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“The Perfect Place to Stay in Jo'burg”

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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 293 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Silver Spring, Maryland
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
“The Perfect Place to Stay in Jo'burg”
Reviewed September 10, 2010

My best girlfriend begged me to book with Liz at Lancaster when I told her that my trip to South Africa would include two nights in Johannesburg. I’d planned on staying at a chain hotel, but decided to take her advice and give a B&B a try. It ended making such a difference to my quick trip to Johannesburg. We arrived to a warm greeting by Zac, who took our bags and showed us to the Coral Room. Just as advertized, we had a private entry with our own enclosed and secure outdoor seating area. The room was big and well furnished. The temperature of the room was just perfect, and even though it was winter, I didn’t even need the electric blanket. The bathroom was luxurious and the heated floors felt so nice on my feet. Oh, and the toiletries were lovely – I believe that they use sandalwood scented products. Breakfast was fast and delicious. Pictures of the breakfast room on the website are nice, but it’s so cozy and quaint in person that the photos don’t do the experience justice. We didn’t have much time to explore Johannesburg due to professional commitments. However, we had a few hours to play with on our last day, and Liz gave us great advice on where to go in Soweto. I really could not have asked for a better experience and am grateful to Liz and her staff for making our stay so special and relaxing, and to Shani for insisting that I stay at Liz at Lancaster.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 20, 2010
Thank you too to Shani for insisting that you stay ! Your feedback is really valuable .and we are so delighted that your stay was so succesful. Thank you for the positive words. Good too that your visit to Soweto was enjoyable and that you saw the things you wanted to. Hopefully your quick trip whet your appetite for a return trip. All the best and thank you for coming to stay.
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Reviewed September 7, 2010

We absolutely loved your Guest House....the best in the country. I just want to tell you, that your attention to detail is unsurpassed. The art that you display inspired us to purchase art. The tendancy is to overlook beautiful items as they are not well displayed in the stalls and markets. However, seeing items in your home made them shine. Liz, you offer really high quality in several ways. Exceptionally delicious meals in such a gorgeous setting. A website that is clear and detailed. Having our suitcases moved without request. Being so kind when I had an upset tummy. Thank you. Your efforts do not go unnoticed! Hope to see you again some day.

I miss your place!
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  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 9, 2010
Thank you so much for taking the time to give feedback on your stay at Liz at Lancaster. I am so pleased you emjoyed your stay and the art work inspired you to buy work elsewhere. I hope it looks good in your home back in Canada! All the best from Liz and all at Liz at Lancaster
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

Beautifully appointed rooms with absolutely everything you might need for a very comfortable stay. Huge quality very comfortable bed, very nice bathroom, flat screen TV and everything that opens and shuts in the kitchen, microwave, 'fridge etc.
People do not realise that in winter Johannesburg gets cold. There is underfloor heating and extra soft luxury blankets.
Beautiful pool, and a really great breakfast. Liz is warm, professional and knows exactly what needs to be done and is also extremely well informed about Johannesburg generally; the staff are friendly and very efficient.

And then there is Marley. If you do not like dogs, be prepared to have your mind changed. My grand daughter was terrified of any dog. By the end of their visit she had to be forcibly removed from Marley's tummy. This is not to say that the dogs are intrusive, they are well trained, clean and keep their distance if this is what you require.

The B&B is in a quiet road but is in an ideal position to get to Rosebank, Sandton or Randburg.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 9, 2010
We so appreciate your taking the time and trouble to share your experiences and views of Liz at Lancaster. Marley especially liked her mention as you know full well thow she needs attention and recognition !! She says please all come and visit again! All the best from Liz and all the staff, Zac, Catherine and Thandi
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Tahoe City, California
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

I stay with Liz @ Lancaster in June for the 2010 World Cup, a was the most amazing time of my life, share my energy with the employees of the Lancaster. All I had to do is bring my enthusiasm and they give me back a big smile and a the best vibe of my life over there.
They have a really good breakfast in the morning and amazing rooms.
Hilly recommend!!
Thank you Liza, Zac and the hole crew!!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 9, 2010
Thank you for your feedback about Liz at Lancaster and your experiences in Joburg. Joburg gets such bad press and it is amazing how when people visit they leave with such a different perceptions. We at Liz at Lancaster are so pleased that you had such a good time here and in Joburg and that you have such positive feedback. We hope it will not be too long before you visit South Africa and Joburg again, We look forward to welcoming you back.
Liz Owner and all the staff at Liz at Lancaster
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

I was traveling with another female friend and we were a bit nervous about Johannesburg, but we are SOOOOO happy that we did it!!! Liz was GREAT! She hooked us up with a tour guide into Soweto (which was amazing and well worth it) we never felt threatened and totally safe with our awesome guide. She also arranged a driver for us one day as well as a taxi driver who took us to the market, dropped us off for a couple hours and CAME BACK FOR US!!!!! That was a gamble...but we trusted in Liz and she pulled through. I couldn't recommend this B&B any higher for the service alone! Thanks again Liz for taking care of two crazy scaredy-cat girls from the states. Sorry for the delayed review...

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Montreal, France
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

We have been staying at Liz at Lancaster for a couple of years, both my husband on business (between 8&10 times) and myself, at leisure! 3 times now. We cannot fault it; from the friendly welcome, even from the dogs, to the comfort, cleanliness, great breakfasts and no problem attitude to any small troubles or big requests we might have.
Liz is a fount of knowledge about pretty much everything and her "staff" are much more than just that. Thoughtful and considerate at all times. We look forward to each trip.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 9, 2010
Your considered review of your stay with us is much appreciated. The fedback from regular guests who keep returning is so valued and it is good to know that the needs of both the business and leisure traveller are well catered for here. Liz and her staff look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to South Africa. All the best from Liz, Zac, Catherine and Thandi
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed July 26, 2010

We spent three weeks in South Africa for the World Cup and our stay with Liz at Lancaster in Johannesburg was by far the most comfortable and pleasant. Liz and her staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, and the rooms are very comfortable, well-equipped and secure. Even with the hectic pace of the World Cup (and a constant stream of multicultural visitors), Liz always took the time to make her visitors feel welcome, regularly suggesting dining and entertainment recommendations and pausing to have a friendly chat at breakfast. Breakfast, by the way, is delicious (the croissants!) and served in a beautiful, sunny dining room with a large, cozy fireplace and view of the lovely grounds.

When our travel plans changed after the Round of 16 (and Liz at Lancaster was already booked), Liz worked diligently to find other available guesthouses for us. She booked our rooms at two other guesthouses (one in JoBurg and one in Rustenburg), and she even arranged for our rental car and printed maps so we could find our way to various destinations. Liz became our "go-to" person (far above and beyond the call of duty), cheerfully answering our relentless questions whenever we called or emailed--even when we were staying in other cities. She is an amazing, one-woman trip coordinator; we're convinced that Liz could run the world with a phone and a laptop!

The guesthouse has immaculate grounds, a welcoming atmosphere and is located in a beautiful, convenient neighborhood. It's a less-than-10-minute taxi ride to the train station and Mandela Square, and cab drivers can find it with ease (not always the case in JoBurg, we learned.)

We highly recommend Liz at Lancaster if you're planning a stay in Johannesburg. It's the only guesthouse in Johannesburg we will consider when we return to South Africa--we promise we won't let Molly (the charming yellow lab) stand too close to the space-heater next time, Liz!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 9, 2010
The World Cup was hard work for us all here at Liz at Lancaster but we loved every second of it as the guests from all over the world were just wonderful. When we could not accomodate guests it was such a pleasure to ensure that they were well looked after elsewhere as we just loved having the World come to our Party. We missed you all when you left. Thank you RoamingRadas for your extensive and considered review and the positive feedback. As much as you liked staying here, we enjoyed having you to stay and ensuring that you left South Africa wanting to return. All the best from Liz, Zac, Catherine and Thandi
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Property: Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Address: 79 Lancaster Avenue | Craighall Park, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 293 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the first guesthouses to open in the Rosebank Region some 19 years ago, Liz at Lancaster has built a strong reputation based on excellent personal service, great comfort, convenient location, seclusion and privacy. Given recognition for this in 2011 with an AA Accommodation Award for ‘People who go the extra mile’, an AA Accommodation in 2012 for 'Traveller's best value', Liz at Lancaster was also voted a finalist three years in a row in the AA 2010, 2011 & 2012 Accommodation Awards. We are included in Greenwood Guides Handpicked Accommodation. But perhaps most telling of all are our guest comments: ‘We loved the peace and privacy – we didn’t even know there were other guests here.’ ‘Craighall Park is such a central location – under 10 minutes from Rosebank and Melrose Arch and less than 15 minutes to Sandton Central. Even Parktown and Joburg Central are easily accessible – it took us 12 minutes to Wits.’ ‘Superb service and such comfortable spacious rooms’. ‘The on-site transport was a real added bonus.’ ‘Your Joburg information booklet in our room was amazingly helpful and useful.’ It is a mere 12 minute ride from O.R Tambio International Airport to the Rosebank Gautrain Station which is only 3.5 km from Liz at Lancaster. You can either pick up your rental car when you arrive at the station, or phone us for a transfer – a real added convenience. With 7 very private individual units all with separate entrances and kitchenettes offering self-catering options, Liz at Lancaster is ideal for long stays whether for business travelers or for those relocating. Rates drop for weekly and monthly stays. There are 2 standard spacious double rooms (25 & 30 m²), 3 studio flatlets (55 m²), and 2 one-bedroom cottages (80 m²) each with separate living/dining room and open plan kitchen. All lead onto their own enclosed courtyards where you can enjoy your privacy on a warm Highveld summer evening while sipping at a sundowner from your mini-bar. During our chilly Jozi winter months you will be warmly snug with under-carpet heating and electric blankets. All units have shower and bath, ample well-lit work areas/dining tables, separate sitting area, broadband WiFi connection, flat screen TVs and DSTV with own decoders (25 channels), overhead fans, convenient luxuries like hairdryers, toweling gowns, radio clock alarms, luxurious cotton percale linen, a house branded range of natural toiletries and on-the-house E-spring filtered water. Delicious breakfasts are served to order on the breakfast patio which opens out onto the garden in summer and is warmed by a roaring log fire in winter. There is ample secure off-street undercover parking. We offer a same day laundry service and on-site transport at very reasonable rates. All credit cards including Diners and American Express are accepted. Liz and two staff live on site and are always at the other end of the internal intercoms. As Liz taught Art History and Heritage at Wits University for 25 years, she keeps abreast with cultural events and has quite an extensive library. A further bonus of staying at Liz at Lancaster is the convenience of the neighbourhood shops at the end of the block: a 7-7 grocery store, a chemist, restaurant, etc. ... more   less 
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