Airbnb is thriving in Cape Town and out of pure curiosity, I was checking out the available options, which led me to think that I would much rather stay in a beautiful home than in a hotel.

Airbnb was founded in the United States in 2008 as a marketplace for individuals to list and book unique accommodation anywhere in the world. The concept has taken the world by storm and has grown to a trusted community marketplace for people to showcase their available spaces. Individuals can make money from their properties while Airbnb facilitates customer service and takes care of trust and safety issues.

Check out some of the offerings in Cape Town; either as inspiration to let out your own property, or to find potential places to stay. Here are some of my top picks in central Cape Town:

Cosy inner-city industrial loft

  • R1,334 per night
  • Accommodates three people
  • 5-star rating on (from 52 reviews)
  • Book online (instant book)

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Central apartment in Art Deco block 

  • R753 per night
  • Accommodates two people
  • 5-star rating (from 54 reviews)
  • Book online (instant book)

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215 square metre inner-city penthouse

  • R1,927 per night
  • Accommodates two people
  • 5-star rating (from 8 reviews)
  • Book online (instant book)

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Sunny, pretty and central with some greenery

  • R786 per night
  • Accommodates two people
  • 4.5-star rating (from 5 reviews)
  • Book online (instant book)

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Large apartment with stunning ocean view

  • R997 per night
  • Accommodates four people
  • 5-star rating (from 10 reviews)
  • Book online

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Photography courtesy Airbnb

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