Arriving at The Residence at 8AM after a grueling series of flights, we were warmly greeted by every member of the staff we encountered. Due to our early arrival, I had some fear that we would not be able to check into our room for quite some time, a prospect that caused me and my wife some anxiety as we had been traveling for about 30 hours and had been awake even longer. Such was not the case however, as we were informed our room would be ready shortly, but would we like breakfast first. The answer to that was a heartfelt "yes!" on my part, and we were taken to a beautifully bright and appointed dining room where a cart with charcuterie, various cereals, yogurts, pastries and fruit was wheeled to our table. But that was not breakfast! We then ordered full breakfast from a menu. Everything was delicious. We were then led to our room - The Pool Villa. Stunning. This consisted of a large bedroom, gigantic closet done up in dark wood with full built-ins, wonderful bathroom, and VERY large living room or salon with several couches, chairs, and a fireplace. Additionally, the "room" enjoys an outdoor shower and hot tub, immediately adjacent to, but completely secluded from, the hotel's pool. After enjoying these amenities, and taking a much-needed nap, my wife and I spent the majority of a very stormy afternoon in the piano bar, a very cosy, relaxing locale. We elected to eat dinner at the hotel's restaurant, again a first-class dining experience. We were scheduled to leave The Residence early the next morning to continue on our vacation. We had such an enjoyable time here that we were actually loathe to leave and wished that our itinerary had kept us there longer. Although we saw nothing of Johannesburg, it being merely a point of entry into the rest of our vacation, this hotel has left us with extremely pleasant memories.
- 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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