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“Exceptional Quality quiet location but close to restaurants and shops” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Alma Road | (Off Bowling Avenue), Sandton 2052, South Africa   |  
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“Exceptional Quality quiet location but close to restaurants and shops”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

If you need to be close to the busy centre of Sandton but enjoy a quiet location with magnificent gardens, exceptionally well appointed rooms, top quality spa, excellent food and attentive staff this is the only place to stay! Great attention to detail on all levels, three different hotel wings to choose from, every comfort has been considered and best of all the rates are value for money, highly recommended to both leisure and business travellers as well as families due to the wonderful garden area, swimming pool and proximity to shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2010

We were looking for an upmarket break from Johannesburg life without having to travel for hours. This we found at Fairlawns, a very upmarket, peaceful hotel that caters for your every need in style. We certainly will return for the excellent food, service and stunning rooms.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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Randburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

My Husband and I spent a very romantic Valentine's Day at The Fairlawns and it was a wonderful treat! Not only was I spoiled, but we felt well rested and rejuvenated afterwards. Well done to the Management and Staff! This was exactly what we needed!

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

We had an opportunity to stay in the new wing of the hotel called the Grand Chateau, the hotel is looking good we had discussed all the changes with the staff who are all enthusiastic about their product, now a 40 suite hotel. the hotel only has suites and the size of the rooms are very generous, the crackling fire places in the restaurant and lounge are a welcoming warm surprise on the cooler Johannesburg winter nights.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durban, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

I had the pleasure of recently visiting Fairlawns Boutiqute Hotel and Spa whilst visiting Johannesburg on business. I was lucky enough to stay in the Grand Chateaux - which is a new wing that recently was opened. It did not look new though. It had a very old world feeling and seemed lived in - and warm. Not like a new wing of a hotel would generally seem at all. The gardens were well established around the wing and my room was exceptionally comfortable. The rooms are decadently large and spacious - with comfy wingback chairs for reading. My room had an open bedroom to bathroom - including toilet and hence this would only really work for a single traveler in my opinion. The bath was large and divine and the shower very nice - however it needed a soap tray / vanity holder for amenities to stand on whilst you are showering. The staff were all very friendly, polite and courteous. The newly vamped restaurant with fireplace - was very cosy and inviting. Food delectable and well presented. Overall - a very good stay indeed and one that I would recommend to any business or leisure traveler. The garden setting is truly amazing and a real drawcard....Well done Fairlawns!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

The Fairlawns is a truly remarkable hotel.
The place looks great and gives you a little bit of a Colonial Safari Lodge feeling in the city.
Very friendly and helpful staff, wonderful restaurant with great food and an excellent wine list made my stay really enjoyable.
Certainly the best place to relax and after a long business day.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 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 April 21, 2010

First impression at the entrance:

* Unique
* Historical
* Peaceful
* Elegant
* Italian decor
* Friendly staff

The entrance was difficult to find because there were no visible signs in the street. After we finally found the entrance we were most friendly welcomed outside and enjoyed the peacefulness and quietness in the garden. You feel at home immediately in the restaurant area. Soft classical music in the back, nicely laid out tables with dark red table cloths, comfortable white leather chairs (see picture) and nice staff.

They have just enlarged the restaurant area and the doors were not quite finished yet, which meant during dinner we were getting cold and asked to move. This was not a problem and the staff helped us changing tables to a warmer area in the middle of the restaurant. Supposedly the doors will be closed before wintertime, so don't worry. The hotel is running very well. Apparently all suites are fully booked for the World Cup 2010, at least that is what the friendly waitress told us.

The bread rolls and butter were served in a silver dish. The bread was divine, the butter was a bit hard and salty. The serving dish reminded me of an ashtray at first, which I guess it wasn't. Or it was never used as an ashtray I hope. Otherwise if you have just stopped smoking, this could be an idea for your silverware! Or if you love silver like me.. don't leave it in your cupboards but use it at your dining table. We ordered white wine from a long list of wines. The pale wine had a delicate roundness and attractive notes that made it an equally good choice.

We ordered Namibian oysters as a starter, served with lemon wedges, Red onion vinaigrette and Caviar! Delicious!!
After that Peter ordered Grilled Fillet of Beef served with Oxtail cannelloni, mashed potato and Truffle sauce. I ordered Slow Roast Duck with crisp raspberry and plums, greens and star anise sauce. After 15 minutes of ordering our mains were served on hot plates, and I was curious to compare this Duck with my first experience (eating Duck at Le Canard) that I immediately attacked the dish with my cutlery to taste it.
Duck is always on the fatty side and I read on the internet that this is why the Chinese make pressed duck. They literally press it to get the fat out. If you never have tasted Duck before it is difficult to explain why it is so divine. It has no white meat to it so it is sort of like turkey with a flavored glaze. I loved it.
Peter's dish was very good. The potato mash was lush and the beef fillet was perfectly cooked, medium rare as ordered. Juicy from the inside nicely browned from the outside, right temperature and good layout of both plates.

The dessert was something else. We shared Baked Alaska together.
This dessert is made of ice cream placed in a pie dish, lined with slices of sponge cake and topped with meringue (made from whipped egg whites and sugar). The entire dessert is then placed in an extremely hot oven for just long enough to firm the meringue. The meringue is an effective insulator, and the short cooking time prevents the heat from getting through to the ice cream.

We were lucky to have shared the dessert as it was too much for the both of us. The sugary taste, combined with the richness of the egg whites, the softness of the sponge cakes and the cold ice cream is a lovely combination and they actually prepared it well. Just too much guys, thanks for your generosity but undo-able if you already had a starter and main course.

Overall experience?
Excellent. The friendly staff made this a great experience we will remember for a long time. Although the Duck at Le Canard is still my ultimate favorite.

Value for money?
If you know this all costs us nearly 600ZAR including an expensive bottle of white wine, I would say it was definitely worth the money. The food was exquisite, staff knows etiquette and customer service and the ambiance was peaceful and quiet.Too bad that it was chilli in the restaurant and that we were the only customers inside! That's why I came to the following conclusion:

Food 4/5
Service 5/5
Ambiance 3/5

Overall review
4.0

Warm Regards,

Abigail Summer
http://abigailsummer1.blogspot.com/

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Alma Road | (Off Bowling Avenue), Sandton 2052, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Sandton
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sandton
#4 Luxury Hotel in Sandton
#4 Business Hotel in Sandton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a unique and exclusive five-star sanctuary for today's business or leisure traveller. Conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, major business hubs and shopping centers are a mere 4km away. The 40 luxurious suites are each individually decorated to the highest world standards with the Presidential Suite playing host to many local and international celebrities. Also on offer, is the popular Villa Residence (2 rooms, Lounge, Dining Room and private pool), perfect for families. A sought after conference centre, fully equipped gym, Balinese spa and superb a la carte restaurant complete the full range of guest services. In addition, the hotel offers complimentary transfers to the Sandton Shopping District. Airport transfers and transfers to other areas can be arranged at an additional cost. Golfers will not be disappointed as Fairlawns has an arrangement with the nearby Johannesburg Country Club, which offers two world-class golf courses. ... more   less 
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