Although hotel rates in Cape Town are generally higher during the summer months and lower during the Cape's winter months, there are many websites to inform the Internet-savvy traveler of hotel specials as well as hotels that offer less expensive rates year round.
At Cape Town accommodation one can become initiated to the basic hotel search technology that is found on the Internet today, with a comprehensive directory listing the contact details of Hotels. Guest Houses, Lodges, Apartments and B & B's in Cape Town, on the other side of Table Mountain National Park, i.e. Noordhoek, Fish Hoek, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Elgin & Somerset West, and up the West Coast and down the Garden Route. Each one of these details include: websites, e-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers. There are links to: car rental agencies, national airline carriers, reservations for Holiday Inn's as well as Special Rates at City Lodge. A map of the Mother City is also included. At the top of the page one can choose check- in and check- out dates, the number of guests and rooms required and get linked up with the website: hotelscombined.com. There are also windows to access half a dozen hotel chains that serve Cape Town which allow the traveler to make on-line reservations. Fill in your e-mail address and you will be sent a free newsletter.
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Booking.com allows the traveller to search 142 different hotels for availability by simply selecting your check-in and check-out dates. Ten hotels ranked by popularity are featured. The rest of the 132 hotels may be accessed by clicking on "all 133 hotels in Cape Town". Otherwise, hotels are categorised (under the "Hotels in Cape Town" section entitled, "Top Rated Hotels in Cape Town") by the following themes: Luxury (19), Design (28), Mountain (17), International (33), Romantic (19), Shopping (40) or Business (19). There is also a Google Map of Cape Town and surrounds; you may subscribe to their "Top Deals" e-mail service which will send you weekly deals on accommodation. For the enquirer's convenience information may be presented in several different languages and room rates in a myriad of different currencies.
Hotels.com offers the tourist a choice of 359 places of accommodation which include: Lodges, Guest Houses, Apartments, B & B's, Residences as well as Hotels. Fill in the check-in and check-out dates, click the "search button" and then appears name, photograph, star and guest rating as well as rate per room, per person, per night. For your convenience the search may be narrowed by the following parameters: low to high priced, high to low price, star rating, guest rating, distance to city centre or best sellers. One's search may be further narrowed by the following categories: neighbourhood, land marks, type of accommodation facilities or themes.
The left hand panel of Cape Town City Guide is entitled "This week's Most Popular Hotel Specials". Click on the name of the hotel and booking information is accessed. The centre panel offers photographs and information on a select group of hotels organised by area that enable the traveller to enjoy the "Best Available Rate" when booking online with this website's realtime reservation tool, CITYBOOK. Other useful information includes access to: maps, advertised specials, promoted events and articles of local interest. Fill in your e-mail and this site will send you "Hot Specials".
Cape Stay's website features all manner of accommodation available in the Western Cape, including: Back Packers, B & B's, Guest Houses. Lodges, Apartments, Self-Catering, Health Resorts, Conference and Wedding Venues, Luxury Villas, Holiday Homes and Hotels. This website's section on Hotels is organised by area, i.e. Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town City Bowl, Southern Suburbs and Blaauberg as well as the Winelands, West Coast, Overberg, Helderberg, Breede River and Garden Route. When you click on "Cape Town City Bowl" in the "Cape Town Central Division" only 5 hotels are featured. At the bottom of the page if you click on "All Cape Town Central Listings", 80 listings appear - all but a handfull are classified as "Self-catering Apartments". Similarly, a click on "Green Point Hotels" features only 2 Hotels, the remainder of 60+ are listed as "Self-Catering Apartments", B & B's, Cottages or Guest Houses. A third random click on "Overberg Hotels" singling out accommodation listings in Hermanus produced 60 selections, only 2 of which were Hotels.
Established in 2005, Hotels Combined claims to be "The hotel search engine that combines all hotel deals, from all major travel websites into one free, quick and easy search". Their website further states that, "HotelsCombined.com has partnered with all the most visited travel websites to build the world's largest hotel price comparison search engine. HotelsCombined.com searches the travel websites listed below in real-time to show travelers availability and the optimal hotel deal, then travellers click driectly through to partner websites to book." Meanwhile the traveller can read, in 17 different languages including English, about hotels and request rates to be produced in 14 different currencies, including South African Rands. Once he/she chooses from the presentation of 156 different hotels in Cape Town, hotels may be sorted by price, number of stars, name of the hotel or distance from the location of the hotel to a number of city landmarks and by popularity. If the traveller would like to expand the possibilities of accommodation beyond "hotels only" he/she may include any combination of property-type, i.e. Apartment, B & B, Vacation Rental, Inn, Retreat or Resort. "Hotel Features" may be ticked in order to further narrow the field of choices. Fill in your e-mail and you will be sent "Deal Alerts". Just an aside before you finish reading this article. Ifyou only want to stay in a hotel, and you want the best deal, do yourself a favour--"Don't touch that dial", put away the remote and just "stay tuned" right here at hotelscombined.com. In a comparison of four of these websites reviewed in this article, hotelscombined.com consitently offered the best price for the room rates of inexpensive mid-expensive and expensive hotels.