Self-catering accommodation vs hotels

Self-catering accommodation wins ground against Camps Bay Hotels

Camps Bay on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard is home to some very special hotels, including The Bay Hotel; The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa; Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel and Camps Bay Retreat.

While these hotels offer fantastic options for a Cape Town holiday, world trends indicate that self-catering accommodation options are gaining popularity and holidaymakers seem to agree that luxury self-catering vacation rentals make for better holidaying than hotel stays.

JhbScourcer wrote on TripAdvisor on 15 September 2015:

“I usually stay at the same hotel when frequenting Cape Town but on my most recent trip. I stayed in a really well furnished and equipped one-bedroom apartment which opened to a garden with great views. The pool deck was my favourite and the tranquillity of the area added to the charm of the apartment. The location is great.”

Over the last five years, the so-called ‘para-hotellerie’ segment, covering different forms of private accommodation ranging from holiday homes, bed & breakfast and hostels to staying with friends and relatives, has soared by 35% to reach a 40% share of the overall world outbound accommodation market, according to the World Travel Monitor® from IPK International. “This sector is growing very fast. It’s a new segment that is driving the business,” commented IPK President Rolf Freitag.

Traveler1000777 posted the following review on TripAdvisor about their trip in September 2015 to Camps Bay:

“Living in style with breathtaking views, this penthouse is situated in Bakoven which is the last bit of Camps Bay towards Chapman’s Peak. I love this area as it is away from the very busy beach front but still close enough to restaurants and bars on the promenade. A more spectacular position and property will be hard to find with the mountain in the back and the sea in front within walking distance of the beach. It has breathtaking sea-views. The property is contemporary in design with luxury top end furnishings and fittings. There are 5 comfortable en-suite bedrooms on 2 levels, all tastefully decorated with high quality pure cotton bedding, a mini sound system and air condition. Some have their own outdoor area. The open plan kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary appliances and tools to be fully self-catered if you wish. The Penthouse has a huge outside area which opens up to the lounge, a large pool and sun-beds all overlooking the majestic views. It has free wireless internet, cable television, large flat screen TV and is fully serviced daily. There is drive in access from the road into the penthouse villa for 2 cars.”

The cost of holiday accommodation is a consideration for most people when deciding where to stay, and according to the Western Cape Tourism Barometer 2011, vacation rentals in Cape Town are on average 60% less expensive than equivalent hotel accommodation. (Source: Cape Town Travel)

The most recent Cape Town Accommodation Performance Review & Forecast Report of August 2015, reveals that the hotel segment only shows a small lead in occupancy (49,4%) as opposed to their self-catering rivals (43,8%). The difference in the cost of the average room rate is telling: for hotels, the average cost is R1 317 per room per night, while self-catering options averaged at only R800 per room per night. (Source: Cape Town Travel)

Choose Cape Town Villas to find your perfect home away from home, and consider a self-catering Camps Bay vacation rental for your next Cape Town stay.