Colona Castle

Colona Castle

1 Old Boyes Drive Verwood Road, Lakeside 7945 South Africa
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Located in the epicentre of Greater Cape Town, Colona Castle, graded 5 Star, is truly a sophisticated, elegant and enchanting base from which to explore Cape Town, Cape Point, the Peninsula and Winelands. Gracing the mountainside above a tranquil Lake District on the warmer False Bay coastline, with majestic views stretching from Table Mountain to the South Atlantic Ocean, furnished with treasured antiques, this splendid Mediterranean style retreat offers character, exclusivity and infinite charm. Guests are assured of outstanding hospitality and exceptional personal service, away from the hustle bustle of the city, in five luxurious exceptionally decorated full Suites & three Superior Bedrooms offering modern conveniences. Delicious breakfasts are served all day, lunches and dinners on request, spa treatments given in the privacy of own suite Stimulating activities including world-class Golf, whale, shark or bird watching, sightseeing and acclaimed restaurants are within easy reach.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
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Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Quiet

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1 Old Boyes Drive Verwood Road, Lakeside 7945 South Africa
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Car recommended
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Keith S wrote a review Feb 2020
Reading, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Colona Castle is not in any way a "run of the mill" hotel. We felt like we were staying in someone's home, which is exactly what we were doing. The owners live on site, and they and their staff could not have been be more hospitable, helpful, and caring.
From the warm welcome at the steps on our arrival, to the bowl of fruit, personal letter of introduction and home made biscuits with the tea tray, to advice on travelling in the local area, and how accomodating they were about breakfast times, and checking out, nothing was too much trouble.

Staying here is truly an experience. We stayed in the green room, which has a private balcony, enormous en suite bathroom and massive, comfortable bed.

The breakfast was beautifully cooked to order, with juices and cereal available to help yourself to. This hotel does not provide an evening meal service, unless by request of the guests, but there are plenty of local eateries along the coast, all of which can be reached by Uber or your own car.

For those who are looking for something different, and within a walk of an infamous "Z" parkrun, (Zandvlei) this could be for you. It's not a "premier inn" it's staying in someone's home and is an experience in itself.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Any of the rooms would be amazing.
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Lisa P wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay at Colona Castle!
The staff could not do enough for us, the rooms were stunning and the views from the hotel were lovely.
The only meal we ate there was breakfast, but this was delicious with great choices and the view from the breakfast room was gorgeous.
Travelling around was really easy with Uber and the team were happy to recommend places to visit in the local area.
Would love to stay for longer and would happily recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Jean F wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Colona Castle is a dream realized , our 5 day stay was was sublime . all the
attention to details , personlised service and wonderfuff hosts. Thank you Michael
Nicole and David , you will most certainly see us again . The Penthouse suit was spacious , with breath taking views of the mountains , sea and lakeside . the night lights are breath taking . the calmness and positive enegery is rejuvenating and treat on its own .
The experience of staying in this magestic yet homely and personilized establishment or rather home is a treat few be blessed to experience .
This was a memory that will remain with us for ever , or rather till the next time.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: penthouse suit outstanding
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Response from 2CapeTown, Owner at Colona Castle
Responded 05 Mar 2020
Dear Jean-Francois Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Penthouse Suite and benefitted from the panoramic views and calmness it offers. We all look forward to hosting you again soon and David and the attentive staff at Colona Castle wish you the very best to keep safe and happy
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Renaldo v wrote a review Oct 2022
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Would not recommend this place. They stole my money as I had a booking but there was no one to receive me. Landed in Cape Town late in the evening and called before arriving but no one answered my calls. Asked to be refunded as I never stayed over but they declined.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kingstour wrote a review Feb 2011
Poole, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Recommended by Susie Freeman Travel (the BEST for RSA and Mauritius!) and a very good recommendadtion too. Colona Castle is very stylish, has great facilities and really friendly and helpful staff. We stayed in the Chinese Suite which was very comfortable indeed - large room and bed, ensuite and private terrace. We had dinner on one night which was delicious. Breakfast was very comprehensive with delicious fruit. Owners Michael and Nicole were very involved and welcoming/helpful. Would recommend that you have a hire car if you are using this hotel as a base for Cape Town as Muizenberg is a 20 minute drive from the center of town. Upside of this though is the view and the peace.
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Date of stay: February 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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annenorman wrote a review Nov 2007
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We selected the Colona by accident. We hoped to stay at one or more of the five-star hotels in Cape Town over the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Because we made our reservations late, these hotels were booked because, as we later learned, residents of the southern Africa nation flock to Cape Town during this early winter (for them) period. Hence, the "better" hotels were fully booked.

We arrived at the Colona very late our first evening. We actually arrived around midnight. As the taxi driver drove us from the airport, he told us several times that we were going to be far from central Cape Town. He told us that we were going to be isolated, remote and away from things. With each comment, our level of anxiety grew. We wondered whether we made the right selection.

The driver urged us to call the hotel and annouce our anticipated arrival in ten minutes. We wondered...and made the call.

We arrived, as noted above, under cover of darkness. We wondered about our choice....

It was dark outside, and we did not see the array of lights that you ordinarily associate with decent hotels. Indeed, this facility was located in an area that appeared, at night, to be qite suburban.

We were greeted outside the hotel by the owner and one of his aides. He was not very happy -- nor was the aide. They helped us -- barely -- with our bags up the stairs and, later, up the staircase. The owner made some passive comments about the failure of the internet service to tell him when we were arriving from the US. Nevertheless, he told us that we had been upgraded to a superior suite.

The suite was superior. It was clean. It had a sitting room/library with a sofa, chairs, large table, real books, beverages, fruit and other comfort items.

The bedroom contained a king bed, chairs, television and other items.

There was a large balcony with seats. It faced a large lake and some public athlete facilities.

The bathroom was superior. It had a large tub, open shower, two sinks, toilet and lots of cabinets. It was bright, clean, open.

We promptly went to sleep. Given the circumstances of our arrival, I must tell you, candidly, that we wonderd whether we were living a Stephen King novel experience.

I woke up early, as i often do, the following morning. The co-owner (and spouse) was at the desk. She -- Nicole is her name -- gretted me warmly and offered assistance. I responded by requesting coffee. A housekeeper named Katie brought the coffee. I talk to Nicole while drinking several cups.

Both Nicole and Katie noted immediately that I get up early and want coffee at that hour. Katie hadcoffee available to me each morning at the same spot before I arrived. I never ordered it; they readied themselves for my preferences.

Our personal preferences were noted and recorded by the team throughout our stay. The team worked with determinationto make us comfortable.

This small hotel -- it is not a Bed and Breakfast or a Guest House -- is conveniently located. It is about 20 minutes from central Cape Town and its waterfront. It is minutes from Fault Bay -- a beach and shopping area. It is about 30 minutes fromthe Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point.

While we sould have rented a car, the hotel team made reservations for car services. It was clear to us that they knew the drivers well, and that they were not simply passing us off to anyone. The vehicles ere clean and safe and the drivers were pleasant.

This is not a place to party, unless the participants are part of your small tribe. This is not a place for the beach, the bar or the lounge. While there exists some areas like this, it does not work here.

Even though the house does not have a traditional hotel bar, the team brings drinks to you wherever you sit and relax.

The hotel serves free breakfast. It wors for anyone, and is quite nice.

Lunch is not available.

Dinner is available. It is good, andis presented quite well.

There is a team of female chefs who pepare very well. The Italian chef is okay, not great.

This really is a superior hotel. It works for small groups or for small pairs.

If you plant to bein the city, this does not work for you.

Otherwise, you will love this small hotel. It is not to be loved for the grounds, the pool, the facility, the suites or anything else. Instead, it is to be loved only for the way this team headed by Michael and Nicloe will treat you

This team is committed to your comfort. This attitude and focus works for me.

The pool is okay. The beach is nearby. The shopping is nearby. The beach is nearby.

Return to this small hotel often and regularly.

Tell of hosts your thoughts: they will listen and respond.
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Date of stay: November 2007
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Zeigeist wrote a review Nov 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The splendour of the Castle can only be fully explained following a glass with its wonderful proprietors.

Madam Nicole Reigns here with capital R whereas Master Michael pulls the proverbial strings such that the magic is complete.

Outstanding service, beautifully decorated suites combined with an atmosphere of sheer elegance in all and every detail. The eggs are boiled just right. The Champagne is spot on temp. This is the perfect mosaic.

I wish to live here...
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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visitrequisites wrote a review Mar 2015
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mustard-coloured Colona Castle, high on the hill overlooking Muizenberg, was the final of three hotels we stayed at around Cape Town on our 8-day holiday there. It was just us and one other couple staying here and it was like being invited to stay at your rich uncle's luxury getaway, it being a 1920s era fantasy of high ceilings and huge windows, decorated with gorgeous fabrics and exotic curios, showing a life well-travelled - one we envied very much! We stayed in the gorgeous green Chinese room which had an enclosed, AND and exposed balcony overlooking the courtyard pool (which we didn't get to use, sadly, although we did enjoy breakfast outside on our final morning), with a lovely, light-filled, large, sparkling white bathroom. Michael the helpful owner recommended dinner the first night at the wonderful Harbour House restaurant in nearby Kalk Bay which was just superb, and the dinner the second and final night at Catharina's in nearby leafy vineyard region of Constantia. Special mention goes to the smiling, helpful assistants David and Leroy. If we ever got back to CT, we would definitely stay here again. Book it, you won't regret it.
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Chinese room is just gorgeous!
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Marie_Sylvie26 wrote a review Jul 2011
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Colona Castle in May 2011 with my son. We wanted a break, visit some friends and do some sightseeing. It was the perfect spot for us. Not far from Cape Town, near Cape Point and on the way to the wine area. The road along the coast from Muizenberg to Stellenbosch is just beautiful !
There are a number of golf courses nearby and for those of you who are a member of Virgin Active in the UK, a letter from your club will get you in to enjoy all the facilities.
The service was extremely good, nothing was too much trouble. The staff know the area very well and were able to advise us on our touring. Itineraries were drawn up for us every day to ensure we saw everything and did not miss out, restaurants were also booked for us...
The rooms are very comfortable, everything you require is there and the service is discreet and extremely good.
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Date of stay: May 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful and each has its own character and facilities. Your choice will...
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David R wrote a review Feb 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from 2CapeTown, Owner at Colona Castle
Responded 24 Feb 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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ZibaJi asked a question Apr 2016
Los Altos Hills, California2 contributions
how far from water front? can u walk there? or if hotel has shuttle?
Answer from Nicole B
Cape Town1 contribution
Dear ZibaJi Thank you for your questions and interest in our beautiful surroundings. The water front of False Bay is 3 kms down the road from Colona Castle. There are many fun and delectable fish restaurants on the Muizenberg Beach Front and other interesting eateries in the area. You can easily walk there, and we can provide transport or organise a taxi to get there. You can then enjoy a legendary beach spanning 36 kms of fine sand and warmer waters. As a Gateway to the South, this area offers a variety of restaurants, shops,hikes, walks, watersports and mountain to make your stay just that touch better
fijisurf asked a question Feb 2015
Bordeaux, France6 contributions7 helpful votes
Bonjour, Je me permets d'intervenir sur le commentaire de " catvdh8" que je trouve particulièrement désobligeant et malhonnête au vu des prestations offertes par le Colona Castle et son équipe ! Particulièrement habitué à sillonner le monde dans les plus beaux endroits et hôtels de luxe, je peux dire sans exagération que le Colona Castle fait partie de ces endroits magiques avec un cachet que ne saurait offrir bien des grands hôtels de ce monde malgré leurs prestations et équipements de haut de gamme ! Nous avons passé une semaine extraordinaire en famille, avec cette impression de vivre hors du temps, dans un décor de château, une attention et une gentillesse de tous les instants de la part des propriétaires et de leur équipe, une personnalisation qui nous a presque donné l'impression d'être dans notre propre demeure ! Si je reprends point par point vos critiques "catvdh8": Vous reprochez l'éloignement du centre du Cap ! N'importe quoi ! On n'est pas si loin que ça du centre et en prime on a le calme ! De plus, les départs en excursion se font sans problème de l'hôtel ! Ce que vous appelez avec, semble-t'il, un certain mépris " chambres d'hôtes", sont pour ma part des suites de très bon goût et de grand confort, cela a un prix ! Si vous n'aimez pas ce système et ses tarifs, que venez- vous donc y faire ? Allez dans un "vrai" hôtel qui correspondra plus à votre standing low-cost (comme votre orthographe) ! Qu'appelez-vous un petit déjeuner incomplet ? Un manque de quantité de produits bas de gamme servi à outrance à des vacanciers braillards qui ne pensent qu'à se gaver de bon matin ?! Pour ma part, ce petit déjeuner raffiné, servi dans de la belle vaisselle par des employés aimables et stylés, avec des produits frais et de qualité, et, en face de soi, une vue magnifique me fait douter de vos capacités à apprécier le vrai luxe ! Vous me semblez du genre à regretter le moindre sou que vous dépensez et à partir de là, pour auto-justifier votre pingrerie, vous essayez de dénigrer le responsable involontaire de votre mauvaise foi, à savoir l'hôtelier, dans ce qui ne me parait être qu'une mesquine revanche ! Cordialement à toute l'équipe du Colona Castle !
Jean F wrote a tip Mar 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"penthouse suit outstanding"
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Keith S wrote a tip Feb 2020
Reading, United Kingdom6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any of the rooms would be amazing."
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Ruth D wrote a tip Nov 2016
Cambridge, Canada13 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Front rooms have million dollar views. We loved the Green Room."
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Mourneadventurer wrote a tip Oct 2016
Newcastle, United Kingdom30 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request a kettle to make your own tea and coffee. We thoroughly enjoyed the Green Room with the sunrise from our balcony."
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Shawn L wrote a tip Sept 2016
9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"English Suite was marvelous! Any room would be peaceful and quiet."
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,662 - R 2,992 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownLakeside
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Colona Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Colona Castle?
Nearby attractions include Casa Labia (0.2 km), Sobeit Store & Hong Kong Charlie Sushi Cafe (0.8 km), and Guided Nature Trails Cape Point (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Colona Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Colona Castle?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Colona Castle?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Colona Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include Joon, Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market, and Kosie's Place.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Colona Castle?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Colona Castle have airport transportation?
Yes, Colona Castle offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Colona Castle?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Colona Castle?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rhodes Cottage Museum (1.9 km).
Does Colona Castle have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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