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“Not just a rock.. a precious stone within a 15 mn drive from the airport”
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African Rock Hotel
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Certificate of Excellence
London
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“Not just a rock.. a precious stone within a 15 mn drive from the airport”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

We had a night to wait by the airport of Johannesburg before leaving S.A and honestly thought we were going to end up in one of these soulless airport hotels when we arrived in the ARH. But we were proved so wrong! This place is amazing. Beautifully decorated with African crafts and South African stones (hence its name). It has a beautiful quiet little back garden with a small swimming pool. Perfect to relax during the day. The staff are all friendly and professional. The food is absolutely fabulous.

For dinner, they treated us with a fantastic meal (salmon, ostrich, tasty sauces and sorbets in between to clear the palate). The breakfast was all homemade and fresh with a great selection. As for our room, we had the standard suite but their standards are obviously very high: the room was very spacious with a comfy sofa and bed. The marble bathroom had a shower and a jacuzzi bath overlooking our little private yard... Just bliss!
What a shame we couldn't stay longer!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed here last Friday upon arrival into Jo'burg. Beautiful place with outstanding service and food! It is like a B&B taken to the next level! Elegant and beautifully landscaped. Enjoyed a 5 course candlelight meal, with excellent wines. The room was gorgeous with a jacuzzi tub - so wonderful after that 15 hour flight from ATL. We only stayed one night and rushed off to the airport the next morning for our flight to Kruger. Friendly and very helpful staff. Met the owner and thoroughly enjoyed talking with them. Very nice items in the gift shop too. Will recommend this to everyone coming to Jo'burg.

Room Tip: Room #1, very private and jacuzzi tub.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Brooklyn, Connecticut
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Calling this place a hotel is doing it an injustice. It truly is a hidden gem. As soon as you enter the hotel, you feel transformed. It exudes serentiy and calm, and you immediately feel at peace. The details at this hotel are amazing. The rooms are beautifully and creatively decorated, the outdoor area is full of plants, the path to your room is lit by lanterns at night, and the food is delicious. The chef actually comes out at each meal to present you with the menu. At what other hotel does that happen? I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again, especially if I wanted a place where I could completely relax. If you are looking for a place to stay that is unique and high quality, do not hesitate to stay at the African Rock Hotel. I feel very fortunate that I stumbled across this oasis. I only wish that I could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We have just returned from the most incredible trip to South Africa, Victoria Falls and Namibia - cannot say enough about the wonderful time we had. Made even better by our stay at the African Rock Hotel in a gated community in Kempton Park in Jo'burg.

Actually, we stayed there 4 nights at separate times during our month long vacation - flying in from Canada, later from Zimbabwe and in the end from Namibia. It was like coming home time and time again.

Every detail was given attention - each room is individually gem-themed and decorated in an original and ever so comfortable way. The meals, created by Chef Christine, are exquisite. She visited each table before the meal to discuss the menu and wines. She even invited us into the kitchen to watch her and her assistants work (an interest of ours). We know that Food Network is doing some segments in South Africa. They might want to check her and the ARH out.

Each evening that we were there, one or the other (or both) owners - Otti and Zelda Meijer, came to our dining table to discuss how we were enjoying our stay in South Africa. We had the most intriguing discussions which we thoroughly enjoyed. But get this, they even told us that if we had any troubles while traveling in Africa to call them and they would help us out.

We also became fast friends of Musa. He was the driver that picked us up and dropped us off at the airport. Full of personality, Musa kept us in conversation with advise and interesting points about Jo'burg. After long flights he made the transitions so much easier. Interestingly enough, flights are monitored by the hotel so that they know actually when to pick you up.

Each person at the ARH treated us like family and we had the best of service from each and everyone. So thanks Collette, Carmen, Shanel, Christine, Orlando, Nomi, Gloria, TK, Daniel, Pfumelani, Nancy, Jimmy, James and Musa.

You would do yourself well to book into the African Rock Hotel if you are going to SA.

Andrew & Sarah Wenning
Nova Scotia, Canada

Room Tip: Loved the one off the garden.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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OttiM, Owner at African Rock Hotel, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear Andrew & Sarah,
Apologies for only responding now.
Every staff memeber here at the hotel has read your review, it is so good to see the reactions, they really feel appreciated for all the hard work they do.
It was an absolute pleasure having you both here and sharing your travel experiences with us every time you where back her between your adventures in southern and East Africa.
I am sure our paths will cross again somewhere out there. Keep well and many happy travels! Otti & Zelda
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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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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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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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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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