5 types of accommodation in Cape Town  

by Pool Builders on 07-13-2011 in Articles

There is no doubt that the Mother City has earned its reputations as the world's favourite travel destination, and with a wide range of accommodation in Cape Town to choose from, travellers with all needs and budgets can easily find the perfect accommodation for their business trip, family holiday or much-needed romantic getaway. Prices, sizes and facilities are equally varied, making it a breeze to find the exact type of accommodation that best suits your needs.

Some of the primary types of Cape Town accommodation on offer include the following:

1. Guesthouses - guesthouse as well as bed and breakfast accommodation offers a more informal catered accommodation option that usually includes board and breakfast. Most guesthouses consist of a few rooms within one large house or property. In the city centre, these could be smaller cottages or homes that have garden cottages on the premises, while out in the Cape Winelands and southern suburbs, guesthouses are typically larger with dining rooms and expansive gardens that often boast a swimming pool and outdoor area. The downside to guesthouses is that they often have a curfew, and having guests over is often not possible.

2. Hotels - the range of hotels found throughout the city is broad, with expensive, large hotel groups such as the Hilton, Holiday Inn and Sun Hotel groups represented along with boutique hotels that are usually smaller. Many hotels are fully equipped with everything from conference facilities to swimming pools, fitness centres, restaurants, bars and undercover parking. Rates vary according to the size and tourist grading of the establishment, and are offered on a room only basis in most cases, with breakfast included in other instances. While there are not always curfews, hotels can be more limited in terms of arrival times, housekeeping and flexibility, and are also often busier than other types of accommodation in Cape Town.

3. Safari lodges - these are only found within game viewing areas of the Cape, offering safari tents or chalets and safari-based activities. Most safari lodges are fully catered, which means three meals a day and often tea and biscuits too. Dining is often done around the campfire, with a range of facilities ranging from outdoor showers in the bush to swimming pools, lounges, bars and outdoor boma dining areas. Prices can be very high depending on the season and tourist grading of this type of Cape Town accommodation.

4. Yachts - for travellers wanting a unique accommodation option, luxury yachts can also be hired. These are moored at the Waterfront, with the option of enjoying private charters to areas within the Cape, such as the Garden Route or even further onwards towards other Southern Africa destinations.

5. Villas - ideal for those who wish to self-cater, villas as well as apartments offer a more flexible option. Villas are also free-standing, which means that the entire villa is rented rather than one room. Most villas cater to the luxury market, with state-of-the-art facilities, outdoor areas, lounges, bars, kitchens, en-suite bedrooms and swimming pools that offer a 'home from home' feeling. This makes villas a highly sought-after type of accommodation in Cape Town, especially those within areas such as Camps Bay and Clifton.

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