Villa Belladonna B&B

Villa Belladonna B&B

18 Belladonna Avenue Devils' Peak, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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2.5
#48 of 48 B&Bs in Cape Town Central
3.4 of 5 bubbles
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3.1 of 5 bubbles
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2.9 of 5 bubbles
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2.8 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Belladonna situated on the slopes of Table Mountain with breathtaking views of: Mountain, City & Ocean in cul-de-sac tranquil avenue. Close to all amenities 1 minute walk to supermarket, restaurant, coffee shop, Mountain trail & public transport, 10 Minutes walk to town centre. Room en-suite with balcony & private access, braai area, sun deck & outdoor Jacuzzi. Villa Belladonna consist of full self catering 7 rooms, 7 bathrooms, Gym, Braai area, secured parking.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Babysitting
Wifi
Paid wifi
Hot bath
Restaurant
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Desk
Room service
Safe
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Kitchenette
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Telephone
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Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to TGCSA - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
3.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English, German, Hebrew

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18 Belladonna Avenue Devils' Peak, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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brent979 wrote a review Jun 2015
Port Elizabeth, South Africa1 contribution4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a double for 8 days with breakfast. The room was bearable but very old fashioned and in need of a good renovation as was the rest of the property. Breakfast was a joke, coffee machine not working, stale bread, small slice of brown pineapple, no butter, no milk, no sugar etc etc, certainly not worth even thinking about. Although arrangements were made and confirmed by e-mail regarding payment by my employer, the owner kept chasing for money and threatening. We then offered to pay by credit card but his machine was 'broken'?.We then paid by eft as he wanted to charge an extra 5% for an online payment. We had a total of 3 tea bags for our stay. some hard sugar and terrible instant coffee in the room and no milk at all. We cancelled the breakfasts after day 3 realizing it was not going to improve and decided to self cater. The rather shabby communal kitchen had washing strung up to dry and one had to negotiate this to get to a fridge that was either unplugged due to all appliances sharing 1 extension cord, or set so high that frozen yoghurt was for breakfast. I am sorry but whoever is responsible for giving this glorified budget backpackers three stars needs to revisit the establishment or go see an optometrist. Suffice to say the radiant advertising got the better of me and resulted in a lot of money being badly spent. Will never see me again for certain.
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Date of stay: March 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Go elsewhere.
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Tamas S wrote a review Jan 2015
Durban, South Africa2 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My friends and I have rented two rooms in Villa Belladonna for 6 nights. The so called "luxury" room and another double room.

First of all the B&B is at a relatively good location, close to CBD and the Table Mountain. The rooms were also clean and despite the rather eclectic interior design they were good to stay in.

However the rooms are a bit oversold and the reality doesn't match what is advertised.

They were advertised as en-suite, but the one double room had the bathroom outside of it with the little corridor between the two only separated from the rest of the place with a broken and very worn concertina door which could not be closed leaving a 5 cm gap for anyone to see through. That is not really private.

The "luxury" room has so little area for toilet that people actually cannot sit down straight instead they have to sit sideways because there is no room for the legs otherwise.

This room is separated from the "fitness center" only by a huge balcony glass door so if anyone was to work out there it would have been disturbing for people in the "luxury" room. The "fitness center" itself is like two shabby benches and a few weights to lift. To me that is not a fitness center.

We also had a lot of issues with payments. Firstly, despite it is advertised the place doesn't have credit card facilities as the machine doesn't work. We were required to either withdraw money from the ATM (more than R4000!!!) or do an EFT. I live in South Africa and I could do an EFT from the FNB app on my phone but this would have been way more complicated and costly for people who are from overseas.

Secondly the owner was confused about how much we have paid and should have paid and demanded us to pay more than what he quoted initially. We had to spend part of the last day sifting through e-mails and records of booking so we can prove he is wrong and we are right. This is not what you want to spend your day when you are on holiday. At the end he admitted the mistake but this should have not happened in the first place.

The place is also extremely loud when strong wind comes which is not unusual in Cape Town. The place has got a lot of "creative" solutions some of them include plastic roofing, etc. and all that was very-very loud two nights out of six. We sometimes thought the place is going to collapse on us.

And finally the promised free internet is not really there. We couldn't connect to the router from half of the property and when we could there was no internet access most of the time. The owner kept on saying that it must be our devices as his PC has got internet. We never had any problem with our devices anywhere else.

Overall the experience was poor but not terrible as we really just wanted a place to sleep at and it did that job. I would not recommend this place to stay at unless this is your last option or you are not fussy at all.
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Date of stay: January 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Anne10max wrote a review Mar 2014
Bolton, United Kingdom75 contributions43 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I know a lot of reviews of this place are good, but that was not my experience. Except for one thing. I had made a mistake with the booking which the owner was really good about.
However, the room we had was exceedingly grim. yes it was superficially clean, but not really clean. Nothing at all matched in the room. Three windows, three different curtains - the curtain poles regularly fell off altogether - bedding that did not match, etc. a TV in a cupboard that you could not watch from one of the beds. The towels were really thin, and very old, the bathroom really grim. The shower curtain pole fell to pieces on a daily basis. There was an additional charge for using a debit card to pay - not that unusual, but being charged for air con in the South African summer, totally outrageous. We just opened a window at night. There was also a charge for wifi - but there is so much free wifi in Cape Town it wasn't a problem for us. We saw no jacuzzi, the fridge for guests was switched off, we decided not to pay the extra for breakfast and really felt uncomfortable spending time in the guesthouse. It's a good half hour wak to town, and an hour to the waterfront
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Date of stay: February 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Duane2015 wrote a review Jan 2015
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa4 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
On arrival, the owner did not know who we were and was not prepared for our visit, even though we spoke to him ourselves on the phone and he confirmed our booking via email. A friendly welcome yet uncomfortable, as he looked at us as if we had appeared without prior arrangement.
As my partner and I are very tall we asked for an extra length bed and were shown two rooms. we chose room # 4 for the extra length bed.
1. The owner advertised air conditioning and it was not provided - (we had a broken portable air conditioner in our room and got a wonky fan that had to rest against the TV when we asked for one).
2. The room had a lace curtain hung without all the hooks (looked shabby), the toilet had a bidet appliance in it (that didn't work) that hampered normal seating for a bowel movement. Our hot water was cold on one night and the following morning, so we had to take a cold shower.
3. There was no Wi-Fi as advertised.
4. The TV reception was poor, the picture was snowy and there was no DSTV as advertised.
5. Poor quality instant coffee, powdered creamer, tea and sugar were provided on the 1st day of our stay, in a Tupperware container - it was not refilled again. Not as advertised.
6. We were persuaded by the owner not to eat breakfast at the villa - excuse was that the villa follows kosher dietary laws. It seems like the owner didn't want to bother with providing breakfast and refunded us our money. So breakfast may have been available as a KOSHER breakfast and was not advertised as such. The owner suggested that we eat at "The Red Sofa" as it would be a nicer and cheaper breakfast. I must assume then that although breakfast is advertised it is better not to eat it!
7. We had to boil water on the FLOOR in the room as the only electrical outlet in the room was an extension cord near the TV. No electrical sockets were provided as one would expect.
8. The garden was very untidy and an eye sore. Grass not cut and an awful water feature with tarpaulin draped over it with a crooked cherub statue thing proper up by a stick, broken table under stairs, dilapidated swing bench standing crooked by the covered hot tub and loose paving stones on the outside walk way to our room
9. We had to walk around the side of the house to get to our room - inadequate lighting was provided and the owner supplied a torch on our second night. Rather dangerous for the elderly and for kids - never mind it being dangerous for us!

Our overall impression was that we paid far too much for what we got. The owner was very friendly but we got the idea that he tries to overwhelm you with friendliness to get your mind off of the miserly furnishings and poor care that he gives to his establishment. I would not have complained if he had simply provided adequate lighting, refilled the coffee, tidied his garden and had ensured that we got what was advertised. You expect someone to take care of their own home. I just feel sad now after my visit, as he was either a miser or he really didn't have the money to provide an adequate service. As I said, he was very friendly and at least the sheets and towels were clean - I could have got that for much less elsewhere though.
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Date of stay: January 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Just don't choose room #4 if you want to stay at Villa Belladonna
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Steven m wrote a review Apr 2017
4 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
No breakfast provided and minimal self catering.
Accomodarion clean but requires extensive refurbishment and maintenance
Room TV non existent
Noisy late night tenants and occasional smoking by some
View is good
Note that upper room windows show onto street and curtian is translucent

DEFNITELY NOT 3 STAR
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Gemma M wrote a review Feb 2014
Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia107 contributions30 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sorry to say, in total agreement with 'Not so villa bella' below.

On the positive side - Fortune looked after us well, she and the owner were friendly and happy to help. The place was clean, The views from the lounge balcony were good and the place is close to the foot of Table Mountain which is also nice. We messed up our number of nights stay and actually managed not to check out on the day we should have and stayed for one night unbooked - which they were good about and accommodated us.

However, the room was so very tired and worn, no decorating since the 70's, nothing matched, there was a stain that looked like blood on the lamp, the cupboard handles in the bathroom were cracked, there was a hole in the bathroom ceiling, the paint was peeling, there were badly patched DIY jobs on the walls, you could only see the TV (limited channels) from one bed.

The advertisement sounded great - gym, self catering options, jacuzzi, braai facilities, private entrances, private balconies - we saw barely any of this - there was a home gym which one guest was using, however no clue where we could have self catered, I think there may have been a jacuzzi under cover in the garden, but we were not shown it and after the additional costs for wifi and aircon didn't bother to ask for fear of additional charges, we didnt see a braai, and we certainly had no private entrance or private balcony and our en suite was a private bathroom next door to our room, not attached.

The room was so shabby, even when we were really tired in CT we chose not to go back to the B and B to relax as we didn't want to spend time in the room. In addition the cost of the internet was R30 and more shockingly during the African summer the aircon cost R40 a night.

This place needs serious modernisation. Please stay elsewhere, there are many other places in CT you can stay on the same money or less for a nicer experience.
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Date of stay: February 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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reking2003 wrote a review Mar 2012
Michigan, USA9 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Villa Bella Donna while in Cape Town. The booking was made on my behalf so I wasnt able to do a thorough review as I normally do. I will start by saying that the staff/ownership are very friendly, welcoming, and accommodating to guests. Secondly the views from the balcony are stunning. Aside from this the only positive thing I can say is that the place is very clean...which is important. But these positives do not make up for the negatives.

The place is quite dated and seems as if no upgrades or renovations have been made since the 1970s. It also has a hippy commune/hostel feel, complete with wooden bead room dividers. The gardens were a bit unkept and the fountain outside of my room was filled with dirty water. The "self catering" area is really an outdoor shed that also doubles as a laundry area. Its not the type of places Id want to cook in ......never mind eating.

The room I was given is downstairs at the garden level and has the feel of a basement dwelling. The room was very basic absolutely no frills....again very old furnishings. There was a TV....also from 1970 that had 2 channels. The place just did not meet my standards for a 3 star establishment. I didn't expect luxury but I expected much better. There seems to be no attention to the image/aesthetics of the property (e.g unkept grass, trash bags --- am not sure of the contents along the corridor etc.) Parking is also limited and quite tight inside the gate.

If you are extremely desparate or penny pinching you may find the place suitable. Otherwise, spend the extra cash for a nicer place elsewhere. I would not stay here again and would not recommend this guest house to anyone. Its just not the type of place you want to come back to for relaxing after a long day of work or sightseeing.
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Date of stay: February 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from villabelladonna, Manager at Villa Belladonna B&B
Responded 21 Jun 2012
To Trip Advisor, The agency that contacted us regarding this booking asked for the best deal. We offered standard room. We have luxury rooms as well at a higher price. Our guest stayed in room No. 4. It is a spacious room (52 sq metres) that was renovated 3 years ago consisting of en-suite with a queen size bed and head lamps, a wall heater, air condition, a four door wardrobe, a dressing table, sitting antique couch, radio clock alarm and coffee/tea station. The TV has all the normal channels; SABC1, SABC2, SABC3 and e TV, the guest can also choose 1 out of more than a 100 channels on DSTV. They can come to the cosy lounge as well and surf DSTV on a huge, modern flat screen. The KOI pond consists of 2 filters (mechanic and electronic) and we keep the PH in balance stable. Otherwise the sensitive fish will die .The water in this pond is not dirty. Our self-catering court is very popular amongst our guests and is not used as a laundry as we have a well equipped laundry room with a commercial washing machine, tumble drier, press iron etc. The African wooden beads that hang in the Patio keeps our free flying budgies in our aviary. It is a "little paradise." We have 3 off street secure under cover parking lots. It is convenient to park at the entrance, but it will prevents other 2 parking of used. We do appreciate guest’s constructive criticism. I would be delighted to have tea/coffee and cake with her in the future and listen carefully to any positive suggestion. I am just surprised that the guest stayed for night or two nights with so bad impression and without complain to the owner. You can see our images on FlipKey. Sincerely yours Eliav
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Inspire38920091863 wrote a review Feb 2019
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
please remove from our Booking list the place is old and dirty smells and very unpleasant especially if one suffers from allergies to dust and the bedding is horrible and old please remove from lists.
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Date of stay: February 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Curious56789647072 wrote a review Feb 2019
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I arrived at the gate around 20:15, I buzzed the intercom, call the numbers with no response until 21:30 when I called the travelling agency for alternative accommodation. They called with no success in getting anyone to open the for me. I had to be booked at Protea hotel which they managed to get around 23:25 and I drove to Mowbray to check in around 23:50. This was my worse and scary experience, stranded in an area that I was not familiar with
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
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Dave Bell wrote a review Mar 2018
Cape Town, South Africa24 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
1970's built and never updated. Cheap and nasty. Not clean. Derelict in general and unprofessional. Chancers using an old run down house to make a quick buck. Dirty carpets & minimal effort put in. They battled to open the door to my room and my colleague was told he could only see 1 channel on his computer monitor sized TV but if he didn't like the channel she could change it downstairs. I have seen better backpacker hostels.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled on business
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Belladonna B&B
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Belladonna B&B?
Nearby attractions include City Hall (1.0 km), Harringtons Cocktail Lounge (1.2 km), and Legacy Collection (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Belladonna B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Villa Belladonna B&B?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Belladonna B&B?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Belladonna B&B?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Belladonna B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Belly of the beast, The Dogs Bollocks, and Charly's Bakery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Belladonna B&B?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Villa Belladonna B&B offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Villa Belladonna B&B?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Hebrew.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Belladonna B&B?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (1.7 km), City Hall (1.0 km), and Iziko Bo Kaap Museum (2.3 km).
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