We were astounded when we arrived at this hotel. We were to spend one night in Pretoria before joining the 'Blue Train' and had expected a run of the mill, high rise chain hotel. From the moment we were welcomed at the door the service was impeccable and sincerely warm. Johannes was extraordinary in his attention to our comfort. The hotel offers a glimpse of the elegance and hospitality of earlier times. Every attention has gone into creating a wonderful and unique experience for guests fortunate to stay here. It really is like being transported into a beautiful and elegant private home where is one welcomed as family. The decor is truly beautiful, delighting the eye at every turn with so many fascinating antiques. Regretably, because of time constaints, we ate only breakfast and it was delicious and served so beautifully in a private diningroom with a fire burning in the grate.We were a party of three and all of us have travelled extensively and have experienced a range of hotels from the Motel 6 types to the George v in Paris and the Peninsula in Hong Kong and several converted palaces in India, and we agreed that this hotel without question, rates with the best, and surpasses most with it's unique personality and wonderful service. I agree with the writer who opted to grade the hotel with a ten, and as much as we enjoyed the train, in comparison we would give it an eight
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ultimate Romantic Getaway. 25 Minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and 5 minutes from the Gautrain Station.The serene beauty of Illyria House has always been an irresistible attraction to all lovers of fine things. Against the backdrop of classical music, fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, and a resident duck family an enchanting colonial lifestyle unfolds. Illyria House is highly appreciated by the discerning traveler for its charm, exquisite cuisine, exclusivity, luxury and unrivalled personalised butler service. We offer intimate soirées by world class musicians. Our Oriental Spa specialises in relaxing massages. Our facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna, heated pool and a cold pool. A wide selection of tours to historical, cultural and wildlife attractions come highly recommended. Personalised shopping is ideal for a last night stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Illyria House Hotel Pretoria