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African Rock Hotel and Spa
African Rock Hotel and Spa
African Rock Hotel and Spa
African Rock Hotel and Spa
African Rock Hotel and Spa
African Rock Hotel and Spa
African Rock Hotel and Spa

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9.4

Exceptional

68 reviews

68 reviews

Swimming Pool1
Garden1
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8.9

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Johannesburg Zoo 14.9 km
Nelson Mandela Square 15.3 km
Sandton City Shopping Centre 15.6 km
Maboneng Precinct 20.3 km
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct 20.5 km
SAB World of Beer 22.2 km
Gold Reef City 26.1 km
South Western Townships 26.3 km
Apartheid Museum 26.6 km
Mandela House 34.6 km
Nearby landmarks
Bennie Jacobs Sentrum 760 m
Kosmos Racing Pigeon Club 1.2 km
Kempton Gate Mall 2.0 km
Van Riebeeck Park 2.1 km
Birchleigh 3.2 km
Barnard Stadium 3.3 km
Festival Mall 3.6 km
Madiba Freedom Museum 3.7 km
Medicross Monument 3.7 km
Palm Park 3.7 km

African Rock Hotel and Spa

48 De Villiers Avenue, Greater OR Tambo, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1619 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Greater OR Tambo part of Johannesburg, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Apartheid Museum. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and fitness center on-site.

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Highlights

Sparkling clean

Top Value

Check-in [24-hour]

Excellent room comfort & quality

Free airport transfer

Hygiene Plus
Wellness
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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Valet parking

Shuttle service

Swimming pool [outdoor]

Golf course [on-site]

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Check-in/out [express]

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Johannesburg every 6 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.6
Distance to city center5. Km
Location rating8.9
Nearest airportO. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Distance to airport7.6 km

Rooms available at African Rock Hotel and Spa

Exceptional
Room comfort & quality

9.7

Luxury Suite
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Superior Suite
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Garden view
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Luxury Family Suite
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Garden view
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Executive Suite
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
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Family Room Sea View
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            Frequently asked questions

            What time is check-in and check-out at African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            Check-in is from 06:00 AM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

            How do I get to African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            African Rock Hotel and Spa is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind -- it's free! Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a complimentary ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at African Rock Hotel and Spa also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hotel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, African Rock Hotel and Spa has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is free for guests. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Johannesburg with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

            Is breakfast offered at African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at African Rock Hotel and Spa. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 125 ZAR if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

            What are my dining options at African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            African Rock Hotel and Spa features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

            What is the smoking policy at African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            African Rock Hotel and Spa does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

            What is the closest airport to African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            The closest airport to African Rock Hotel and Spa is O. R. Tambo International Airport, 7.5 km away.

            What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            The closest train, metro, or bus station to African Rock Hotel and Spa is Van Riebeeck Park, 2.1 km away.

            What restaurants are nearby African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            African Rock Hotel and Spa’s neighborhood is Greater OR Tambo which includes popular restaurants such as Kempton Park, Airport Craft Brewers and Villa Bianca.

            What popular shopping places are close to African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            Located in the Greater OR Tambo area, African Rock Hotel and Spa is close to great shopping choices like Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate.

            What are popular attractions near African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            African Rock Hotel and Spa’s location in the Greater OR Tambo neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Palm Park, Birch Acres Park and Republiek Park.

            What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to African Rock Hotel and Spa?

            African Rock Hotel and Spa is located within Greater OR Tambo, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Pomona Caravan Park.

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            Property ranking|Compared to 1,897 Johannesburg properties
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            Service score
            9.7/10
            Cleanliness score
            9.9/10
            Room comfort score
            9.7/10
            Couples review score
            9.9/10
            Better than
            99
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            Overall rating:

            9.4

            Exceptional
            68 reviews
            Cleanliness
            9.8
            Facilities
            9.5
            Location
            8.9
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            More about African Rock Hotel and Spa

            More about African Rock Hotel and Spa

            African Rock Hotel and Spa

            Take everything available in Johannesburg with a comfort stay at African Rock Hotel and Spa.
            Have a hassle-free trip while enjoying the services and amenities offered by African Rock Hotel and Spa. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. If you need a ride from or to the airport, the hotel can arrange it before your check-in date. Taxi, car hire and shuttle services provided by the hotel make it easy to plan your day trips, sightseeing, and more around Johannesburg.
            If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the hotel's free parking, right on-site. The hotel provides front desk services such as concierge service, express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes for guests' convenience. If you need, the ticket service and tours can even help you book tickets and reservations at all the best shows and programs nearby. On cold days and nights, the hotel's on-site fireplace will keep you warm.
            Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? dry cleaning service and laundry service offered at the hotel will keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available. For lazy days and nights, in-room conveniences like room service and daily housekeeping let you make the most of your room. Please be advised that smoking is not allowed in the hotel to allow cleaner air for all guests. Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.
            Equipped with handy amenities, guestrooms at African Rock Hotel and Spa guarantee a comfortable stay for all travelers. Some rooms are equipped with linen service, blackout curtains and air conditioning for your convenience. Some rooms at African Rock Hotel and Spa include special design features like a balcony or terrace. In-room entertainment such as cable TV, is provided for guests in select rooms.
            The hotel also offers a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee and instant tea in some rooms for when you feel like it is needed. It's good to know that a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels are provided in some guest bathrooms.


            Dining and things to do

            Nothing starts a morning better than a delicious breakfast, which you can always enjoy in-house at African Rock Hotel and Spa. Everyone loves a good cup of coffee! A coffee shop on-site means you can enjoy a cup of real, freshly brewed coffee every morning -- or anytime you feel like it. If you don't feel like going out to eat, you can always opt for the delicious dining options at the hotel. A night in at the hotel's bar can be as fun as a night out with your travel companions.
            Recreational facilities at African Rock Hotel and Spa are designed for escape and relaxation. Finish your vacation days right by dropping in at the massage, salon, spa and sauna. Start your vacation off right with a dip in the pool. Skip the dress code and opt for a casual cocktail or beer at the hotel's poolside bar.
            Fitness lovers who want to keep up their routine on vacation can drop in at the hotel's fitness facility. Have fun without traveling far, by taking advantage of the yoga room and golf course on site at African Rock Hotel and Spa. Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the library. Pick up something memorable for yourself or those waiting for you back at home, at the souvenir shops.


            Dining and things to do

            Nothing starts a morning better than a delicious breakfast, which you can always enjoy in-house at African Rock Hotel and Spa. Everyone loves a good cup of coffee! A coffee shop on-site means you can enjoy a cup of real, freshly brewed coffee every morning -- or anytime you feel like it. If you don't feel like going out to eat, you can always opt for the delicious dining options at the hotel. A night in at the hotel's bar can be as fun as a night out with your travel companions.
            Recreational facilities at African Rock Hotel and Spa are designed for escape and relaxation. Finish your vacation days right by dropping in at the massage, salon, spa and sauna. Start your vacation off right with a dip in the pool. Skip the dress code and opt for a casual cocktail or beer at the hotel's poolside bar.
            Fitness lovers who want to keep up their routine on vacation can drop in at the hotel's fitness facility. Have fun without traveling far, by taking advantage of the yoga room and golf course on site at African Rock Hotel and Spa. Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the library. Pick up something memorable for yourself or those waiting for you back at home, at the souvenir shops.


            Reasons to stay here

            Guests who stayed here rated the facilities above 99% of other accommodations in the city.
            Know you'll get excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining above 99% of the city's accommodation.
            This hotel scores higher than 99% of the city's accommodations for cleanliness.


            Reasons to stay here

            Guests who stayed here rated the facilities above 99% of other accommodations in the city.
            Know you'll get excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining above 99% of the city's accommodation.
            This hotel scores higher than 99% of the city's accommodations for cleanliness.

            Amenities and facilities
            Exceptional
            Facilities

            9.5

            Most talked about facilities

            Food & Dining

            2 mentions

            Swimming Pool

            1 mention

            Languages spoken

            • English
            • Dutch
            • German

            Accessibility

            • Wheelchair accessible

            Internet access

            • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
            • Internet services
            • Wi-Fi in public areas

            Things to do, ways to relax

            • Fitness center
            • Garden
            • Golf course [on-site]
            • Hiking
            • Massage
            • Sauna
            • Spa
            • Swimming pool [indoor]
            • Swimming pool [outdoor]
            • Ticket services
            • Tours
            • Yoga room

            Cleanliness and safety

            • Anti-viral cleaning products
            • Body thermometer
            • Breakfast takeaway service
            • Cashless payment service
            • Daily disinfection in all rooms
            • Daily disinfection in common areas
            • Doctor/nurse on call
            • First aid kit
            • Free face masks
            • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
            • Hand sanitizer
            • Hot water linen and laundry washing
            • Individually-wrapped food options
            • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
            • Protective screens in common areas
            • Room sanitization opt-out available
            • Rooms sanitized between stays
            • Safe dining setup
            • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
            • Shared stationery removed
            • Staff trained in safety protocol
            • Temperature check for guests and staff

            Dining, drinking, and snacking

            • Bar
            • Coffee shop
            • Kitchen
            • Poolside bar
            • Restaurants
            • Room service

            Services and conveniences

            • Air conditioning in public area
            • Concierge
            • Contactless check-in/out
            • Currency exchange
            • Daily housekeeping
            • Doorman
            • Dry cleaning
            • Elevator
            • Facilities for disabled guests
            • Fireplace
            • Food delivery
            • Gift/souvenir shop
            • Heating in public area
            • Ironing service
            • Laundry service
            • Library
            • Luggage storage
            • Meeting/banquet facilities
            • Safety deposit boxes
            • Salon
            • Smoke-free property
            • Smoking area
            • Terrace

            For the kids

            • Family room
            • Kids meal

            Land sports

            • Golf course (within 3 km)

            Access

            • Check-in/out [express]
            • Check-in/out [private]
            • Check-in [24-hour]
            • Fire extinguisher
            • Front desk [24-hour]
            • Non-smoking rooms
            • Pets allowed
            • Security [24-hour]

            Getting around

            • Airport transfer
            • Bicycle parking
            • Car park [free of charge]
            • Car park [nearby]
            • Car park [on-site]
            • Rental car
            • Shuttle service
            • Taxi service
            • Valet parking

            Available in all rooms

            • Adapter
            • Air conditioning
            • Balcony/terrace
            • Bathrobes
            • Bathtub
            • Blackout curtains
            • Carpeting
            • Closet
            • Coffee/tea maker
            • Complimentary tea
            • Desk
            • Extra long bed
            • Free bottled water
            • Free instant coffee
            • Fruits/snacks
            • Hair dryer
            • Hand sanitizer
            • Heating
            • Hypoallergenic
            • Individual air conditioning
            • In-room safe box
            • Internet access – wireless
            • Ironing facilities
            • Laptop workspace
            • Linens
            • Mini bar
            • Non-smoking
            • Pool facilities
            • Private bathroom
            • Safety/security feature
            • Satellite/cable channels
            • Seating area
            • Separate shower/bathtub
            • Shower
            • Sleep comfort items
            • Slippers
            • Socket near the bed
            • Swimming pool [direct access]
            • Telephone
            • Toiletries
            • Towels
            • Trash cans
            • Wake-up service
            • Wi-Fi [free]
            Food and dining
            Breakfast options
            • Continental
            • Full English/Irish
            • Gluten-free
            Restaurants on site

            The Blue Hippo

            • Cuisine: French, German, Italian
            Location
            48 De Villiers Avenue, Greater OR Tambo, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1619
            Excellent
            Location

            8.9

            Airports

            • O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
              7.6 km
            • Lanseria International Airport (HLA)
              32.0 km

            Public transportation

            • Van Riebeeck Park
              2.1 km
            • Birchleigh
              3.2 km

            Hospital or clinic

            • Medicross Monument
              3.7 km

            Shopping

            • Greenstone Shopping Centre
              8.2 km

            Cash withdrawal

            • ATM
              780 m
            What's nearby

            Popular landmarks

            • Johannesburg Zoo
              14.9 km
            • Nelson Mandela Square
              15.3 km
            • Sandton City Shopping Centre
              15.6 km
            • Maboneng Precinct
              20.3 km
            • Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
              20.5 km
            • SAB World of Beer
              22.2 km
            • Gold Reef City
              26.1 km
            • South Western Townships
              26.3 km
            • Apartheid Museum
              26.6 km
            • Mandela House
              34.6 km

            Nearby landmarks

            • Bennie Jacobs Sentrum
              760 m
            • Kosmos Racing Pigeon Club
              1.2 km
            • Kempton Gate Mall
              2.0 km
            • Van Riebeeck Park
              2.1 km
            • Birchleigh
              3.2 km
            • Barnard Stadium
              3.3 km
            • Festival Mall
              3.6 km
            • Madiba Freedom Museum
              3.7 km
            • Medicross Monument
              3.7 km
            • Palm Park
              3.7 km
            Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
            Property policies
            Children and extra beds

            Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

            All children are welcome.

            Children 0-5 year(s)
            Must use an extra bed
            If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
            Guests 6 years and older are considered as adults
            Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
            Others
            • Guests arriving after 08:00 PM are requested to contact the property directly prior to arrival.
            • Please note that African Rock Lodge offers complimentary airport transfers to and from OR Tambo International Airport. If guests require airport transfers, please kindly contact the hotel in order to book the transfer.
            • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
            Some helpful facts

            Check-in/Check-out

            • Check-in from06:00
            • Check-out until11:00

            Getting around

            • Airport transfer fee0 ZAR
            • Distance from city center5. Km
            • Travel time to airport (minutes)20

            Extras

            • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)125 ZAR
            • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 ZAR

            The property

            • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
            • Number of bars/lounges1
            • Number of floors2
            • Number of restaurants1
            • Number of rooms 9
            • Room voltage220
            • Year property opened2009
            • Most recent renovation2013

            Parking

            • Daily parking fee00 ZAR

            Reviews of African Rock Hotel and Spa from real guests

            Provided by verified guests of Agoda
            9.3
            /
            10
            Exceptional
            Cleanliness9.8
            Facilities9.5
            Location8.9
            Room comfort and quality9.7
            Service9.7
            Value for money8.6
            High score for Johannesburg
            Rating
            9+ Exceptional (8)
            8-9 Excellent (2)
            7-8 Very Good (0)
            6-7 Good (1)
            <6 Below Expectation (0)
            Time of the year
            Mar - May (2)
            Jun - Aug (3)
            Sep - Nov (4)
            Dec - Feb (2)
            All guests (13)
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            6.8
            Good
            Laurie from South Africa
            Family with teens
            Luxury Family Suite
            Stayed 1 night in March 2022

            Nice small hotel 15 minutes from OR Tambo airport”

            This small hotel is an easy 15 minute drive from OR Tambo airport. The hotel provides complimentary airport transfers which is very convenient. The rooms are large and beautifully decorated. Massages are good but quite expensive as is the 3 course dinner ( we weren’t offered an a la carts option). Pretty garden with a pool. All in all probably priced more for tourists than locals but an enjoyable night en route to overseas holiday.

            Reviewed March 24, 2022

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            9.6
            Exceptional
            Wendy from United States
            Group
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 1 night in June 2018

            Exceptional”

            This place is a little jewel. The decor is amazing. Highly recommend .

            Reviewed June 21, 2018

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            10.0
            Exceptional
            Anthony from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 1 night in November 2016

            Wonderful stay”

            Had a very pleasant stay at this hotel. Food very good, staff superb, room excellent. The pool in the lovely lush garden with the weaver birds making nests was a great way to chill out for a few hours. I would highly recommend this boutique hotel to anyone wanting a welcoming caring place to stay.

            Reviewed November 08, 2016

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            9.3
            Exceptional
            charles from United States
            Solo traveler
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 1 night in September 2015

            Friendly”

            Small and comfortable with a the necessary services

            Great

            Reviewed September 13, 2015

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            9.3
            Exceptional
            Jacqueline from Singapore
            Couple
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 1 night in September 2014

            Great for our 1 night stay”

            airport transfer, great food and friendly

            Staff was generally very helpful and friendly. We had dinner which was very good. Room is comfortable.

            Reviewed September 28, 2014

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            10.0
            Exceptional
            Sabine from Germany
            Couple
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 1 night in June 2014

            Great boutique hotel for stay between flights”

            award winning set dinner menue, great breakfast, free airport shuttle
            Reviewed June 29, 2014

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            9.0
            Exceptional
            Sheila from United States
            Solo traveler
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 3 nights in July 2013

            Interesting”

            The food, the staff and the bed.

            It was good. I was disappointed that it was so far from everything. As there is no central transportation, I was forced to rely on transports arranged by the hotel. The transports were excellent, however, paying $90 US for a trip to the Rosebank Mall was a bit much. There were no restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. The result was I was hostage to the hotel for meals. The food was excellent. I wish I had more choices.

            Reviewed August 10, 2013

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            9.0
            Exceptional
            DMITRI from Belgium
            Business traveler
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 2 nights in April 2013

            The hotel is a little gem in Kempton Park area”

            clean and spacey, very friendly and attentive staff, very good general feeling

            I stayed only 2 nights at the hotel, and now I wish it was longer. The room is large and clean, interesting, pleasant design (bathtub in the room). It felt cosy and quiet to stay there. The room had everything I really needed. Airco worked well - cooling as well as heating, large and very good quality bed, internet at request, etc... Amazing breakfast in the morning. Staff and owners are really nice friendly people who try to make your stay as comfortable as possible. All by all a very good experience.

            Reviewed May 14, 2013

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            10.0
            Exceptional
            Floyd from United States
            Couple
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 1 night in February 2012

            Wonderful first night in South Africa”

            Personal service, room location and layout, great food, the finest of small details looked after.

            we had endless choices in which to stay our first night in south africa, but feel we made the best choice. the arican rock hotel is a small boutique hotel and they are sticklers on detail. we were met by a personal driver at jnb who again returned us to the airport the next morning. dinner that night and breakfast the next morning we both excellent. will stay here again if and when we make it back to sa.

            Reviewed March 21, 2012

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            10.0
            Exceptional
            Shirley from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 3 nights in February 2012

            Peaceful and Unique Hotel”

            Unique, Exclusive, Fantanstic Food, Brilliant staff, Lovely rooms, Close to Airport

            I would say that this is the best place I have stayed!! Our luggage was delayed and the staff bent over backwards to help us out and give us advice on where to go shop for replacement items, they even ended up taking us themselves to the local mall when the taxi didn't show up. Eugene and Collette are absolutely wonderful people and they also know the real meaning of customer service. Christine is (as we read in previous reviews) a fantastic chef and we were spoilt by the standard of food presented at the hotel - We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who needs to stay near the airport. Oh yes and the rooms are wonderful too!

            Reviewed February 24, 2012

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            9.6
            Exceptional
            Sylvia from Germany
            Couple
            Luxury Suite
            Stayed 1 night in September 2017

            Alles bestens!”

            Sehr gutes Essen im Restaurant. Flughafentrasfer inklusive.

            Reviewed March 12, 2018

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            Hallo Sylvia, Vielen dank fuer die Bewertung. Happy travels from us all at ARH. Otti

            Responded March 21, 2018
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