Airbnb has definitely made our lives 500 times easier when it comes to searching for accommodation on a vacation. The Airbnb website and app allows you to search for more than two million homes in 190 countries all over the world.
So it comes as no surprise that South Africa is the top-ranked country in Africa in terms of Airbnb listings. But that’s not all. Cape Town ranks among the top five most popular spots in Africa to rent homes or rooms via Airbnb – with the top 10 Airbnb houses all in the city too!
So whether you’re planning a staycation in the city or need a good recommendation for travellers from elsewhere, make sure these 10 spots are on your list.
1 Loft living on the Atlantic Seaboard
In Cape Town, the beaches and incredible views are a main attraction so it’s no wonder this loft has become a top home on any Capetonian’s wish list. Spacious with two bathrooms and one bedroom, it’s a luxurious self-catering loft apartment with Juliet balconies that overlook the harbour. Bonus: you can hit the snooze button a few times, since checkout is only at 11 am.
Cost R747 per night
2 Relaxation with an ocean view
Looking for a place to relax with an incredible view? This two-bedroom self-catering apartment has ocean views in each room, can accommodate up to four guests and is equipped with a kitchen, TV, Wifi and more. The only catch? No loud parties are allowed. But with a beautiful view and a cocktail in your hand, who needs a party anyway?
Cost R1 005 per night
3 Fully equipped in Green Point
I loathe carrying around extra bits and bobs on trips so fully-equipped spaces have my heart. Which is why this Green Point apartment is totally my next rental. With a TV, washing machine, tumble dryer, air-con Wifi and even a hairdryer, hangers and an iron, all you need to take along are the essentials. The space can accommodate five people and has 2.5 bathrooms, three bedrooms and three beds.
Cost R1 304 per night
4 Modern romance just a stone’s throw away
Modern spaces are always a great respite and the Kassie Studio 1 fits the bill to a tee. It has an awesome view of Signal Hill, the V&A Waterfront and the surrounding harbour, and is a mere
two-minute walk from all the restaurants and hot spots in the CBD. It’s also the perfect pick for a romantic getaway as it only accommodates two.
Cost R747 per night
5 Penthouse living in the CBD
If you’re on holiday to explore Cape Town city life then this penthouse is ideal. The CBD coffee shops, theatres and museums are all within walking distance and the beach is a short drive away. This self-catering space accommodates two people and has a gym and pool that overlooks the majestic Table Mountain.
Cost R1 630 per night
6 Art deco central
This central city apartment is located within a historic Art Deco tower block. It has mezzanine-style accommodation on the fifth floor and easy access to the MyCiti bus routes – so you can kiss those high taxi fees goodbye. Guests have access to the rooftop gym and swimming pool but note that the apartment is not suitable for children under the age of 12 (owner’s rules).
Cost R747 per night
7 Inner-city industrial loft
Spaces with a rustic look and feel are all the rage – and this loft is no different! Renovated in 2009, it boasts interiors of wood, steel, exposed brick and orange mosaic. It’s also fully-equipped with a kitchen, internet and television, and can accommodate two people with an optional fee for extra guests. Our favourite bit? The book and wine library where you can relax and indulge in the good life.
Cost R1 073 per night
8 Vibey studio with sea views
Enjoy a luxurious stay at this studio located in the vibey Sea Point area. With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and luxury facilities, guests will have a comfortable stay. The studio can accommodate six people and has a full-bouquet DStv package, heated towel rail and hot and cold air-con. The following areas are located near the studio: V&A Waterfront shopping centre, beaches, restaurants, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and Green Point Stadium.
Cost R693 per night
9 Prime views along the coast
Camps Bay is a stunning area near the beach with magnificent views. The Primaview block offers comfortable accommodation with an open pool area and lovely views of the mountain, and this studio-style apartment with a fully-fitted kitchen is one of its ‘prime’ rentals. The studio sports one queen-sized bed and can accommodate one person or a couple. No children are allowed as the open pool area is a risk.
Cost R1 195 per night
10 High-end living at the Everview
This apartment is the most expensive on the Airbnb Wish List and here’s why: it has three bedrooms with a spectacular view of the mountain, is situated near Camps Bay beach and the trendy restaurant strip and has the most to-die-for decor. The Everview Suite opens into an entrance hall with a living room area, its ceilings boast exposed oregan and pine trusses with skylights for a view of Lion’s Head and the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, and the kitchen and dining room are stylishly furnished with extra equipment such as a Nespresso coffee machine and milk frother. There’s also Wifi, week-day cleaning, full DStv access, a private pool and an outdoor braai. Luxury living at its finest.
Cost R6 004 per night