Cape View Clifton

Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa Book from Book from £300 per night

An ultra-chic hotel above Clifton’s 4 beaches, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles
Travellers to the Cape Peninsula seeking a bolthole away from bustling Cape Town need look no further than this tranquil hotel. Perched high on a cliff above the trendy suburb of Clifton, it opened its doors after an extensive revamp by owner Jess Latimer. An interior designer, her expertise cleverly transformed the former apartment complex into a luxe 5-storey hotel. Romantic suites and apartments come with private terraces and sweeping views of the Atlantic, while the 2- and 3-bedroom suites are perfect for a family with older children or group of friends. Interiors are light and airy, and décor is influenced by the Latimer family’s Durban heritage: colonial African style mixed with contemporary furnishings, crisp white linens, geometric cushions, botanical art, hurricane lanterns and vases of fresh flowers. Everything is immaculately presented.

The location couldn’t be more perfect, either; Clifton’s 4 unspoilt beaches are below, it’s a short hop to the famous Camps Bay, and Cape Town central is a 20-minute drive or taxi ride away. Frankly, though, we don’t think you’ll venture too far from the hotel - the secluded deck is a real suntrap and the sunken pool has one of the best outlooks in the region.

Highs

  • Friendly and attentive staff who go the extra mile to make your stay personalised and memorable
  • Large, luxurious suites with uninterrupted sea views from private terraces, and gorgeous bathrooms. The 2- and 3-bedroom suites have hot tubs, too
  • Delicious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea - made up beautifully by in house cooks. Dinners are available by prior arrangement, too
  • The easy vibe: meals can be served when and where you like, and are tailored to individual preferences; there is an honesty bar in the lounge
  • An ideal spot for beach lovers and a good base for exploring the region’s national parks

Lows

  • Full pre-payment required in advance of your stay
  • High on a cliff so a steep walk, with lots of steps, down to the beaches
  • You'll need to take a taxi or drive if you want to eat out, but Camps Bay with its plethora of amazing restaurants is only 10 minutes away
  • Dining tables in the hotel are communal, plus lunch and dinner are served on request only
  • The pool and garden are small, but there's plenty of outdoor space on your private terrace

Best time to go

Cape Town is appealing all year round. Summer is November-March, when it is hottest, and winter is June-August, when it can be windy and rainy. Come in spring (September-October) for whale watching and flora, or autumn (May-June) if you're on a wine route. July-August is the best time for combining a stay with a safari. The hotel is open all year.

Our top tips

Grab your camera and drive to Boulders Beach, 40km south of Cape Town. The sea is slightly warmer and the beach hosts a large colony of over 3,000 African penguins. It can get busy so go early.

Great for...

Beach
City Style
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 8 suites
  • Breakfast + other meals on request (restaurants a drive away)
  • Over 12s only
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The romantic suites are very similar, though the Deluxe options are more spacious thanks to their indoor living areas. All are decorated in a neutral palette of grey, cream and taupe, with framed botanical prints and round wicker mirrors adorning the walls. The style is modern and sleek. Contemporary sofas sit next to hurricane lamps and scatter rugs; geometric-print cushions and African textiles add colour and texture.

Beds are kingsize (no twin rooms) and dressed in fine, white linens, with plush upholstered headboards. There are floor-to-ceiling windows and each suite has a private terrace with stunning panoramic ocean views and a table and chairs. Some have loungers or cushioned chairs, too.

White marble bathrooms are minimalist in style with large tubs and powerful walk-in rainfall showers. There are Africology toiletries, robes, even beach towels and bags.

For families and groups, there are 2 larger suites. The 3-bedroom suite has queensize bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (tub and handheld shower), plus a kitchen. The 2-bedroom suite has 2 separate bathrooms (tub and handheld shower) and a kitchenette. Both are large and beautifully designed with big dining/living rooms. Best of all, each has an ocean-facing patio with a sundeck, loungers and a hot tub.

Since our visit, two more apartments have been added, both of which are accessed via a bridge from the main hotel. The first is a Deluxe Studio Apartment, perfect for romance. Expect endless views, a plunge pool, terraces, a full kitchen and a living area. Even more luxurious is the Deluxe Apartment, which shares the same charms, but comes with the added bonus of a butler.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Beach bags and towels
  • Coffee tea making
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron (on request)
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Meals here are a delight. A cooked or continental breakfast is taken at long, white tables in the dining room or outside on the sun terrace. Typical fare includes poached eggs on English muffins with ham mushrooms and rocket (ours was excellent), sweet pancakes, or omelettes bursting with cheese and vegetables. Cold options include creamy yoghurt, plump kiwis, strawberries and melon, freshly baked seeded bread, homemade bran muffins and Bircher muesli.

There's a well-stocked honesty bar in the lounge, with a wide variety of wine and beer but you can also help yourself to any tea nespresso, cookies and cakes which they lay out. Chefs are on-hand all day to serve snacks and light lunches on request - perhaps a club sandwich or their popular chicken and vegetable soup. Afternoon tea is a selection of delicious home-baked cakes and sticky treats, like brownies, nougat and red velvet cupcakes. Private dinners are also available (advance notice required), tailored to the guests' preferences, with a local twist. A typical menu might be sweetcorn and shallot fritter, Cape Malay chicken and prawn curry, and a tipsy bread & butter pudding.

Guests in the larger 2- and 3-Bedroom Suites and the Deluxe Apartments have private kitchens with ovens, hobs, barbecues, microwaves, fridge-freezers, utensils and basic ingredients. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas. Grocery stores are close by, and you can request a shopping service/private chef.

South African cuisine is very cosmopolitan with global influences. National delicacies include biltong (dried, salted meat) and boerewars (hand-made, flame-grilled sausages). Staff can recommend excellent seafood restaurants in Camps Bay, and we love the laid-back Tamboers Winkel in downtown Cape Town for leisurely lunches. Sandwiches, salads and sharing platters are all reasonably priced and staff are super-friendly. If you're after something heartier, Royale Eatery offers up 50 different kinds of gourmet burger, including the Santorini (pork patty with terriyaki, ginger, coriander and chilli) and the Big Bird (ostrich with beetroot relish).

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee tea making
  • Communal dining
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • In house cook
  • Lunch by arrangement
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Read and snooze on your private terrace or swim in the pool, with its world-class views
  • Head down to Clifton’s 4 beaches. All are beautiful with white sand lapped by aquamarine sea. Clifton 2 is the best for surfing, whilst Clifton 4 has blue-flag status and is popular with families
  • Around the headland, Camps Bay is Cape Town's most famous beach. It's much bigger than Clifton's bays, and backed by a promenade of fantastic restaurants and boutiques
  • If you're here on full moon, take on a night hike to the top of Table Mountain. It takes around 2 hours and the amazing views from the summit make it completely worth the effort. By day, take the scenic cable-car ride, which operates from the mountain base
  • Get your adrenaline pumping with a tandem paraglide over the Cape. What better way to get a bird’s-eye view of the impressive scenery? Launch points are at Lion’s Head and Signal Hill; ask staff for details
  • Or go cage-diving with Great White Sharks; the ultimate thrill
  • Take a picnic to the stunning Kirstenbosch gardens. Part of a nature reserve, they are home to over 7,000 indigenous plants and species. There's a restaurant and tea room, too
  • Drive down to the V&A Waterfront for galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Foodies will love Market on the Wharf for its myriad of vendors and the eclectic bookshop. This is also the jumping-off point for day trips to Robben Island (where Mandela was incarcerated)
  • Rise early to beat the crowds at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Home to ‘day’ and ‘night’ markets, the converted factory promotes local designers, artisans and regular festivals. On Saturdays over 100 speciality traders sell produce and gourmet food at the Neighbourgoods Market

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shark diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Whalewatching
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Only children 12 years and older are accepted (but you can always ask), and the 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom suites/apartments with kitchenettes are good options for families. However, note that this is an intimate guesthouse which is also popular with honeymooners.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Junior Suite 2a has 2 sofas that can be converted to accommodate up to 2 children up to the age of 15. Teens over 15 will need to be accommodated in an additional room. The 2- and 3-bedroom suites are better for families but note that all beds are queensize (no twins).

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Views magnificent whether it be from gym, pool or your room. Service faultless and staff seemed to go beyond the call of duty to be helpful - we went on a trip and they allowed us to leave our baggage for several days with them so we could travel light. Its in a fantastic location and our room was top dollar. We can't wait to return.

10/10,

We arrived here on a very hot New Year's Day after a long drive on congested roads to be greeted by the spectacular view of the Clifton beaches from our private balcony. Balm for the soul. All the staff are friendly and helpful and breakfasts were amazing. Also a well stocked honesty bar and homemade cake (we were kindly given the recipe!) and coffee available all day. Mandy and Cobus had made restaurant reservations for us every evening of our week's stay which all varied in food and location and were great choices. We used uber and taxis but soon learnt that not all taxi drivers were keen on "remembering" to run the meter! It was extremely windy one night and our outside sofa cushions and some personal belongings flew over the railings into the trees below. Within hours of informing Mandy these were all returned to us without fuss. Thank you, Francis! A very memorable stay and we will return.

10/10,

Very warm welcome by Corbus. Perfect location. The junior suite 3B was comfortable and the view was amazing. High-speed wifi was very much appreciated. Breakfast was lovingly prepared and very well presented. All of the staff was very friendly. The service of the room could be slightly improved: we once only had one towel. The used ones were taken away, but we did not get any new ones.

10/10,

CVC is the perfect choice to do justice to this great city. The views are spectacular, the service fantastic and the location couldn't be better, handily placed for all the tourist attractions. The staff are particularly deserving of a positive review who were all extremely nice and helpful. We were made to feel very special, particularly our daughter Bella who loved her daily interactions with all the staff, despite her shyness. Special mention going to the kitchen staff, Celeste and Charmaine and Corbus who oversees the running of CVC. A home from home and one we will definitely be returning to in the future. Thank you all very much for the most perfect holiday.

10/10,

Cape View is just stunning. My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights in a deluxe suite (room 2B) in late October and have both rated it as one of the top 3 hotels we've ever stayed in. The views from both our room and the pool deck were breathtaking. Tess and the team were all brilliant, friendly and attentive, and really helpful when it came to booking dinners, excursions and even helping us with our car hire which was completely separate to their booking. We'd love to come back another day!

10/10,

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