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Reviewed April 5, 2018

I've stayed at many 5 star hotels on trips around the world. Of course they're all nice, but the experience is inevitably the same, so it's hard to remember their details. But Colona Castle is different and I will remember it's little details for a long time to come. I see one reviewer suggested that the place needs stripping out and bringing into the 21st century. What a bizarre notion! In fact that would be the antithesis of what I think the owners have tried to achieve. And, to be honest, what anyone with a bit of taste and world experience would value greatly. To be frank, apart from the modern conveniences of life, the 21st century is somewhat overrated. Who wants cookie-cutter, modern day, plastic establishments where one's memories of the places blur into unintersting mush? I prefer a place with personality and story, one I can remember for arresting details. That I got at Colona Castle - from the physical space, to the location, to the connection with the owners. I loved the old world charm - it's like stepping back in time to a glorious period (but with all the modern conveniences we have come to depend on). The room we stayed in was grand - high vaulted ceilings with beautiful beams, fine marble, exquisite attention to small details, fantastic views. The location is superb - the rough physical beauty of the mountain and lake, right on the doorstep of Muizenberg without having to contend with the hustle and bustle of the place, and just around the corner from charismatic Kalk Bay (without contending with the tourists). It's a great location for launching off in so many directions with different agendas. The real jewel though - and this one gets so rarely - is interacting with the owners. If you're just wanting some advice on where to go, what do, and how to book it - that they will do for you easily, but the real magic is hearing their stories about travels through Africa. Or get them to tell you about the house - it makes you feel part of a storied history of a grand old dame in Cape Town. The best places around the world are like that - the house has a life of its own, every piece in the house has a story of its own, and the owners are the engaging custodians of it all, generous with their time and with their stories. Good luck with finding that in an average modern, generic, uninteresting hotel with modern glitz and Ikea-inspired decor that you'll never remember. For me, Colona Castle is my kind of place and I'll be coming back.

Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank AnthonyF2840
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2CapeTown, Owner at Colona Castle, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2018

Dear Tony
Thank you so much for your detailed and wonderful review. It was such a pleasure hosting you, and showing you our special haven. You definitely captured the enchanting spirit of Colona Castle and we hope to see you again soon. Wishing you the very best

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Reviewed March 26, 2018

We visit Cape Town annually, and what a find Colona Castle is.
From the moment you arrive in this tranquil setting, with sweeping views over False Bay, to the warm welcome by your host Nicole, onto the the very luxurious bedrooms, where every need is taken care of, comfort and opulence personified.
We spent 5 delightful days there, breakfasts were outstanding and information on local cuisine and attractions were well sourced and never disappointing.
We will be back time and time again, and recommend this gem highly

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2CapeTown, Owner at Colona Castle, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2018

Dear Pam
Thank you very much for visiting Colona Castle. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to seeing you again soon
Wishing you a great Easter week-end

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Set on the hillside, Colona Castle has magnificent views over the coast line.
The Parisian owner is absolutely charming, and she, and her staff could not be more friendly or helpful. However Colona Castle, is from yesteryear- it’s a bit like visiting a dear aunt, in deepest rural France. Reception has threadbare carpets, numerous random artefacts/antiques/junk, as did our room.
Breakfast on the first day had a reasonable buffet selection, with cooked options available- there was only one other couple staying. The freshly squeezed orange juice, excellent.. The second morning, when we were the only guests, no buffet set out, no orange juice of any description!
The owner was extremely helpful in advising good restaurants, booking tables, organising taxis.
All in all, a pleasant stay in a mainly ‘guestless’ accommodation- we stayed 5 nights!
Would I recommend it to friends? - nope! The place has a great location, wonderful owner and staff, but needs stripping out, and bringing into the 21st Century- am I some young trendy? Nope I’m 63, but appreciate to new standards set by most boutique accommodation.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2CapeTown, Owner at Colona Castle, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2018

Dear David
Thank you for your review.
Taste is indeed a very personal matter, as highlighted by some of your astonishing comments : the reception threadbare carpet is a real antique Persian rug with beautiful bird designs, considered to be fashionable and “tres chic”, which has not embarrassed any guests so far. Had you mentioned that you did not care for the antiques and the “Arab Twins” large painting of world famous painter Eugene Jardin in the Moroccan Room, we would have offered a stay in another room perhaps the Green Room of a more classic Bristish design…
The number of guests in residence is not often apparent, as guests come and go early or late and are located on 3 different floors with separate entrances. We are very sorry that you did not like our furnishings. Rest assured that freshly squeezed orange juice is available at any time of day or night.
We would have appreciated your mentioning all this face to face, but you certainly appeared to be enjoying yourselves, and you gave the impression of being happy. Your wife Sonja’s comments in our Guest Book : “Awesome place, perfect service & lovely people ! Thank you !!”
We wish you the very best.

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Reviewed February 13, 2018 via mobile

Dr Grien (think this was his name) put his house up for sale in 1929 for the magnificent sum of £4500.00 and left behind him an historical treat for us share. We arrived late at night and Frank had stayed up to greet us. We took a nightcap out onto the terrace to relax and unwind after a long day of travelling with the sound of the Indian Ocean serenading our chill time on the terrace by the pool, watching the stars in the sky above us. The room was delightful despite the slight amendments to facilities despite the current drought restrictions. It was only in the light of day the following morning that we saw the full extent of the spectacular setting and views the location this B&B has to offer. Wow! Yes, it is a B&B (even though they had no problem providing a G&T and a beer at 1.O0 am), they also arranged a very prompt transfer from the airport. Only sorry that we weren't staying longer in this period piece location; could quite easily have stayed longer, sitting there daydreaming of life in a bygone era... Breakfast was excellent, service great and would like to go back. Can understand the previous comments about the beach at the bay; we only stopped to look at the stunning scenery but it felt a little intimidating even though spectacular. Would certainly recommend if you want to get away from the hurly-burley from the city life of Cape Town.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2CapeTown, Owner at Colona Castle, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2018

Thank you so much for your review.
You certainly captured some of the highlights of staying at Colona Castle and we look forward to seeing you again soon

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Reviewed June 23, 2017

Colona Castle in Cape Town was just as charming as it was ten years ago when we were there before. The breakfast was sumptuous. The staff was extremely courteous and obliging. It was a delight staying again in this unique B&B, so wonderfully different from staying in another chain hotel or even a large five star hotel where one can get lost in the shuffle. David was the manager there and took a personal interest in our comfort and happiness throughout our stay.

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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