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“Weird and wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Villa Simonne

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Villa Simonne
Ranked #18 of 291 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
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Cape Town
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4 reviews
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“Weird and wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

Three nights at Villa Simonne and loved every minute - like stepping behind the wardrobe in a CS Lewis novel...themed rooms with loads of character and great personal service from the manager Dimitri..altogether a brilliant and surprising refuge from the bustling city around it - you'll get lost in comfort here and properly relax.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

I stayed in the Emperor Nero’s suite for 5 nights – an Italian themed suite which was meticulously thought out and lavish. I felt like Nero himself. I didn’t want to leave… and nearly didn’t. The hotel is gorgeous, and the service is friendly, and down to earth. The only thing that could be criticized is the limited amount of channels on the DSTV bouquet, but who in his right mind stays at a place like this with the intention of watching TV? Although Johannesburg is not my favorite city, I will definitely be making an excuse to return just to stay for a few more nights. I highly recommend Villa Simonne – something not to be missed!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Having to attend a wedding on the 21st of September 2013 at Shepstone Gardens, as referred by the bride, I chose Villa Simonne as my accommodation for the evening after the wedding. Upon browsing Villa Somonne's website to make the booking, I couldn't help my decision to extend my initial booking with an extra night. Apart from their quick and informative service/respose via e-mail prior to my stay, the service during my stay in the Gesha penthouse suite from the check-in to the check-out was 5 star indeed. I assured the Hotel Manager, Shawn Gouveia, that Villa Simonne will definitely see me again. What an exquisite place!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

One of the most memorable places I've ever had the pleasure to stumble across on my travels. If you have the time, this is a boutique hotel that will leave you speechless. Every room is designed with meticulous detail and the service is executed with a personal and impeccable manner by the guy that runs it (dimitri). If you want a great experience in jhb, stay here.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

I typically prefer bigger Hotels because of the level of service and convenience, but after this stay, I am beginning to appreciate the Boutique concept. I was pleasantly surprised by the individual attention. My needs seemed to be anticipated throughout my 3 day stay, and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful - The manager even organized a last minute conference venue at the hotel for me at a very reasonable rate.

The suite i stayed in was stunning (Try the New Orleans Penthouse Suite), breakfast was consistently delicious, and unlike chain hotels, there was so much to do in terms of entertainment... Perfect atmosphere for work and leisure. I won’t stay anywhere else when in Johannesburg.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Additional Information about Villa Simonne

Property: 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 #18 of 291 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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