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The Place on the Bay
Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Camps Bay
Reviewed 7 February 2014

I was part of a group of 6 who arrived in a large mini bus with loads of luggage at the start of our SA trip. We were met with friendliness and help with the luggage, parking the 'bus' and checking in. A slight misunderstanding about whether the rooms were ready but we were happy to go off for a long lazy lunch (plenty of nearby choice and a great friendly place next door) and returned later. We discovered that the rooms had been ready but the staff member who chased after us, missed us. No worries - lovely rooms when we got in them, with plenty of space and in most cases a fantastic sea view. We chose the Place on the Bay to be able to walk to bars and restaurants and were not disappointed, it is a perfect location and although not completely High season, there were plenty of people and guests about and it was not in the least nosy. Despite the 'self catering' aspect of the hotel, the rooms were well serviced, clean, light airy, comfortable beds and good bathrooms. I really enjoyed staying here and it was a great start, and send off, to the rest of the trip.

Room Tip: We were in a great room (5A?) with sea view, balcony and glass vaulted ceiling. Loved it.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Dear Diane M
It was very nice to have the `group` here. And I can imagine that you enjoyed your trip.
A big thank you for your review and we really hope that you will come back to Place on the Bay and our beuatiful country soon.
Kind regards
Marlie

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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Clean space, well located and with the best reception team I've ever seen.

Equipe atenciosa que ajudou com reservas de passeios, confirmações, compra de ingresso, chamada de táxi, sempre com sorriso no rosto.

Small swimming pool and bad and paid internet connection, though.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Dear LYC_1976
Thank you for this review and I am really happy that the reception staff looked well after you.
Regarding the internet - next time you here - it will be free on the whole property.
Kind regards
Marlie

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Always enjoy staying at Place on the Bay. Right on Camps Bay beach and the Camps Bay "strip".

Florence and the Camps Bay team are always pleasant and extremely helpful. Rooms are good all view a great view of Camps Bay. Our unit two bedroom sleeps 6 with two toilets and bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen. Great pool facility looking on to Camps Bay beach.

Room Tip: All rooms are good rooms looking on to Camps Bay beach.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Dear Neil B
Always so nice to have guests in from the North and that you can enjoy your stay with us.
I am happy to hear that the team looked after you and we hope to see you again this summer.
Thank you that you took the time to add a review on this site.
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Marlie

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We were delighted with the location, the standard of the room cleanliness and furnishings, the outlook ( we had a view of the beach from inside and from the balcony) and the staff.
There was secure parking (parking can be at a premium in Camps Bay and we were there late November so not high season)
There's a main road which fronts the beach all along the Bay so yes traffic uses the road....the noise I remember is the terrific sound of the crashing waves waking us one stormy morning wonderful apart from the rain !
You can walk to restaurants easily and safely, the wonderful beach is across the road as is the hop on / off bus stop.there's a supermarket further along the road for provisions.
The room was spotlessly clean, the kitchenette a good standard of facilities .
We rang the hotel when we were out to ask them to book a specific restaurant for us that evening unbeknown to us that was full , so the receptionist kindly booked another one for us off his own back ( Blues) so we would have somewhere arranged for dinner that evening .. and what an excellent choice he made and thoughtful of him to arrange.
We felt considering the space, comfort and standard of the room/ studio and it's superb location it was priced appropriately .
The only slight niggles were the towels could have been of a better quality and bigger, and there was no free wifi in the room.
We would not hesitate to stay here again and would recommend it . I was aware before we stayed the reviews were mixed however our stay was really delightful .

Room Tip: Room 102 had vies of sea from inside and from the balcony .
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2014

Dear Elainegwasd

You just make my week!!!! Thank you very much for this review - I am so happy that you enjoyed your holiday with us and focused on the beauty of everything!!!

Wish you a blessed 2014!!!

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Marlie

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

Good points:
Excellent location and if lucky, a room with direct view of the beach
Literally walk across road to get to the beach - a big plus
Great to have kitchenette
Sky window was lovely surprise
Nice pool area
Front desk team very helpful and friendly

Not so good:
Very disappointed that a hotel at such a prime spot with international tourists does not have wifi
Internet in hotel lounge does not work - very slow connection - could not even send email.
Inside hotel lounge is a bathroom - noticed that bath had water in and was not cleaned out once during our entire stay

Cleaning our room was a challenge - and floor constantly covered in sand (expected as the beach is right opposite the road). No broom to help sweep it out
No room service and cheap instant coffee instead of proper ground coffee (unlike most hotels)

Room Tip: Ask for studios or rooms facing the ocean with kitchenette.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2014

Dear Nomad 1966A
Thank you for your feedback - much appreciated!
We will soon have wifi in the whole hotel - on the moment you have to get a voucher from reception and it is free in the guest lounge. Unfortunately we have a problem in SA with slow connections sometimes.
We use a very nice coffee in the rooms - Nescafe.
It is not clear to me what you mean with `no room service` because the restaurant does room service.
Kind regards and hope to welcome you back in future.
Marlie

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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

Well, I was hoping for our family to enjoy a few nice days right at the beach of Camps Bay but this place wasn't a good choice.

Room was not ready for check-in (after 7pm!) and the reception was unable to cope with the situation.


Rooms are run down, area is noisy and the price way too high. Felt uncomfortable all the way.

Won't give this place another chance.

Stayed: January 2014
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

Dear SixContinentTraveller
Thank you for your feedback.
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Marlie

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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

It is possible to charge a premium if you are located right at Camps Bay, but this place is overpriced and not worth it. The rooms are spacious but worn out with tiny bathrooms. During the night, it is very loud. Checking in took nearly 30 minutes despite an arrival past 6 in the evening.

Stayed: January 2014
Thank Sebi20
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Marlie d, General Manager at The Place on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

Dear Sebi20
Thank you for your feedback.
Because the whole of Camps Bay is VERY busy in season it will be good to check where you stay to avoid all the buzz..
Would be nice to have your real name to see the unit you stayed in because our bathrooms are really not so small.
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Marlie

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Additional Information about The Place on the Bay

Address: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Camps Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Camps Bay
#9 Luxury Hotel in Camps Bay
Price Range: £93 - £331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Place on the Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Place on the Bay, situated along the beach-front road enjoys an undisturbed picturesque view of the white sandy beaches, the palm fringed bay and the majestic Twelve Apostle Mountains. The hotel is perfectly positioned in Cape Town`s trendiest suburb, Camps Bay, 15 minutes' drive from the Cape Town CBD.The Place on the Bay hotel offers 21 serviced hotel apartments. All are elegantly furnished en suite bedrooms with a kitchen, king/queen-size beds, Samsung LCD TV with satellite television, air-conditioning unit, coffee/tea-making facilities and a bar fridge. The suites are serviced daily and guests have access to the outdoor pool and braai(BBQ) facilities. The luxurious and exclusive five-star penthouse with its private heated swimming pool and sundeck, caters for all your personal needs. ... more   less 
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