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“Rustic Elegance”
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Casta Diva
Ranked #8 of 358 Pretoria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Rustic Elegance”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying at Casta Diva last weekend and must admit I was quite impressed. I stayed in one of the new rooms, which was spacious and decorated with cooling shades and decor.

The adjacent courtyard was tranquil and relaxing, surrounded by trees and filled with the gentle sound of the bubbling fountain. I found this entire section of the hotel to be cozy, with it's cottage style rooms and patios.

The grounds were particularly lovely, with spring being in full bloom and the scent of flowers filling the air. Everywhere I looked there were brightly colored flowers and trees, and the surrounding mountains made the atmosphere feel peaceful and calm. I made use of the massive swimming pool and laid poolside afterwards, completely relaxed.

Staff were very attentive and accommodating, going out of their way to bring a special dinner to my children. I was asked on several occasions if I needed anything. What a pleasure to not have to go on a mission to find staff to help with my needs.

The show, Vintage Cheek, was lively and entertaining. Not for the faint of heart, in fact rather bawdy, but good clean fun nonetheless.

All in all I'd say a excellent place to stay for a relaxing weekend away.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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CastaDivaPretoria, Owner at Casta Diva, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Thank you for your review and support, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the latest extension to our property. We are looking forward to your next booking.
Alejandro & team.
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English first
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 14, 2013

5 stars :)

Soul food = fantastic
Customer Service is top notch!
On site theatre with the very best entertainment
Beautiful mountainside setting, with stunning rooms- The best bed I have ever slept on!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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CastaDivaPretoria, Owner at Casta Diva, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Hi Oyling, Thank you for your fabulous response.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay.
Our on-site theatre has the objective to provide a stage to talented artists and, to provide them with an income, good to hear that you enjoyed the entertainment.
Kind regards,
Alejandro & team
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Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2013

I was lucky enough to come to Casta Diva to do a performance of my show Cougar.Comedy! with Anne Power last weekend.
We were accommodated in the brand new wing at the bottom of the property, all pristine white linen and dark wood.
Each room is gorgeously decorated, with ceiling fans and tv, dressing tables and a little carafe of sherry on offer (for warming up the vocal cords).
For dinner I had a superb beef stroganoff with fillet and taglietelle, washed down with a crisp white sauvignon blanc!
Then it was show time, and we delivered a super feisty double-diva show at the intimate theatre on site called the Vissi d'Arte, managed and run by Liza Badenhorst. One of the best audiences we have ever had, they partied and sang and really got into the groove.
The next morning we enjoyed a slap-up breakfast in the main house with all the trimmings! The service is excellent, friendly and the surroundings are breathtaking! Running water and huge purple flowering jacarandas! Warm breezes blowing and soft music in the background! Another wonderful experience at Casta! Thank-you!

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely, some self-catering and some hotel. Built on a hill so mind out for steps a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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CastaDivaPretoria, Owner at Casta Diva, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Cat,

Thank you for your kind review, the whole team is looking forward to your next visit.

Best regards,
Alejandro & Team
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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2013

In the last 3 years I have visited SA 8 times, all for long stays of 3-4 weeks for bussiness trips.
7 out of the 8 times i stayed in Casta Diva (in total around 5-6 months of stay).
The staff is very friendly and the food is great, there is a very good restaurant named Charisma, in which people come to eat even if they are not staying in Casta Diva.
There is a nice big pool, and the view from the room at the top is breath taking.

This place really charges your batteries after work, and in the weekends you feel like you are in a holiday :)

If i do travel to Pretoria in the future, this is definitaly the place i am going to stay again.

Room Tip: I can say that i stayed in almost every room type they have in this hotel. Some of the rooms in the...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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CastaDivaPretoria, Owner at Casta Diva, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Hi Ahmet,
Thank you for taking your time writing a review for us.
We are very glad to read that you enjoyed your stay.
The whole team is hoping that there will be another Business trip soon!
Takes care,
Alejandro & team.
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Nablus, Palestinian Territories
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2013

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I was there for 3 nights for Business trip, I liked this place too much, so nice, calm and safe place with very nice staff who did their best for getting their clients satisfaction.
The people there are very helpful and so kind, and welling to help. Food was great with limited varieties yet so good, the garden and atmosphere was really charm.
Thanks to Nice people there, and sure I would like to come back again.
Thanks guys, you did our stay comfortable

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank Ayman A
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CastaDivaPretoria, Owner at Casta Diva, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Thank you so much for the effort of writing your feedback, it is always nice to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay. Next time please tell the chef about your favourite food and tastes to challenge their culinary abilities, I can guarantee that it will be beyond your expectation...
Hoping to see you back soon.
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Gauteng
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2013

I spent this past weekend at Casta Diva primarily to perform in a show being held at Vissi D'Arte (their on-premises theatre). What a fantastic weekend. The venue was breathtaking. From the magnificent mountain backdrop and view to the immense diversity of vegetation and birds there was always something new to experience. We stayed in the newly built villas and the rooms were spacious and classically decorated. The food was mouthwatering and the service was faultless and I really regretted having to leave. Liza, the manager, went out of her way to assist us in any way she could and made us feel totally at home. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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CastaDivaPretoria, Owner at Casta Diva, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Dear Luisa, hosting group of guests like yourselves is such a pleasure for us and show that we are on the right track. We are eagerly awaiting you next performance.
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Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Pretty place with a nice restaurant and good service. Rooms were a bit small and a tad old. Beds were a bit short and not the most comfortable. In summary a nice pretty place with a full on restaurant which is very useful if you don't want to venture out in the evenings but the rooms even though very clean were a bit lacking.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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2 Thank Anita B
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CastaDivaPretoria, Owner at Casta Diva, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Dear Anita,
Thank you for your feedback, the team and I are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay.
With your next booking, I would like to suggest to try one of the 5 new Village rooms, I am sure you will like them.
Hoping to see you again soon,
Alejandro & team
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Property: Casta Diva
Address: 67 Albatros Street | Ninapark, Pretoria 0156, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Pretoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 358 B&Bs / Inns in Pretoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Casta Diva 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casta Diva, is a luxury and very private 4-star Boutique Hotel, Restaurant, Theatre, Art-Gallery, Function and Conference Centre that is nestled high on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg amidst peaceful and tranquil surroundings which offers stunning views and an unsurpassed setting of natural beauty and elegance - an oasis of peace and serenity in the city. You are sure to have a memorable stay! The rustic charm of our historic mansion offers a world of luxury surrounded by natural beauty, our almost 2 hectares of lush sub-tropical gardens with lovely palm trees, cycads and various ferns, various terraces offer beautiful views, these views can be the perfect companion for a sun downer or a night cap. Enjoy our breathtaking African sunrise or sunsets. In all of our 27 rooms and our on-site restaurant we have solar powered battery back-up for the lighting, so the effect of the current load shedding effect is much less for our guests. ... more   less 
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