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“Dining at "View" restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   67 Jan Smuts Avenue | Westcliff, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa (Formerly The Westcliff)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Dining at "View" restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Recommended as THE best dining experience in Johannesburg, expectations were set and as the website says "Experience the cuisine of three-Michelin-starred Executive Chef Dirk Gieselmann, who creates a culinary journey focused on seasonality and local provenance". I was excited.

We dined here on May Day.
On arrival, we were dropped off at the wrong restaurant by the golf buggy and they were unable to find our booking. However, we were seated at our choice of table. The manager came over to apologize (good recovery). The menu was unexpected; small and pre-set but nevertheless had a range of good choices- quail; beef; fish etc but disappointing that they didn't cater for kosher/halal in a meaningful way (you need to ring this through a few days in advance- apparently!)

All three courses were cooked well (mind, I thought the beans with the quail were on the tough/undercooked side) but flavours were delicious; Portions could have been fractionally bigger in my opinion (but plates were not over loaded- great!); service was attentive but not intrusive. The sommelier did well on wine recommendations.

Worth getting here early to see the sun set.

In summary; good experience. Wld recommend and return. Impressive.

Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The 4 seasons Westcliff has great rooms perfect service and an outstanding restaurant with a 180 degrees views on the gardens and hills of Johannesburg. All well including the Spa. Family or business recommended. The service and food are great as well.

Stayed April 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to celebrate our wedding at the Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg because of its spectacular location and the recent takeover by the Four Seasons brand. We had high expectations and they were greatly exceeded by the reality. The rich experience and professionalism of the management team along with the various and high-quality facilities offered in the property turned our wedding day from a dream to real fairy tale.

The hotel provides an all-in-one wedding solution that includes everything you'd like for a beautiful and memorable day: 1) a splendid rose garden for the ceremony overlooking the Johannesburg skyline; 2) a smaller-sized garden which is well set up for functions and conveniently located in immediate proximity to the ballroom for the main reception; 3) a spectacular reception hall that is elegantly elaborate and stylish. If you ever dreamed of a royal-style wedding, you dreamed of this venue.

The process leading up to the wedding ran as well as the day itself. The experience of the team in organizing weddings showed quickly. They offered recommendations on how to structure the day, shared do's and don'ts, even scheduled the required meetings closer to the day to ensure that all elements have been discussed and agreed upon. Christopher, the Hotel Manager, and his team exhibited nothing but professionalism and acute attention to detail through the whole planning period. This was especially evident when one of the team members, who was also our main coordination person, moved on to another career and had to be replaced a few months before the wedding. A situation which would normally result in substantial disorder and frustration was managed so well that we barely noticed the shift in responsibility and individuals.

What we quickly realized is that because of the comprehensiveness of services offered by the venue (incl. a wedding coordinator) the role of a wedding agent would be completely redundant. From availability of major necessities (e.g. high-quality silverware, table cloths, easels, outdoor and indoor furniture for all parts of the wedding, etc) through taking care of all required rentals (e.g. chair covers, tents, etc.) to an in-house florist who is well familiar with the venue and knows how to accentuate its particular features we really had all main wedding components taken care of by the hotel. We did have to arrange a few vendors but those are the ones that you should personally pick even if you used a wedding agent (e.g. photo- and video-grapher, beauticians, DJ). However, the venue had a list of recommendations even for those vendors. In retrospect, we saved a substantial wedding cost since we didn't have to rely on a wedding agent and it worked exceptionally well.

Finally, the on-the-day coordination and support from the team was extraordinary. We were kindly given early check-in for a few of the rooms we had booked for the night so that we can prepare for and rest before the big events. There were a few calls and visits to ensure everything was in order and the team on site made sure that everything ran as smoothly as it could have. They communicated with one another but also with us to deliver a flawless and effortless flow of events. The rose garden and the Jacaranda ballroom looked picture perfect and the landscape around the hotel allowed for such beautiful backdrops for amazing wedding photos. We also need to compliment the chef on the fully customized menu which would make the toughest foodies happy. It was magnificent overall and so many of our guests came to tell us that this is the most magical wedding they've been to. This coming from guests who are seasoned function goers and lux travelers means a lot.

Thank you, Four Seasons team, for helping us create our fairy tale!

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paarl, South Africa
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must see when you're in Johannesburg! Staff was amazing! We got lost with the GPS and we called for assistance - they we're on the ball immediately. From arrival at the gate, valet, reception - everyone just wanted you to feel at home and comfortable. Phenomenal view (overlooking the JHB Zoo), lovely staff - incredible menu - really was sad when I couldn't finish my salad! Beautiful, elegant set tables - so chic. Definitely a lovely spot for a date :) or special occasion celebration. Would LOVE to stay a night in the Hotel to experience the room and everything Four Seasons!

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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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84 reviews 84 reviews
70 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a very enjoyable stay here with a business meeting group. Highlights are definitely the well trained and very obliging staff, the Flame restaurant (what a view) and large comfortable rooms. Wi-fi worked very well. A few things to be aware of: the hotel is built into a hill, so the lay out is a bit convoluted and requires a fair bit of walking, some up hills and lots of stairs. Staff are always available to shuttle you by mini cart so not a problem. The hotel spa is not really operational yet, but the gym is open as is a small secondary pool. The hotel is not really near anything else, so plan on needing to go by car or taxi everywhere. Would stay here again if I was doing business in the adjacent business centers of Joburg.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully revamped hotel with earthy natural tones flowing throughout complimented by the surrounding greenery, leaving one with a good feel of a natural and relaxed environment, yet with unobtrusive opulent luxury. This together with the amazing view, coupled with delightful nibbles and pleasurable drinks, thereafter enjoying our palatable dinner and dessert at Flames served attentively and in a warm and welcoming manner - I did not want the evening to end!

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have stayed at the Westcliff for many years under Orient Express Management, it is now a Four Seasons so we went back to see what it was like. We found a renovated hotel and much has changed.

The reception area is completely different, there is a whole new Spa and new Pool area, although the Spa was not open or the new pool area when we were there last week. There is a great new Gym and business Center.

Now what I am going to say next is a matter of taste in decor, the old Westcliff was an English Classic style hotel, very comfortable, cozy, and very luxurious. The new decoration tries to be more modern, the old restaurant areas, famous Polo Bar are gone as well as the old swimming pool near the restaurants. The new area is much larger, the iconic Polo Bar is gone, the two new restaurants, in our opinion are not as nice as the old ones, they were classic with white linen and beautiful decor, now they are as a million other restaurants but I can see that it makes sense from an economical point of view for the operator.

The service is slow, probably slow in the kitchen but the waiters are fabulous, quick and friendly, eager to please and well trained. We preferred the old breakfast buffet, it was extensive and delicious, the new breakfast buffet is more modest but there is a menu from where you can order extras.

The new rooms are very comfortable and again its a matter of taste, more modern now, the TV´s are better than the old ones, the bathrooms and closets are the same. Air cons are good, we had some plugs that did not work in our room but maintenance were quick to fix them, no shaving plugs in the bathroom but this must be some safety measure or something. Free guest Wi-fi works just fine.

Room Service - the first night we ordered room service the food came all cold, soups and pasta sauce horrible to eat cold. We mentioned this the next day and had a visit from the Room service manager, Carlos, he is a seasoned and very experienced Four Seasons Manager, eager to hear what we thought and even more eager and quick to rectify the temperature of the food, it started arriving on the following days hot and delicious. It now came in a heated box and perfect, delicious all of it! (they don´t have an easy time serving room service due to the layout of this hotel but they are stars and quickly arrive at your room).

There is one thing that is OUTSTANDING and must be mentioned. The staff, all the staff without exception are fantastic. They could not be more friendly or give better service, they are very well trained and give the guest a seven star service. Special mention to Carlos the room service manager, to Sandy in room service and to another young man from room service (unfortunately don´t know his name). Exceptional service at this hotel.

So in conclusion, this continues to be the best hotel in Johannesburg and we will be back hopefully soon.

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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue | Westcliff, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa (Formerly The Westcliff)
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room 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 Family Hotel in Johannesburg
#6 Spa Hotel in Johannesburg
#15 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
#21 Business Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg 5*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg welcomes you to a self-contained sanctuary in the affluent Westcliff residential area. Perched on a cliffside, this resort-style retreat offers panoramic views over the neighbouring Johannesburg Zoo and the dense tree canopy of the city's prestigious northern suburbs. The ambience is like a sun-splashed Mediterranean village laced with courtyards, fountains and gardens. Fully transformed, the hotel's 117 guest rooms and suites offer cool, contemporary decor inspired by modern Africa. Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg is a lively social hub for the city's elite, and the first choice for business and holiday travellers - providing a pampering start or finish for a South African safari. ... more   less 
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