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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

79 Lancaster Avenue Craighall Park, Johannesburg 2196 South Africa
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#2 of 401 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
One of the first guesthouses to open in the Rosebank Region some 19 years ago, Liz at Lancaster has built a strong reputation based on excellent personal service, great comfort, convenient location, seclusion and privacy. Given recognition for this in 2011 with an AA Accommodation Award for ‘People who go the extra mile’, an AA Accommodation in 2012 for 'Traveller's best value', Liz at Lancaster was also voted a finalist three years in a row in the AA 2010, 2011 & 2012 Accommodation Awards. We are included in Greenwood Guides Handpicked Accommodation. But perhaps most telling of all are our guest comments: ‘We loved the peace and privacy – we didn’t even know there were other guests here.’ ‘Craighall Park is such a central location – under 10 minutes from Rosebank and Melrose Arch and less than 15 minutes to Sandton Central. Even Parktown and Joburg Central are easily accessible – it took us 12 minutes to Wits.’ ‘Superb service and such comfortable spacious rooms’. ‘The on-site transport was a real added bonus.’ ‘Your Joburg information booklet in our room was amazingly helpful and useful.’ It is a mere 12 minute ride from O.R Tambio International Airport to the Rosebank Gautrain Station which is only 3.5 km from Liz at Lancaster. You can either pick up your rental car when you arrive at the station, or phone us for a transfer – a real added convenience. With 7 very private individual units all with separate entrances and kitchenettes offering self-catering options, Liz at Lancaster is ideal for long stays whether for business travelers or for those relocating. Rates drop for weekly and monthly stays. There are 2 standard spacious double rooms (25 & 30 m²), 3 studio flatlets (55 m²), and 2 one-bedroom cottages (80 m²) each with separate living/dining room and open plan kitchen. All lead onto their own enclosed courtyards where you can enjoy your privacy on a warm Highveld summer evening while sipping at a sundowner from your mini-bar. During our chilly Jozi winter months you will be warmly snug with under-carpet heating and electric blankets. All units have shower and bath, ample well-lit work areas/dining tables, separate sitting area, broadband WiFi connection, flat screen TVs and DSTV with own decoders (25 channels), overhead fans, convenient luxuries like hairdryers, toweling gowns, radio clock alarms, luxurious cotton percale linen, a house branded range of natural toiletries and on-the-house E-spring filtered water. Delicious breakfasts are served to order on the breakfast patio which opens out onto the garden in summer and is warmed by a roaring log fire in winter. There is ample secure off-street undercover parking. We offer a same day laundry service and on-site transport at very reasonable rates. All credit cards including Diners and American Express are accepted. Liz and two staff live on site and are always at the other end of the internal intercoms. As Liz taught Art History and Heritage at Wits University for 25 years, she keeps abreast with cultural events and has quite an extensive library. A further bonus of staying at Liz at Lancaster is the convenience of the neighbourhood shops at the end of the block: a 7-7 grocery store, a chemist, restaurant, etc.
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Edith T wrote a review Mar 2021
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After a few stressful weeks this was the perfect place for me to unwind and to find myself again! Luxury accommodation with everything you could wish for provided! I even had a private patio to sit and enjoy the sun! Loved my stay with Liz - 😊
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Liz at Lancaster Guest House, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Mar 14, 2021
We so enjoyed meeting you Edith and are just so pleased that things worked out for you after the stress you went through. You needed a quiet little oasis where, as you say, you could find yourself again. Take care and wish you all the best in your new life back home! From us all at Liz at Lancaster: Liz, Mr T, Catherine and Thandie
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wendy b wrote a review Feb 2021
durban4 contributions
Finally another trip to Johannesburg after all the lockdowns... and so nice to be back in my favourite spot. As always, my stay was so comfortable... spacious , clean, well-appointed room, private courtyard and tranquil garden setting... all well-maintained by Liz and her friendly, efficient team. A home away from home atmosphere...even down to the delicious home-baked rusks in the room!! Central location and secure parking make this a perfect stopover for travellers. Highly recommended...well done to Liz and her team for maintaining their high standard!
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Date of stay: February 2021
Response from Liz at Lancaster Guest House, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Feb 28, 2021
Thank you Wendyb176 for taking the time and trouble to write a review of your latest stay here. It is is always good to see you and host you again. And just so pleased that things finally opened up so that you could travel safely. Although we obviously observe strict Covid protocols and social distancing, it is often stressful to travel away from home in these times. Take care and we hope it's not too long before we see you again back at Liz at Lancaster. From the team: Liz, Mr. T, Catherine and Thandie
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Tisha G wrote a review Oct 2020
Pretoria, South Africa3 contributions
I stay at guest houses all over the world and at my previous residence was an Air B&B superhost. So when I arrived at my own suite in the beautiful garden with an enclosed courtyard just for me at Liz at Lancaster, I was more than impressed! So much attention to detail, everything you need, great bed, umbrella in the courtyard for moi the smoker in case of rain ... all at a very reasonable price. Thank you Liz!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from Liz at Lancaster Guest House, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Nov 9, 2020
Thank you Tisha G. From somebody who has stayed all over the world AND has been an AirB&B superhost, this is excellent feedback. We are delighted that you found us. And that you had a comfy night's sleep and made use of the private courtyard. We hope to welcome you back again. Take care and thanks again Liz and all the team at Liz at Lancaster: Mr T, Catherine and Thandie
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gillypop wrote a review Feb 2020
yorkshire86 contributions26 helpful votes
This was a lovely "home from home" guesthouse. Liz and all the staff were very welcoming on our arrival and during our short stay. The room we had was very spacious and clean with a kitchen/dining/lounge area, a large very comfortable bed and a nice little leafy patio area which was great to sit out on an evening and enjoy Liz's house red wine! The breakfasts were excellent and cooked to order. Mr T was a very safe, careful driver on our trips to and from the airport and also for the short journey to Rosebank. Liz has a wealth of information about the area and further afield and this was invaluable to us. Thank you, will see you again in July!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Liz at Lancaster Guest House, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Thank you Gillybopz for this wonderful feedback of your stay here. We are pleased you were so happy staying here. We get such excellent comments about the service levels, the wonderful privacy, the value for money and how "there is everything that you need". But so many of these comments are made to us and not on TripAdvisor. So thank you for sharing this with everybody. Mr T gave a big appreciative smile when I gave him your feedback. We certainly look forward to see you in July From us all at Liz at Lancaster; Liz, Mr T, Catherine and Thandie
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Road127941 wrote a review Feb 2020
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We were fortunate to find Liz at Lancaster Guest House. From the moment I made the reservation until our departure, Liz was helpful. She and her staff are capable, kind and knowledgeable. They made our (too short) stay easy and comfortable. We had a late flight from Johannesburg on the day we departed. Liz made it easy to store our luggage so we could change clothes and reorganize before going to the airport. She provided airport pick-up and drop-off.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Liz at Lancaster Guest House, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Thank you Road127941. Your stay WAS very short but I'm just so pleased that it all went off well. The things that you mention are what make for a smooth stress-free visit : direct and immediate contact between you as guest and me as establishment owner/manager; safe and hassle free airport collection and drop-off; value-added conveniences like late check-outs and being able to leave luggage safely. These are things that a photo does not show! And are things that are often overlooked when dealing through a third party booking site. Thank you from all at Liz at Lancaster: Liz, Mr T., Catherine and Thandie
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$71 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgJohannesburg
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Frequently Asked Questions about Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Escape Room South Africa (0.7 miles), Hyde Park Corner (0.6 miles), and Ace and Pearl Fine Wine Bar (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include DW 11-13, Cnr Cafe Bistro and Deli, and Winehouse.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (4.5 miles), Johannesburg Fort (4.5 miles), and Nelson Mandela Foundation (2.5 miles).
Is Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.