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“Not your sterile airport hotel”
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Outlook Lodge
Ranked #1 of 36 Benoni B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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1,105 reviews
294 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 487 helpful votes
“Not your sterile airport hotel”
Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

A unique place to stay near airport, and ideal to start Kruger safari from. A large home in a nice area, walkable to restaurants and a bird sanctuary. Rooms are good but this is not a modern sterile hotel rather you feel comfortable here. The TV is adequate and wifi free but limited areas of reception. Your host is wonderful he makes the resort from wonderful breakfasts to sometimes cooking a delicious dinner (I am not sure how often he does that but one night made a chicken dinner and another day just a requested sand which because I had a cold. If u need something just ask. U also meet a lot of guests from all over the world. So a place that is different in a great way to call a base.

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92 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We chose this place as we had booked a safari to the Kruger park with Outlook Safari, a company run by Francois, the lodge's owner. The lodge is close to the airport and Francois arranged for us to be collected at the airport, taken to the lodge to freshen up and start our vacatiuon in SA with a guided tour of Jo'burg and Soweto. In the 2 evenings we stayed there he drove us to the restaurant area close to the lodge and we saw him cooking a delicious dinner for some other guests. The rooms are spacious and the garden is amazing. We couldnt use the swimming pool as it was still a bit chilly. I'd like to thank Francois once again for all his help. He is very kind and makes his best to make your trip special.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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48 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2012

I stayed here in December 2011 as part of a package to visit Kruger NP with Outlook Safaris. My experience was perfect for someone who had never been to Joburg before.

The Outlook Lodge organised to have someone meet be at Joburg airport, who helped me with my luggage and transported me between the airport and the lodge.

The rooms are very big, clean and very comfortable. As someone who had just attended the crazy world of the UN Climate Change conference in Durban in the preceding weeks, the Outlook Lodge was the ideal place to stay to unwind and relax.

I always felt very safe at the hotel, as it located in a well secured neighbourhood. The crew from Outlook Safaris met me at the lodge and dropped me back of again when my safari was finished.

As others have mentioned, Francois is an excellent host, making you feel welcome and always available to help you out. He even helped me to get a pizza delivered to the lodge!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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2 Thank Michael M
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2012

My friend and I stayed at Outlook Lodge in May 2011 so this review is long overdue but of course still relevant. I can not say enough good things about this establishment. Francois made
us feel like family and really took care of us the entire time. It was so much better than staying at a hotel. Our Kruger Park safari was also booked and arranged through Outlook Lodge & Safaris and we had a wonderful time. When we arrived at Kruger we learned our assigned camp was over-booked (not Outlook's fault) and Robert got busy and found us some great, alternate accomodations. Our Outlook guide drove us back to Johannesburg via the scenic route and we visited the Three Rondavels and Pilgrims' Rest.
Outlook Lodge is situated in a very nice residential area and is close to the airport. This is always an advantage on any trip. I credit Outlook Lodge in making my dream trip to Africa an unforgettable experience. I will be happy to provide more information if anyone desires.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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2 Thank SDMullis
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86 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Francois makes this place very special. When they could not accommodate our family presafari., he arranged for the lodge to pick up ur bags from the City Lodge and keep them for us until our return. The boys loved the huge yard of the lodge. A great respite between safari and travel to Abu Dhabi. He also arranged a great dinner for us at the lodge so we did not have to venture out after our safari.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Hexanik
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Durham, North Carolina
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45 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

So this is a really good place but nothing really sticks out as fantastic, the Hilton has the same problem, theres no unbelievable touch.
Pros: Nice design and atmosphere, a large yard, and cute adorable dogs.
Cons: A little dusty in a few places. Bad WiFi.

Tips: Play with the dogs.

  • Stayed October 2012
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2 Thank Zach H
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Vancouver
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We found the Outlook Lodge to be an excellent and surprising choice as we visited from Vancouver, Canada. Its a beautiful old mansion with lovely grounds. Its in a gated community of large properties. Its quiet and the service is excellent. We highly recommend it for a real break near the auirport in Jo'burg.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Outlook Lodge
Address: 1 Ambleside Avenue | Lakefield, Benoni 1501, South Africa
Phone Number:
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Benoni
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Benoni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Outlook Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Outlook Lodge offers great value for money with home from home comforts in a tranquil gated community. We cater for discerning travelers, professionals, avid safari enthusiasts and families alike.Originally established as an overnight stop for guests embarking on safari with us, it now boasts a 4 star grading and confidently claims to surpass international standards, maintaining the highest possible levels of professionalism, hygiene and comfort.The rooms are tastefully furnished to celebrate South Africa's wonderful diversity of wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Breakfast is a scrumptious affair, while lunch and dinner is served on request at minimal extra charge. Special dietary requirements are catered for.Being right next to a golf course and within 5 minutes' walk from a gym and the Korsman Bird Sanctuary offers our guests activity on our doorstep. Day excursions to explore all that Gauteng has to offer can be booked through the lodge.We have been operating safaris to the Kruger National Park since 1998 and specialize in this region of South Africa. All safaris are conducted by professional safari guides employed by ourselves. You will deal with us personally and safaris generally leave from the Outlook Lodge. Options vary from budget camping to luxury lodge safaris.We are situated about 15 minutes' drive from Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport and offer transfers to and from the airport by prior arrangement at a minimal charge.We look forward to meeting you!. ... more   less 
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