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131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We spent a single night here before a trip on the Rovos Rail, which seems to be a common reason to stay at 131 Herbert Baker. They readily accommodated our early check-in after our flight.

Facilities: The room was very comfortable (with a huge bathroom), the wifi worked well, and the views from the restaurant were nice (save for the power lines).

Location: The hotel is in an upscale neighborhood/suburb of Pretoria, and as far as we can tell is not close to much (certainly not close enough to walk). We had booked our own tour, and so got out for the day, or I am not sure how we would have occupied our time.

Food: Their Grissini restaurant does not seem to have a separate entry, and if you stay here you'll be eating a good portion of your meals there. The breakfast was excellent -- one of the best of our trip. Salads and appetizers were quite good, as was dessert (we had the red velvet cake three times). Mains, however, were not as good as the rest of meal.

Service: Overall, the service was a little chaotic for what aspires to be an upscale hotel. It was hard to tell who did what, as everyone seemed to do everything (desk, waiting, bar, service, etc.). The guys primarily working as waiters were really nice and friendly, but one of them seemed to get flustered when there were more than two tables. Check-out took a very long time.

Transportation: We needed to get some rand from an ATM, and the hotel drove us to the nearby shops free of charge. They also provided our transportation to the Rovos Rail station, our other frustration with the service -- at check-in, we specifically arranged a 1:30 departure to have time to take photos in the train yard. About 1pm that day, they wanted to combine us in a vehicle with a separate large group going to the station (who had just sat down to lunch and would take some time) and tried to assure us it would only be a "5 or maybe 10 minute drive." I pushed back, insisting on the previous arrangement, and we ultimately left about 1:35pm. It actually took 25 minutes with the driver maneuvering VERY aggressively -- and that other group wound up being the very last people to arrive at the Rovos Rail station, missing the welcome champagne!

It was an excellent place for a single night stay before/after the train, but I don't know that I would use 131 Herbert Baker for a longer stay.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sindssyg
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We use 131 Herbert Baker for all of our discerning overseas guests. It is such a beautiful hotel located in the heart of Pretoria and has an amazing view. It only has 8 rooms with a stunning Presidential suite. This boutique hotel has it all for all ages. It is also located close to the shops and restaurants, even though it boasts the best restaurant on the property itself.

Room Tip: When you book you cant go wrong as all the rooms have a lovely view and they are all cosy, spacious and comfortable.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I stayed 3 nights at this hotel and had a wonderful experience. The staff was exceptionally friendly, efficient and helpful. The room was luxurious and comfortable. The second night of our stay we ate dinner at the hotel and it was so delicious that we returned the third night. We had speical dietary requests and the chef went out of his way to accommodate us. I would highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

One of the nicest hotels I have found in many years travelling - not particularly cheap but well worth it. Reception was most helpful, room was very comfortable, food was excellent. Location offered lovely views of Pretoria's jacarandas.

Room Tip: Room 1 was very pleasant
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank roythurston
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed at 131 on Herbert Baker after going to Notten's Bush Camp for a 3 day safari. We only spent one night there, before going to the Pretoria station for our Rovos Rail trip to Victoria Falls. Wow. They arranged for Gift to pick us up at the airport and bring us around to the guest house. Three people helped us take in our bags, brought us water, arranged ice in the room, and checked us in. What a beautiful setting. We sat on the patio outside our room door looking over the mountain side to the city and enjoyed a great cheese and snack tray from the kitchen. The room was modern, luxurious and spotless. In the morning, Mike came around from the entry and walked up the tiled patio to greet us as we are sitting outside again. Mike owns the guesthouse but is only the boss when his wife is not there. He clearly wants to satisfy just about any want or whim. We asked about changing some cash for smaller bills and he told us his accountant has not arrived yet but he will check. Regardless, he will arrange for our driver to stop at an ATM on the way to the train station. At breakfast, we had no less than three waitstaff helping us. If we are in Pretoria again, this will be our first choice.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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