My husband and I stayed at the Oasis Luxury Guest House on our first trip to South Africa in March. I have to say without a doubt that it was one of our greatest lodging experiences ever, and we've been around a fair amount. I wish that every place we went had an Oasis Luxury Guest House.
I usually do not like staying at properties that are categorized as "guest houses," because they often lack the amenities of larger hotels and have more involvement of the hosts in my affairs than I care for. The Oasis Luxury Guest House does not suffer from either of these problems; in fact, I found them to be absolutely perfect in regard to both.
My surprise over the first issue came when my going through the room and trying to find something missing that I might want during my stay evidenced that the hosts Anita and Grayham had not only anticipated my every need, but also a few that I had not even thought of needing before. Guests get in-room tea and biscuits, a steam iron, fantastic bath amenities, electrical converters, bath robes, a safe, rulers, sewing kits and a list of local restaurants that deliver, just to name a few items that come standard. It was uncanny how every time I mentioned, "It's too bad they don't have a ..." my husband would quickly respond that I had obviously overlooked that item in the desk drawers or wardrobe.
As for my second concern, Anita and Grayham always had excellent advice and suggestions when we sought them out and asked for it, but otherwise, we were left to our own devices. Not once did I want for privacy from the hosts or other guests; the wonderful layout of the property seems very conducive to allowing all guests their space.
The rooms are amazingly comfortable, with luxurious beds and wonderfully appointed bathrooms. I know most people don't travel to such locales to watch television, but we always enjoy seeing what the local offerings are. The cable lineup for The Oasis is great, with plenty of interesting local fare as well as programming in a variety of foreign languages for international visitors. I am very picky about Internet service while abroad, but The Oasis came through with very reliable and quick connectivity. The rooms are small, but the word cozy is hardly a euphemism there. All the furniture is amazingly comfortable. Even things like the drapes and upholstery are of exceptionally high quality.
I did not expect a great deal from the breakfast buffet, given that the guest house does not claim to have a restaurant. Again, I was delightfully surprised to find an amazingly vast array of items available every morning, with a few things rotated in and out during our stay. We were able to try a few things that were oddities to us that we have since come to miss since our return home. Guests are also given a selection of a hot item from a menu in addition to the cold buffet.
Perhaps the only criticism I would have of The Oasis would be its location in a quiet, secluded residential neighborhood of an upscale area outside of Johannesburg. For some, this might be one of the greatest benefits of staying at The Oasis. For us, since it was our first time in South Africa, and we wanted to tour the city, it meant moderate (although not overly lengthy) rides to and from the property each day to the sights we wanted to see. On the other hand, we did not even think twice about our security, which is something that guide books and friends seem to be overly concerned about when we researched visiting Johannesburg. Even considering the time we spent "commuting" during our stay, I would not hesitate to exchange a cab ride for another stay in this amazing place. It should also be noted that for those not necessarily interested in visiting Johannesburg, anything a person could want on a trip can be found nearby in the commercial areas of Sandton.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The little luxuries make you feel special...silver service, crystal glassware, Persian carpets, an original South Afican art collection, pillow topped mattresses and 300 thread count linen. The attention to detail catches your eye...the breakfasts, the filter coffee, the welcome drink. The added extras make it value for money...free wireless internet, iPod docking station, DVD player and it's the superb service and warm hospitality that will keep you coming back. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Oasis Boutique Hotel Rivonia/Sandton