The 12 Best Airbnbs in Cape Town 2017

The 12 Best Airbnbs in Cape Town 2017

Casa Bianca, luxury villa in Camps Bay

From sky-scraping penthouse apartments and retro lofts to stylish seaside villas, there’s no shortage of homes to rent in the Mother City.

Reported to be the third-largest online travel company in the world, Airbnb has indeed revolutionised the way we travel. Gone are the days of forking out thousands of rands to stay in a posh (or run-of-the-mill) hotel. There’s a whole new world of travel accommodation out there: staying in a local’s home.
Not only is this a more authentic and immersive way to experience a (foreign) city, it also allows you to interact with your host in a meaningful way (and get the best restaurant recommendations and must-do activities) – something you might never get to do, if you stayed in a hotel.
So, The Insiders went searching for the hottest Airbnb pads in Cape Town, and here’s what we found:

Seaside gems

Casa Bianca

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Casa Bianca

Found in the exclusive suburb of Camps Bay, this pristine city villa offers contemporary, open-plan living in the quiet heart of Atlantic Seaboard suburbia, a mere stone’s throw from the Clifton and Camps Bay beaches – as well as a string of trendy bars and restaurants on Cape Town’s own Sunset Boulevard.
The villa is child- and pet-friendly (though this is by prior arrangement only), and owners Susan and Eric are available 24/7 to assist you with your accommodation needs, recommendations and local travel itinerary.
With four bedrooms (and 4.5 bathrooms), including two king-sized beds, one queen and two singles, Casa Bianca can collectively accommodate a maximum of eight people. There are also two entertainment terraces and a wonderful pool, with 360-degree mountain and sea views. As such, this gorgeous villa is surely the answer to all chic, seaside accommodation dreams…
Amenities off-street free parking (for two vehicles); safes in all rooms; 24-hour security system; broadband and wi-fi; Weber braai; air conditioning; landline (for local calls); DStv; swimming pool; clothes washer and dryer; hair dryer; indoor heating; and a private entrance for ease-of-access. Cleaning services are available, if required.
Nearby attractions Camps Bay and Clifton beaches, hot, new restaurants such as La Parada Del Mar and Mantra Café. Also, Susan is a seasoned runner, and can recommend hiking trails and runs in the vicinity.
Cost R6 541 per night (minimum stay: between 4 and 6 nights, depending on season)
Contact Casa Bianca on AirBnB
Where Camps Bay, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

Beach Luxury Villa

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Beach Luxury Villa

If you dream of sauntering a few steps down from your seaside home to a paradise beach (in this instance, Clifton 4th), then this light-hearted, spacious beach villa is ideal for you. Consisting of two levels (with open-plan living and dining on the upper level), the house offers stunning beach, mountain and sea views, as well as a deck and private garden overlooking Blue Flag Beach, Clifton 4th.
There are four lovely bedrooms with six beds (two are queen-sized, and four are twin beds) meaning the villa can comfortably accommodate eight people. Regrettably, pets and smoking are not allowed.
The bedrooms on the lower level lead onto a private courtyard, while the main bedroom on the upper level, opens onto the deck, perfect for sunset drinks.
Owner Robert offers informal tours, in a luxury BMW, to some of Cape Town’s gems (including his favourite wine farms) for up to four guests. He also does wine tasting tours for a maximum of six guests. These are available on request.
Amenities buzzer/wireless intercom; DStv; wi-fi; bathroom essentials and hairdryer, as well as every mod-con kitchen appliance; braai facilities; washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. (Laundry and ironing are offered at R100 per load).
An on-site housekeeper services the villa from Monday to Friday and, at an additional cost, a private driver can be arranged. Parking and accessibility are from either main road or at the beach parking lot.
Nearby attractions Clifton’s amazing beach quartet, Camps Bay beach and the trendy Camps Bay Strip or Sea Point, which are both teeming with shops, bars and restaurants.
Cost R4 196 per night (minimum stay: three nights)
Contact Clifton 4th Beach Luxury Villa on AirBnB
Where Clifton, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

Penthouse on the Beach

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Penthouse on the Beach

This swanky 16th-floor penthouse is arguably one of the city’s finest accommodation offerings. Nestled 200 metres above the picture-perfect Table Bay beaches, near Blouberg, it offers clean, cool living areas, comfy, yet modern, furniture, a sweeping terrace with a plunge pool – and, of course, spectacular views of the coastline, Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain in the distance.
There are three bedrooms (and 3.5 bathrooms) that can accommodate a maximum of six guests. Although it is relatively family friendly, it might not be suitable for children under 12, while pets, parties and events are strictly not allowed. (You may only smoke outside, but braaiing is not permitted, due to the fire risks involved.)
Amenities internet; elevator and doorman in building; free parking on premises; air conditioning; buzzer/wireless intercom; pool; iron; washing machine and dryer; TV; heating; hairdryer and other home essentials.
Nearby attractions Table Bay beaches, including Bloubergstrand (Big and Small Bay), Dolphin and Sunset Beach to name a few, as well as some lovely Northern Suburb restaurants.
Cost R9 999 per night
Contact The Penthouse on Beach on AirBnB
Where Blouberg, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

African Sea Cottage

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: African Sea Cottage

Described as an African sea cottage, Condover is a beautiful double-storey Victorian home, situated in St James, along the scenic False Bay coastline. The home bears clear evidence of former ELLE Deco editor Laureen Rossouw’s tasteful touches, offering a combination of clean, modern interiors, and cosy homeliness, giving you the best of both worlds.
This grande dame has four bedrooms, two of which have en-suite bathrooms. The third dorm-style studio room sleeps three, while the fourth is a secret room tucked away inside the home. There is also a small, separate bathroom. There are six beds in total that can accommodate eight guests. Although it feels particularly family friendly, no smoking, parties, events or pets are allowed here.
In summer, whale-watch from the sun deck, or pop to St James beach, across the road. If the weather’s none too fair, cosy up with a good book on one of the comfortable daybeds, or cook up a hearty, home-cooked storm in the kitchen to enjoy with loved ones.
Amenities internet; free parking on premises; wi-fi; TV; kitchen facilities; clothes washer, iron, heating and other home essentials, as well as the sun deck, verandah and sun beds.
Nearby attractions The charming fishing village of Kalk Bay, several lovely False Bay beaches (and a few secret ones too…). Muizenberg, a surfer’s paradise, and naval region Simon’s Town are also excellent places to explore, with a slew of time-honoured and modern restaurants and shops alike.
Cost R2 992 per night (minimum stay: two nights)
Contact Condover on AirBnB
Where St James, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

City Slickers

Boutique Home

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Boutique Home

At the base of Lion’s Head, overlooking the city, lies this light and airy architect-designed house. If it looks familiar from the pics, it probably is. The house has been used in a number of film shoots and advertisements. It has loads of natural light flowing in from the garden, and its floor-to-ceiling windows and doors create a balanced indoor-outdoor living experience.
It has three bedrooms (with a queen, double and single bed respectively) and can accommodate up to five people. There is a fully stocked library boasting over 1 000 books, a TV and DVD player with over 500 movies, and a kick-ass sound system. The spacious kitchen and living room both lead out to the heated pool.  
Amenities free parking on premises (for two vehicles); wheelchair accessibility; wireless intercom; wi-fi; indoor fireplace; heated swimming pool; TV; laptop-friendly workspace; heating; washing machine; iron; and hair dryer.
Nearby attractions Being so close to the heart of the city, you will have the opportunity to try out some of Cape Town’s top restaurants, rated by our top chefs. If culture and history are more your thing, the city is home to a host of museums. Or plan your stay around the first Thursday of every month for a cultural, foodie and vino experience around the city centre’s hotspots.
Cost R6 476 per night  
Contact Boutique Home on AirBnB
Where Tamboerskloof
TIG Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

Cape Cottage

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Cape Cottage

This charming, newly renovated cottage was one of the original homes to be built at the foot of Table Mountain. Large fold-out doors create an indoor-outdoor living experience, with plenty of natural light.
The front of the house is adorned with a sunny terrace, swimming pool and a verandah with breathtaking views of Table Mountain. While the back is fitted with a Tuscan-themed courtyard and water feature.
Each of the three bedrooms is fitted with a large bed, which comfortably sleeps two (the entire cottage accommodates six guests), and modern en-suite bathrooms. The kitchen opens out onto an outdoor dining area perfect for clear summer nights and intimate pool parties.
Amenities free parking on premises; wi-fi; air conditioning; kitchen, DStv; laptop-friendly workspace; indoor fireplace; swimming pool; hair dryer; iron; washing machine; and dryer.
Nearby attractions Being at the foot of Table Mountain means that guests are spoilt for hiking trails, as there are plenty of easy routes along the contours of Table Mountain and Lion’s head. Manna Epicure on Kloof Street is a popular breakfast spot for locals. Risk-takers and thrill-seekers might want to give tandem paragliding off of Lion’s Head (or Signal Hill) a whirl.
Cost R2 422 per night (minimum stay: 2 nights)
Contact Cape Cottage on AirBnB
Where Higgovale
TIG Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

Retro Apartment

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Retro Apartment

This newly renovated horseshoe apartment is adorned with retro-Scandi touches and South African elements, and overlooks the ground-floor garden courtyard. It is located on the outskirts of the city centre but within walking, and exploring, distance of all the action that Long Street’s nightlife has to offer.  
The apartment is perfect for adventurous singletons, couples, and business travellers looking to relax after a day of business. The large bed faces the TV, with a side view of a small balcony where breakfast or sundowners can be enjoyed. And the quaint kitchen means you never have to leave (although this is not recommended, as Cape Town has so much to offer).
Amenities a doorman in the lobby; an elevator; CCTV cameras and 24-hour security at the entrance; wi-fi; kitchen; hair dryer; iron; laptop-friendly workspace; TV; heating; a camp cot on request; a communal swimming pool, an in-building self-operated laundromat (R17 per wash and R17 per dryer).
Nearby attractions The apartment is within walking distance of The Company’s Garden (which has a weekly Saturday morning market), and is a stone’s throw from the local Planetarium, Iziko Museum and South African National Gallery. The apartment is located on the City Sightseeing Red Tour Bus route, so be sure to buy tickets and hop on – and off – at key attractions such as Table Mountain Cable Way, Camps Bay beachfront, the V&A Waterfront and the Aquarium. And be sure to wine and dine at some of Cape Town’s best tapas restaurants at the heart of the city centre.
Cost R1 554 per night
Contact Retro Apartment on AirBnB
Where Embassy District, City Bowl
TIG Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

Three-Storey Space

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Three Storey Space

Tucked into the side of Lion’s Head is Tamboerskloof, a historical neighborhood with stunning Victorian homes, including this three-storey steal, which boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and the city below. With large floor-to-ceiling glass doors, guests can enjoy inside-outside living. And should one of Cape Town’s famous storms starts brewing, then sit back and watch the drama unfold from the cosy comfort of the couch.
This luxurious apartment is perfect for couples, as it only sleeps two in the queen bed. The first floor is home to the open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas, and the braai deck. Take a dip in the splash pool on the second floor or sunbath on the outside loungers. Once settled in and ready to explore, consult the welcome pack or ask co-owner Jaco (a qualified tour guide) to put together a bespoke tour of Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands.    
Amenities free parking in front of main entrance (an adjoining garage can be made available on request); heating; air conditioning for the open plan kitchen, living room and dining room; splash pool; washing machine, iron and clothes dryer; hair dryer; unlimited wi-fi; laptop-friendly workspace and an Apple TV with access to iTunes movies, music, Netflix and Youtube (if you don’t have an account, you may use the owners and pay per view for iTunes paid content).
Nearby attractions With its prime location on the slopes of Lion’s Head and only minutes from the city centre, there is plenty to do and see. Start your day with a hike up Lion’s Head and see if you can discover two of its hidden caves, before breakfasting at the Blue Café, a local gem that has stood the test of time (it’s been open since 1904!). Explore the centre of town, with some shopping on Long Street, or take a stroll through The Company’s Garden and its surrounding museums. Enjoy an evening flick at The Labia before grabbing dinner at one of the spots on the ever-popular Bree Street.
Cost R2 331 per night (minimum stay: two nights)
Contact 3-storey space on AirBnB
Where Tamboerskloof
TIG Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

Urban Oases

Beautiful Home

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Beautiful Home

Situated in the residential suburb of Durbanville, this holiday home is tailormade for families. It’s a safe neighbourhood in a quiet area, while still being in close proximity to some of the Cape’s major attractions, including wine farms and restaurants. There’s a vibrant garden, with a Japanese-style swimming pool and outdoor patio where guests can relax and take in the serene surroundings.
The house itself is clean and spacious, with a homely atmosphere. There’s a comfortable living room with DStv, where big sporting events can be screened while the family enjoys a braai by the poolside. In winter, the indoor fireplace will keep you warm.
There are three bathrooms, a kitchen, and three bedrooms, each of which opens up onto the garden and swimming pool. Please note: the house is not pet-friendly, and may not suitable for children under 12, due to the open swimming pool area and uneven rock pathways.
Amenities DStv; air conditioning; washing machine and dryer; indoor fireplace; free parking on premises; wireless intercom.
Nearby attractions The nearest shopping centre is a short drive away, so you still have easy access to supplies and entertainment. Plus, there’s a slew of great restaurants in the Northern Suburbs to choose from. Nearby wine estates include Diemersdal, Meerendal and the Hillcrest Quarry Wine Estate, one of the venues for the Galileo Open Air Cinema. For art enthusiasts, the Rust-En-Vrede Art Gallery hosts various exhibitions, including a collection of South African ceramics.
Cost R2 655 per night
Weekend price: R1 774 per night
Cleaning fee: R505
Security deposit: R2 404
Contact Beautiful Home on Airbnb
Where Durbanville, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

Urban Oasis

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Urban Oasis

Part cottage, part art studio, this apartment looks like the sort of space an artist might retreat to for inspiration. It’s immersed in a lush garden with a peaceful stream, where guests can wake up to birdsong and enjoy solitude in Newlands, one of Cape Town’s trendiest and most picturesque suburbs. Though the accommodation is self-catering, breakfast is included in the package, which together with the central location and luxurious private space makes this a bargain.
Helpful hosts Glenda and Gavin are on-hand to cater to any request, and it’s clear from the impressive sculpture and other creative art pieces on display that they share a passion for travel and culture.
The apartment has a private entrance, two bathrooms, a bedroom with a king-size bed, kitchenette and dining area, and an elegant sitting area which opens up onto a garden and private courtyard. Please note: the accommodation is not pet-friendly, and may not be safe for infants, due to the presence of a stream and swimming pool.
Amenities swimming pool; braai equipment; outdoor deck overlooking the stream; wi-fi; washing machine and dryer; laptop-friendly workspace; heating; indoor fireplace; 24-hour security; secure parking; and wireless intercom. Laundry services are available on request.
Nearby attractions The leafy suburb of Newlands has much to offer, including restaurants, coffee shops and pubs within walking distance, as well as the famous rugby and cricket stadium. The Kirstenbosch Gardens are nearby, should you fancy a walk, or a picnic under the trees, while the V&A Waterfront is just a 20-minute drive away.
Cost R894 per night (minimum stay: two nights)
Extra people: R200 per night after the first guest
Contact Urban oasis on Airbnb
Where Newlands, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

Luxury Cottage

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Luxury Cottage

This peaceful cottage lies at the summit of Bishopscourt, an illustrious residential area enveloped in well-kept gardens. The cottage is spacious and tastefully decorated, with lounging areas both inside and out, elegant furnishings, and a verandah that offers spectacular views of the mountain. At this altitude, the fresh mountain air is rejuvenating, and keeps the house cool.
The villa is well cared for, with the owner’s long serving housekeeper Maks on-hand to provide any assistance you may need. Though the cottage is situated on private property belonging to the owners, guests will have the entire space, gardens and all, to themselves for the duration of their stay, making for a romantic and secluded getaway.
The cottage has a bathroom, kitchen, and a bedroom that opens up onto the verandah,  
and accommodates two guests. Please note; the accommodation is not pet-friendly.
Amenities free parking on premises; wi-fi; DStv; washing machine; dryer; laptop-friendly workspace; indoor fireplace; and a hot tub. There is space to store bicycles if you choose to rent some.
Nearby attractions The property is so close to Kirstenbosch that you can occasionally hear the Sunday Sunset Concerts playing from the verandah. The Constantia Wine Route is within easy reach, as well as highly acclaimed restaurants such as Greenhouse and Foxcroft. For outdoor enthusiasts, the region has no shortage of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Cost R1 930 per night (minimum stay: three nights)
Security Deposit: R3 220
Contact Luxury Cottage on Airbnb
Where Bishopscourt, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

Hilltop Garden Cottage

Best Airbnbs Cape Town: Hilltop Garden Cottage

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Newlands, you’ll find this pristine cottage, on the same property as owner Kim’s home. The cottage is shaded by trees, with access to a garden and a swimming pool (shared with Kim and her sister’s family next door), while the interior is spacious and well-kept, with decor that is bright and beautiful in its simplicity.
Though this home is in a busy suburb, it’s sufficiently closed off and private. Its close proximity to some of the city’s attractions means you get the best of both worlds. Host Kim is a registered tour guide, and thus well qualified to advise guests about what Cape Town has to offer.
The cottage is self-catering, with a fully equipped kitchen, open-plan lounge and dining room, a bedroom with a queen-size bed, and an en-suite bathroom (shower only). There’s also a spare bed in the lounge for extra guests. A complimentary tea/coffee tray is provided on arrival, and the cottage is serviced three times a week. Please note: the accommodation is not pet-friendly, and may not be suitable for infants.
Amenities DStv; wi-fi; swimming pool (shared); laptop-friendly workspace; heating; free parking on premises; and a separate entrance.
Nearby attractions Newlands Forest for a scenic walk; Forester’s Arms for a mug of ale; Cavendish Square Shopping Centre, Newlands Rugby Stadium and Cricket Grounds; and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and loads of good restaurants.  
Cost R699 per night
Extra people: R500 per night after the first guest
Contact Hilltop Garden Cottage on Airbnb
Where Newlands, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

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Time of publication: 01 March 2017

5 Responses to “The 12 Best Airbnbs in Cape Town 2017”

  1. Josie hemingway

    All of the above extremely lovely but you forgot the Bokaap. The historic old Slave quarter, 3 minutes walk from the city’s hub of cool trendy living. I have 2 Airbnb’s at the following address where we offer the “live like a local” experience.
    91 SHORTMARKET ST
    100a CHIAPPINI ST
    72 Rose St …coming soon

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    • The Inside Guide

      These are gorgeous, Josie. Thanks for sending. We remember your inimitable style from the House & Leisure days.

      Reply
  2. The Blue Palace!!

    Like Josie, you also forgot about our Bokaap AirBnB: Romantic Rooftop Apartment… but without a doubt those mentioned are amazing

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  3. Nick

    MoonDance Is the the best

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    • The Inside Guide

      It might well be, Nick, but at R50 000 a night, it’s kinda pricey.

      Reply

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