Six budget deals for staycations in the Cape Town CBD

by Simangele Mzizi 31 Jul 2023

Locals looking to experience Cape Town and its vibrant city centre have plenty of reasonably priced accommodation to choose from, especially now since it’s the off-peak season. 

The Cape Town city centre is known for its posh hotels and casual accommodation options which come with all the basics covered and the bells and whistles. With Cape Town being a tourist city, accommodation at these venues can be pricey during the peak season, usually between December to March. 

The good news is that there are specials galore at some of these beautiful spaces in the heart of the Cape Town CBD, meaning one can enjoy luxurious staycations close to top restaurants, coffee shops and historic landmarks. Here are our top picks…

Book a stay at the stunning Wink Foreshore and Wink One Thibault New York-style apartments. These scream comfort and provide visitors with the ease of apartment living and the luxury of a hotel. Both apartments are within a walkable distance from top attractions and restaurants such as YU Restaurant, Iron Steak and Bar Restaurant, Bouchon Bistro, Love is Burgers and Jerry's Burger Bar Heritage Square. Those who wish to dine close to the apartments can do so at Wink Café Foreshore which offers delicious breakfast, lunch options and great coffee. 

What’s more, the WINK Aparthotels group, which manages both locations, goes above and beyond to assist with bookings of experiences in the CBD and surrounds, such as an immersive cultural trip to the Bo-Kaap and Robben Island.
Deal: Cosy up with the Wink Winter Fest and get 30 % off at the Wink aparthotels.
Cost: 30 % discount
Location: Cnr Hans Strijdom Ave & Long St (Wink One Thibault) and 31B Heerengracht St (WINK Foreshore) 
Contact: 087 012 5772 |
Valid until: 31 August 2023

The Capetonian
The Capetonian.

Overlooking Pier Place, The Capetonian is the perfect base from which to explore the Cape Town CBD and its surrounds. Guests are spoiled for choice with accommodation comprising 169 guest rooms such as a standard room, standard deluxe and deluxe, a family room and a spacious and comfortable suite.

To ensure a pleasant stay, there is secure parking, an outdoor terrace, a prayer room, daily housekeeping, laundry and dry cleaning, a concierge and a gym. There is also a strictly Halaal restaurant that serves a variety of tasty, locally inspired lunch and dinner buffets and á la carte dishes. Some of the popular attractions close to the venue are the V&A Waterfront, Two Ocean Aquarium, District Six Museum, Castle of Good Hope, the Company’s Garden, Iziko South African Museum and Greenmarket Square. 
Deal: Enjoy a comfortable stay for three days and pay for two. The offer includes breakfast.
Location: Pier Place
Contact: 027 21 405 5670 |
Valid until: 30 September 2023

One Thibault
One Thibault Residence.

One Thibault Residence offers luxurious apartments built for comfort and relaxation. These offer spectacular views of the harbour, city centre and the V&A Waterfront. They range from studio apartments to luxurious one and two-bedroom equipped with work desks, fast internet, and Smart TVs. 

The centrally located building was converted into a mixed-use development comprising apartments, offices and retail space in 2021. It offers peace of mind with 24-hour security and concierge, a swimming pool and a laundromat. The building is within walking distance of downtown Cape Town's famous Bree Street with its destination bars and eateries. 
Deal: Stay in the heart of the Cape Town Central City for three nights and only pay for two. Visitors must book directly through The City Hospitality Group ( which manages One Thibault residence as the offer is only available through direct bookings.
Location: Cnr Long St & Hans Strijdom Ave
Contact: 021 465 8243 |
Valid until: 1 September 2023

Signature Lux Hotel
Signature Lux Hotel by Onomo Foreshore.

The Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO is all about affordability, freedom and quality. Guests staying in one of the 157 air-conditioned rooms can dine at the venue’s restaurant with a bar on the ground floor.

All rooms have a modern design and come with a desk, chair, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, private bathroom, a cupboard with a hairdryer and an electronic safe. ONOMO prides itself on celebrating Africa and its spirit and this is reflected in vibrant décor and friendly staff. Being on the Foreshore means being near to transport hubs, tourist spots, restaurants and bars. 
Deal: Stay for two nights at the Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO and get 20 % off and a complimentary breakfast. Book via using the code promo code: CAPETOWNWINTER.
Location: 31A Heerengracht St
Contact: 087 688 0396 | 
Valid until: 30 September 2023

The Onyx
The Onyx Apartment Hotel.

The Spa Package at The Onyx is perfect for couples who would like to get away for a date night in town and be pampered at an elegant contemporary aparthotel. The pair gets to step into a world of “city chic” at The Onyx and enjoy a one-night stay for two people which includes a 40-minute back, neck and shoulder massage for two at the Sanctuary Spa. The venue’s 106 apartment-style units include a gym, heated pool, secure parking, room service and a concierge. The Onyx is pet friendly too.
Deal: Celebrate your love with a romantic spa package at The Onyx for only R2 600 per couple.
Location: 57 Heerengracht St
Contact: 021 427 5900 | 
Valid until: 31 August 2023

The Rockefeller
The Rockefeller Hotel & Residences.

This glam Foreshore aparthotel, which was named the Best High Rise Development in South Africa at the 2021-22 African Property Awards (APA), has 395 luxury apartments over 18 storeys which have enviable views of Table Mountain and Cape Town Harbour. It boasts a glamorous double-volume lobby, 24-hour concierge and security, a fine-dining restaurant, a dipping pool and a sophisticated rooftop bar inspired by music, architecture and art.

With the current Urban Oasis Package, guests will be treated to a bed and breakfast with a guaranteed upgrade to a comfortable city-facing standard room. There is also a R500 voucher to the Plaza restaurant which also offers all-you-can-eat sushi on Sundays from 12h00 to 15h00 for R200. 
Deal: Indulge your senses with an urban oasis package for couples and solo travellers at R1 750 (single room, per night) and R1 980 (double room, per night).
Location: 12 Christiaan Barnard St
Contact: 021 054 8448 |
Valid until: 30 September 2023

IMAGES: CCID, The Rockefeller, One Thibault, The Onyx, The Capetonian