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Thaba Eco Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   46 Impala Road | Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Johannesburg 2053, South Africa (Formerly Thaba Ya Batswana)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
Bloemfontein, South Africa
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“Jewel of Johannesburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Our conference was held at this world class hotel & lodge, the choice of global market leaders. From the minute you enter through the gates, you forget that you are in one of the busiest cities. Breathtaking views of the Southern part of Joburg, friendly staff right down from the cleaners to the MD, everywhere we went we were greeted with a smile and someone offering to assist with luggage, finding the way, etc. Conference facilities must be the best in the world, with great food and snacks and lots to drink. Fantastic rooms, with everything you need & more, the food at The Kraal Restaurant outstanding. The highlight was our interactive session with the lion cubs, a mere 4 weeks old, climbing all over us. Truly an awesome experience.

Room Tip: The eco apartments is a must stay as well as the Kraal area rooms - we stayed in 203 with own little...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Taryn H, Reservations Manager at Thaba Eco Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Wow, thank you Melanie665 for your feedback.

From the time you entered at security to the time you were greeted by our MD and were assisted by our porters we could tell you had an amazing experience.

We are also thrilled to know that you thought our hotel rooms were fantastic and that the food at our Kraal Kombuis Restaurant met your expectations.

We look forward to seeing you back at Thaba Eco Hotel soon.

Kind regards
Thaba Eco Hotel
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

There are different reasons why people stay at a hotel. Sometimes its for business, sometimes for a wedding, sometimes it is merely an escape from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. I stayed at Thaba this weekend to visit with some friends, this was my second stay as I stayed here also in 2011.

I have stayed in hotels all over the world, from Finland across the globe to India, and I have learned along the way what makes a good hotel, but also what it is that makes a great hotel. Thaba for me is a great hotel. The basics are there, clean rooms, good food and friendly service. But more than that they strive for excellence. For example, the service is not just friendly, it is also calm and unobtrusive; and when there is a problem it is dealt with efficiently and without making you feel uncomfortable and demanding. The rooms are not just clean, they are crisp with soothing colours and comfortable and stylish furniture. And the food is not just good, it tantalizes and makes you want more!

Thaba is also about the complete experience. They have a range of other activities available to their clients including the fabulous Thaba Lions! What a delight to be able to come up close and personal with the King of the Jungle. I had the opportunity to hold and play with the little cubs. Just be careful that you don't turn into a toy for the cubs yourself as they are quite inquisitive and won't hesitate to get a playful bite in while playing!

I would definitely recommend Thaba Ya Batswana any day!

Room Tip: Top floor rooms as the best view ever!!!
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Taryn H, Reservations Manager at Thaba Eco Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Dear Karenn

Thank you for the wonderful review from a globetrotter such as yourself.

We are pleased that our service was not just basic but excellent and our staff have honoured the values of professionalism that we strive to achieve in our service to all our guests.

We look forward to see you again soon and thank you for recommending Thaba Eco Hotel.

Kind regards
Thaba Eco Hotel
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Boksburg
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

It has been a long time since my wife and I have gone away alone. So I decided to go onto the NET and find a place not to far from the concrete jungle as we only had one night, I discovered THABA YA BATSWANA . A mere 30 min drive from Boksburg and we were in Heven. It is not just a destination it is home away from home.I dont know where to start,from the welcoming at security to the staff at reception,the drive to our rooms, the massive clean rooms with rose pettles and gift basket, amazing views,the welcome refreshments and treats at our dinner venue,the decor on our tables,the great staff compliment per customer /table,the excellent taste and presentation of the food (their went the diet).And of course the smile on the beautiful wifes face as this was all a surprise for her.The next morning we went for breakfast,all the goodies a fantastic breakfast should consist of. After filling our bellys we went to the Lion Cubs Park,two mins walk away.That is where my wife fell in love again (not with me but the cubs).We spend some time playing with them and then had to leave to get back to the hustle and bustle.What a great experience from start to end. I would again like to thank all at THABA YA BATSWANA .Pictures are on face book.

Room Tip: All look great,amazing sun sets.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taryn H, Reservaions Manager at Thaba Eco Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Dear ClintB

We are thrilled that your wife left Thaba Eco Hotel with a smile on her face.

We always aim to under promise and over deliver as you have seen in all the little details during your stay.

Since you are just around the corner we look forward to hosting you soon when you return for your next breakaway from the concrete jungle.

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Thaba Eco Hotel
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Thaba Ya Batswana is truly Heaven on Earth. Breathtaking views, 5 star facilities, amazing staff and excellent cuisine is only a few of the characteristics of this great venue.

I recently hosted a corporate event at TYB and it was a great success.

First and foremost I would like to thank each staff member for their great hospitality, professional service and attention to detail. Hats off to the chefs and kitchen staff for the excellent cuisine.

The breathtaking rooms are comfortable and spacious with its elegant design.

Over all this was a fantastic experience and I would recommend all travelers staying in JHB to visit this GEM.

Room Tip: The Bushveld rooms are truly the best.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Taryn H, Reservations Manager at Thaba Eco Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Dear YolandiV

Thaba Eco Hotel’s number one core value is professionalism. We are delighted that it was noted and met your expectations. As a four star hotel we strive to achieve the five star experience and look forward to hosting your next event.

Regards
Thaba Eco Hotel
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jhb
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Thaba Ya Batswana is one of my favorite hotels in the world; it is nestled on a hill and has picturesque scenery, you will never guess that you are in Johannesburg. The hustle and bustle of city life is a fleeting memory when you are in this magical kingdom.

The rooms are exceptional; it is beautifully laid out and comfortable. The best part is the space in the rooms. It is comfortable enough for a 2 week stay without any sign of cabin fever.

The staff paid attention to detail and the function that I attended was beautifully made up and our host of the evening had a winning smile and a desire to attend to our every need. I thought he might be our genie in a bottle… except instead of only three, we had a million wishes.

To top it all off, there are Lion cubs. Yes, real lion cubs, for those of you from other continents. They are magnificent! You are allowed to play with them and take pictures. It is one of the best experiences I ever have. Whilst playing with them, it becomes clear why they are the kings of the jungle. We also received an educational tour.

Over all this was a fantastic experience and I would recommend all travelers staying in JHB to definitely try this place – IT WAS MAGICAL!!! It is every thing you want in a holiday all rolled up in one!

PS: I forgot to mention the chocolate cake. It is too die for. It is the best choc cake in South Africa! No jokes.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Taryn H, Reservations Manager at Thaba Eco Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Thank you Vastig for the magic feedback.

We are super thrilled that you rate our venue Thaba Eco Hotel as one of your favourite hotels in the world.

We are pleased that our rooms, staff and the lion cub experience as well as our function facilities and the attentive nature of our staff exceeded your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next holiday.

Regards
Thaba Eco Hotel
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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I've had the pleasure of staying at Thaba more than once and have always been welcomed as family. Staff were always friendly and made me feel at home. The amazing views from the hotel room made me feel like I was on a game farm away from the city when in fact the major free-way in Johannesburg is very close by. The spa was great and playing with lion cubs was definitely the highlight if my year so far. If you are ever there, I highly recommend the chocolate cake. Simply delicious!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taryn H, Reservations Manager at Thaba Eco Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Dear Sanetkillian

We always aim to ensure that our valued guests feel part of our Thaba family.

The breath-taking views from your hotel room and great spa and lion cub experience is what we aim to achieve at Thaba Eco Hotel. We agree with you -our chocolate cake is out of this world.
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We recently attended a wedding at the Thaba Ya Batswana Hotel and because we traveled from far to attend the wedding, decided to stay at this Hotel. We checked in after the wedding and once inside our room noticed that half of the room (including the bathroom) had no electricity. It took more than an hour for the hotel staff to respond to our dilemma and to book us into a new room. The new room had electricity but was not prepared for guests and thus had no towels, toiletries, bathrobes, coffee and tea making facilities etc. We waited again for more than half an hour for this to be rectified. By this time it was 3 am. We only slept for 4 hours as we had to leave early to make our journey back home. When we woke, we phoned reception to provide us with the necessary golf-cart to return us and our luggage to our car. We were told that someone will be there in 5 min. After 15 min we phoned again and were told someone is on their way. After another 15 min we phoned again and were then told that they lied concerning the golf-cart, no one was in fact on their way as they could not get hold of the relevant individual. We thus walked with our luggage to our car. This delayed us to such an extent we could not make us of the breakfast included service.
Despite all my complaints, the Hotel has not provided me with a refund, an apology or even an explanation.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 46 Impala Road | Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Johannesburg 2053, South Africa (Formerly Thaba Ya Batswana)
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Johannesburg
#7 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Thaba Eco Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by the tranquil and picturesque Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, one finds a piece of Highveld Heaven in the form of the impressive Thaba Eco Hotel. A decade of passion has resulted in brand renowned for world class customer service. Thaba Eco Hotel has recently been voted as the BEST 4 Star hotel in Gauteng at the Lilizela Tourism Awards, and is now also a registered FAIR TRADE tourism certified business. The design of Thaba Eco hotel was inspired by the historical and environmental elements of the Tswana Mountains. With the luxury, executive and Bushveld suites, guests have a variety of room types to choose from. As part of their Green Policy, Thaba Eco Hotel has incorporated several creative and positive measures to contribute to the sustainability of both the area and the planet as a whole. All hotel rooms have been designed with the environment in mind. Colours of the exterior of the buildings represents the stone and tree bark to reduce visual impact, and only 50% of the Bushveld suites floor plan touches the ground to ensure the maximum protection of the fauna and flora. Thaba Eco Hotel also has a variety of stunning venues for weddings, conferences and other functions, such as the Marquee, Lobola and Tswana Banquet Halls. Leisure activities include the Sinzinani Day Spa, Meditation Trail, Guided Hiking Trails and the popular Thaba Lions Educational Centre. For the future generation our Eco Kids Club provides educational nature walks and various other leisure activities.We have also realised that hospitality and tantalising food goes hand in hand, and have therefore put together a team of world renowned chefs to attend to everybody's culinary requirements. At our Olive Tree Coffee Shop one can indulge in a slice of freshly baked bar-one chocolate cake next to a 500 year old Wild Olive Tree, while enjoying an aromatic coffee or sipping on one of our herbal teas.The impeccable facilities and breath taking natural surroundings ensure that Thaba Eco Hotel is the venue of choice for both the corporate and leisure markets. ... more   less 
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