every member of the Staff has been empowered to take immediate decision to help you with anything you need, and this is rare enough to be underlined.....
The location is perfect, ver close to the famous beach of Camps Bay, but without any noise/music from all cafés and Restaurants....
Definitely, The Place to Stay where you want to be on the middle of a so wonderful region : Cape Town city, 9Kms, Cape of Good Hope 1 within a hour, Table Mountain within 5 minutes, Houtbay and its fish Restaurants 15 minutes, etc....
We will come back....,

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Bocca2A
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Dear Reviewer

Thanks for the wonderful review of our hotel.

We are thrilled that you had a good stay at POD Camps Bay and hope to host you again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

As part of our honeymoon in South Africa, my wife and I stayed at the POD. The decor was very nice, combining elements of modernism and minimalism, The location of POD was excellent, positioned a block from the beachfront and all of the cool bars/restaurants that make up the strip on Camps Bay. Most notably, my wife and I were absolutely blown away by the level of professionalism displayed and the service provided by the staff. From recommending hotspots to booking reservations, from packing breakfast for our hiking trip to arranging restaurant tables at our next destination in South Africa, the staff ensured that our trip would be a memorable one. On our last night at the POD, we went out for dinner. When we returned, the staff had spread rose petals over our bed and provided us with a bottle of Champagne! It was so sweet. When I make my next trip back to Cape Town, I would not stay anywhere else but the POD!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at POD Camps Bay on TripAdvisor.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and I am pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay at our establishment. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed our honeymoon turndown surprise.

I trust you had a safe journey home and we look forward to welcoming you back to POD for one of your future wedding anniversaries!

Warm regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

the PODs is truly a little jewel, right off the main promenade of camps bay. it is quiet and its open, modern and practical design (lobby, reception, breakfast room, bar and pool are all open to each other) make it very welcoming to stay there. everything is thought through to make you feel truly relaxed.our room was beautiful, quiet and clean. we felt very comfortable and embraced in it. breakfast was truly delicious (i loved the scrambled eggs), everything was always fresh and beautifully prepared. at reception they even had a scale to measure the weight of our suitcases before we left for the airport! and adapters! their car service is excellent, with very friendly & reliable drivers. and the most wonderful idea....they plant a tree in your name (the GPS coordinates of your tree will be sent to you via mail) & give you a beautiful key chain in the shape of a tree! the staff and management are truly exceptional (thank you brendan, micaela and megan). they are very friendly and professional and whatever we needed, we were helped with immediately. we were truly impressed! a really wonderful experience! i can only recommend the PODs.

Room Tip: ask for a room that is not facing the street!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank elkspitt
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed report about your stay at POD Camps Bay.

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your room as well as all of the finer details that we have put in place for our guests. I have to agree about the scrambled eggs!

I am thrilled that you mention our sustainability initiative and our affiliation with Greenpop. We are proud of the fact that we automatically offset a portion of the carbon footprint of your stay by planting a tree on your behalf. To date we have planted over 400 trees.

Thank you so much for the praise on the management of the hotel, we work incredibly hard to keep up our high standards and without dedicated people such as Micaela, Meagan, Janine, Nick and Brian, this property would not be what it is today.

We hope to welcome you back to POD and perhaps, I will see you in Italy next year!

Warm regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Merseyside England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Located right on Camps Bay with great views of the beach and of the mountains. Easy access to restaurants and the sightseeing bus stops 5 minutes away. Quality of rooms is excellent. Merc car service available which obviously costs more but very convenient and removes the hassle of taxis. The quality of service matches anywhere else we have stayed and the staff could not be more helpful. A bit pricey but worth it if you want to splash out.

Room Tip: Worth paying the extra for a room with mountain and sea view
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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BrendanBoyle, General Manager at POD Camps Bay, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for the warm words regarding your recent stay at POD Camps Bay.

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed our rooms, the service offering and the Mercedes transfer service.

I hope to welcome you back to POD at some point in the not too distant future.

Warm regards,

Brendan Boyle
General Manager, POD Camps Bay
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Property: POD Camps Bay
Address: 3 Argyle Street, Camps Bay 8005, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 Romantic Hotel in Camps Bay
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Camps Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Camps Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — POD Camps Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cool beyond question is POD Camps Bay. A true Africa original realised in a stunning set of decor elements, POD is both raw yet polished. See naked Africa design timber dropping into stone, shifting into glass, imbuing a sense of seaside sophistication so often attempted but so rarely achieved. 17 modern suites and rooms share the spoils of idyllic mountain and ocean views. Truly surprising is POD's proximity to the famous and ever energised Camps Bay beachfront, just a few light footsteps away. It is little wonder that POD appears on the Condé Nast Hot List 2011, and finds its place among Tatler's 101 Best Hotels in the World. ... more   less 
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