This Hotel has had only superb reviews online , and I can see why , it is a gorgeous old Houghton residence , sprawling estate , 2 pools , tennis court , lovely reception rooms and beautiful artefacts wall to wall. The water features , mirrors and furniture are sumptuous and elegance abounds. My first night was a 5 star, but the second is why I am giving them 4 out of 5 . We went for a wedding, and the second day with all the comings and goings of the wedding party and suppliers the confidence seemed to have wavered. My husband was allowed to carry our bags , we waited 20 minutes for a drink our check in was delayed and all of this would have been completely unremarkable had I not had night 1 in room 8 where the service and overall handling was exceptional and effortless. Breakfast is a lovely affair , silver service and the buffet is brought to you. We had dinner on the first evening which was also excellent and the staff just amazing , in a really natural unforced kind of way. Lovely rooms with showers and baths on the balcony and nice linen and touches like the nespresso machine. Rack rate is reasonable but drinks are a little over -priced , R 30 for a local SA beer. ! The shuttle service is very nice , though not complimentary even for just 5 km , but all in all I can see why visitors love The Residence , especially foreigners. Sam and Ramboe are special as is Martin and Lucky the chauffeur.
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- The Residence is a five star boutique hotel which is truly one of a kind. No effort has been spared in creating a warm, luxurious, elegant and inviting atmosphere. With eighteen designer suites with ultimate comfort and privacy, here you can sit back and take in the views of the garden, tennis court and pools. Explore the serene sanctuary of the senses with our spa and unwind in the sauna and steam room. ... more less
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