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41 Balmoral Avenue | Hurlingham, 2196, South Africa
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

it was such a pleasure to stay at Festina Lente. The units are beautifully decorated with wonderful attention to detail. Henrico is such a great host with a little snack and welcoming drink when you book in. Breakfast is always scrumptious...and different every day...and served on a silver platter in your room. The rooms are so comfortable with a kitchenette,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Had a great stay with Henrico at Festina Lente! He is a warm host who is easy going and let's you do your thing.I messaged him at 2:45am and he still replied immediately :-) The breakfasts were definitely a highlight.They really know how to cook bacon. My room had everything that I could have asked for and the wifi worked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This guesthouse is amazing! The rooms are wonderfully decorated, I cannot believe how much time and attention has gone into them. Comfortable bed, well-equiped kitchenette, sofa, tv, fruits, chocolate, cookies and tea and coffee-making facilities in the room. Breakfast is small but wonderful and a very welcome change from the scrambled eggs with bacon I'd been eating for two weeks.... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What can you say after 2 weeks at Festina Lente. Still trying to find the words. What hosts Henrico and Elna have created here is one of a kind. From the beautiful french styled units with their fine detail and french couture and antique decor to the rugged 'bushveld cottage' this B&B is an absolute gem. The rooms are big... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

The attention to detail, the level of luxury and the attentiveness of the hosts create an absolutely unforgettable experience. Most enjoyable stay this year. A gem of an establishment in the heart of Sandton!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

You will not want to leave the room when you stay at Festina-Lente - it is very, very beautiful. The rooms all have a different theme and all of them contain large selections of interesting, handpicked items. I would have been prepared to pay double what they are charging - it's that good! Attention to detail, hospitality, beautiful garden, perfect... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I have just spend 8 nights at Festina Lente which I found on the internet. It proved to be everything one is looking for in accommodation and at a reasonable price. Enrico was very helpful and friendly as were his staff, the breakfasts knocked me out and made eating until dinner surperfluous. I would recommend Festina Lente without reservations and... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Each and every time I'm privileged enough to enjoy a night in the fantastic Festina Lente, I'm even more impressed...the breathtaking and completely unique decor of each unit was expertly created by the talented Magda van der Vloed...as you walk in you are transported into a world of decadence and luxury...the hosts are second to none, they make you feel... More 

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Gaborone, Botswana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We have stayed in a few places when visiting Johannesburg over the past few years and Festina Lente has topped them all! What a wonderful find. Lovely peaceful and spacious room with everything you need to make your stay comfortable. Enrico is an awesome host and made us feel at home straight away! The breakfast was absolutely delicious... wish we... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I first stayed here in August 2012 with my husband - it was a combined business and leisure trip and we had everything we needed. The decor is so classic and the room we stayed in was so comfortable and the touches were very homely and well considered from the books next to beds, to the glass of bubbles on... More 

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Address: 41 Balmoral Avenue | Hurlingham, 2196, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg
Number of rooms: 2

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