While cheap is our name, if you’ve driven with us before, you’ll know that cheap without good value is not what we are about. It is no secret that we, at Rentacheapie, love a good deal. If you, like us, want excellent value for the lowest prices then this three part blog series is ideal for you.
Over the course of the next few blog posts we’ll be bringing you our Capeacheapie guide. Hmm, ok, we won’t call it that… but we’ll show you Where to Stay, Where to Eat and What to Do when you adventure in the mother city (aka Cape Town; for our European friends who’ve hit ‘translate’ for this article).
This first post in our series will highlight tips for best value accommodation in Cape Town. If you’re a savvy traveller, you would have likely already searched for “best backpackers in Cape Town”, run through your options on Airbnb Cape Town (with a low price range limit set, of course) and scoured Bookings.com for the best deals. If you’re a really savvy traveller, you would have likely found some low-cost accommodation options on local South African sites such as lekkeslaap, sleeping-out.co.za, Rooms for Africa and Travel Ground. While this is a great start, we’re concerned that you might not get all the insight you need to help ensure that you’re getting the best, all-round value. We’re here to help.
Best areas for best value
Our first accommodation tip is: location. Where you stay might be cost effective, but if it is not close to the places you want to go to, you will be paying more (in the form of your time) to get to where you want to be. When you are in a beautiful city like Cape Town, you definitely don’t want to waste any time (trust us!).
So, first up, have a good think about what it is you are looking to see and do in the city;
Quality control checks
Ok, you think you’ve found a place to stay and it is in an area close to things you want to see? That’s great! But do you know if it will be safe, clean or a reliable spot to stay? The best thing you can do is look at reviews from other folk who have actually spent a night there.
We have curated a short list of sites that you can visit to search for previous reviews on the accommodation you are considering to book. Simply search for the name of your accommodation in on the below sites:
Another quality check you can do before you book, is gauge how quickly the accommodation owners reply to you and how professional they are in their replies. This is a fair indicator of the quality of service you’ll get during your stay. Ask the owners/managers as many questions you need to in order to feel comfortable about staying in their accommodation.
Remember, where you stay can make or break your trip. We strongly recommend researching your accommodation to make sure you’re not only getting the lowest rates but also the best value.
Look out for our other posts in this series, we’ll be exploring some awesome spots where you can find tasty, good quality, low-cost grub as well as some epic things for you to do while visiting the mother city. As you know, we’re all about travel not costing the earth!