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The Blades Hotel
Ranked #12 of 74 Hotels in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 14, 2014

I booked a moonlight picnic at The Blades for my fiance's birthday. They do not traditionally offer evening picnics but agreed to assist. The staff went out of their way to make it a special and romantic evening. The setting is beautiful and we could not have asked for better service or a warmer welcome. I phoned the hotel the next morning to thank them again for their efforts. Thank you Kyla and Godfrey for an unforgettable experience. I would recommend this place to everyone. Don't miss out on this gem!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

My wife and I were birding in the Roodeplaat Dam area, and decided to have Sunday lunch at this hotel.
It turned out to be an excellent choice. We were welcomed in a very friendly way by Lateef at reception, and were informed that they offer both an indoor or outdoor eating experience. One could enjoy a meal inside their elegant restaurant or outside on the deck, overlooking the Moreleta river. Alternatively they supply a picnic basket for visitors to enjoy a relaxed picnic on their nice lawns, under large umbrellas on the water’s edge.
We opted for the inside restaurant and were soon welcomed by Brendan who assured us that all their dishes were “freshly prepared with lots of love”. This turned out to be true as we thoroughly enjoyed their food. All the dishes right up to deserts, were extremely tasty and of a very high standard. The manager, Hans also visited our table to ensure whether everything was to our satisfaction. After having determined their accommodation rates, we are considering spending a relaxing weekend there.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank LeonKay
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Blades is an excellent option for leisure bookings as well as corporate groups. Feels like you are out in the country but only 15 minutes from Pretoria city centre, 30 minutes from OR Tambo and Sandton. Modern rooms, great bathrooms, excellent conference facilities. Friendly staff, can do attitude. They also host spectacular weddings. Food used to be average but now consistently receives very positive comments.

Room Tip: All rooms nice. Note that the Executive suites have an open plan bath.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Carla R
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

We just spent the night at this lovely hotel. The recption staff was friendly and very helpful. Our room ovelooked the pool, the view was beautiful The facilities in the room were excellent. The restuarant staff was friendly and the servise excellent. The food was very good and the menu good, if somewhat limited. Breakfast was typical buffet, but tasty
We enjoyed our stay and will defeinatley go back to spend a longer time exploring the grounds and relaxing in the beautiful gardens
Thank you to all at The Blades

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pat W
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

This one is not a bad hotel, providing homely atmosphere to its guests. The unique appearance of its rooms may be attractive to a few. However, it lacks certain basic amenities such as the internet and so, it is not an ideal hotel for a business stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Varatharajan
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We booked at the blades 3 months in advance to celebrate our anniversary. We specifically booked an executive suite, which was stated on our confirmation email and receipt. We arrived and were sent to our room which I then realized that it was not the executive suite. The regular room is very average and I don't believe it worth what we paid. I called reception to tell them that there has been a mistake and they apologized and told us we are supposed to be in the executive suite and that they would see if they could move us. They then told us that they were not able to move us because a bride and groom were coming for early check in and had booked the same room as us! They then offered us a complimentary bottle of wine (which we actually paid for) because the regular room was half the price of the executive suite we had paid for. I told them it was ridiculous and that they need to come up with a better solution. They then called our room and told us that they can give us a complimentary meal (which we were basically paying for too). I then went back to reception and spoke to the manager who had no clue how to resolve the issue and was completely unprofessional. He suggested that we stay in the executive room for one night (all of a sudden this was available?!) and then moved to the regular room the next day early in the morning. We then asked if we do stay in the executive room for one night (the room that we booked), do we still get the bottle of wine and the complimentary meal and he said no. So he offered us something and then took it away. I then asked if we then get our money back for the second night in the regular room and he said no. He then proceeded to tell us that they have had this problem before (you actually have to be stupid). The manager was not willing to resolve the issue and we were so furious that we wanted our money back. He told us that this booking problem was not their fault and we should take it up with bookings.com. I told him that we were then going to kievits kroon and he was happy to give our money back. The fact is that these people completely messed up our arrangements because of the lack of professionalism and decency. They would rather have two empty rooms with no one staying in them then make their customers happy. I was disgusted when I called on the monday to spread to a director about the situation and no one bothered calling me back. I then called again and spoke to someone who then spoke to the directors and told them the problem. Their solution was offering us a complimentary meal. This behavior is absolutely terrible. Im not surprised though, if their directors don't even know how to better situations then how does this place run properly? I would NEVER recommend this place to anyone and would never give then the business because of the way they treated us and then believed that offering a meal to us was the best way to compensate for screwing up our anniversary. There were various solutions to making us happy and they had no idea what to do. We left and went to kievits kroon, who was aware of the situation and created us with champagne and snacks (that is what service is!)

Room Tip: The luxury room is very average and far from luxury!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

The Blades is in a beautiful location about 15-20 minutes outside of Pretoria. The rooms are well designed, with balconies and lovely views over the bush. Full Charlotte Rhys range of amenities in the bathroom. We had a picnic dinner in our room- and the staff were incredibly attentive. When we had car trouble the manager quickly organised transport into town; you definitely need your own car to stay here. It would be a great setting for a conference or meeting, as well as weddings. Will be back again!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Blades Hotel

Address: Plot 75 Zeekoegat, Kameeldrift Road, Pretoria 0035, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Pretoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 74 Hotels in Pretoria
Price Range: $88 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Blades Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blades Hotel is an exclusive 4 star hotel situated on a 10 hectare expanse of indigenous Bushveld, built on the banks of the Roodeplaat Dam. We offer a unique combination of indigenous vegetation, landscaping and water-front luxury. The Blades Hotel is conveniently situated just 20 minutes from Pretoria CBD, 40 minutes from OR Tambo Airport or Lanseria Airport, and 50 minutes from Johannesburg, making it an accessible destination for both local and international guests. ... more   less 
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