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“Peace and quietness in a very hospitable environment” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   64 Rutland Avenue | Craighall Park, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #14 of 260 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Peace and quietness in a very hospitable environment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2010

This is our second stay at Amanzi and since the cottage we rented last time was not available Pam the owner advised us to take one of the apartments. We are not sorry for that advise! A very modern and well equiped apartment with a very nice view on the beautiful garden from the room and the balcony.

The apartment is quite roomy and has a very nice bed, big couch and a small but well equipped kitchen. The bathroom has a very nice big shower and looks fresh and well maintained.

Amanzi's staff is really trying hard to make you feel at home but at the same time you have all the privacy you want. Optionally you can also have breakfast which is very tasty and prepared with a smile. A great way to start the day!

If we were not already convinced last time we were there; we are now. Amanzi is the #1 place for us to stay when in Johannesburg!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pamelamary52, Owner at Amanzi Guest House, responded to this review, October 29, 2010
Wonderful to host you and your partner once more! We look forward to a summer trip when
you can swim in my now salt water pool, and bask in glorious SA sunshine!
Thank you for your comments about the apartments - which I hope fellow travellers will find useful
clarifying the difference between the cottages and the apartments.
Warm regards
Pam
Amanzi Guest House
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2010

Pam and her staff run the friendliest and most comfortable guest house for the business traveller I have come across. The rooms are luxuriously comfortable with complimentary Wi-Fi internet as an added bonus for after-hours work.

The guest house is located mere minutes away from Hyde Park and Sandton central, so is perfectly located for business stays in the north of Johannesburg.

I've been staying there for three years now and each time has been an absolute pleasure - I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

This was a very comfortable place to stay during a first-time trip to Johannesburg. I stayed in a second-floor suite that featured a kitchenette, flat-screen TV, sat TV, sofa and more than enough heating elements to handle cold Johannesburg nights. I liked being able to eat out in surrounding areas or buy items at the market down the street to cook myself. Breakfast is very good. The location provides easy access to a variety of activities and businesses.

The hostess is always around if you need assistance, but never in your face. I fell sick on the last day of my visit, and she helped make medical arrangements, drove me to the doctor's office--everything short of hold my hand while in the waiting room. My only complaint would be that the room safe was not big enough to fit a laptop computer.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clervaux, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

I stayed there for a week in a one bedroom cottage. It was the most wonderful experience. Besides a beautiful decorated cottage with all the comfort needed I can only confirm what others have said before. The bed was so great that I slept better than at home! Pam is the most amazing host ever! She is the heart and soul of Amanzi and she will allways do what is needed to make you feel at home!
Everything was perfect! And the breakfast in the morning was delicious! I also enjoyed the little private patio in front of the cottage just sitting there in the evening and relaxing from a stressfull day was so precious!
I can only recommand this B&B to everyone ! Single traveller or family you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pamelamary52, Owner at Amanzi Guest House, responded to this review, July 1, 2010
Thank you for your wonderful review and super photos. I hope you can return to Amanzi - the swimming pool is now chlorinated - the salt water is so much nicer and healthier to swim in. And have also added a lounging screened off area at the pool. Will add a photo of the altered pool area! Best wishes from Pam at Amanzi.
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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

I just stayed there 4 the World Cup, the location is great, the cottages are outstanding, each and every request were inmediatly satisfied by Mrs. Pam (the owner) and the kindness of her, make AMANZI the best option 2 stay down at SA..

i highly recomend this Guest House!..

MIGUEL TENREIRO (Mérida, MÉXICO).

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pamelamary52, Owner at Amanzi Guest House, responded to this review, June 28, 2010
Thank you for your warm words and I so enjoyed having the Mexicans stay at Amanzi! What a pity
that Mexico did not make the semi finals! Best wishes to you all!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

I am an expat who travels in and out of Johannesburg quite often and have stayed in many hotels and guesthouses throughout the area. This is by far the best one I have found and it is recognized as such by many expats. The service, amnesties and rooms are impeccable. Pam, the owner, is kind, friendly and knowledgeable about the area as well as places and events to catch while in Johannesburg. The location itself is a few minutes from Sandton and right next to Hyde Park mall. Highly Recommended.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pamelamary52, Owner at Amanzi Guest House, responded to this review, July 1, 2010
Your review of Amanzi Guest House is so appreciated as an expat who travels fairly regularly to Johannesburg. Look forward to welcoming you back! Warmly from Amanzi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

Amanzi Guest House and its staff are making the extra effort to make sure your stay is just nothing short of perfect. That service starts even before you are there! Thinking ahead and being flexible with checkin times and late arrivals. Pam; the owner is really doing everything in her power to make your stay as comfortable as possible! The rest of her staff are also very friendly and it shows that they enjoy their jobs.

The cottage we stayed in is equiped with everything you can think of, fully equiped kitchen, even heating; which was (unortunately) quite welcome in the evenings as it was a bit cold. The bathroom is also very nice with separate shower and bath and the two bedrooms (of which we only used one) are roomy and have very good beds! A big plus!

Location can be described in one word: Paradise! After you come through the gate it all looks very nice, lots of trees, flowers and plants, privacy for everyone and a nice swimmingpool in the garden. It is conveniently close to Rosebank and Sandton which are both not more than 10-15 minutes away by car.

The breakfast which is included is very nice and the place has Wireless internet connection everywhere which is a big plus so you still get to check emails and look up places to go in Johannesburg.

What we liked best was the whole 'feeling at home' experience that Pam and her staff have given us, definately a big YES to anyone considering a stay in a guest house instead of one of those fancy hotels in Sandton. You get a lot more personal attention and privacy for less money!

What we didn't like?? That we had to go home again!

Next time in Johannesburg will be with Pam for sure!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pamelamary52, Owner at Amanzi Guest House, responded to this review, July 1, 2010
Thank you for your warm and comprehensive review on Amanzi Guest House - your compliments on our service are encouraging, as you are so right, we do try our very best to give our guests a home from home experience with added spoiling touches. Thanks for adding the photos, which I think are very helpful for fellow travellers. Look forward to your next visit! Warmly from us all at Amanzi
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Address: 64 Rutland Avenue | Craighall Park, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 260 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Amanzi Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amanzi Guest House, AA TravelGuides Superior Grading, 4 Star TGCSA, Central Johannesburg, South Africa, offers luxury bed and breakfast/Guesthouse accommodation with self-catering options. Four contemporary urban chic apartments each with private entrances, and three garden cottages. Internet access, Satellite TV, secure property with undercover parking. Pool set in indigenous garden.Added luxuries like hairdryers, luxurious cotton percale linen, a house branded range of natural toiletries and daily refilled bottles of E-spring filtered water. Convenient neighbourhood shops less than a kilometre away - a general grocer, fruit and veg, pharmacy,restaurant, - Minutes from Sandton, Rosebank, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg CBD. Ideal for business and leisure travelers. Amanzi Guest House specialises in long stays. ... more   less 

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