You'll consider several factors in your decision-making process: ease of access from your port of entry, proximity to desired attractions, property size, whether you can enjoy sweeping sea views, personalised service, value for money and location on the beach.
If you've ever travelled to Cape Town before, you will know that precious few beautiful small hotels tick all those boxes. We are one of them. Here's all you need to know when deciding where to lay your head in Cape Town. We asked Jackie Roosendaal, General Manager at Last Word Long Beach, to share her best reasons to stay. Here's what she said, "Our Long Beach property offers a taste of that laid-back lifestyle of the people that live here; it allows you to experience our way of life, from long walks on the beach, cycling through the streets of Kommetjie on our bicycles or catching the waves with the local surfers. Now and again, you will find yourself entirely in awe while staring out over the ocean, taking a moment to appreciate the quiet beauty, even counting your lucky stars while sipping a glass of wine.Staying at Last Word Long Beach means uninterrupted sea views from the premium rooms on the upper floor and our funky bar, terrace and restaurant. There are no buildings in front of us. We are right on the beach, with all rooms (and beds!) ocean-facing."
"One of the many reasons to love Cape Town is that it is home to a fantastic variety of incredible destinations. Each one is distinctly different from the next; by taking just a short drive, you will find treasures all around, and you will be able to escape to a whole new world entirely without really leaving the city. Not only does this make discovering the different parts of the beautiful and diverse city of Cape Town a thrilling experience, but it gives you the perfect opportunity to pack your bags and embark on the ultimate adventure whenever you want. Just another perk of visiting a place that has it all!"
"Tuck into our legendary locally sourced, always fresh Seafood Dinner served on the terrace restaurant nightly. Also available as a room service option if you prefer to dine in ultimate comfort and privacy. Cathy and her culinary team will gladly whip up something more to your taste if you prefer something different."
"Wherever your gaze falls, surf and beach-inspired novelties capture your imagination; coral, giant white clams, and glass jellyfish, to name a few. The hand-picked soft furnishings also bind us to our practice of supporting regional businesses. Local weavers have fashioned rattan lamp shades by hand to sway carefree from our ceilings in the fresh ocean breeze. Settle into our plush sofa, drink in hand, and marvel at the delicate fabric of our scatter cushions bearing prints inspired by the local plants in the Kommetjie area and handprinted onto the cloth. Even the hotel's restroom whisks you into the underwater world on our doorstep. Individually decorated rooms and suites feature wallpaper inspired by sea creatures."
"Every day is complete with a visit to our inviting, quirky bar area. In keeping with our barefoot luxury vibe, you're welcome to help yourself to a beautiful beverage. Or, ask one of our friendly staff to serve you one to raise a toast as the 'green flash' hits the horizon. Toasting to Table Mountain as the shimmering sun makes way for the silvery moon to shine is a boon to witness. This part of the world also offers some of the most beautiful sunsets in South Africa. You witness colours you can't ever capture on camera, but we sure try anyways."
"We'd describe ourselves at Long Beach as lovely, local, and full of smiles. The simple truth is Cape Town is beautiful, fun, and full of life but on this side of our great mountain lies peace for your soul and a warm welcome from our staff, a place that feels like home and family. The people caring for you during your stay love what they do fiercely. You will feel that passion throughout your stay around every corner, behind every warm smile and their willingness to assist with anything."
"Imagine what locals do in the Kommetjie area daily: surf, walk, pop in at the local coffee shops, try the delicious homegrown produce at the delis, and enjoy the beach mere steps away from your room at Last Word Long Beach."
"Riding the surf wave is the new round of golf – so give it a go whether you use a surfboard, boogie (wave) board or body surfing. Devotees of the cold water swimming health practice known to kickstart your lymphatic system rejoice. The rejuvenating Atlantic Ocean awaits a few steps from our front door."