Serviced apartments in Cape Town are easy to find, and for what they are they’re better priced than hotels. Still, if you’re on a budget, be aware that there are guest houses in Cape Town that offer accommodation for one third the price (check out http://www.hotelclub.net/hotel.reservations/Cape_Town.htm). Self-catered apartments start in the 700 Rand-a-night range, and so are only for the relatively well-to-do.
The serviced apartments listed below are all upmarket establishments, as short term rental providers in this country tend to be – the business simply isn’t profitable any other way. To find more self-catering accommodation in the city, visit http://www.capestay.co.za/cape-town-self-catering.asp. The site filters allow you to view listings of serviced apartments arranged by area or price.
Flatrock is a relatively expensive aparthotel, with units going from around R800 a night. These apartments sport chic decor, with full entertainment suites on a level with a four or five star hotel, and spectacular views of Table Mountain and the city from their spacious covered balconies. They have fully equipped kitchens, electronic safes, as well as washing machines and tumble driers. Flatrock is within ten minutes drive of the beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard, and within walking distance of all the best nightclubs and bars. Services are limited to turn downs and daily cleaning.
You’ll have a choice of two or three bedroom apartments, all of which have internet access by means of vouchers sold at a per-megabyte rate (R30 for 100MB, R50 for 166MB and so forth).
8 Buiten Street, Corner Loop and Buiten Street, Cape Town
Call 021 423 3850 or visit http://www.safarinow.com/go/flatrocksuites/
Nox Rentals is a rental provider with numerous apartments arrayed across the Atlantic seaboard, from Camps Bay to Mouille Point. Their apartments are immaculately clean, beautifully decored, and come in varying degrees of size and luxury (from relatively basic at R900 a day through to outlandishly fancy at R3500). Nox provides daily turn downs, laundry pickup, as well as babysitting and grocery shopping on request. All apartments have wireless internet access (though the speed of connection differs).
Call 021 424 3353 or visit http://www.noxrentals.co.za/?gclid=CKThxoblgp0CFaBb4wodlU0QAQ
Leisure Bay’s self catering accommodation is well positioned about ten minutes out of the city centre on the West Coast. All of the apartments face onto the sea, across which you’ll see the view of Table Mountain so frequently pictured on Cape Town postcards. Within walking distance of Milnerton Golf Course, the apartments have direct beach access, come with secure parking bays, as well as the usual run of cleaning and kitchen facilities. Apartments come in one, two or three bedroom varietals (as many as six guests are allowed in one apartment), and have entertainment centers if you’d prefer to spend the evening at home. They start at around R995 in the low season, and lack internet access but there is an internet kiosk in the adjoining Relais hotel. Access to the hotel’s bar, restaurant, two swimming pools and coin-op laundromat is included.
Call 021 4653530 or visit http://www.relaishotels.com/leisure_bay/index.php
The Waterfront Marina
Situated right in the V&A Waterfront, the Marina is centrally located near the best shopping, restaurants and beaches in the City, and offers balconies with views of the ocean, Table Mountain and the CBD. The apartments range from studio all the way up to three-bedroom penthouses, and start at around R1550 a night. They’re all air conditioned and come with wireless internet access and entertainment centers.
Call 021 422 4638 or visit http://www.atlanticmarina.co.za/factsheets/juliette102.html
Harbour Edge is a similar establishment, offering serviced apartments a couple of blocks up. Visit http://www.harbouredgeapartments.com/
De Waterkant Cottages
Situated in the stylish area of De Waterkant, on the border of the Green Point and the CBD, these apartments range from one to four bedrooms, and from around R750 to R1300 in price (making them some of the most affordable serviced apartments around), a fee that includes a seven-days-a-week cleaning service. They’re uniformly kitted out with mini bars, entertainment systems, sound systems and wireless internet. Aside from that, the various apartments offer air-conditioning, pools, private courtyards and roof decks.
Call 021 421 2300 or visit http://www.dewaterkantcottages.com/accommodation/apartments.asp