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Hotel Highlights

  • Overlooking the beach and bars of Camps Bay
  • Fantastic sea views

Overview

Simple and stylish, Atlantic House hotel is a five-star guesthouse on Cape Town’s picturesque Atlantic coast. More elegant residence than chic boutique, this property has the comfort and charm of a tasteful home. Spaces are calm and well-appointed, with scenic terraces, and an outdoor pool ties it all together. Here, you can hide out and unwind in between forays into the historic city.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Atlantic House with us:

A bottle of Méthode Cap Classique; members staying on Valentine's Day will also receive a luxury box of chocolate

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Five.

Check–out

11am, but flexible when possible. Guests are offered all-day luggage storage, use of the lounge and pool, and usually access to a shower room. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $240.78 (ZAR2,807), excluding tax at 14 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

At the hotel

Spa treatments, air-conditioning, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, wireless Internet, minibars, off-street parking. Sightseeing tours and airport shuttles can be arranged.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are priced the same. The one recommended for honeymooners has a bigger bathroom. Two are sea-facing with a balcony; one is sea-facing with a deck by the pool; the mountain-view room has its own private garden and open-air shower.

Poolside

There's a pool surrounded by wooden decking set in the hotel's lush landscaped gardens.

Packing tips

You're only five minutes' walk from the sea so, if you're there in summer, take all your beach requisites – but remember a light jacket for boat trips and mountain walks. Camps Bay is where the rich live and play, so bring some bling.

Also

No smoking in rooms.

Children

Only aged 13 and over.

Food & Drink

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Atlantic House Hotel – Cape Town – South Africa

Hotel Restaurant

A fresh, light, inventive breakfast is served in a stylish pool-view dining room. No lunch or dinner, but Atlantic House can arrange for caterers to prepare a menu of your choice, served in your room, outside on a deck, or in the dining room.

Hotel Bar

An honesty bar is open day and night; it includes a fantastic selection of wines.

Last orders

Breakfasts are a treat: full English and Continental are served daily. Mealtimes are flexible.

Room service

A delivery service can bring food from local restaurants and takeaway outlets until 9pm, and picnic hampers can be ordered.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Cape Town is all about casual.

Top table

The best place is next to the rim-flow pool on the front patio overlooking Camps Bay (weather permitting). Private meals may be served in the dining room or, if your room has one, on its balcony.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Table Mountain nature reserve is 1.5km away from the hotel (roughly a five-minute drive); while there take the cable car to the top for spectacular views, as well as a look around the blooming marvellous Floral Kingdom.

Adrenalin junkies can get their fix over and over again, with golf, mountain biking and walking, boat and kayak trips, sailing, surfing and windsurfing all on tap. Companies to consult on keeping busy include Cape Rainbow Tours (+ 27 21 551 5465; www.caperainbow.com) and Navigators 4-WD Adventures (+27 (0)21 689 1825; www.navigators4wd.co.za). Something unique to this city, and which many would argue is unmissable, is a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner (www.robben-island.org.za). The tours of this former prison by inmates are not only fascinating, but also incredibly touching.

Daytripper

Drive half an hour north to the lush wine region, where hundreds of vineyards offer tastings and lunch in their postcard-perfect surrounds. At Spier, near Stellenbosch (www.spier.co.za), you can sample five wines for ZAR50–60 and eat pan-African fare in Moyo. Stop in the colonial town of Franschhoek, where a romantic boozy lunch at the hillside La Petite Ferme is a must for gourmands (+27 (0)21 876 3016). Another bright star in this culinary capital is Reubens (+27 (0)21 876 3772). Lunch in its large courtyard is worth lingering over; have the sommelier match a glass of wine to each course. Haute Cabriere, the restaurant at the Cabriere Estate (+27 (0)21 876 3688) is another must for epicureans. If you want to get up close to some super-size kitties, drive to Somerset West (about an hour away), to watch cubs frolic and to stroke the polka-dotted inhabitants of the Cheetah Outreach sanctuary (+27 (0)21 851 6850).

Best beaches

Find your own deserted sandy discoveries and sheltered lagoons among the miles of unspoilt coastline. Be warned though: those Atlantic waters can be icy, even if the sea loses its cool as you head east towards the Indian Ocean. Delightful spots in which to catch some rays are the coves in Clifton, overlooked by Table Mountain; or try quiet Llandudno, a far cry from its Welsh namesake. A 15-minute drive from the city, Hout Bay is great for people- and parasurfer-watching. Locals walk their dogs or bring their broods here at weekends.

Local restaurants

Beachfront Zenzero Restaurant (+27 (0)21 438 0007) has panoramic views of the shore from its terrace, and it's Italian menu makes the most of regional produce with simple dishes such as wood-grilled salmon, and salt and pepper squid. Also on Victoria Road, Café Caprice (+27 (0)21 438 8315) is the place to be seen in summer, when it’s a fabulous place for sundowners or for evening meals with views over the beach. Baia on Victoria Wharf on the Victoria and Albert Waterfront (+27 (0)21 421 0935) is a seafood restaurant with a wonderful Portuguese influence in both the atmosphere and menu. Miller’s Thumb on Kloofnek Road in Tamboerskloof (+27 (0)21 424 3838) is a popular seafood restaurant with a casual atmosphere and an emphasis on Cajun and Creole flavours. Fish and chip lovers should also visit Codfather at 41 The Drive in Camps Bay Corner (+27 (0)21 438 0782). Chat with the waiter about what the day's specials are and they'll prepare it especially for you.

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A crest over Camps Bay

Atlantic House

20 Saint Fillians Road, , Camps Bay, Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 8005

Planes

Cape Town’s airport is a half-hour drive from the hotel. A shuttle bus runs to Cape Town Civic Centre every 15 minutes (or half hour off peak) between 4am and midnight.

Trains

The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the city’s main railway station. Travel to Worcester, Beaufot West, Kroonstad and Bloemfontein with luxury companies Blue Train (www.bluetrain.co.za) and Rovos Rail (www.rovos.com).

Automobiles

From the airport, take the N2 until you reach Buitengracht Street near the waterfront. Follow it all the way uphill toward the mountain until you reach a traffic circle. Take the Camps Bay exit into Camps Bay Drive, and continue until you turn right onto Geneva Road, and then left onto St Fillians Road. Atlantic House is number 20, and there’s free off-street parking when you arrive.

Reviews

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Atlantic House Hotel – Cape Town – South Africa

Anonymous review

by Marianne Gray , Compulsive traveller

It had been a long drive south, through wild South African terrain, floods, electric storms, blazing sun and buffeting winds. This was by no means a trip to be filed under ‘uneventful’. A pothole on one of those resolutely straight cross-Karoo Desert roads resulted in a bent wheel axis; and we’d been stopped for speeding in a ‘built-up area’ (this consisted of two sha…
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Atlantic House

Anonymous review by Marianne Gray, Compulsive traveller

It had been a long drive south, through wild South African terrain, floods, electric storms, blazing sun and buffeting winds. This was by no means a trip to be filed under ‘uneventful’. A pothole on one of those resolutely straight cross-Karoo Desert roads resulted in a bent wheel axis; and we’d been stopped for speeding in a ‘built-up area’ (this consisted of two shacks, a tap and a telephone box).

Just when we thought we were safely wending our way into the civilised charm of the glorious landscape of the Cape Peninsula, we drove over a small, rickety bridge and saw, flopping around in the raging floodwaters below, a gold and white springbok, its legs sticking up like pokers. This did not bode well. By the time we finally crested the Sir Lowry’s Pass mountains that take you down into Cape Town, we were very ready for something to steady the nerves. This gift came to us in the form of Atlantic House, a luxury guesthouse so calm that it seems like another planet.

Atlantic House is a five-star guesthouse perched on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles in Camps Bay on Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard, and forgive me for effusing in brochure-speak, but this truly is a haven of simplicity and style. It was everything we’d hoped for from accommodation in Cape Town. Africa’s most cosmopolitan city is one of the most beguiling playgrounds in the world, with its long white beaches and dramatic mountainscape.

It appears to be a smart residential property, one of those multi-garage family homes that, despite its ultra-discreet front, you can tell has cost somebody an awful lot of money. Even once we were inside, it had the charming air of being a private home – although, before some of you envisage threadbare three-piece suites or junk-filled spare rooms, this is a house belonging to somebody with impeccable taste.

‘Boutique’ isn’t quite the right word to describe a hideaway such as this – it doesn’t do justice in conveying that it is an elegant, calm space in which to relax and unwind. It’s the sort of place an international business traveller weary of posh hotels would consider an antidote, and a retreat an attention-shy celebrity would adore.

We rang the bell tentatively, crossing our fingers in hope that the muddy, battered car wouldn’t lose us our right to admission. We received a warm welcome from the receptionist, who ushered us in through what felt like a private corner of California or Provence, with big blue skies above a decked verandah, secluded pool and exotic garden. When we stepped into the airy living-room space, a huge view of the sea provided the ideal backdrop. We were in a pocket of minimalist calm, where amchairs were just waiting to be dropped gracefully into, preferably with a glass of one of the range of award-winning wines from the honesty bar.

Our sea-view room, one of only five, all with either ocean or mountain views, was bright and spacious, and so neat that Mr Smith even deliberated over putting a book on the table, for fear of making it look cluttered. Furbished in natural linens and silks in shades of white, cream and dark woods, this is a space dedicated to relaxation. Of course, within seconds of unpacking, we had it looking like a Tomoko Takahashi installation. And the ensuite, all clean, parallel lines of travertine and glass, offered us more joy, with a shower big enough for a party of five, and a sumptuously ample bath and lashings of luxurious toiletries.

So private is Atlantic House that 7.30pm is hometime for most of the staff here; they explained they’d be back to present breakfast in the poolside dining room but that, until then, we’d be left to our own devices. So we treated ourselves to a quick swim in the heated saltwater pool, which had the additional frisson and fun of underwater music. Later, down at the Cape’s caffeinated strip of seafront, the palm-lined Camps Bay, where you can eat superbly for the price of fast-food fare, we couldn’t resist the pun-tastically named Codfather for a sushi dinner.

Atlantic House was deserted when we got back – bliss. Peace and quiet reigned, and the only pressing decision was which digestif to select from the minibar as we lounged on chaises longues watching the full moon move across the silver sky, before falling into our sleek, crisp, white bed and dreaming about changing our lifestyle.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Atlantic House from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Loved the property and Sally and Monade were gems. Extremely helpful, Monade drove us into town one day when the taxi was late. Beautiful rooms and a wonderful great room, elegant plus breakfast was terrific. Highly recommend for a stay in Camps Bay.

Don’t expect

Eggs didn't have much flavor at breakfast. Obviously we loved the place as this was the only fault we could find, Sally, you are the best!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Lovely rooms, friendly staff.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Sally on reception is absolutely brilliantn – really helpful and organised two fantastic trips for us.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a great little place tucked away in Camps Bay. The staff was unbelievably helpful, with great dinner recommendations, directions and so forth. We had a fabulous room, with just the right amount of sumptuousness – perfect for watching sunsets over the Atlantic. It was welcoming to the extent that we felt like we were literally at home. I can't think of anything that would make this place better.

 

Rating: 8/10 stars