This hotel is a pretend boutique hotel. My room was large but very ordinary by hotel standards. It was also unfortunately above the conference room which no-one warned me about. (more later) The room was dated and lacking any charisma (Room 5 - avoid rooms 5-7) but right next to the pool. Unfortunately the automatic cleaner ran the whole time I was here and the pool is not heated so couldn't be used. Litter on the tables remained in situ for the two hours that I sat by the pool with the staff regularly walking past to and from the conference room.
Check in was efficient but after that service declined rapidly. The Professor tried his hardest but when you're up against it as he was then you cannot win. The evening meal was a joke. The A la carte chicken turned out to be two chicken drumsticks (see photo) and it was little wonder that there were no other diners in the restaurant that evening. (For an extortionate amount of money) What was more amazing was that all the staff departed at 945 (2145) and the bar closed !! This is not five star hotel dining service or operating hours.
The morning arrived very early for me as I was awoken by staff setting up the conference suite below my room. This was followed by cars arriving and dropping people off and then the cackle of noise from the attendees taking coffee on the balcony below my room. Not ideal when you have been travelling long distances. Breakfast was cooked to order and was ok.
I wont be staying here again on my travels later this month.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE is an established, 5 Star Boutique Hotel of superb luxury and effortless style in Johannesburg. Nestled in lush, landscaped gardens, it provides gourmet cuisine and warm, South African hospitality. 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE has 12 Luxury Rooms, of which 1 is a Family Room, 2 Executive Suites, as well as an exquisite Presidential Suite, which all include Continental & Hot to-order Breakfast, flat screen TVs, full bouquet of DSTV (satellite) channels and the option of under floor heating or a fireplace. The hotel has various boardrooms and from midday guests are served our signature Deli Lunch - making it the ideal location for private affairs, events and weddings for up to 60 guests. For those seeking relaxation, the outside area allows guests to soak up the warmth of the African sun beside the sparkling pool, set adjacent to the juice & non-alcoholic cocktail bar. Evenings are enjoyed in the unique ambience of the veranda, overlooking lush landscaped gardens or indulging in a pre-dinner non-alcoholic drink beside a cosy fire prior to savouring 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE's renowned culinary delights. Whether it is for business or pleasure, 10 2ND AVENUE HOUGHTON ESTATE offers guests impeccable, attentive and personalized service while at all times embodying our ethos of "Gracious Living in Luxury". ... more less
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