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Hornbill Lodge
Ranked #1 of 10 Magaliesburg B&B and Inns
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“In need of serious work...”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

My family and I recently spent a weekend at Hornbill. We came away with mixed feelings regarding our stay. The positives were friendly staff, beautiful surroundings, good breakfast, large room. Major negative was cleanliness of linen and towels. The bed and pillows had a body odour smell and the towels were not clean and smelled of smoke. The lodge also has dogs that often run into the restaurant/bar area and jump onto couches and cushions - not very hygienic. Furnishing are old and scruffy. Bar is poorly stocked. The place is definitely not 4 stars.....

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

My husband and I bought a 2 night stay at the Hornbill Lodge on Groupon. There were some lovely things about this lodge but also a few things that would make us question this hotel's 4 star rating.

Just outside Magaliesburg the setting is lovely, a very small lodge set in a nice open space, here are a few dogs running around, it also has a small avery as well 2 pot bellied pigs and a donkey! There is also a lovely Terrance next to quite a large swimming pool.

We somehow ended up with a family style room- not a problem as it had a nice double bed and 2 single beds, the air conditioning was also fantastic and DSTV was provided so my husband could watch the all important Currie Cup Final. The major problem with our room was the shower, it had practically no pressure and the temperature was very difficult to control.

Breakfast was included within our booking and it was lovely as was our waiter. However these are the only positive things I can say about the restaurant. There was no vegetarian choice for the evening meal which was most certainly a problem for me- we ended up eating elsewhere! When we returned later in the evening for a drink at the bar they were missing a few of what I would call standard drinks including vodka, cinzano and rum.

All in all we had a nice stay at The Hornbill lodge, I certainly cannot fault the hospitality of the staff but nevertheless as outlined there were a few things that could do with improvements!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hornbill Lodge
Address: Cnr R24 And R563, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Magaliesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Magaliesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hornbill Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hornbill lodge and Legends Restaurant is an owner / manager / chef concept which gaurantees you every requirement of the highest standard pertaining to a Four - Star Establishment . Good Food and Spacious Luxurious accommodation will make you feel at home whether you are having a Family Vacation , Business trip , Small Conference , Teambuilding event or just visiting our Spacious riverine and Mountain property for the day.All Rooms have full Temperature Control ; our Lodge and Restaurant both have cozy Fireplaces to make your stay a pleasant one. ... more   less 
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