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“Colonial charm; excellent food and service” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #17 of 71 Hotels in Johannesburg
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 79 cities Reviews in 79 cities
389 helpful votes 389 helpful votes
“Colonial charm; excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is a 1930s colonial property that has seen a few uses over the years but is now a small but very pleasant hotel. I stayed here for a couple of nights in September 2012 and could not fault the service; staff were fantastic without exception. My room, not in the main house, was fine - spacious and comfortable. The main house retains its homely charm. Sitting by the open fire during an unusual cold snap and sampling the wine list (which seems very good) was a real treat. Breakfasts were plentiful and tasty; the restaurant was quiet but the quality was spot on. So this must be a good choice if staying in J-Burg, particularly if like me you like to avoid chains.

Room Tip: I suspect that the rooms in the main house are even nicer than those in the annex. Pool is small and...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The most perfect boutique hotel! We felt very spoiled as the service was superb, the gardens magnificent, the food luscious, and the rooms spacious and well-apponted. We will always fondly remember our stay at 10 2nd Avenue. This should be your only hotel choice in J-berg.

  • Stayed August 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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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I always stay in 10 2nd ave Houghton Estate when I go to Johannesburg, i.e. more than 20 noghts per year. It provides all the services you normally find in a luxury hotel. It is professionally run, there is always a manager, chef,waitors and someone at housekeeping.
They are extremely friendly and prepared to go the extra mile. Eg. Although they have a good al la cart menu, the chef is always prepared to prepare a special dish on request.

  • Stayed August 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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Fairfield, Connecticut USA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

The hotel is in a converted estate home in the upscale Houghton area of Johannesburg. The property is beautifully maintained and the service personalized and attentive. It's a great alternative and refreshing change from the environment of a business hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sassenberg
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate

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:
#7 Business Hotel in Johannesburg
#9 Romantic Hotel in Johannesburg
#14 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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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