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African Rock Hotel

5.0 of 5 48 de Villiers Avenue | Van Riebeeck Estates, Kempton Park 1620, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is so lovely, we won't forget our short stay. The rooms are nicely decorated and really clean and comfortable. Thanks to Christine who prepared a delightful dinner. We enjoyed the tour in Johannesburg and surroundings. These places are really interesting. Thanks to all of you for your kind attention and warmful welcome.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow. What a lovely hotel. My wife and I had wonderful stay here. The room was large and clean, the staff was courteous, and the food was delicious (the chef was very accommodating to our dietary needs). We also appreciated the thoughtful note and sparkling wine (to help us celebrate our honeymoon). We wish we could have stayed longer, and... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first night of our African adventure was spent at the very civilized African Rock Hotel in Johannesburg. Complete with a gracious staff, our brief stay was enhanced by a gourmet dinner and made-to-order breakfast. Very stylish architecture and furnishings. We found the library/lounge to be filled with interesting books and comfy furniture.

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new hampshire
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night after landing at Jo'burg and before our flight to Kruger the next day. This hotel is in a lovely little neighborhood- perfectly safe enough to take a walk around. It's also apparently a short cab ride to a mall where we planned to get a fleece for my husband (who didn't believe me when... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Welcoming, friendly and helpful. We had to suddenly change plans and they fitted us in and fed us quite late in the day. On our 2 nd stay we had an amazing meal of 5 courses and selected wines for £25/head. The chef presented the menu and really made an effort. Thoroughly recommend!

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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment Lizzy. I am glad we could assist. You are right we are flexible with regards to the bed configuration.All our rooms can be twinned from a double king size bed to 2 single beds. Room 1 and 2 can be converted to a family room by using the sleeper couch as an extra bed for... More

Houston, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Wow!! What a delicious morsel of a hotel. WE have traveled the world and have not found a hotel as unique and as different as the Africa Rock Hotel. The owners are on site and have designed this boutique hotel to match their eclectic taste. Each room is unique!! The dinning room is fabulous - the chef comes to each... More

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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you Tim, for your kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us, it was a pleasure having you here with us for a short while. It is so rewarding for us all here to get comments like these! I promise, we will keep on doing what we doing and improve where it is required. We wish... More

Naarden, The Netherlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Never wanted to go to Jo'burg, let alone stay overnight. But this time we had to because of our combined trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Our travel agency, Gemsbokreizen from the Netherlands adviced us this place. And omg, what was I wrong all these years for not wanting to go to Jo'burg. First and absolutely because of this... More

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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review

Hallo Gaos. Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are happy we could add value to your stay in Johannesburg. I am sorry I missed you..... by about a minute,.... to say goodbye, Calvin was to quick. :) . I am sure you will be back here in South Africa not to long from now and we will... More

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Hi we stayed @ African Rock Hotel from June 3 to June 5. The service was excellent. We are a family of three and we had a wonderful stay in this hotel. The food was very good. We had left our camera at the bus that brought us from our Safari to Johannesburg and they help us call the company... More

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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Luzo, It was an absolute pleasure having you here with us for a couple of days. I am glad we could assist in getting your camera back, only a pleasure! Happy Travels!! Otti More

Cape Town
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I stayed over one night on business. Hotel is located in gated residential area about 15 min drive from JNB OR Tambo airport & has the feel of a real home more than a hotel. Very at tentative & warm hearted staff. Dinner is 5 course menu & chef Christin served the best herb butter crusted beef fillet I have... More

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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Miriam, Thank you for your review, much appreciated coming from an industry professional! Yes the outside fire is roaring every night, that way one can enjoy the crisp winter evenings more. I am glad we could make you feel at home during your stay, it is our intention! I wish you happy travels where ever you go!! Warm regards... More

Vancouver, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
80 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We had to overnight 2 x in Johannesburg and we debated whether we should just go for ease and "known quality" and stay right at the airport or drive the 11 Km (20 - 30 Min) and stay at a smaller more discrete and intimate place - we choice African Rock and it was the best decision we made. The... More

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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. These reviews motivate all of us to keep on doing what we do but at the same time we always look where we can adapt in order to improve our services. I see you have already written 74 reviews which makes your review carry a lot of weight!... More

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Address: 48 de Villiers Avenue | Van Riebeeck Estates, Kempton Park 1620, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — African Rock Hotel 5*
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This exclusive 5 star boutique hotel is located 10 km from the Johannesburg International Airport, O.R. Tambo in a quiet suburb of Kempton Park away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes. It has quick and easy high way access to Johannesburg, the Sandton area as well as Pretoria. A well established lush tropical garden, a swimming pool and large patio ensures relaxing outdoor living. The interior "look and feel" boosts a successful fusion of African, Western and Oriental design trends and offers a warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The architecture is contemporary, includes all modern day technologies is practical and comfortable. The hotel offers a complimentary meet and greet and a return airport transfer. The on site restaurant, The Blue Hippo, offers a fusion cuisine. All meals are prepared by a top chef with fresh ingredients and served in a fine dining manner. ... more   less 
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