Returned to the Residence in Johannesburg, slightly nervous since we had had such a great experience on our previous trip in January and didn't want to spoil the memory. We needn't have worried - this is still one of the best hotel experiences anywhere in the world, and we had a fabulous time again. Personal service, very friendly atmosphere and attention to detail mark the Residence out as a very special - and rare - hotel.
The Madiba suite is spacious and tremendously well-equipped (with its own wine fridge) and an expansive outdoor living/sunbathing area, complete with hot tub/Jacuzzi. I can certainly recommend this if you are planning to stay more than a day or two. We were there for 10 days and it was great to have so much space to move around in - both inside and outside.
As before, we would like to see some more adventurous cuisine, but we were delighted at the quality of the cooked breakfasts, which were really good (congratulations to Willard in the kitchen).
The most important reason why this hotel excels is the quality of the staff who are, without exception charming, friendly and helpful. By the time we left, we felt like part of the family. In an age where even the top hotels are increasingly large and impersonal its a treat to spend time in such luxurious - yet intimate - surroundings.
We'll certainly be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence is a five star boutique hotel which is truly one of a kind. No effort has been spared in creating a warm, luxurious, elegant and inviting atmosphere. With twelve designer suites with ultimate comfort and privacy, here you can sit back and take in the views of the garden, tennis court and pools. Explore the serene sanctuary of the senses with our spa or simply relax and unwind in the sauna and steam room. ... more less
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