What are Cape Town self catering accommodation rates?
Today I will only discuss rates in general. Then in another post I would discuss rates per area, and then how length of stay affects your rate.
You’ll agree that Cape Town self catering accommodation rates depend on where you want to stay, how long you want to stay, the luxury you expect and your budget. And the story can become pretty boring. Today. Let’s keep it short. Let’s start with extravagant luxury:
Last week I told you how popular Cape Town is. And it never ends. Business Day now has a story saying Joburg has the cash but Cape Town has the class. Now we all know that. That’s why you come here for your holidays. And you spend mega bucks. Only R14.6 billion during 2012. But does this give us a reason to blunt our knives?
Even Cheryl Cole wants to buy a house in Cape Town. Excellent. We are getting so popular we may become blunt.
But this story today is not about bragging it’s about bluntness, arrogance or read more
I read everything on Cape Town. I have to because Cape Town is one of your chosen holiday destinations. But when I get regular newspaper listings saying Cape Town is the best then I get worried. And you may as well.
Yes it’s the season. Everyone is in Cape Town. Let me qualify. Everyone who was lucky enough to find accommodation is in Cape Town. We had a very tough time trying to find accommodation for last minute Cape Town holidaymakers. We assisted many of you but lots we could only disappoint. Let’s try harder next time.
If you are lucky enough to wake-up in Cape Town and see this view or just any view of Cape Town then enjoy every moment. How can you not be happy to be in this chilled place. A place read more
Yes. The season is upon us. And depending on your view it’s already over. We can now take a short break and then focus on 2014.
At the end of the high-peak late bookings became frustrations. We could not help all the people all the time. Agents and homeowners scrambled. The only way to help them was to go out; break bones and spill buckets of blood. For that we employed our own bonebreaker. And we forced a few reluctant homeowners out of their homes. Ha Ha.
Even with all these enquiries we had a few homeowners we could not help, read more
If Mandela forgave all, unconditionally, how can you still justify being a racist? Mandela’s life was stolen from him because racists were afraid of his skin colour. Was this not enough reason for him to hate whites?
Why then can you tell me you don’t want people from Durban, from Johannesburg, or from Africa in your Cape Town holiday home. How can you justify your choice based on colour, nationality or what people eat? How superior are you that some people, according to your judgement, read more
Let’s solve one of the most time consuming headaches faced by accommodation managers:
The cost of lost keys, rekeying locks, and guest lock outs, duplicate keys floating around – cupboards full. Tagged with colourful plastic. What about guests, vendors, cleaners or maintenance people wanting access to your accommodation at odd times? And you have to stop everything, get in your car to open. What a waste.
I am sure you can recall many
Benefits Of Keyless Remote Lock For Accommodation Managers:
I remember the guest who phone on Sunday and said they are an hour from Cape Town. We planned a braai read more
If in Cape Town you can do many things. But if you don’t braai fresh fish then you are missing out big time. And I mean big time. No restaurant can give you such flavor as your own fresh fish on a braai. With friends in your own space. And with a view like this what more do you want?
This is an open letter to the Cape Town short-term rental owner who sent me this email after I mentioned her less than par 10% commission. (Don’t read it if you are sensitive
Re the commission, we really try to stay as affordable as possible so don’t have any spare ‘fat’ to throw around too much on commissions, especially when it’s peak season, as we find we fill up anyway, without any commissions…………I think 10% is quite acceptable just for a couple of emails! Rosa
Interesting: Being an accommodation agent in Cape Town is really a lot of fun. Most accommodation owners do very well-paying agents a competitive commission. Generally 20%.
Why would they do it?
Owners are obviously getting a return. Cape Town being such a popular world destination, even Lonely Planet rated Cape Town third after Brazil, and read more
Getting more guests to your accommodation is not as easy as it seems. Your opposition is grabbing your guests. Hotels are doing a great job doing the same. And you have bed nights you can fill. But what can you do that’s free and effective? For some accommodation agents and owners with high occupancy it’s second nature. And they win the race. What can we learn from them?
I believe short term rental ideas based on the automation of tasks will bring you more happy returning guests. And a 5% retention can increase your profits by 95%.
The 2013/2014 Cape Town festive season will be hectic. Most people booked their accommodation months in advance. Other’s left it late. Others were upset because we could not find them anything. But we have some good news.
We have 23 Cape Town holiday homes still available. And you can book your accommodation today. Some homes are very affordable at only R360 per person per night. Others are more expensive. And if you are looking for a one bedroom, or ten sleeper you can find your holiday home read more
We come across many homeowners who want to market their Cape Town accommodation. And all they care about is what rate they can get per night. They want the most. That makes sense. Or does it?
I believe that before you can start counting money people need to come stay in your place. And if they stay for one night you may have achieved your goal – they paid your maximum rate.
But have you made money?
Aristotle said that one swallow does not make a summer. (read more here)
Or one instance of an event does not necessarily indicate a trend.
You will only really make money when your home is booked read more
Cape Town Safety For Tourists: Are You Responsible?
You have packed your bags. You have bought the plane ticket. You have booked your Cape Town accommodation. You downloaded the free ebook on things to do in Cape Town. You cannot wait. Only a few more nights. Image credit
Cape Town safety for tourists is hidden in the photo above:
These two guys are tourists. Obvious. Absent minded. Naive. Nothing wrong with that. But in the wild the non aware becomes supper. And I am not suggesting this is your destiny. All I am saying is, “don’t be stupid”.
These two guys are in a crowded place. Good for them. But if you were to wander off read more
How Can You Benefit From This Accommodation Advertising Network?
You want to more bums on beds. But where do you start or what can you do to get more?
You can use free classifieds like Gumtree, or Safarinow, and the rest. But there must be a better way. A simple way. And an effective way. A place where you set the rules. A place where you cut the junk enquiries. And a place that brings you more paying guests.
You want more paying guests?
Can 400 focused accommodation agents in this network bring you more guests? Today I will tell you how this accommodation advertising network read more
Have you been to Pot Luck Club Cape Town? One of the restaurants not to be missed out – during your next visit. Living in Cape Town we can go there throughout the year but you may not get a seat if you don’t book today for your visit.
Let’s have a look at what Potluck means (By the way the restaurant spell it as Pot Luck and not Potluck:
To the Irish, a potluck was a meal with no particular menu. Everyone participating brought a dish for all to share. The term comes from a time when groups of Irish women would gather read more
It’s holiday time in Cape Town. Everyone has booked holiday accommodation long time ago. And very disappointed are the later sleepers. Sorry.
But for those who are lucky enough let’s discuss being:
Connected cheaply and effectively all the time this holiday.
Who do not want to be connected? Facebook. Twitter. Email. Whatsapp. Phone a friend. Play games. Watch movies and sport. Read a book.
You get to your accommodation and there’s ADSL but no WiFi. Or there’s nothing. Some poorly informed business or accommodation owners sell you ridiculously expensive WiFi vouchers. The examples read more
It’s summer in Cape Town. But who cares. As they say if you are in Cape Town you are lucky enough. Don’t you agree? Everyone wants to be in Cape Town!
You have booked your Cape Town accommodation and you have downloaded your free ebook on things to do in Cape Town. Now you are ready to go big.
If you are the active type why not bring the cycle along or let AWOL Tours arrange a trip for you. My friend Meike from AWOL Tours did the Simons’s Town to Cape of Good Hope trip. And this is her story. Have fun and enjoy:
When I recently came back to Cape Town from Germany, I decided that it was time for me to train read more
It’s this time of the year. The time before the influx of Cape Town visitors. Many of these visitors are new to Cape Town. They have no clue what are some of the fun things to do in Cape Town.
Over the last few years we have written many articles on lots of fun things to do in Cape Town. We took some time away. I asked Nandi to edit the articles for me and today we have created an ebook you can download and share. Read it and tell me what you think. Share it with your friends and guests and let’s make Cape read more