Monday, June 6, 2011

Waterfront apartment rentals a cool alternative to top hotels

There's nothing else quite like the V&A, and there are very few places in the world that can offer waterfront apartment rentals of the standard available at the Table Bay harbour of South Africa's Mother City. The Marina Residential suites between the Cape Grace and the One & Only hotels and the equally upmarket Canal Quays overlooking the docks close to the International Convention Centre (CTICC) are more than classy alternatives to hotel or guest house accommodation of the top order. These are exclusive options to both business travellers and holiday-makers who require something luxurious, extraordinary and private when staying over in Cape Town.

There are no low-cost budget options when it comes to waterfront apartment rentals anywhere in Cape Town, let alone at the V&A Waterfront – not if you want to be literally at the water's edge. Beachfront or harbour housing is so in demand that to find a really good place to stay even a kilometre or two from the lapping waves or a place where you're able to moor a boat of any description can be downright expensive even if you are paying in dollars, pounds or euros – to the extent that some of the Marina Residential and Canal Quays addresses seem positively cheap in comparison.

R1200 or so per person won't get you a room for a night at the One & Only, but you might just get lucky at the Marina or Quays for this sort of outlay , and certainly the cost of a room for two at the Cape Grace, never mind the super deluxe One & Only, could secure you several bedrooms and a whole lot more just across the water.

The fully furnished, privately owned pads and penthouses include a number of guest services, but what makes these waterfront apartment rentals particularly desirable is that while they're just stone's throw, a short walk or a water-taxi trip away from the buzz of the V&A shops, pubs and restaurants of various descriptions, they can be as private as you want them to be. Here the residents' and tenants' respect for each other's space goes with the territory.