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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

we stayed there on August 24, 2012 , - Suite 13 -

On our way to Sabi Sand to go on Safari, we stayed at this beautiful, tastefully decorated Boutique Hotel. After a long overseas flight from Miami it feels like you are in a sanctuary. The Hotel is located in Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg. It has the feel of being in a private Villa / Estate , very secluded and far away from all the noise of a big metropolitan city. It's architecture reminds one of an Italian Palazzo . It is really awesome. We were welcomed by Front Office Manager " Bridgett " who escorted us to our huge Suite. The decor of the suite reminded us of the " BELLE EPOQUE " era, very impressive. The garden is magnificent too, flowers of the season started to bloom ( spring time in South Africa was just around the corner ). The swimming pool with the cabanas is a special place to relax, you can have Lunch and High Tea there too.
Behind the pool is a separate Japanese Garden where the Spa is located, another pretty area where one finds peace and quiet.

The Fairlawns provides a shuttle service, free of charge to the Sandton City Shopping Center, where the huge "Nelson Mandela " statue is located in the Nelson Mandela Square. Here you find many good shops spread out over several floors. Chauffeur GRANT, a very pleasant man drove me there and picked me up again.

You can have Lunch and Dinner in the very elegant Terrace Restaurant , the cutlery is made of heavy silver and it is polished. The Chandelier's give the restaurant the special cozy ambiance. Here, Breakfast / Brunch ( which is included in the suite price ) is also served. The food selection is simply outstanding and of the highest quality . You also can dine a là " Al Fresco " on the Terrace located in front of the Terrace Restaurant overlooking the garden and swimming pool. The food is very good and delicious, select from the very creative menu.

All staff we encountered during our stay are very professional, very attentive and they will take good care of you.
The following day we moved on to Sabi Sand to see the Big Five. We can highly recommend " The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa ", we had the most enjoyable visit, it is a special treat for anyone.

Room Tip: Suite 13 , is outstanding
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Erfurt
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

My second review of the Fairlawns which now gains another dot from me on the TA ratings monitor, giving it a full 5 from me this time around. John and Anna Thacker (Owners) have worked miracles in converting what was a great place to stay, to a world class place to stay. The new Chateux rooms are luxurious, to say the least. The new Chef has added a new dimension to the food and on this visit as opposed to previous trips, the restaurant was always quite busy. People vote with the feet and that’s what TA is for. Will always stay here when in Johannesburg.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
1  Thank Malim27
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

very comfortable and lovely hotel, rooms are large and beautiful, each room is decorated differently. dinner menu is short but exquisite, very nice selection of wines. breakfast is good. service is friendly and obliging.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
Thank BriBrae
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Stayed with 2 kids for a week. The facilities were all very clean and authentic and it felt more like home than a stuffy hotel. Importantly we also felt safe! The replenished complimentary drinks and snacks are great. The staff was very accommodating, polite and professional. The setting is ideal for a quiet getaway in the middle of Johannesburg. Do yourself a favor - this is by far the best stay at a hotel (including outside SA) in a long time!

Room Tip: Your fantasy - every room is different!
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Travelright_12
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We stayed here for one night, in the Imperial and Florentine Suites.

The property:

A pretty and quiet little corner of Sandton at the end of a cul de sac road. Main building, smallish lawns, a small pool, and blocks of rooms tucked away in the corners. Generally a high quality property, though not large or lavish. Felt very peaceful and welcoming.

The rooms

We had two suites. Both about 500 square feet plus large bathrooms with separate showers and loos. The Imperial suite is in French imperial style – wooden floor, large ornate gilded bed, French style furniture. Very grand. The Florentine suite was the same size, with a carpet, Italianate furniture, and a normal bed. Both rooms had a three piece suite sitting area at the end of the bed, each with a working fireplace and supply of logs (what bliss to have a fireplace!). Small TVs with overly complex satellite receivers.


The beds

Very comfortable large full double beds. Excellent. Great sheets, nice duvets.


Bathrooms

Large rooms with spacious baths.


Ambient noise

Very low. A distant hum of Joburg, no aircon noise or direct traffic, compete silence at night. Very peaceful.


Niggles

Breakfast service was very poor. We ordered simple room service on our terrace, 30 minutes later none had arrived so we had breakfast in the dining room. Though this was right next to a bright cool sunny terrace they refused to serve breakfast on it so we had to swelter inside. Silly, I thought. This was the only real niggle.

Overall

A real find. Comfy, quiet, smart. A keeper.

Room Tip: Florentine suite has a soft comfy feel and a real log fire - heaven. Imperial suite also has a fire, but a more wooden floor grand gilded feel
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Coltbridge
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