How To Experience SA’s Best Hotels On A Budget

“I have never cancelled plans because I was low on cash.” – Said literally no one ever.

We live in a time where social media makes the B-word sound like a distant fantasy because after all, we should be chasing to live our best lives as an influencer or celeb with a never-ending cash limit. It’s not really the ideal image we should be portraying to girls out there. I have realized on multiple occasions that I actually suffer from FOMO because my budget, and mainly my only reliable source of income, aka my parents, are restricted to a certain limit. Without further ado, here are some cool hotels to visit without actually having to spend the night or break the budget!

1. Radisson Red Hotel


One of many hotels situated in the trendy and infamous Silo district in Cape Town, the Radisson Red Hotel certainly doesn’t aim to disappoint. With views towering over the V&A Waterfront as well as mountain and city, this hotel has a lot to offer. Luckily for people who aren’t looking to spend the night, the Radisson Red has one of the best rooftop bars in Cape Town. Its called the Red Roof Bar and they offer some stellar views while sipping a cocktail or having a dip in the swimming pool. Thank me later, you’ll be living your best influencer life with this one!

Average spend: R250pp for food and drinks

2. Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff


Towering over Jozi Zoo, The Westcliff is hard to miss. Whether you’re up for spending the night or just grabbing a quick drink while watching the sunset over the lovely Witwatersrand area, be sure to take a peek at The View restaurant. If you’re just passing by and in the mood for a quick bite and coffee Westcliff Deli awaits! Hidden away at the Hotel this Deli combines gourmet food with a cute café twist. The Deli offers indoor and outdoor seating with a casual and trendy atmosphere.

Average spend: R150 for coffee and a snack

3. The Maslow Hotel, Time Square


One of the hottest spots in SA right now is The Maslow Hotel at Time Square. With so many activities around you, who needs to spend the night? This 4-star hotel has spectacular views of Pretoria and is surrounded by the best restaurants and shopping malls the area has to offer. The Maslow even hosted the 2019 Miss South Africa Finalists during pageant week. If you want to experience all this hotel has to offer, don’t hesitate to have a look at the surrounding facilities. Literally 200m from the hotel sits Time Square Casino with endless entertainment and options for dining, and if you aren’t into gambling or under the legal gambling age (which is 18 FYI) you can always go for a quick shopping trip across the street at Menlyn Maine Shopping Centre, or watch a show at Time Square Sun Arena. Be sure to book some tickets first!

Average spend: No budget

   4. Blue Waters Hotel


Durban’s North Beach has A LOT to offer, but I have to admit that this is at the top of my list. Central Durban doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Blue Waters Hotel. From amazing views over the Indian ocean to endless amounts of comfort when you spend the night, this hotel definitely has a romantic feeling to it. Which brings me to the star of the budget show: Versailles Restaurant. I mean who doesn’t want to have a nice view of Durban’s best beaches while stuffing your face at a buffet? The breakfast buffet at this restaurant is quite impressive; from waffles to fruits, to your regular egg and bacon combo for only R150 per person. The options are endless, hopefully, the space in your tummy too! Be sure to make a booking first, it can get quite busy!

Average spend: R150 per person

5. Kievits Kroon Faircity Hotel


Who doesn’t love a good romantic picnic? Situated in the Kameeldrift area of Pretoria, Kievits Kroon promises a picnic like no other. This 4-star hotel is luxury mixed with an old Cape-Dutch inspired charm. The hotel will provide all your picnic needs; a blanket, cushions and most importantly the best gourmet-snack filled basket you will ever have.  Relax and unwind on the lawn of this beautiful estate and don’t stress too much about your wallet. Starting at R250 per person, it’s safe to say that this is more than just a bargain.

Average spend: R250 per person for a picnic

Having fun while staying within your budget shouldn’t have to feel like you’re dreading it the whole time. Top tip: some influencers mostly have sponsored fun. Not all of them have endless amounts of cash flow. So next time you catch a serious case of FOMO, go and have a look at what your local attractions have to offer!

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Monique Webster
Monique Webster

BLOSS Youth Travel Editor

Monique Webster was born in the midst of a never-ending love affair with travel. Her core passion lies in exploring and spending time with her loved ones. She spends half her time making jokes and being with family and friends and the other half globe-trotting and seeking adventure. She currently lives in Pretoria and during the week she manages a local jewellery shop and spends her time trying to decide whether she should study or travel. She hopes to combine the two in the following year.

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