on February 3, 2007
What a perfect place to crash after the 15+ hour flight from the U.S. to Jo'burg! The Westcliff is truly a hotel where the comfort is equalled only by the service. And considering its quality, the approximately $200 price for a huge, immaculate double room was a bargain. Ten minutes away from Johannesburg's northern suburbs, this lush Mediterranean-style hotel sits on three acres of landscaped grounds overlooking the city. Its 115 individually furnished rooms and suites, featuring fully-appointed splendid en-suite bathrooms, are designed to accommodate every need. Standard features include satellite TV and VCR, two phone lines, data port, and digital safe, individually controlled air-conditioning units, and mini bar fridge. We particularly appreciated the firm beds and the quiet of the Westcliff. Since we stayed there, the hotel has also opened its own spa. At lunch, we sampled South African prawns at its La Belle Terasse poolside restaurant, which we shared with the entire UK national rugby team, who were in Jo'burg for a match against the Springboks. That evening, we had dinner at the more formal Loggia, which featured spectacular views of the city and an entrée (can't recall what it was now) that featured tiny flecks of real South African gold! The Westcliff Hotel is located within a fully walled estate, with 24 hour a day security patrols. Enclosed parking, private room safes, large item and firearm storage are available upon request. In addition, it offers airport transfers (all of ours went flawlessly) and shuttle bus service to such sites as the posh Sandton mall. (We stayed at the Westcliff for two nights each on the front and back side of a trip into the South African bush in 2000.) All service at this hotel was utterly impeccable. Every staff member we had contact with was both polished and responsive. And when we got ready to check out, this process was accomplished quickly and with no hitches.We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough.
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