Colona Castle is a one-of-kind 5-Star hotel in Cape Town

Colona Castle

Cape Town certainly has no shortage of 5-Star hotels. Unfortunately, experiences at these hotels often become indistinguishable. However, at Colona Castle expect a different kind of 5-Star hotel that you will be remembering for a very long time.

For some, the hotel looks yester-year. However, anyone, who is tasteful and has some world travel experience, will value greatly what the owners have endeavored to do – delivering old world charm and a unique hotel experience.

Perched on a hillside, with unsurpassed views of Muizenberg, its lakes, Table Mountain, and the South Atlantic beyond, Colona Castle is a place full of character. It’s like stepping back in time to a once glorious period.

To sum it up, this Mediterranean style retreat is grand with high-vaulted ceilings, beautiful beams, fine marble, exquisite attention to small details. Every piece of treasured antique furniture and décor has a story that adds to overall personality of this establishment.

It’s a great location for launching off in so many directions with different plans.

The owner, who is well-travelled and should be considered guardians to this grand old lady, and her staff are also known to be very hospitable and extremely helpful – often going beyond the call of duty to ensure your stay is memorable.

Good luck with finding that at your everyday, modern hotel.

Accommodation at Colona Castle

Colona Castle boasts five exceptionally-decorated Full Suites and three Bedroom suites, which can be utilised for discerning travellers, honeymoons, small groups, special guests or families.

The English Suite is a double Full Luxury Suite that come with air-conditioning, extra length beds, two bathrooms en-suite – one with a large open shower, the other with a face to face Victorian bath and a separate cloakroom. It also has a separate lounge and a large balcony with sweeping panoramic views of the area.

Meanwhile, you could choose another Full Luxury Suite – the Penthouse Suite, which comes with a King-size extra-length bed and a large air-conditioned library lounge – both leading onto an opulent private balcony with sweeping views of the area. The marble bathroom boasts a bath and open shower.

There are three Executive Suites. The Chinese Suite has a large air-conditioned bedroom with a Four Poster King-size extra-length bed, a bathroom en-suite with a Victorian bath/telephone shower and a separate marble shower, a separate lounge and a large sheltered balcony with views of Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula.

Their Mogul Suite features an air-conditioned bedroom with two large 3/4 twin beds set together (or a King-size bed), a marble en-suite bathroom with a large open shower, a separate lounge with two reclining beds and a separate dressing room. Views from the patio span from Table Mountain, across Sandvlei Lake, the Cape Peninsula and False Bay.

The New Suite is all marble and glass from the floor to the ceiling. It has an air-conditioned bedroom with a Four Poster King-size extra-length bed, and sitting area. A contemporary en-suite bathroom with a large separate steam shower with a bench, and a separate cloakroom completes the offering. It also has a private patio with magnificent views of Cape Town.

Choose from their three Superior Suites. The Green Room comes with an air-conditioned bedroom with two 3/4 twin beds set together (or a King-size bed), a bathroom en-suite with a large open adjustable shower. It features a conservatory and a private balcony overlooking the garden, Sandvlei Lake and the Atlantic Ocean through the trees.

The Moroccan Suite is another great option and comes with an air-conditioned bedroom, a mini-Suite with a Queen-size bed and sitting area has a separate dressing area and a separate shower room. It enjoys a sheltered patio with views across Sandvlei Lake and the Peninsula.

Their Safari Suite features a King-size extra-length bed in the bedroom, a large air-conditioned library lounge, both leading onto an opulent private balcony. There is a marble bathroom with bath and open shower. It comes with panoramic views of Constantia, Table Mountain, the Peninsula, Sandvlei Lake, False Bay and the South Atlantic Ocean.

See their accommodation rates HERE.

Facilities at Colona Castle

Amenities at the hotel include 24-hour room service; a BBQ area; broadband internet access; conference facilities; a DVD library; dry cleaning service; foreign exchange services; guest laundry services, a gym, hairdresser, library, a magnificent outdoor swimming pool, pillow menu, tour desk and Wi-Fi Internet.

Their onsite restaurant serves delicious breakfasts – lunches and dinners are on request.  This is because there are plenty of local eateries along the coast, all of which can be reached by Uber or your own car.

You can also arrange spa treatments given in the privacy of own suite. A concierge service is also available to ensure a memorable stay for guests.

Things to do in Cape Town

Located in the epicenter of Greater Cape Town, Colona Castle is a great base from which to explore Cape Town, Cape Point, the Peninsula and Winelands.

Stimulating activities including world-class golf, whale, shark or bird watching, sightseeing and the area’s acclaimed restaurants are within easy reach.

Reviews from previous Colona Castle guests

“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 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,” wrote Pam M on their TripAdvisor page.

JBJ26 added; “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.”

“This is pure luxury and the most efficiently run little family guest house (it fully deserves its 5 stars). Lovely views over False Bay and an easy ride to the beach. And the owner is a gem. I call this Versailles by the Sea!” said peteklat.

Colona Castle is located at 1 Verwood Street, Off Old Boyes Drive, Lakeside, Cape Town. Call +27 (0)21 788 8235 / +27 (0)82 881 3204 or email Alternatively, you can do your bookings online HERE. Visit them online at Here is their location on Google Maps. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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