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A holiday can turn into a disaster if the accommodation is inferior. And as most establishments speak in superlatives, it's difficult to identify which are the quality spots to stay at.

Cruise news: From R7220 for 2 adults sharing a cabin on OP004, the 26 November cruise on the MSC Opera to Maputo & Inhambane. Compare prices to staying at a hotel (below) & it becomes clear what good value cruising is!

Top 15 Cape Town Hotels & B&Bs

Here's a list of the top 15 hotels & guest houses in Cape Town. *The prices next to them were the prices for 2 people sharing a room from the 14th until the 20th December 2012 (may have changed since we surveyed them).

Close to City Centre
  • R5,400* Parker Cottage, Tamboerskloof (many restaurants nearby, impeccable service from owner, Phil).

  • R7,995* Cape Heritage Hotel, Bree Street (Excellent Service, short walk to Long Street and its nightlife, rooms filled with local art). Room tip - rooms not on the street are quieter. Do use the rooftop jacuzzi.

  • R9,600* An African Villa, Tamboerskloof (Excellent Service, from the location you can walk to various restaurants & the city centre, view of Table Mountain).

  • R11,100* Derwent House, Tamboerskloof (Fantastic bar, pool/jacuzzi, well-sized rooms, rooms have views of the pool or Table Mountain).

  • R7,200* Liberty Lodge B&B, Tamboerskloof (Views, service). Room tips - Ghandi & Madiba have good views and lead onto the terrace.

Green Point

  • R14,340* Villa Zest (upstairs lounge area). Room tip - try Studio 54 for size.

Sea Point
  • R11,668* Blackheath Lodge (10m walk from the sea, close to bars & restaurants)

  • R9,500* Cascades on the Promenade, Sea Point (Service). Room tip - ask for a room with a balcony & a view of the promenade.

Bantry Bay
  • R16,019* Compass House, (Stunning pool, ocean views make for fantastic photos). Room tip - go for one with direct access onto the pool deck.

  • R26,070* O On Kloof, (Big Balcony, indoor pool). Room tip - choose room 1 with a jacuzzi & hammock.

V&A Waterfront
  • R22,029* Cape Grace. Room tip - choose a room at the back of the hotel facing Table Mountain.

On a Golf Course
  • R17,339* Steenberg Hotel, Constantia (Good golf course, good food, good spa). Do walk the vineyards.

Kommetjie
  • R7,200* Serenity on the Lake (views)

Simonstown
  • R7,140* Simonstown Guest House (Ocean views). Good spot from which to go see the Cape of Good Hope and the penguin colony.

Why is your hotel not on the list?

We don't profess to know every single hotel in Cape Town. If you believe your establishment is one of the best in Cape Town, then please email cheapflights@southafrica.to. We are maintaining a live list, and if you can convince us then we'll place it on the list.

The Cape Grace

"Cote de Texas" did this lovely writeup of her visit to The Cape Grace Hotel, which is situated prominently on the V&A Waterfront.

  • "From each room there is a view of either the Table, the large mountain, the waterfront or the marinas"

  • "The yacht for private excursion is a much touted feature of the Cape Grace."

  • "Antique Cape furniture is featured throughout the Cape Grace."

  • "The bar is designed to look like a ship – and it truly does."

  • "A valuable Cape antique resides in the dining room, in front of another African Sketchbook mural.   Contemporary Louis Ghost chairs are mixed in with all the priceless antiques, keeping the decor from being too serious and stuffy.   Weixelbaumer, a popular Cape Town interior designer, is known for her busy and cluttered interiors.  She is not a minimalist, as the hotel shows! "

  • "The large main dining room is composed of several separate eating areas.   A mirrored ceiling reflects it all."

Cape Grace Hotel in the V&A Waterfront

 

Abbey Manor is situated in Oranjezicht. It offers excellent service and views of Table Mountain. Room tip - go for room 1, with its corner terrace looking over the city and side view of Table Mountain.

London flight prices
Experience London at its finest, when the parks are in bloom and the air cool. Spring is the perfect time to experience the city before the summer crowds arrive. Enjoy the gentle sun as you stroll through the city's big parks and duck into stylish shops when the rain comes pouring down. Its not only the weather that makes spring so attractive, flight prices are also fairly affordable throughout the months of April and May. Travellers planning a shopping spree should look carefully before booking though, as so many airlines are now excluding checked luggage.

flight path from London to Johannesburg


Cheap JNB-London from R7,487*
(British Airways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap CPT-London from R9,184*
(Emirates- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap DUR-London from R8,134*
(British Aiways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Direct JNB-LON from R10,577*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 11 April, return 18 April 2019)

Direct CPT-LON from R7,837*
(British Airlines- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

Premium Econ. JNB-LON from R14,747*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class JNB-LONfrom R22,571*
(Kenya Airways- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class CPT-LON from R23,791*
(Kenya Airways- depart 16 May, return 23 May 2019)

1-way JNB-LON from R5,229*
(Emirates- 18 April 2019)

*This is not an offer, but merely a snapshot of cheapest airfares as we saw them. There was very limited availability (don't expect it to be on every date, it was the cheapest we could find) when we checked & prices may have increased already. Click through the link on the price to check whether the price is still available. Remember to change class once page has loaded to check prices for Premium Economy and Business Class. For Direct Fligth prices, select direct flights once page has loaded.

Just some musicians jamming on Signal Hill at sunset.

We spotted an "operated by Cem Air" logo at the bottom of Fly Go-Air's website, which means they are probably leasing planes from them. Cem Air have a fleet of CRJ 100LR and Beech 1900 aircraft.

From 15 January 2013 Air Namibia is reducing the number of Saturday Cape Town - Windhoek flights and Johannesburg to Windhoek flights from 3 to 2.

The Purple shall rule! Reactions to 1time going under ranged from sadness at losing an airline to anger at losing money:

Louwrie: "This is such sad news.... my heart goes out to you 1Time.... You will stay a LEGEND in South African Aviation for all time!"

Kerry-lee: "Its an absolute disgrace that u took money from passengers knowing this would happen. I'm appalled! I just hope that my daughter's father can get his money back because if not, she will not be able to see him for Christmas! Disgusted!"

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The Bottom Line: 1time JSE SENS announcement on Friday: "It is with regret that the board of directors of 1time (“the board”) hereby advises shareholders that the Company’s main trading company and subsidiary, 1time Airline Proprietary Limited, has filed for liquidation. At the board meeting held today and in consultation with the Business Rescue Practitioner, it was recognised and agreed that the business had no reasonable prospect of being rescued. Shareholders are further advised that trading has been halted on the 1time share and the Company will make application for suspension thereof."