I stayed at Bellgrove for a month on a business trip (it is near my office). I couldn't imagine a better welcome for my first visit to Jo'burg! I am a lone lady traveller and both Irene and Rhoda took exellent care of me.
Food: The cosy breakfasts and dinners were excellent. You can opt for a cold breakfast from the small buffet spread, or hot breakfast cooked upon order, based on the different daily offerings. Just state your preference upfront (e.g. soft/hard eggs, no meat, etc). Dinner was top notch and on par with the best restaurants, great quality and presentation. They also provided great recommendations to restaurants. We also get invited to pre/post-dinner drinks, braai (BBQ) and mingled with other guests, which was a great way to wind down after work and exchange travel tales!
Room: I stayed in the big family unit since I was here for a month. It is a cosy apartment with a kitchenette and washing machine. Everything was clean, tasefully furnished and the housekeeping staff was excellent.
Location: It is in a good neighbourhood of Rivonia and the nearby strip malls, supermarkets, Sandton, Montecasino, etc are all within driving distance of less than 30 min under good traffic conditions.
Transport: Driving with GPS is your best option. If you did not rent a car, the hotel has a good working relationship with a transportation company, headed by the owner, Prince, who provides drivers to ferry guests to their destinations, and sometimes tours. Irene would also sometimes drive the guests if the timing fits. In fact, Irene personally met me at the airport when I arrived, which was a very thoughful gesture and left a great first impression!
Weekends: Irene and Rhoda helped me to sign up for weekend tours. Cost for 1 pax is usually expensive and we would look for alternatives like getting a driver if the destination can be self-toured, or pool with other fellow travellers to reduce costs. Tips: It is easier to begin with a few destination in mind, then look for tour agencies and compare prices. Or check with the agencies to see what tours other guests have signed up for the weekend. Be nice, decisive and appreciative of the help received!
I enjoyed my stay at Bellgrove and would gladly return for my next visit!
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