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“Excellent start to a safari vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of African Rock Hotel

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African Rock Hotel
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
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Darmstadt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent start to a safari vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

I just returned from a 12 night safari trip to South Africa where I spent the first night at African Rock Hotel before starting the safari.
I arrived on a red-eye flight at 9am and was very happy to find a room ready for me, hours before the usual check in time, at no extra cost. The room was very comfortable and the garden offered a peaceful place to relax after the flight.
The wine and the food at the hotel restaurant were simply delicious.
I highly recommend African Rock Hotel.

Room Tip: I was in room 9 (Quartz suite), very quiet, nice decor, big bed, good choice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Thank you kindly for your review. When possible we will gladly accommodate early check in and or late check out at no charge. It is also possible to to get it confirmed on booking, also day rooms are on offer. We are a good and relaxing alternative for this service and have wellness treatments available as well.
I am glad we could contribute positively to your safari experience here in southern Africa.
Happy travels and we hope to see you again on your next safari! Otti Meijer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

We loved this hotel - a warm welcoming hotel which was perfect for our post-safari time in Joburg. We enjoyed Chef Christine's creations - and her engaging personality - immensely. Our one minor issue was that the locks on the room doors required a key to open from both exterior and interior directions. We would prefer more modern locks for both safety (in case of need for rapid egress) and convenience (particularly when several people with differing schedules share a room). This was a minor issue and we would be delighted to return!

  • Stayed August 2013
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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Hi there,
Thank you very much for your positive review. Noted your comments re lock/key, I will investigate the lock and handle options we have for our doors and see if we can improve on the current system for the type of doors we have. Happy travels from all of us here at ARH, Otti Meijer
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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Spent three nights a a guest. It is a lovely, small hotel located behind security gates in Kempton Park near the airport. The rooms are comfortable and spotless. The decor, and I think I am coining a new phrase, is Afro-eclectic and pleasing to my eye. The staff is professional, dedicated and most helpful. The problem for me was that there is no easy way to get anywhere in Joburg. Part of the problem is the city itself. It is soooo spread out. The taxi system is complicated and there is no other mass transportation system available. The only option is private transportation which, while excellent, is quite expensive. The only restaurant in close proximity is located in the hotel. Food and service were very good but selections are limited.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Hi There, thank you for your review and valued remarks, and thank you for "Afro-eclectic" it sums up our interior decor pretty well, I think.
You are correct, Johannesburg is indeed sooo spread out and public transport is indeed complicated and not really suited to the majority of overseas visitors.
Regardless of where you stay in the greater Johannesburg area, road transfers, to and from the attractions, shopping centers, museums, industrial- and business-districts will have to be part of your planning.
We are located 10 km from the International Airport and offer a complimentary return transfer. The hotel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood away from the busy airport precinct and the town center. We are more or less in the middle between Johannesburg and Pretoria with easy and quick highway access to either city center.
We can assist with the booking of city tours and excursions if requested. Most of the city tours are booked on a private basis, makes the cost higher but also the experience is a step up from the general group tours.
For the international business traveler we can offer good car rental rates. Budget is our car rental partner.
Our in-house petit restaurant, the Blue Hippo, is exclusively open to our guests, All the meals are prepared a la minute from fresh ingredients, therefor our selection is indeed select in relation to public restaurants.
Our Head Chef Christine is always open to special requests though, with our suppliers not too far away, she will be able to oblige with a little advance notice.
It was lovely having you stay here with us for a couple of days and we are looking forward to your visit during your next safari to Africa! Warm regards from all of us here at ARH!
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Thanks to MTBeds travel agent. We stayed for one night at this beautiful Guest House. Felt like home after a very long trip. Modern and very warm decor. We had a 3 course delicious dinner prepared by lovely Christine in her kitchen. Gloria was absolutely fantastic and helpful.
The best start in beautiful Southafrica. We were sorry to leave after only one night, we couldn´t enjoy the beautiful garden etc. We highly recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Thank you for your review! it is much appreciated, Even though Chef Christine is praised on this platform often, she..... and we... welcome all the comments. For our new duty manager Gloria, this is a scoop and it makes her friendly smile even bigger and adds more sparkles to her eyes!!
Tank you once again, it certainly means a lot!! Otti Meijer.
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Hooksett, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We arrived in J'berg for a one night stay and this hotel was quite a find. The accommodations were absolutely wonderful and the staff was top notch. Our chef, T.K., made us a wonderful lunch and dinner that was perfect in every way! I was sorry to leave after only one night and would HIGHLY recommend this hotel to anyone staying in J'berg for one night or one week! Thank you for such a sweet start to our amazing three week trip to South Africa!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Dear Charlotte, Thank you for your review, I am glad you enjoyed your stay here in our part of the World and that we could contribute to your "amazing" 3 week holiday.
Chef TK is proud to be mentioned by name, it is good for all of us to keep up the service and keep on improving where required. Happy Travels .. Otti Meijer
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Parkland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

We kicked off our africa vacation at the African Rock. The staff was incredible, chef christine catered to all of our dietary needs with incredible expertise and delicious recipes. The owners were present , very accomodating and friendly!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Hi there, Thank you kindly for your review and comments. We hope you enjoyed your stay here in Southern Africa. Kind regards form all of us here at ARH!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Thanks Imagine Africa agents this hotel was a fantastic overnight stay for our family. En route from Botswana to Mozambique. Personal transport to & from J'berg airport. Very high standard accommodation. Modern decor with personal attentive service. Hotel a little likes private house with a kitchen like a home but with 1st class cooks in the evening & morning. Personal 'One to one' service from the Head Chef with recommendations for wine per course. So personal & World class food. Great start to our next part of the trip. Highly recommend 5 out of 5.should suit families,business or couples.

Room Tip: Each room bespoke decor
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Hello Russell, Thank you for taking the time to write review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay here with us although it was a short one.
It makes us all happy if we can add to your positive Africa experience.
We wish you happy travels and we hope to see you again!
Otti Meijer
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Property: 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
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Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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