Stylish Loft in Cape Town, South Africa.
Westside Studios offers a unique self catering experience when visiting Cape Town. Unlike modern loft conversions where developers have tried to recreate a loft feel, Westside is undoubtedly authentic and the real thing. The building is positioned near the centre of Cape Town and is slightly elevated to enhance the view across the city. The apartment is on the top floor (the 3rd) and has some of the best city views possible.
On entering the building, you will notice the slightly raw, commercial feel and slightly darkish passage ways. It is short walk to the apartment entrance and on entering, the experience is quite startling. 5 Meter high ceilings and a massive glass window overlook the city with a panoramic view of Table Mountain.
The apartment is approximately 75 square meters (about 800 squ. feet), but the high ceilings easily makes it feel double the size. The exposed face brick further adds to the industrial feel which is softened by select pieces of furniture. The main bedroom is located on a mezzanine level and includes a double bed. The compact bathroom is located below the mezzanine on the entrance level. The apartment has recently been renovated and provides all the modern conveniences you would expect from a self catering unit; Full kitchen with Microwave, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Dishwasher, Satellite TV and high speed internet. The Cape Town City Bowl can occasionally reach into the low 30° Celsius (90’s °F) and the two air conditioning units can be a lifesaver. The apartment is completely open plan, and while this may not be ideal for a permanent residence, it is an excellent base for exploring Cape Town.
There are a couple of attractive points to the apartments location. The buzzing Long Street is a few hundred meters away. Close enough for easy access, but far enough away from the night life not to be a bother in the evenings. Being in the centre of Cape Town you have access to all the key attractions. The V&A Waterfront, the Table Mountain Cableway and Camps Bay are all just a 5 minutes Cab Drive away. (Try Rikkis Taxis very affordable and safe service). The Building does look slightly rustic from the outside, but I think that is the whole point of a loft apartment.
If you are a couple seeking a New York loft style living while staying in Cape Town, then this really is the apartment for you. Having stayed in a New York loft, I would go as far as to say that this is possibly better. If you are more than two or a family, then this particular apartment is not for you.
The latest pricing for the apartment can be found on the website www.privateplaces.net. The minimum stay is 3 nights and at the time of writing is between R870 – R1400/night depending on the duration of stay and the season.
Photos of 302 Westside Studios
The apartment is one of 6 privately owned units, which are owner managed. The owners have been in the business for over 30 years. You can find a lot more info on their website.