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Il Castello

29 Hill Street, Clarens 9707 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 16/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 16/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 5 hotels in Clarens
Travellers' Choice
Enjoy luxury in the tranquil surroundings of Clarens, South Africa where you will be completely undisturbed from the hustle and bustle of city life. If all you want is the sound of birds, gurgling brooks and the soft rustle of leaves in the breeze, we invite you to stay with us. This sprawling three-floor property with immaculate garden, secure parking, wine cellar and sound-proofed rooms, is aimed at the high-end travel market where privacy is a priority. While there is a shared lounge, garden furniture is available for the guest wanting to enjoy a quiet repose in the outdoors. A full English breakfast comes standard. Il Castello has changed from a guest house to a boutique hotel with a newly appointed executive chef, Peter Coleman heading up the restaurant. We have also opened up a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy your morning breakfast whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the Maluti mountains. Store your vehicle safely away and make use of our free shuttle service.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Golf course
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free shuttle or taxi services
Secured parking
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Shuttle bus service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Rooftop terrace
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu
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Popular mentions
rgouws wrote a review May 2021
My experience was absolutely as amazing as all the times before will stay no where else in Clarens. from the check in desk all the way through the restaurant waiters service was absolutely outstanding. The views are just amazing. the shuttle service is just so convenient. really good experience.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Sleep Quality
Jacovanniekerk wrote a review Apr 2021
We spent two nights at Il Castello's Mona Lisa room as part of our honeymoon - very spacious, clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly and service was excellent. The hotel is situated right next to the Clarens nature reserve, which I would highly recommend for a walk or run. A free shuttle service also available, which was convenient. Would recommend for a Drakensberg-bound honeymoon!
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Date of stay: March 2021
Sleep Quality
hendrikvanderwalt wrote a review Mar 2021
Centurion, South Africa
Service was excellent and adequate staff to look after all guests, really enjoyed their shuttle service taking us to our restaurant and collecting us at night so we could enjoy a few glasses of wine without worrying to drive. Really clean with amazing views. Breakfast was great.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Sleep Quality
Tony C wrote a review Mar 2021
Howick, South Africa
My wife and I stayed here on a road trip to celebrate our 52nd wedding anniversary.. We had to phone for directions and to our astonishment, a car driven by the helpful and highly efficient Miya met us on our way to escort us to the hotel. This was the first instance of outstanding service which we received from, among others, Mariette, Jeff, Tarzan, Mieke and Hope. We did not meet the chefs but the food was delicious. Our room, on the first floor, had two balconies looking out onto the lovely scenery of Clarens and was beautifully appointed and most comfortable. The only downside to this brilliant lodge is the number of steps which could be a problem for those less mobile,as there is no elevator, but the staff are so helpful, this need not be a problem. We have travelled the world and Il Castello ranks among the best. There is a Tuscan feel about the place. Very highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Gavin wrote a review Mar 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa
My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary and decided to treat ourselves to time away at il Castelo in Clarens. We are so happy we did. What a fantastic place. From our arrival, all our needs and whims were met. The place has spectacular views and beautifully manicured gardens. The staff are incredibly attentive and eager to assist. Everything is neat and in its place. Thank you for the memories.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$72 - US$107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaFree StateClarens
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Frequently Asked Questions about Il Castello
Which popular attractions are close to Il Castello?
Nearby attractions include Blou Donki Art Gallery (1.1 km), The Ugly Duckling (0.8 km), and Tobias Art (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Il Castello?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Il Castello?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Il Castello?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Il Castello?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Il Castello?
Conveniently located restaurants include Clementines Restaurant and Bar, Highland Coffee Roastery, and Gosto Portuguese Restaurant.
Does Il Castello offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Il Castello?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
Are there any historical sites close to Il Castello?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bushmen Art at Schaaplaats Farm (0.9 km).
Does Il Castello have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.