As a boutique hotel reviewer, when I travel outside of work, I spend hours researching a place to stay. To say that I am fussy would be an understatement. Q on First had all the promise of my type of place - small, personally run, a great location, beautiful gardens, somewhat secluded, high-design without the interiors overwhelming - and all at a reasonable price. But, having stayed there I can report, hand on heart, that Q on First exceeded all my expectations. The rooms here are spacious and light enough to never feel cramped or like you're stuck inside (even when you are writing for hours on end). Being so bright and light I would have been happy if my room was the extent of the place - but then there's the common areas which seem to go on forever - a huge kitchen/sitting room leads to another spacious common area complete a fireplace and bar at one end, a palatial dining table at the other and a collection of inviting sofas arranged into private nooks in between. This room overlooks the terrace, front garden and pool. There's another dining area again that's used for breakfast so the common-areas are for guest-use only. Being from the UK, it's quite a tall order to impress me with breakfast, particularly when it involves poached eggs, but I used to look forward to the first meal of the day at Q every morning - and it always arrived with a smile. Jeremy, the owner, clearly hand-picks his staff to extend his own warm and accommodating air. He genuinely cares that his guests are comfortable and happy. This of course is the secret to Q on First and the reason standards here are so high - and on the occasions I invited guests over the welcome was just as warm. The service and cleanliness at Q on First is also top notch, but it's the quality in every detail - fine linens, wines, cosmetics, etc. - that you'll remember. The honesty bar is a lovely touch too. - All in all - if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Johannesburg - you'd be hard pressed to find a better all-round experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Q on First Guesthouse, situated 1 km from Rosebank Central and the Gautrain Station, in the "Parks Area" of Johannesburg. Luxury at an affordable price, each type of room cater for the individual. We offer Bed & Breakfast, with restaurants 300m from the property, and art galleries 400m. The Tourist bus Hop on Hop off bus is 1km from the Guesthouse. And the Zoo 2km and Gautrain bring you to Rosebank station - 1 km. The War Museum 1.5km from Guesthouse. Dr van der Poel cosmetic surgery 1km from Guesthouse. Homely feeling, honesty bar and out door pool and patio to relax. ... more less
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