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Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg

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13 Garrick Road | Johannesburg, Randburg 2194, South Africa (Formerly Idwala Boutique Guest House)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Staying at Idwala is always such a pleasure. I have been fortunate enough not only to accompany my husband for business on several occasions but we have also had the chance to make this our base while visiting friends and family in Johannesburg. It’s very easy to slip into a relaxed mode almost as soon as you arrive. The friendly... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A terribly mediocre and misleading experience. The Valentine's special included a chef's dinner, which was very average. The room had no airconditioning. The lodge is situated in a dodgy area of Joburg. Billing errors occurred which lead to several irritations and unnecessary calls and emails.

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

We are so very sorry to hear that you were disappointed during your stay early this year. At Idwala both management and staff do everything possible to ensure our guests are comfortable and enjoy their visit, as a result we not only have guests who enjoy their stay but we also have a very high return rate. We would ask... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We enjoyed our stay there very much and it was hard to say good bye after only 1 night there. The 5 star guest house is located in a nice and quiet area of randburg, that obviously is one of the better areas of joburg. Breakfast buffet was complete, fresh and the coffe was excellent. If you need a restaurant... More 

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. We are so glad that you enjoyed your very brief stay with us and hope that next time it will be for longer! With best wishes from the Idwala Team More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Chef Paul and Jeanette run a secret world in the heart of Randburg free from stress and deadlines. The breakfast included in the rate was amazing and I have never had such delicious mushrooms in my life. The rooms are luxurious and spacious and the bed amazing. After the spa treatment in our rooms we had completely forgotten that Monday... More 

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your SPA treatment made you forget the real world for a while - this is something we all need from time to time! We hope that you will return to Idwala soon and thank you for your kind comments! With best wishes from the Idwala Team More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great stay at the Idwala Boutique Hotel. Really well decorated and serviced, they had thought of everything. Our flight into Joburg was delayed a bit, so we arrived quite late into the evening. We were immediately greeted by the very friendly guard, who showed us to our rooms. Because we were late, the staff had prepared some sandwiches for us... More 

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to write a review on Idwala - we appreciate your kind words and are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. With best wishes from The Idwala Team More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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80 reviews 80 reviews
41 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This small nice hotel has just a few rooms, partly in separate "africa style" ensuite outside guestrooms, all stand alone... or a few inside rooms, which are spacious as well and all have a good desk and bathroom (heated); I take a room when alone, which is fine.. Paul and the staff will prepare every meal that you wish for-... More 

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciation of our Chef's cooking - it is his greatest joy to provide delicious meals for our guests and wonderful when they appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back to Idwala in the future. With best wishes from the Idwala Team More 

Port Edward, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Jeanette & her team deliver 5 star discreet, personal & friendly service which immediately puts you at ease in this hidden gem. Fitted with every luxury & necessity, this is a safe haven where guests can relax in comfort. Dinner is served according to your preference so there's no need to venture any further unless you want to experience some... More 

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your four day stay with us! Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write a review - it is so important for us to know that our guests are satisfied with everything at Idwala and we greatly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again when you are... More 

Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A warm welcome awaits us in the room! Underfloor heating and heated towel rails, a real treat! The spacious and very comfortable room was just what we needed after a bad experience at another guest house. Thanks chef Paul, for a great dinner!

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing a review for Idwala - we are delighted that you appreciated and enjoyed our underfloor heating and warm, comfortable room - especially after your previous unhappy experience elsewhere! I will let our chef know that you also enjoyed the dinner he prepared for you. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

An excellent, spacious en suite room was appointed to us. Attention to detail is of a high standard! Our 2 night stay was a real pleasure. We experienced very well trained staff. We really recommend having dinner prepared by chef Paul! An absolute treat!

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Idwala, thank you for your review and especially for your compliments regarding our well trained staff and the quality of our meals - this is so important to us! We look forward to your next visit. Best wishes from the Idwala Team. More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Idwala for 10 days and were very impressed by the facilities, the staff and the management. Our room was in the main guest house and was spacious, comfortable, and had excellent ensuite facilities including a lovely long bath. Chef Paul prepared very good meals and was flexible and helpful at all times. Special thanks... More 

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JeanetteFriese, Owner at Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg, responded to this review

Thank you Chris, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Idwala - we certainly enjoyed having you as guests and hope that you will be back again soon! If our guests are satisfied then we have achieved what we set out to do at Idwala. It was a real pleasure getting to know you! More 

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