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10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate
5.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   10, 2nd Avenue | Houghton Estate, Johannesburg 2041, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #29 of 72 hotels in Johannesburg
Sassenberg
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“Perfect all over”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Little hotel in a quiet area / rooms and heating excellent /service and food as well / a perfect stay and we will do it again : the garden is beautiful and the swimmingpool more like a big bathtube but well equipped as well

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

A really memorable place. There were a lot of special little touches that made a huge difference. The service was fantastic without being overbearing, the room was lovely, and there was good wifi to let me do work I needed to do comfortably during my amazing stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

What a wonderfully charming hotel! A beautiful old English manor in the beautiful leafy suburb of Houghton relatively small public areas (eg dining room, sitting areas with fireplace), nice terraces and a beautiful garden.
Standard rooms (room 6) with a nice bathroom.
But above all, great and helpful staff and managers.
Delicious breakfast despite winter time still outside on the terrace.
With a special thanks to Grant who managed for us a lot of things: Johannesburg tours including guides, taxis, restaurants, services on the airport.
Recommended!
(small minus: the sound of the generator at night...)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Choose this hotel for our final night in South Africa. The staff was very welcoming and attentive. Room was a large suite and given the time of year the gas fireplace gave a great warmth and glow to the experience. A quiet location and the feel of staying in a grand home. We had a car and the location has easy access to the expressway so we could get around easily. Met all of my expectations.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Liege, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

The friendly professional staff is looking after you with discretion.
A unique luxury guest house atmosphere. Wonderful garden. A lovely swimming pool well decorated.
Rooms nicely decorated including bath and a separate shower.
What else!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Woodland Hills, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Visited Houghton Estate earlier this month. As others have mentioned, was a private home and is located in a leafy suburban area (high walls around properties) near Mandela's home and not too far from the CBD. You definitely have a feeling that you are in a private home, and I think that adds to the charm. To me, it is a 4-star version of the uber fabulous Saxon Hotel, which is exponentially more expensive. The rooms are done in subtle tones in keeping with the period of the house. The grounds are so pretty, and the view from the porch, where we had dinner one night, is magical. The lawns just carry on and on. Service top notch, and frankly, one of the best meals we had while in South Africa. Their chefs are total gems. I wouldn't say that Houghton Estate is a sleek, modern hotel. Rather, it is a charming little oasis. Set your expectations accordingly and give it a try. I looked at a lot of properties in Johannesburg. This was one of the nicest I encountered.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Knysna, South Africa
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15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Spent a wonderful night at 10 2nd Avenue (Houghton Estate is one of the posh suburbs of Johanneburg). This used to be a private home, and has been re-designed into a 5-star guesthouse. There are lovely terraces, a swimming pool, and beautiful gardens. The owner has incorporated personal decor items, such as oriental carpets, art etc. There were fresh flowers from the garden everywhere - some with delicious and heady scents. We had room service for dinner, and breakfast downstairs the following morning on a little terrace overlooking all the greenery - very special. Thank you to Shaun and his team for a very pleasant experience!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10, 2nd Avenue | Houghton Estate, Johannesburg 2041, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Johannesburg
#24 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
• 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE is an established, 5 Star Boutique Hotel of superb luxury and effortless style in Johannesburg. Nestled in lush, landscaped gardens, it provides gourmet cuisine and warm, South African hospitality. 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE has 14 Luxury Rooms, as well as an exquisite Presidential Suite, which all include our "Champagne" Breakfast, flat screen TVs, full bouquet of DSTV (satellite) channels and the option of under floor heating or a fireplace. The hotel has various boardrooms and from midday guests are served our signature Deli Lunch - making it the ideal location for private affairs, events and weddings for up to 60 guests. For those seeking relaxation, the outside area allows guests to soak up the warmth of the African sun beside the sparkling pool, set adjacent to the cocktail bar. Evenings are enjoyed in the unique ambiance of the wine cellar or indulging in a pre-dinner drink beside a cosy fire prior to savouring 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE’s renowned culinary delights. Whether it is for business or pleasure, 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE offers guests impeccable, attentive and personalized service while at all times embodying our ethos of "Gracious Living in Luxury." ... more   less 
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