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“Definitely not 4 star”
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Hornbill Lodge
Ranked #1 of 10 Magaliesburg B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 1, 2013

This lodge is rated as a 4 star establishment but is definitely not up at that level now. I would classify as closer to a 2 star. Rooms very dated with dusty artificial flowers and old fashioned home made furnishings. Food in restaurant OK although with very limited menu. Cannot really enjoy lounge and bar facilities due to any dogs occupying their places on lounge suite. Friendly welcoming staff
This could be a really nice venue but definitely needs some money and TLC first

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

The rooms are big but they were kitted out in the 1980's. We had a CitySlicker voucher but ended up leaving and going to a hotel in the town. 4 star NOT! This was a very disappointing venu and people need to be warned. There is also a 3 legged dog running around that is creepy.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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2  Thank WarrenTeg
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

i bought a groupon voucher and surprised my husband with a weekend away for his birthday. Cobie was very accommodating with the birthday surprise plans - champagne breakfast in bed, they even sang "Happy Birthday!" when they walked into the room. They made my husband's favourite dessert and had a small cake for him. the room was very spacious. there was a dirty towel and the lady of the lodge took a bit of getting used to, her answers to seemingly innocent questions were a bit defensive. The lodge offers a picnic in secluded areas near the river. We were wathced from above as I think the spot we had was a viewing point for the public. Not quite as private as we had hoped. The picnic food was not very nice. I'm not sure of the 4-star rating, but a nice enough weekend away.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank nev b
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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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3  Thank Kelvin P
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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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1  Thank Departed_Scot
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Reviewed April 22, 2016
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  • Stayed: April 2016, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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: $107 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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