Cape Town is one of my favorite cities in the world and Camps Bay is in my opinion the most beautiful neighborhood in the city. Whether you’re staying for a day or a week in the mother city, I’d recommend tourists to at least visit if not stay a few nights in Camps Bay. I recently stayed at an amazing hotel right near to the waterfront called Houghton Views 13 equipped with a private panoramic rooftop deck looking over all of Camps Bay.
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Booking my stay at Houghton Views Camps Bay
I booked my stay at the Houghton Views Camps Bay on Booking.com. This is an apartment hotel (or aparthotel) meaning that there is not someone that tends to the lobby full time. Usually this means you get a much larger room and likely cooler properties because they don’t have the same regulations as a hotel.
The Houghton Views hotel has numerous rooms but if there is availability, I’d highly recommend the penthouse room as it includes the huge terrace with panoramic views of Camps Bay. The other rooms are multi bedroom rooms perfect for groups or families visiting Cape Town.
The Houghton Views 13 is part of the Houghton Views Guest House next door which is owned by the same people. The hotel next door (Houghton View Guest House) is what appears to be a more luxurious hotel with more rooms and a bigger common area.
We actually did the check in process at the Houghton View guest house next door. This house includes a nice pool, huge common area, and just screams modern luxury. Guests of the Houghton Views 13 (where I stayed) can also use the common areas of this Houghton Views guest house.
The rooms at Houghton View
As mentioned above, I stayed at the penthouse suite. This apartment is actually quite small in size with a modest living room, kitchen, and bedroom. The bedroom has a very comfortable king sized bed as well as ample closet space. The couch in the living room is plenty large to act as a second bed in case you wanted to stay here as two people but were not keen to share a single bed together. The bathroom is quite large and spacious with double sinks.
The hotel had a bottle of white wine to welcome us which was nice. The kitchen is equipped with the very basics and there is no dishwasher to speak of. However, this is all unnecessary unless you’re staying here for weeks on end. There are so many good food options in Camps Bay and Cape Town that this is unnecessary.
The views at Houghton View
Well there’s not much you can really say for these views besides look at these pictures!! The penthouse room at the Houghton Views 13 has a private roof deck and perhaps one of the best views in all of Camps Bay.
The roof terrace is at least 100 square meters of outdoor space. It includes a beautiful wooden table where we could watch the sunset and enjoy the views. You can see everything from up here including the Atlantic, Camps Bay Beach, Lion’s Head, and all the way down the coast of the Western Cape towards Cape Point. This view alone is worth the stay at this hotel.
In addition, we also had a hot tub on the roof which was amazing to use at night.
Houghton Views is located in the Camps Bay neighbourhood, specifically a small enclave called Bakoven. Bakoven is known for its large residential houses with beautiful waterfront views.
Camps Bay is the most expensive neighborhood in all of Cape Town. It’s right on the beach with amazing views of the Atlantic, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, and the 12 Apostles. As far as tourists go, this neighborhood has it all. Houghton Views hotel is situated near to the main strip on Victoria Road. You can easily walk to the beach and nearby restaurants within 10 minutes. If you want to explore the other neighborhoods in Cape Town like Sea Point or Clifton, you can easily call an Uber (or just drive yourself).
There are a plethora of restaurants and bars in Camps Bay that appeal to everyone. Two of my favorites in the vicinity of Houghton Views is the Codfather and the Hussar Grill. The Codfather is a Cape Town stable and offers you fresh seafood that you choose by the kilo before they prepare it for you in their signature sauces. Definitely a spot to be in Cape Town!
Is it worth it to stay at the Houghton Views?
Well if these photos don’t sell you on this hotel, then perhaps the price should. The room I stayed is quite a good deal in my opinion. It is around $150-$200 in the high season and less in the winter months.
I think for the great location, fantastic views, and overall general amenities, it is totally worth a stay. Whether this is your honeymoon, or just a quick trip through Cape Town, I can definitely recommend this hotel and I will be staying there again.
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