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“A little disappointed” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Clico Boutique Hotel
Ranked #17 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Savona, Italy
Level Contributor
114 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A little disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

We had big expectations about Clico, but in the end it was not a 5 stars experience (despite it is a 5 stars accomodation).
Plus: convenient location in Rosebank (the commercial centre - however, if you're looking for a more cosy and bohemian spot you better stay in the Melville area), free private car park and free WI-FI.
Minus: breakfast choice was poor compared to other hotels and guesthouses in the same price range. The toilet / bathroom of our room didn't have the door, which is not the best situation when you need privacy in certain moments (to be honest, when I complained to the reception we were offered to move in a smaller room with bathroom door).

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Daniele70
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2010

Staying at Clico was one of the best experiences my wife and I have had staying away from home. Clico's public spaces are decorated with beautiful sculptures and paintings, and are richly furnished. Our room was spacious, well-furnished, and comfortable, with a nice view of the pool and arbor. The house is located in a leafy suburban neighborhood and, in South African fashion, the manicured grounds are walled. The owner/chef, Sean, prepares delicious, innovative, three-star meals that were a highlight of our stay. Finally, the friendly and truly helpful staff made our stay in Johannesburg a pleasure. We didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LarryPetro
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2010

I stayed at the Clico Guest House in Rosebank for several weeks in 2007, again in 2008, and I recommended it several times to friends and colleaguesever since. Friends stayed at Clico for NYE last year.

I had the pleasure of being the first guest ever staying in their only self-catering unit, which is located in a separate building, which is slightly larger than their other 8 rooms in the main house.

Clico Guesthouse was established by Sean and Jen in 2006, when they converted a 60-year old Cape Dutch house into their guest house. It's a great mix of old and new with a lot of attention to detail

All rooms have a large double bed, large bathroom, all amenities including minibar, and free WiFi internet.

A full breakfast is included, usually prepared by head ched Sean, who is also a DJ, so if you are into electronic music and good food, stick your head into the kitchen and check out his latest creations - in the pan and on his music computer.

Service is excellent, especially when Jen, the owner, is in. Sean is always in for a good joke, and his food is phantastic, but you have to give a day notice if you want to have dinner.

You could walk to the Rosebank Mall and the nearby Hyatt Hotel, with lots of restaurants, bars, shops, etc. however at night using a car or taxi is recommended. A security guard is on duty 24/7 outside the main gate, and there are 5 parking spaces within the gate.

I loved the place, never heard any major complaints (sometimes a colleague doesn't manage to get online, but he is only happy if he can complain about something), and can recommend Clico Guesthouse 100% (if you can afford it, it's not a budget place to stay).

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank doc_dance
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Additional Information about Clico Boutique Hotel

Property: Clico Boutique Hotel
Address: 27 Sturdee Avenue, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Clico Boutique Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened in 2006, Clico Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated in the leafy and upmarket suburb of Rosebank in Johannesburg – South Africa. Centrally located to the “Joburg” city centre, high end business hubs such as Melrose and Sandton and metres away from the Rosebank Clinic, Clico’s location is convenience at your fingertips. Just 900 metres away from the Rosebank Gautrain station, the OR Tambo International airport is now only 20 “stress free” minutes away. Clico was established by Jeanette Schwegman, who wanted to cater for the travel-weary and discerning guest looking for that intimate experience by paying attention to all the important details. ... more   less 
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