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Chileleko Kalembo
Livingstone, Zambia

UNREGRETTABLE TIME

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 Feb 2024
A truly magical place. The hotel team welcome you from the airport and already have a sense of belonging with expert driver/guide who offers a service with a smile which is great after the trip and immigration and customs que hassles. The food and location are stunning in a beautiful upmarket neighborhood filled with rich history. You don't feel like a guest but rather more like a family member. All the amazing amenities are pointed out and you miss nothing of the best that is on offer, the GM Rambo goes out of his way to ensure everything is in order for guest requests, nothing was too much trouble Nosi and Mpho equally were above par who were professional and so friendly. In all honesty the whole team is great making it difficult to pick out individuals as they were all excellent. Martin and team served food and drinks with a smile and quiet charm. I am usually an early bird and enjoy a dip swim with a heated pool option available, they have a staff member on hand to assist with a morning coffee even at the crack of dawn. I highly recommend a stay here especially if you are in transit as it's a great place to reboot.
Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 January 2024

Since our 4-night stay at Christmas, The Residence ranks in the top our all-time favourites hotel list. Such a wonderful place. The experience started at the airport, where we were pickup by a very friendly driver (cold towels, bottled water and a welcome letter included).
The hotel itself feels so intimate and quiet.... every corner is to be explored and has a very homy feel. The bar, the restaurant, the terrace and pools.... we tested everything and were very satisfied.
Breakfasts were really good and included even a fantastic MCC wine (bubbles). Besides a cold buffet, we could choose a hot dish from quite an extensive menu.
Lunch and dinner were also very tasty and served by very professional waiters.
We stayed in the penthouse suite, which has a massive terrace looking out to Rosebank, Melrose and Sandton. Note that pictures on their website were not up-to-date : the entire terrace is now covered (and not only the outside sitting area). As such, the jacuzzi (which we used daily) can be used also when it is raining... at the back of the room, next to the bath room is a second (smaller) terrace with an outdoor shower and a hot tub. We did not use the hot tub, since it has no view. The outdoor shower was nice though.
What makes the residence so special is the intimate feeling of a true boutique residence and the well-trained personnel. Special thanks to Nosi, with whom I communicated long before our arrival and who was there during our stay and made sure to handle every request with the biggest smile and greatest efficiency !
One thing is for sure : we will be back !

Room tip: The penthouse was nice, but next time I would probably go for a room with jacuzzi on ground level... just for being close to all facilities.
Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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The Residence The Residence, Owner at The Residence Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2024

Thank you so much for your review and feedback, we really appreciate it. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you once again and all the very best from The Residence team.

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Reviewed 23 October 2023

We've lost count of how many times we stayed at the Residence, it's just the best place to stay in Johannesburg. We opened and ended our latest trip to SA here. The quality is wonderful, the staff just can't do enough for you. The breakfasts, excellent. The reception staff, so attentive and intuativley know how to help you. It just can't be beaten. Don't waste your time (and money) staying at big brand hotels, this is the best place to stay...

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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The Residence The Residence, Owner at The Residence Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2023

Thank you so much for your review and feedback we really appreciate it, and as always, it was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back and would like to wish you all the very best from The Residence team.

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Reviewed 22 October 2023

This was a great place to start our South African vacation. The hotel was lovely and the staff very kind. We particularly enjoyed our tour of Soweto with Marvin and found him very knowledgeable. The ladies in the spa were also exceptional and we had a lovely time chatting with them while having foot/leg massages. We ate at the hotel restaurant both nights and really enjoyed it.

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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The Residence The Residence, Owner at The Residence Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2023

Thank you so much for your review and feedback, we really appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us here at The Residence hotel. It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us and hope to welcome you back some day in the near future. Thank you once again and all the very best from The Residence team.

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Reviewed 11 October 2023 via mobile

The Residence is a beautiful intimate hotel on the outskirts of downtown Johannesburg. If you are looking for a quiet and homey feel this is the place. The staff was exceptional from the concierge, the restaurant, spa, drivers and cleaning services. Everyone was genuinely kind and went the extra mile without us asking. From Marvin picking us up from the airport, Moses helping my mom communicate with her sister via Whatsapp and Lucky giving us an amazing tour of SOWETO in helping us understand the history of South Africa. Will definitely recommend this place to others and when I come back I will be staying here!

Room tip: Make sure you travel on a day the apartheid museum is open if you want to visit it. Sadly during our stay in Johannesburg the museum was closed:(
Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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The Residence The Residence, Owner at The Residence Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2023

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us here at The Residence. It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you once again and all the very best from The Residence team.

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Reviewed 7 October 2023 via mobile

This hotel was wonderful! The people were so attentive and welcoming. This was my first stop on my first trip to South Africa and I could not have been made to feel more welcome. The rooms and grounds were so beautiful. We could have spent many more than our 3 scheduled days there. Thank you so much everyone!

Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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The Residence The Residence, Owner at The Residence Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2023

Thank you so much for your review and feedback, we really appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to welcome you back some day in the near future and would like to wish you all the very best from The Residence team.

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