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“Great Boutique Hotel”
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African Rock Hotel
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 19, 2012

Our tour company booked us for one night here, in route to our final destination. We were NOT disappointed. This hidden gem is the exact type of place we love to stay at. Owners on site; great staff, clean and beautiful accommodations. The best was the dinner. Chef Christine came out and explained her menu of the evening, along with suggested wine parings. We were not disappointed. There is some great art work done by one of the owners, placed within the hotel. Breakfast was a treat! Sure hope to stay here again in the future. Its really not that far from the airport. Sure, there may be closer hotels but nothing to this degree of beauty and comfort, plus you don't have all the "road noise" that is common to hotels right at the airport.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Unique and distinctive. The rooms are tastefully done and the bath is extravagant. The meals are expensive and not much choice. As tourists in transit we were looking for a place to put our heads down and maybe see a bit of the city, the travel agent booked us here thinking we'd be close to the airport but its not that close.

Room Tip: Not your average hotel. You really must stay here if you want the hotel to be your whole experience...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Lalita K
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We travelled fromthe United States to Jberg and stayed one night at African Rock. The atmosphere was comfortable yet intimate. It was the perfect place to relax and lay our weary heads down after a long flight, Both dinner and breakfast were excellent!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed at the African Rock for 2 nights - a lovely start to our holiday. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the shower was fantastic. We had lunch served by the pool as it was a very warm day and then relaxed on the lounge chairs. They made a huge effort in the evenings with the atmosphere in the dining room - lit by candlelight and the chef always came out to explain what was on the menu that evening. A good selection of wines too. Breakfast was great too.Would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

On our second trip to Africa, having stayed in several of the Hotels located right at JNB Airport previously, my partner and I decided to try this small boutique hotel based purely on the strong reviews it had received on T.A. We were not let down in any way, and would have loved to have spent longer there. Complimentary transfers to and from the Airport were on-time and stress free.
When we arrived we were welcomed like old family friends. Manager Eugene has a great team around him and everything works smoothly. Special thanks to Orlando for pampering us after a long flight and also to Christine who heads up the kitchen, your meals were divine. It will be a very easy decision to return here the next time we travel through Johannesburg. Thank-you.

Room Tip: All the suites are good.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

My wife and I stayed there twice in two weeks,friendly staff,great cook,rooms very modern,located on a quiet street 20 minutes from airport,pleasant property

Room Tip: There is a suite by the pool
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We spent only one night in this house-hotel on the outskirts of Joburg as we were travelling the next day to the Mauritius. The third stop of our honeymoon. We were picked up at the airport upon arrival by their complimentary transfer minibus. The hotel was previously a house lived in by the current owners that transformed it into a very cute 9-room (suites) boutique hotel. We were very warmly welcomed and escorted to our room by the young reception clerk named Eugene. He was also our waiter during our evening meal. A very professional guy with great potential. The room was very new, very clean with all the comforts of a 5-star hotel. We enjoyed a lovely meal prepared by the expert cook, a girl named Chris. Complimentary champagne was offered with our meal, that was delicious. We had an early morning check-out to get to the airport on time, nevertheless breakfast was served at 6.30 am in a very personalized manor. I met the owners and they are a very nice couple that have really created a surprisingly great place to stay. A very homely feeling with a family ambience. A small but very pretty swimming pool was attractively set in the garden area. The furniture and all areas were very orginally ornated and we had a great stay in this hotel. I highly recommend this place to fellow travellers. A true gem !!!

Room Tip: Any room is great.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about African Rock Hotel

Address: 48 De Villiers Avenue | Van Riebeeck Estates, Kempton Park 1619, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Price Range: $245 - $328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — African Rock Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive 5 star boutique hotel is located 10 km from the Johannesburg International Airport, O.R. Tambo in a quiet suburb of Kempton Park away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes. It has quick and easy high way access to Johannesburg, the Sandton area as well as Pretoria. A well established lush tropical garden, a swimming pool and large patio ensures relaxing outdoor living. The interior "look and feel" boosts a successful fusion of African, Western and Oriental design trends and offers a warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The architecture is contemporary, includes all modern day technologies is practical and comfortable. The hotel offers a complimentary meet and greet and a return airport transfer. The on site restaurant, The Blue Hippo, offers a fusion cuisine. All meals are prepared by a top chef with fresh ingredients and served in a fine dining manner. ... more   less 
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