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Dongola Guest House
Ranked #1 of 40 Constantia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 January 2013

We have been to South Africa many times and stayed in Constantia when in Cape Town. This was our first visit to Dongola and we were certainly not disappointed. The location was perfect, the setting the same with beautiful views over the mountains. Th garden and the pool just added to the ideal setting. The room was spotless and the whole service outstanding my only worry will be that it becomes too popular and we will not be able to re-book if and when we return. Sally and Mike should be congratulated for what they have created. A perfect spot.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2013

Dear Howard, thank you so much for taking the time to write not only this review but one on Booking.com, phew you are too kind. You maybe interested to know that you lovely review pushed us up to 2nd out of 1640 Guesthouses in the Western Cape on Tripadvisor's ratings. We do hope you choose us again and whilst we may become more popular we have no intention of getting bigger as we know the secret to our success is keeping it intimate. Warm regards, Mike and Sally

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Reviewed 27 January 2013

For a lot of reasons the number one B&B spot in Constantia. Well and safely located with just 5 minutes away from the top vineyards. Superb setting within a big garden with beautiful mountain views. Very comfortable, clean and nicely decorated rooms. Excellent breakfast to start the day at the poolside. But maybe even more important our well humoured hosts, Sally and Mike who gave us good advice where to lunch and dine & wine in the area. Also good tips where to spend our afternoon time at the beaches only known by the locals. Will definitely revisit this B&B when we are back again for a holiday in the Western Cape.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We enjoy what we do and even more so when we get a review like this. We are lucky our Guest house is blessed wuith such great views becuase it just means we have to cobncentrate our efforts on the business of Bed and Breakfast. Hope we see you again when you next vist Cape Town. Warm regards, Mike and sally

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Reviewed 27 January 2013

I agree with all the previous excellent reviews and will seek to add some detail about the accommodation, particularly relevant to any families with small children considering this property.

We booked the suite, which comprises a large bedroom, ensuite bathroom (with separate shower) and a spacious lounge/dining room with small double sofa bed. This would have been a comfortable sleeping arrangement for our family of four, with our youngest child in a cot. (Equally there is sufficient space for a camp-bed if you have older children - though, note, I don't know if they have one!) However, Mike and Sally exceeded our expectations by offering us the additional use of an interconnecting twin bedroom and shower room which happened to be otherwise vacant during our stay. Combined with the suite, this forms an essentially self-contained, two bedroom flat and it is absolutely ideal for a family. In future, we would certainly seek to book the two rooms, but would happily accept just the suite if not possible. There is a microwave, kettle, fridge, cutlery and crockery which mean you could 'semi-self-cater' if desired. I appreciated that bath robes, a good quality hair dryer, a cd player and free wifi were provided - these little details make a difference. Attention to detail is evident throughout this property; it just works.

We very much hope to return to Dongola House in the next few years.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful comprehensive review. We were glad we were able to offer you the upgrade as it makes your stay more comfortable and our lives a little easier. Those little details you mentioned are just part of our philosophy of a little bit home, a little bit hotel. Thanks again and hope to invite you all back in a few years. Warm regards, Mike and Sally

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Reviewed 20 January 2013

Sally and Mike are fantastic!!! They are great hosts and try to help you however they can. For example we had to pack something rather delicate and Mike put a lot of his energy into solving our packing problems! He came up with a great idea and provided part of the packing material. Our girls loved this place as well! Great breakfast, lovely pool, beautiful garden and the possibility to walk Sally's and Mike's dogs! We would love to come back next year!

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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2013

Hi Guys, thank you so much for the lovely review. It was no trouble at all assisting with getting your precious bespoke crafts back to Switzerland in one piece. Hope you are enjoying them at home. Warm regards, mike and Sally.

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Reviewed 18 January 2013

This was our third visit to Constantia but our first time at Dongola Guest House. We will NEVER stay anywhere else in the area again! Sally and Mike (the owners) are great people and run an excellent guest house. The rooms are immaculate and decorated with taste. The bed linen and towels are a high standard and feel crispy clean. The laundry service is excellent, items are speedily returned ironed. Lovely bath products are complimentary in your bathroom. Wi-fi is high speed and free. The daily servicing of your room is exceptional. All the staff at Dongola are professional, friendly and excellent at their jobs. The swimming pool is beautiful and always spotless, as are the grounds. The views from the grounds are breathtaking. The guest house is located very near excellent restaurants that Sally and Mike were always willing to book for us. It's very rare for me not to be ready to get back home at the end of the holiday - not this time! I loved staying at Dongola and could have stayed a whole lot longer! It would be impossible to rate this guest house any higher. Well done Mike and Sally, you have created an amazing guest house and I cannot wait to be back in December.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2013

Dear Joe thank you for the stunning review and indeed the advance booking for December 2014.We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay so much you have already decided to come back! Warm regards,Mike and sally

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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Dongola House is an outstanding B&B, run by attentive and hospitable owners, with impeccably clean rooms, terrific views, and an a la carte breakfast cooked to order! The views are terrific, and property includes free secure parking within the premises. Another big plus is its location in Constantia, which is one of the prettiest parts of CPT, and centrally located between CBD and scenic areas to the south. Constantia also has six vineyards and excellent restaurants. The owners, Mike and Sally, are very helpful in planning activities and movements and really make you feel at home. A terrific value for both business and leisure travelers, look no further if you want a well located B&B in the CPT area.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2013

Dear Ravi, what a lovely review thank you so much for the effort and time involved. You describe Constantia perfectly except for one factor, we actually have 12 vineyards, making it a worthwhile visit for wine fans. Glad you enjoyed breakfast and noticed the effort the team puts into house keeping. Warm regards, Mike and Sally

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Reviewed 12 January 2013

We had a wonderful time staying at Dongla House. Both Sally & Mike were excellent hosts
; the room and house lovely; fantastic views and a great breakfast. We couldn't have asked for a better stay and we'd recommend this guest house to anyone.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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dongolahouse, Owner at Dongola Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2013

Dear Stacey, thank you for your review it was lovely having you here, glad you had good stay and enjoyed the very popular garden room with it's mountain view.Warm regards Mike and Sally

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Additional Information about Dongola Guest House

Address: 30 Airlie Place, Constantia 7806, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Constantia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Constantia
Price Range: £60 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dongola Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 330 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. ... more   less 
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