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Villa Simonne
Ranked #22 of 300 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2013

The decor was quite stunning, especially the attention to detail and the sense of the dramatic. The facilities were great and allowed us to have a luxurious end to our month away in SA. What really made our stay however was the quality of the service. The whole staff were friendly and helpful and simply couldn't do enough to make our stay memorable and fun.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Staying at the Villa the second time was surprisingly even better than the first. This time I was more accustomed to the really singular concept and decor, which gave me a chance to appreciate how homely and down to earth everybody was, despite it being a luxury hotel. It's honestly a unique experience to be welcomed like a friend, and in the same breath, be pampered like royalty. Well done, Villa Simonne, for creating an imaginative and very human experience in the usually dull, sterile hotel industry. I'd go back tomorrow.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Villa Simone for 2 nights at the end of a months visit to South Africa. It was a real highlight. Special mention to manager Shawn Gouveia. He made it extra special for us all and our daughters in particular. Nothing was too much trouble. Went as guests and left as friends. Just wish my home was as opulent!

Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We went on a short break away weekend, the hotel is beautiful, and its certain that the owner loves antiques and odd things. The hotel itself is amazing however the service is something out of a horror movie. They do not do proper room service and dont keep the outside areas clean. Food was also great but with the rating they are and with beautiful surroundings one would expect that the service will suit the surroundings, but no. The rooms dont have aircons and they dont even have a coffee machine on site. which to me is one of the first things a highly ranked botique hotel should have!!!! Would love to go back to the surroundings but not for the service.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Monica B
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and I booked in for 2 nights to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. It was a perfect in every way and a dream come true – the gardens are stunning, the atmosphere is incredible and the decor and attention to detail is amazing: we have never seen anything like it. You could spend a full day wondering in the gorgeous gardens alone. We spend most of our time playing tennis, sipping cocktails at the pool and enjoying the sauna. The staff were wonderful, and went out of their way to make it an unforgettable weekend for us. They even arranged for a "Happy Anniversary" balloon to be paraded around by "Elsa"(the resident tortoise), and set a romantic table for us in the garden on the African Queen Barge – a very special evening. Special thanks to Parie – you were amazing. We will definitely be returning next year... if not sooner!

Room Tip: Rooms with a patio and facing the garden are the best.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

My wife and I stayed for two nights in August and were very pleased with the accommodations. The hotel has a quirky, unique feeling...almost as if being transported back in time 50 years or so and still maintaining a 5 star experience that one is accustomed to today. Every corner in the hotel is as though it is representing a little story, the details of which you can only glimpse. The service was outstanding and very personal...attending to our every need, including delivering an outstanding dinner meal each evening to our room. I was prepared to be satisfied with the usual continental style breakfast buffet but was pleasantly surprised by a full breakfast, made to order. I would not hesitate a moment to return to Villa Simonne if my travels bring me back to Joburg.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mark W
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We made our first trip to Johannesburg this June. Staying at Villa Simmone made the experience wonderful. Everyone was so helpful as we navigated and planned our daily adventures. We started each day with an excellent breakfast made to our taste and enjoyed the beauty of the architecture and superb landscaping. The best part was coming back in the evening to great atmosphere and an exquisitely appointed room. It was truly like coming home to friends. This hotel is a real gem. The family who runs it and the staff who works with them are the reason you will want to stay there each time you visit Joburg.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Olympus and it was lovely with a comfortable bed.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Amy H
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Additional Information about Villa Simonne

Address: 16 West Street | Lower Houghton, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 300 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range: $132 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Simonne 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
16 Themed Suites - From Marrakesh to Moulin Rouge... Villa Simonne offers exemplary accommodation in the heart of Houghton, as well as an exquisite venue for events and conferences. Borrowing design cues from bygone eras and inspired by the most enchanting cities of the world, the Art Deco boutique hotel conjures up vintage images of Casablanca, and comes to life like the pages of a Hemingway novel. Combining an exclusive location with breath taking scenery, Villa Simonne is a unique experience, and one you are not likely to read about in a travel guide. Accommodation Each suite is designed for comfort, and is uniquely styled with custom-made furniture and art deco pieces, to stimulate the imagination and enhance your stay. Guests have a choice of: Standard suites Deluxe suites 2-bedroom apartments Presidential suite – study, bedroom, walk in closet, steam room, Jacuzzi Wellness Villa Simonne incorporates a health track for those looking to recover and rejuvenate, or simply wanting to look and feel their best. All treatments are done in the comfort of the estate by our integrative network of health care professionals: dietician, specialist therapists and clinical psychologist. Our wellness menu ranges from beauty treatments, to holistic heath care and therapies. Massage Fresh juices Beauty Treatments – nails, facials, hair, waxing Botox and Fillers Ayurveda oil treatments Yoga classes Sauna Jacuzzi Psychotherapy – hypnotherapy and other modalities Entertainment and Events Villa Simonne’s event area is dramatically themed according to ancient cities and bygone eras, and may be hired out as the perfect backdrop for outstanding and memorable events – weddings, dinner parties, high teas, corporate and team-building events, casino evenings, as well as exclusive private parties. Conferencing The estate is complete with both indoor and outdoor conference areas, while the entertainment and breakaway areas create a comfortable destination where corporate guests can enjoy business meetings throughout the day, and a sophisticated social atmosphere in the evening. ... more   less 
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