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Illyria House
Ranked #10 of 74 Hotels in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 14, 2012

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

Room Tip: We had a suite but I didn't see a name. It was gorgeous. Our friend had a single 'Magdelana...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Although we appreciate the history and the sincere efforts of the staff in welcoming you to the hotel, frankly this hotel is totally over rated. From the parking and exterior, the entrance the main foyer everything in this hotel is still 1992 when the last upgrade was done. As we travel regularly through the world we can definitely say this hotel need a wake up call and a serious rethink and upgrade for the interior, skew lampshades worn out cushions, broken air conditioners and so on and so on this is definitely not a five star facility anymore. If you cannot find alternative accommodation in Pretoria this is a expensive option for what you get.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank amacrock
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Me and my husband were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary and spend a night at Illyria House. This was such a treat! We were greeted by friendly personal and our own butler Patience was wonderful and he made sure we were provided in our every need. When he found out that it was a special occation for us, he arranged a private dinner in their cellar.
We stayed in the honeymoon suite and was amazed by all the detail that was provided. Marietjie and her personal are genuine people and makes you feel so special. The atmosphere in the house with its splendid interior is something you still talk about long after you left the premises. When we left we were greeted by the staff that sang us a beautiful song while we were driving away! We will definately recommend Illyria House to everyone!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Ester O
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

What an mazing magical evening. I held a party for my partner at this venue and we were treated like royalty. You would never think in a place such as Pretoria that you will be able to find a gem like this! Thank you Marietjie and staff, we'll do it again and again!

Room Tip: Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. You’d feel like royalty sleeping here.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Anina488
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

Our stay at the Illyria Estate was by far the most memorable of our journey! I enjoyed it so much that I am giving it a 10 and the Blue Train a 9!

We stayed in the Catherine Suite and it was the most beautiful room and rated as the most romantic in South Africa. Mount Nelson Hotel rated as #1 for the best high tea in the world, by UK, came in only #5.! That shall give you an idea how grand this suite was.

The owner and staff was definitely the most attentive and I praise Marietjie for her sense of detail and style. A definite must for your Bucket List!
Elizabeth du Toit

Room Tip: Every room is gorgeous in the Estate. We viewed all rooms.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Beautiful venue with superb service. Lovely high tea and relaxing spa facilities. Serene gardens and tranquil atmosphere. Great experience.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Fuzzynuit
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

I stayed at Illyria House for a week and had a lovely time. From the moment I walked into this wonderful house, throughout my stay, I was pampered by the staff. I stayed in the Salome suite, overlooking the gardens. The suite had a large French bed with a marbled bathroom and a little kitchenette. I enjoyed my own private table on the balcony where I had a delightful high tea one afternoon. The breakfast was a delicious spread of freshly baked pastries, cereals, yoghurts and a hot breakfast. I had dinner there one evening and the duck was very tasty and exquisitely prepared.

The hotel is well-located in a quiet neighbourhood on a hill-top. The swimming pool is in a picturesque setting and after returning from my work every day, it was wonderfully relaxing to cool down in it.

I will definitely return here when I am back in Pretoria for business.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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5  Thank Aldeburghmuso
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Additional Information about Illyria House

Address: 327 Bourke Street | Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Pretoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Pretoria
#4 Romantic Hotel in Pretoria
#7 Luxury Hotel in Pretoria
#10 Business Hotel in Pretoria
Price Range: $130 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Illyria House 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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