The Dongola Guesthouse

The Dongola Guesthouse

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modernes Zimmer mit bequemem Bett und grosszügige Dusche
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beheizter Pool
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5.0
#1 of 16 guest houses in Constantia
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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We are situated in the tranquil Constantia Valley (Cape Town's vineyard) and bordering onto the Grootboschkloof River Walk, a small managed nature reserve with stunning views of Constantiaberg mountain, part of Table Mountain National park. Surrounded by 9 vineyards including the 337 year old Groot Constantia, friendly pubs, superb restaurants, from easy eating to fine dining, golf courses and the magnificent Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. With the M3 Highway only three kilometres away you are minutes, by car, from the V & A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, The International Convention Centre both Greenpoint and Newlands stadia or the spectacular beaches of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean seaboards with their quaint quirky villages and hip and happening restaurants; as well as the Central Business Districts of Cape Town, Tokai and Retreat. We are a very convenient base for the American Consulate. We can offer King size, Queen size or Twin, extra length beds with fine percale linen, en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms with bathrobes and eco friendly complimentary bath products, in eight comfortable rooms. Our scrumptious a la carte breakfast menu, can be taken in the tranquil landscaped gardens next to the 9m long solar heated pool or in the cosy dining room both with views of Table Mountain National Park. Graded 4 stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, 2015 Readers Choice Award by Tripadvisor, 2015 Best 4 Star Guesthouse, Western Cape South African Tourism "Lilizela" Awards. The first guest house in Africa to be Classified "Gold" by Greenline Responsible Tourism Rating Programme a Member of Cape Town Tourism and the Constantia Valley Association.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Residential Neighbourhood
Languages Spoken
English, German, Italian
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Piach wrote a review May 2022
Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Dongola Guest House is in a very quiet location and has an extremely well-kept garden with pool. Karin and Claudio are perfect hosts. We will definitely come again. The breakfast is very good and the coffee was the best we had in South Africa :-).
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Claudio Bossi, Owner at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 05 May 2022
Hi Pia, thank you so much for your best review! Every day we like to be there for our guests to make them feel comfortable. In your case we succeeded, that makes us happy! Like to have you here again, take care, Claudio and Karin
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SimoneMoodie wrote a review Oct 2020
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Myself and my aunt had a 5 day 4 night stay at Dongola Guest House and the stay exceeded any expectations of a guest house. We were welcomed by Sally and Mike on arrival and they were very friendly, professional and welcoming. Our room was clean and tidy and there was everything that one could need for a stay away from home. The view from our room and from the breakfast seating outside was absolutely breathtaking and beautiful, it over looks the mountain. The Guest House is quiet and relaxing and you are not bothered by anyone. The only thing that woke me up each morning was the sounds of the Guinea fowl. The breakfast each morning was delicious and Nathalie that served breakfast each morning was so friendly and polite. She went above and beyond to accommodate us and ensure that we were happy. I would definitely recommend Dongola Guest House to anyone wishing to stay in the southern suburbs in Cape Town. We will most definitely be back on our next visit to Cape Town. Thank you Dongola Guest House team for a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Mike Oughtibridge, General Manager at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 15 Oct 2020
Wow Simone! What a great review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. It's quite difficult to host guests during the pandemic as we are always "at a distance", but thankfully that didn't deter you. Maybe next time, after Covid, we could offer you a glass of wine on the patio! All the best to you both, Sally
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SouthScape Adventures wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a lovely stay at Dongola after our wedding day and it was just the right place for us.
When we arrived our room was lovely and cool, a bottle of Steenberg bubbles was on ice. We went for a dip in the pool with magnificent views of the Constantia valley and enjoyed a beautiful sunset.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Our room was away from the pool and chill area and next to the parking and was still very private...
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Josef I wrote a review Sept 2023
Vienna, Austria
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visiting Cape Town at various occasions we already enjoyed a number of excellent accommodations, but this time we clearly hit the jackpot! The guesthouse is situated within the lush green district of Constantia, in the vicinity of several top wine estates neighboring the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. The owners Claudio and Karin welcomed and treated us throughout our five days stay with exemplary hospitality.

The place itself is accompanied by an impeccably maintained pool, terraces and a beautifully outlaid garden. The rooms are very comfy, the common areas spacious and nicely decorated, especially the cosy salon with its open fireplace, where a nice selection of local wines helped us through the evenings.

We greatly appreciate the excellent breakfast, the kind attention and the perfect service. A big Thank You to Claudio, Karin and the whole team of the Dongola Guesthouse.

Josef, Robert & Helmut
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Claudio Bossi, Owner at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 30 Sept 2023
Hi Josef, this is definitely you writing and we are overwhelmed and grateful for your extraordinary review. The whole team thanks your group for being very pleasant guests and to receive this great thank you makes us proud and motivates, to keep our services and place in best condition. You are welcome back any time! See you soon, Claudio, Karin, Natalie and team
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SlavicaS146 wrote a review Feb 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Four of us spent 2 weeks in February at Dongola Guesthouse. It is run by Karin and Claudio since a few months (supportet by their daughter). They have redesigned the whole guest area in Capetowner style. We had one of the newly designed guest rooms and the newly designed studio (with living/dining room and small kitchen). It all looks very inviting and modern.
The garden is very large with a pool and you have an unobstructed view of the valley. In three minutes you are at the river/stream and can take long walks. Situated in Constatia, you can reach the most beautiful places in Capte Town (Kirstenbosch, Waterfront, center, etc.) in no time.
The whole team is friendly and accommodating, the good soul Natalie conjures up wonderful breakfast creations. We felt completely comfortable and can highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Claudio Bossi, Owner at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 28 Feb 2022
Hi Slavica, thanks so much for your wonderful review! We really appreciate and will work hard to keep our level or even level up. It was nice to have you and your family here with us and we look forward to have you back in the future. All the best, see you. Claudio, family and team
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Paul D wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon arrival the place exceeded our expectations
We were welcomed by Mike and Sally and shown to our beautiful and spacious room.
Our first day started with a delicious breakfast on there scenic garden patio.
I would highly recommend that if you are visiting Capetown or close by to stay at the Dongola Guest House you will not regret it.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Riverbushman, Owner at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 28 Mar 2020
Hi Paul, thank you so much for the lovely review. we are indeed spoiled with a beautiful view of the mountains from the breakfast patio so glad you appreciated it. Warm regards, the Dongolans.
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phende670400 wrote a review Feb 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Dongola team are excellent, from welcome to departure, could not fault them. Our room only lacked some wardrobe space and a full length mirror. The room was very comfortable and we slept well. Breakfasts were amazing as usual and eating on the patio with the view makes a tremendous start to any day.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Riverbushman, Owner at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 12 Feb 2020
Thanks so much for your lovely review. We totally over looked fitting a full length mirror when we renovated the room- I shall install one immediately.- Thanks for pointing that out! We also plan to remove the enormous bath and fit more storage in it's place. Hope to see you back again one of these days Sally & Mike
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bsperl131890 wrote a review Nov 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had been in Dongola Guesthouse six years ago and we had liked it. That's why we chose it again. The owners have changed and now it is even better, marvelous. Claudio and his crew do everything to make the guests feel comfortable and Nathalie's breakfast is delicious.
The site of the house is still the same but breathtaking.
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Claudio Bossi, Owner at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 23 Nov 2022
hello dear reviewer, this makes us so proud of our daily effort for our guests. we keep on going the extra mile for our guests and nature does the rest... breathtaking views, nice flora and fauna, and everything you need for a relaxing holiday or business stay. keep well, Claudio and team
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Carolyn Axmann wrote a review Apr 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a wonderful weekend break. The Swiss attention to detail and good taste was evident and highly appreciated. Our hosts were hospitable, friendly and helpful with great recommendations. The bed was very comfortable and the rooms tastefully finished. Breakfast was delicious and more than sufficient with a selection of cereals (the best muesli) yogurt, variety of breads cold meat and cheese and a top class selection of cooked breakfasts. We will most definitely visit again and would highly recommend this as a weekend escape. Beautiful natural surroundings and a lovely walk along the green belt. Thank you
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Date of stay: April 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 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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Response from Claudio Bossi, Owner at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 14 Apr 2024
Dear Axmanns, there is nothing more to add to your nice review, we really like your detailed descriptive writing! It was nice to have you here for the weekend and make you feel comfortable and happy. We wish you a good start in daily business again after that short, nice break you could do with us. All the best, kind regards from the whole team, Claudio
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travellover988 wrote a review Feb 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely view and good size pool. Owners vwey helpful. A big bonus is the power during the frequent power cuts, not enoughpower for A/C but lights and TV worked. After two weeks of oiwer cuts this was very welcome. Breakfast good and staff delightful. Recommended
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Riverbushman, Owner at The Dongola Guesthouse
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Thank you very much for your great review "travellover988". Glad that you enjoyed the pool & the mountain views from the garden. The solar power we installed was a must, so now every guest can be guaranteed hot showers, TV, Wifi, lights and one power socket in each room - when ever the power cuts hit! Maybe we shall see you again one day!
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limey6644 asked a question Jul 2015
Lewes, Delaware28 contributions12 helpful votes
Is there public transportation to get into Cape Town from Dongola House?
Answer from dongolahouse
Constantia, South Africa27 contributions14 helpful votes
Sorry, no there is no public transport. There is a Red Bus Tour that operates a couple of kilometers from us, to Town. We will happily drop you at the Bus Stop. Kind regards Sally
Nick B wrote a tip Nov 2023
Bangor, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not pay in advance"
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danielkeller2 wrote a tip Dec 2022
Kriens, Switzerland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not all rooms have been renovated yet"
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SouthScape Adventures wrote a tip Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Our room was away from the pool and chill area and next to the parking and was still very private and quiet"
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SouthScape Adventures wrote a tip Sept 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any room is a good room"
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lentin wrote a tip Sept 2019
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any choice is wonderful"
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,368 - R 2,790 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownConstantia
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Dongola Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to The Dongola Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include The Bike Park (0.8 km), Bishopsford Bonsai Garden (0.3 km), and The Constantia Village (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Dongola Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Dongola Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Dongola Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Dongola Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Dongola Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nest Deli, Sushi Box Constantia, and Sepial's Kitchen at Uitsig.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Dongola Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Dongola Guesthouse have airport transportation?
Yes, The Dongola Guesthouse offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Dongola Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Dongola Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Groot Constantia (1.9 km) and Fort Goede Hoop (3.7 km).
Does The Dongola Guesthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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