There are no words to describe Fern Ivy. It is unsurpassed. Marguerite and her husband are extremely welcoming and energetic and easy to relate to. They picked us up from the train station and gave us a little driving tour of Pretoria on the way back to the guesthouse. Marguerite then took us on a tour of the house, which was architecturally modern with classic decor and cool features - two roof decks with great views! We had our choice of rooms - and it was a tough decision!They were both exquisite, but we chose the one that was closer to the pool and hot tub. We were tired from traveling and thought we would enjoy dinner in by the pool. Marguerite even helped us order sushi from a local restaurant. The rooms are large, well furnished, and equipped with kitchenettes. We really enjoyed the complimentary decanter of sherry. And of course, there was plenty of Amarula at the bar!
We weren't there long enough to use the fitness room, but Marguerite is quite the runner and knows of a lot of good routes in the area. If you're fast enough, she'll even run with you! In the morning my husband and I (sans Marguerite, b/c we were hurting from all the travel and the major elevation differential) went for a short jog to the Union buildings, and then returned to the guesthouse for a delicious breakfast prepared by the staff - who were also wonderful.
The ambiance and hospitality of Fern Ivy were inspiring - stay here and you will seriously consider converting your own home into a guesthouse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a quiet street in the leafy suburb of Eastwood, between the Union Buildings and the Presidents official residence, this guesthouse caters for the discerning traveller or businessperson. Though in the very heart of the capital city, accommodation is quite and comfortable. En suite bathrooms, pool, tan deck, business centre, panorama patio and pub, jacuzzi and airport transfers. Near universities, hospitals, government departments and sports venues, cinemas, theatres and malls. ... more less
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