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“Perfectly run and well positioned B&B for sandton area” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Claires of Sandton
Ranked #1 of 73 Sandton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Franschhoek, South Africa
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67 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Perfectly run and well positioned B&B for sandton area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

I spent one night at Claires, and can highly recommend the establishment for its comfortable room, excellent service, proximity to Sandton's heart beat, and great value. Well done to Zodwa and Tammy for making this place feel like home from home.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
118 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

We researched our accommodation prior to leaving home and were really impressed with the write ups about Claires. The emails back and forth were very friendly, efficient and helpful.

We arrived on the 15th August to a very cold and wet day, were met at the airport by Beke who took us to meet Zodna who is the loveliest person with a smile to light up the day! Our room was great; bright, clean and had the air conditioner going. My wife almost cried when she saw the beautiful bathroom with huge bath and heated flooring.

The internal and external lounges were very comfortable. The pool looked clean and well maintained.

Claire met us the next morning at breakfast for a little chat and to tell us about the lovely birds feeding outside the window. She is a friendly lady. We arranged private tours with Beke and can't recommend him highly enough. A little dearer than the going rate; but well worth it as he was punctual, flexible, friendly and willing to give good service.

The B&B is a little out of the way but is in a safe neighbourhood and easy enough to arrange transport. We actually got lost walking back from the shops at night with no hassles.

Overall we enjoyed our stay and were pleased with the accommodation.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Yurgo56
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Claire B, Owner at Claires of Sandton, responded to this review, September 19, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review Claires.
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Dundee, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2011

I stayed here while visiting Jo'burg in Feb of 2011 - to visit my own property (which is let out nearby). Although, I knew the area from my year in SA in 2005 - I was pleasantly surprised to find this little gem of a guest house. Claire's guesthouse is in a safe and secure part of Jo'burg - where there is the minimum of criminal activity.
I found Claire's on the internet and despite me needing to mess Claire about a bit while I sorted dates and arrange the payment of a deposit (from the UK) etc., she was patient and polite in our (email) communications. I arrived after 11pm and was met by the housekeeper and shown to my room with the minimum of fuss.
In short, the place and the staff were a delight. The rooms are well decorated, furnished and clean. The breakfast was excellent and the service personable - and not obtrusive in any way. A relaxing place to stay, in close proximity to Sandton City - safe and secure with excellent parking within the grounds.
As always in Jo'burg - a car is required to get to anywhere - local or otherwise!
I will definately be back Claire!!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AlanMatthew
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Claire B, Owner at Claires of Sandton, responded to this review, September 1, 2011
Describing Claires as a "gem" has delighted us all. Us ladies do, indeed, like to think of Claires and ourselves as: sparkling, enduring, valuable and treasured!
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Cambridge, MA
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Claire's for the last two nights of our 3 week trip to South Africa. We picked it because of the location and great reviews. True to what we had read, the hotel was very comfortable, extremely clean and everybody there was extraordinarily friendly and offered great hospitality. Zodwa was really helpful in making arrangements for our time in the city and Claire went out of her way to let us freshen up before our evening flight home. One thing to know about Claire's is that you will have to take a taxi everywhere (if you don't have a car), but the hotel can help you call one easily.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank asl22
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Claire B, Owner at Claires of Sandton, responded to this review, August 31, 2011
Thank you for your thoughtful review. It was a pleasure to chat and swop stories. May your aspirations for your future be attained.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2011

My husband and I spent our first two nights in South Africa at Claire's. We had an absolutely delightful visit. Zodwa was wonderful, so helpful and welcoming. Breakfast was delicious and more than enough. We really enjoyed watching the birds outside the window at breakfast. We did not get our luggage until after we left Claire's (thank you, South African Airlines) but Zodwa was as helpful as she could be with helping us contact the airline. Transfer was all arranged for us, and we ended up using Becky (the driver) for the duration of our stay for all of our outings. He was also great and very helpful. It was a little residential (ie not too much "happening" in the neighborhood), but did feel safe. Zodwa even helped us order take-out to the room the evening we arrived. So nice after a long flight. The room was comfortable, nicely appointed and spacious. We would definitely love to stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jfavs54
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Claire B, Owner at Claires of Sandton, responded to this review, August 31, 2011
I am glad that you finally met up with your luggage; we were only too pleased to help. I trust that the rest of your visit lived up to your excited anticipation.
We endeavour, with our location, to offer a good combination of experiences: Quiet and safe at Claires with local facilities at hand and a vibe within a five minute taxi ride.
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Hastings, New Zealand
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2011

Please let me clairfy first, we didn't end up stayiing here, as Claire had a plumbing emergency. BUT before this we had no trouble getting hold of her and making our booking, Claire arranged our airport transfer and happily phoned a tour company that I had read about on TA, she checked them out for us then booked it etc.
Claire contacted us a 4 days prior to our stay and advised us of the plumbing problem and the new reservation she had made on our behalf at another B & B of the same price and standard, this was excellent, she transferred all money we had previously paid to her as deposit to the new accom. Nothing was too much trouble. Thanks Claire for all your help and proactive organising. Sorry we didnt get to meet , but we certainly appreciate your professionalism and caring attitude. All the best for the future.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 4Kiwisontour
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Claire B, Owner at Claires of Sandton, responded to this review, August 31, 2011
We do pride ourslves on our service and ability to give our guests a successful visit whatever the circumstances; thank you for highlighting this for us. Sadly we were not able to meet - see you next time.
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UK
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72 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2011

We stayed at Claires for 5 nights at the begining of a 4 week tour of South Africa. The standard of accommodation and facilities are superb and very well maintained. The breakfasts are huge and the staff are all very helpful and friendly. In particular, Zodwa and Claire herself made us feel at home and we were sorry to leave them!
Claire's has off street secure parking and a large swimming pool, and is close to the Sandton City shopping complex. There are 3 very nice small restuarants (German, Portuguese and Italian) within walking distance in this very safe suburb. I would recommend having the use of a car whilst staying, as Sandton Mall and other places of interest can only be reasonably reached by vehicle.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Claires of Sandton
Address: 42 8th Street | Parkmore, Sandton 2196, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Sandton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Claires of Sandton 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Claires is a welcoming, secure oasis, minutes from Sandton City offering easy comfort, personalised service and excellent food. Spacious, tastefully decorated rooms have quality amenities and separate entrances into an enticing garden and pool.Enjoy breakfast on the charming, shady verandah. Within easy reach of major attractions in Sandton and environs. ... more   less 
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