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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 289 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
“Always a pleasant experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2011

Always a pleasant experience. That is how I feel on each occasion after spending time at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. Liz, herself, is always most welcoming and obliging. Her rooms - of which I have slept in many - are all comfortable, aided by underfloor heating, particularly most welcome in those cold Highveld winters, and those friendly, cosy touches are all there....basically, everything you need! Breakfast - in a very pleasant environment - is always tasty and plentiful in the company of friendly staff like Zack and others! Yip, I can highly recommend Liz at Lancaster - a far cry from the typical, impersonal commercial hotel !! You feel at home - try it !!!...best regards Mike Austen

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, 16 June 2011
It is always such a pleasure when guests return on a regular basis. Liz at Lancaster prides itself on these long established relationships. We have one guest who has been coming twice a year sometimes more, for two weeks at a time, since the business opened in 1994 (with only one room !). And when she arrives she gives a big smile and says 'I am home'. It is guests like this and like you Mike who are the backbone of our business. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty. And thank you for taking the time to share your experiences of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster.
From Liz and all the team : Catherine, Zac and Thandie
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Johannesburg, ZA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2011

We will definitely be back at Liz's guesthouse. She has thoughtfully provided for every traveler's need, both business and pleasure. Staff are great, location is superb (a "real" neighborhood - not sanitized Sandton), and the environs are incredibly peaceful. So very kind - in the winter there is underfloor heating and elec blankets ! hurrah :)

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, 19 June 2011
Thank you for your review of Liz at Lancaster. I love Craighall Park and the surroundiing suburbs of Parkhurst and Rosebank because of their sense of neighbourhood with pavement cafes, galleries, parks, and areas where there is actually some street life! So am pleased that you too liked this sense of neighbourhood. You also comment on how peaceful it is here at Liz at Lancaster which is another plus. Because it is quite a large property with an established garden and because all rooms are set apart with their own entrances and own enclosed courtyards, it means that there is real privacy and a sense of tranquility in the midst of Johannesburg's 'urban forest'.
So thank you again for taking the time to share your views of your stay at Liz at Lancaster with fellow travellers
Best
Liz Delmont and the team at Liz at Lancaster
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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LizatLancaster, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review, 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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Property: Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
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 289 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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