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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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After a hectic day working in JHB, I arrived at Idwala for my school reunion where I was staying the night. I was greeted with smiley staff and my room was a haven from the traffic and noise. The underfloor heating was a treat, the room and bathroom were large and homely and after half an hour, I was ready... More 

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

How wonderful to have such an appreciative guest - this is what makes it all worthwhile! Thank you for all your kind words - we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much and our chef was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dinner so much. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Best regards... More 

Midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent location hidden gem in Johannesburgh. Beautiful rooms, thatch roof quirky looks. Spacious bathrooms. The chef came to talk to us and recommend meals. Great treat from our hosts. We came here for a wedding and were delighted with everything.

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

Thank you for expressing your appreciation - we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Idwala and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future. Best regards from the Idwala Team More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My husband and I stayed at Idwala in February after two very long and tiring flights from Ottawa to Johannesburg. We arrived at 22.30 and having someone friendly meeting us at the airport was so welcome. We were shown to our 'cottage' where a lovely fruit basket and sandwiches were waiting our late arrival. I can only describe the comfort... More 

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

We are so glad that you had such a wonderful sleep after your long trip and that you enjoyed your brief stay at Idwala! Please do make it a longer stay the next time - our staff will once again enjoy looking after you and will make sure that your visit to South Africa is a very special time! Thank... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Since the 2010 world cup in South Africa, we have used this accommodation and every time guests only had compliments of the service and facility. The facility atmosphere is one of being in the bush with the amount of trees and leafy garden that is well maintained. The rooms are clean, luxurious and comfortable. The lounge and dining area are... More 

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

Thank you for your loyalty in always returning to Idwala over the years, we are thrilled to have such wonderfully satisfied guests, as this of course is exactly what we strive to achieve! We will certainly do everything we can to ensure that you continue coming to our "Bush Lodge" in the heart of Johannesburg! Best regards from the Idwala... More 

Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We stayed here because our friends knew the owners (and had stayed here before) and suggested we stay when in Johannesburg. So we did - with our friends - with whom we were travelling for 3 weeks in South Africa. We loved this boutique hotel. Jeanette, her husband and staff were wonderful. It is in the suburbs - but that... More 

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

Dear Barbara & Jim, We are delighted that you were so pleased with your decision to stay at our Boutique Hotel and to know that you found our staff to be friendly and helpful. Our Chef was also really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your breakfasts so much! Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write such... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We were so pleasantly surprised with our stay at Idwala. The staff is so friendly and the place has a wonderful cosy atmosphere. There is a lot of attention to detail, like fruit bowls in the rooms... We had a fabulous breakfast. We would definitely come again!

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

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Idwala and found our team to be friendly and helpful! Thank you for your great review and please do come back soon to enjoy another breakfast! Best regards from the Idwala Team More 

Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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

We are so happy that you continue to enjoy visiting Idwala and would like to thank you very much for your appreciation and for the lovely comments you made! We look forward to welcoming you back again the next time you visit South Africa. More 

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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 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 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 

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