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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 300 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

We really, really enjoyed our stay at Liz at Lancaster. Every single detail has been carefully considered and thought through. We couldn't fault anything! It was nicely decorated without being too fussy, very comfortable and everything we needed was provided. The staff were very pleasant and friendly. We loved the environmental friendliness of the place, and the fact that the staff have a stake in the business. And we loved the dogs too! The breakfasts were totally delicious. The location is too is perfect.
All in all, excellent!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2011

Thank you so much for taking the time to give feedback on your stay and the experiences here at Liz at Lancaster. We are pleased that all our attention to detail was worth it and that you had such a comfortable and pleasant stay up her in Joburg. Your feedback is really useful for other travellers, and being local Capetonians, it is especially useful for local South African travellers.
Thanks again and look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit to Joburg
All the best
Liz Delmont

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Reviewed 4 April 2011

This is one of the nicest guest houses in South Africa, let alone Jo'burg ! Nothing is too much trouble, and all the staff, and of course Liz herself, are delightful The rooms are tastefully furnished, and the ambience and setting are wonderful, also of course the two soppy labradors, who are trained, to within an inch of their lives, not to go into your room without of course an invitation !
We put all our friends from the UK who were coming to our daughters wedding, to stay here, and their views are the same as above ! Forget fancy noisy hotels, this IS the place to stay in Jo'burg !

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2011

We so loved having you and all your friends and family. We felt quite bereft when you had all gone. We also enjoyed just being on the edge of your wonderful day with your daughter's wedding. We knew it would be a truly memorable day for you all with so many extraordinarily nice people who had gathered from all over the world to celebrate with friends and family whom they love. Thank you for coming to stay and for trusting us to accommodate your friends and family !
All the best from all at Liz at Lancaster

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Reviewed 28 March 2011

I arrived to stay with Liz at Lancaster Guest House, in need of a rest. I was looked after in every way possible. It was quite a different experience from staying in an hotel. Travelling solo can be a challenge and Liz was full of great advice on being street wise in Johannesburg, no jewelery, don't carry passports and so on. This gave me the chance to get the best out of an interesting visit. The house at Lancaster is extremely comfortable and Liz has decorated the rooms in a thoughtful way and they are really comfortable. The addition of being able to self cater is marvelous. I felt safe at all times. Her staff were helpful and kind and eating breakfast looking out on her lush and beautiful garden, with the sparkling pool beckoning was wonderful. On my next visit I hope to be with my family and repeat the experience with them. Lancaster is perfect for singles and families. The dogs and cats are experienced hosts and add to the pleasure of staying in this beautiful place. Thank you Liz for your hospitality.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Thank kabanga
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2011

We at Liz at Lancaster were so happy to read all your postiive feedback about your stay at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse/ Thank you for sharing your responses to our hospitality in such a detailed and thorough way. It makes such a difference for fellow travellers to get a feel of our ethos and we are extremely grateful to you for taking the time and trouble to review our establishment. It is good that you had a restful time and enjoyed the peace and tranquility that Joheannesburg suburban gardens offer. We enjoyed having you and hope you will be back with your family.
All the best from Liz, Zac, Catherine and Thandie and of course the Roddy, Marley, Thelma and Lewis !!

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Reviewed 24 March 2011

Terrific staff, gracious host, very knowledgable about safety etc. We would stay there again if we return.

Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2011

Thank you for such nice words. We are so pleased that your first stay in South Africa was so memorable and that Liz at Lancaster could be part of your experience here. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay so much and that you felt well looked after and cared for. We certainly enjoyed having you and hope you will come and stay again. There is lots more to do and see in Joburg. all the best from all the team at Liz at Lancaster

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Reviewed 24 March 2011

I stayed at Liz at Lancaster house from March 13-20,2011. This was my first time in South Africa and I did not want to leave. Liz was the best host I have had at a B&B she arranged everything for me including pick up at the airport and any where I needed to go the whole time I was there. This is the first B&B that I have stayed in that would even fix lunch or dinner for you if you needed it.. Breakfast was great every morning.. I stayed in the garden cottage and it was comfortable and cozy it was clean everyday . Everyone always had a smile and said hello everytime you saw them. Zac was the driver and he took me where i needed to go and always was nice and polite and had a smile on his face. Liz knows the area and can tell you sights that you should see on your visit..It was the best home away from home that I have stayed in in years.. If you dont stay at Liz at Lancaster house on your next visit to Joburg you a missing out on a great vacation. Miss you Liz and Zac and hope to see you again soon. Tell Molly I miss her!!!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2011

We are so pleased that you loved your first visit to South Africa and for your feedback on your experience at Liz at Lancaster. Johannesburg can be a daunting destination when you first visit so it was good that you enjoyed your stay here and made the most of Zac's transport to and from places of interest. Sadly there is still not an effective public transport system for visitors, which means relying on vehicle transport wherever you stay as tourist attractions and neighbourhoods are all so spread out. We certainly hope tthat this first trip will not be your last and that when you return we will be welcoming you back to Liz at Lancaster.
From all at Liz at Lancaster including of course Molly !!

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Reviewed 14 March 2011

Liz at Lancaster is a perfect B&B. Our rooms were perfect, clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. The most amazing part about the place is the pool. We spent one afternoon just lounging and having wine as the sun set. Also really spectacular is the breakfast. Perfectly cooked eggs, granola and all kinds of delicious treats.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2011

We at Liz at Lancaster really appreciate you taking the time to write a review of your stay here. Thank you for the feedback about the rooms and the breakfasts. We are just so happy that the weather was good for your stay as there is nothing quite like those warm balmy Highveld summer evenings as it begins to cool. Just perfect for sundowners by the pool, Although LA is a long way away, we look forward to welcoming you back if you ever in our part of the world again.
From Liz and the team at Liz at Lancaster

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Reviewed 12 March 2011

The welcome and service we had from Liz and her staff were wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble and Liz is a fount of information. This was our fist visit to South Africa and inevitable problems cropped up for such newcomers. Everything was sorted effectively and efficiently by her.

The property with its secluded garden and pool is very attractive, spotlessly clean and very secure and our breakfasts were a real treat with the other guests (many of whom were return visitors) all extremely pleasant and friendly.

We stayed in 6 other guesthouses in S. Africa all of which were very good - but none was better than Liz at Lancaster.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2011

Thank you Gillidins for your really complimentary review and for sharing your experiences of your stay. We at Liz at Lancaster are so pleased that things went so well, that you had such a great time on SA and that the weather held for the wedding and a great time was had by all! We are so pleased that the rest of your trip round SA lived up to expectations. Now all that is lef left is for you to plan your next trip. Thank you again from all at Liz at Lancaster .

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Address: 79 Lancaster Avenue | Craighall Park, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 300 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range: £62 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the first guesthouses to open in the Rosebank Region some 19 years ago, Liz at Lancaster has built a strong reputation based on excellent personal service, great comfort, convenient location, seclusion and privacy. Given recognition for this in 2011 with an AA Accommodation Award for ‘People who go the extra mile’, an AA Accommodation in 2012 for 'Traveller's best value', Liz at Lancaster was also voted a finalist three years in a row in the AA 2010, 2011 & 2012 Accommodation Awards. We are included in Greenwood Guides Handpicked Accommodation. But perhaps most telling of all are our guest comments: ‘We loved the peace and privacy – we didn’t even know there were other guests here.’ ‘Craighall Park is such a central location – under 10 minutes from Rosebank and Melrose Arch and less than 15 minutes to Sandton Central. Even Parktown and Joburg Central are easily accessible – it took us 12 minutes to Wits.’ ‘Superb service and such comfortable spacious rooms’. ‘The on-site transport was a real added bonus.’ ‘Your Joburg information booklet in our room was amazingly helpful and useful.’ It is a mere 12 minute ride from O.R Tambio International Airport to the Rosebank Gautrain Station which is only 3.5 km from Liz at Lancaster. You can either pick up your rental car when you arrive at the station, or phone us for a transfer – a real added convenience. With 7 very private individual units all with separate entrances and kitchenettes offering self-catering options, Liz at Lancaster is ideal for long stays whether for business travelers or for those relocating. Rates drop for weekly and monthly stays. There are 2 standard spacious double rooms (25 & 30 m²), 3 studio flatlets (55 m²), and 2 one-bedroom cottages (80 m²) each with separate living/dining room and open plan kitchen. All lead onto their own enclosed courtyards where you can enjoy your privacy on a warm Highveld summer evening while sipping at a sundowner from your mini-bar. During our chilly Jozi winter months you will be warmly snug with under-carpet heating and electric blankets. All units have shower and bath, ample well-lit work areas/dining tables, separate sitting area, broadband WiFi connection, flat screen TVs and DSTV with own decoders (25 channels), overhead fans, convenient luxuries like hairdryers, toweling gowns, radio clock alarms, luxurious cotton percale linen, a house branded range of natural toiletries and on-the-house E-spring filtered water. Delicious breakfasts are served to order on the breakfast patio which opens out onto the garden in summer and is warmed by a roaring log fire in winter. There is ample secure off-street undercover parking. We offer a same day laundry service and on-site transport at very reasonable rates. All credit cards including Diners and American Express are accepted. Liz and two staff live on site and are always at the other end of the internal intercoms. As Liz taught Art History and Heritage at Wits University for 25 years, she keeps abreast with cultural events and has quite an extensive library. A further bonus of staying at Liz at Lancaster is the convenience of the neighbourhood shops at the end of the block: a 7-7 grocery store, a chemist, restaurant, etc. ... more   less 
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