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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 300 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 September 2009

This guesthouse provides luxury beyond expectation for guesthouses. The rooms have all the facilities of a 5-star hotel. And yet Liz and her staff give such a personal service I felt that I was a guest in her home. Added to this the gardens are superb and peaceful. A real treat as I had tried often to get a booking. It's well worth while.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 September 2009

I have stayed at Liz at Lancaster twice - for extended stays - and am so impressed that I will return each and every time I visit Johannesburg (annually). Liz, Zac, and the rest of the staff have created a unique and inviting space that is ideal for work, vacation, relaxation - or all of those things combined. The B&B is centrally located, and the staff is willing to help visitors get to wherever they need to go. The rooms are comfortable, beautiful, and secure - I travel alone as a single woman and feel absolutely, positively safe at Liz's. The breakfasts are divine (be sure to try one of Zac's special omelets in the morning). And the cost is incredibly reasonable. One couldnt ask for anything more. I have recommended Liz at Lancaster to all of my colleagues who travel to Johannesburg, and Ill be back!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled on business
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Thank ArtHistorianKim
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Reviewed 25 August 2009

Liz at Lancaster - well done!! . I've stayed in dozens of guesthouses in South Africa, and none comes close to Liz's BnB. Your every whim is catered for. Its spacious, tasteful, comfortable and comes with such attention to detail!! And its so well priced for what you are getting too. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a BnB to stay in in Johannesburg. Its easy to get anywhere from Liz's. They even picked me up from the airport!!! Two thumbs up!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled on business
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Thank AndrewAlexander1968
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Reviewed 21 July 2009

The accommodation is spotlessly clean, comfortable and spacious, with so many thoughtful touches that make the stay more than home from home. I've been going back again and again. Nothing is too much trouble for Liz and her team and I love being able to dip into the books in Liz's library to learn more about the history and culture of the country. The early morning swims in the pool are a treat, too!
Liz at Lancaster is a guesthouse and therefore has no restaurant; however there are very good restaurants and shops within easy walking distance.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Thank belladonna54
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Reviewed 21 June 2009

We have stayed at Liz's B & B for the last two years and we would not consider staying anywhere else when visiting Johannesburg. Liz has perfected the B & B concept. Her attention to detail in the bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms and full equipped kitchenettes made our stay so comfortable and relaxing. A gorgeous breakfast is served on a large patio overlooking the tranquil garden and swimming pool. Liz's knowledge of Johannesburg and her excellent network of all that is happening is so helpful and such a bonus, particularly for people who have not visited Johannesburg before. We took advantage of several of her recommended restaurants, places to see and visit and were never disappointed.
The staff take great care of everything and there is a daily laundry service as well. Convenient, very comfortable and safe. We will be back next year.
Ann and Andrew - Cambridge, England

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

In all our years of travel we have never come accross a hotel or B&B where you feel as comfortable as you would in your own home. The B&B is set in a beautifull garden and the bedrooms are quite, roomy, fresh, well equiped and super comfy. This coupled with the outstanding service provided by Liz and her staff make Liz @ Lancasters our prefered accomodation whenever we travel to JHB. Be sure to catch breakfast on the patio and chat to Liz about activities in and around JHB, Liz's knowledge of cultural events is outstanding and she can facilitate your visit to any one of JHBs major attractions.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank hollidayholic
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

Liz at Lancaster was such a find for us - close to all the attractions of the city and yet secluded and serene. Liz is a wonderful host: warm, attentive, and knowledgeable. She put on an amazing breakfast for us every day and was very helpful in giving us recommendations for our time in the city. Liz has put together a book of recommended restaurants and attractions, which was in every room and also has a wonderful library of books relating to South Africa for her guests to consult. Best of all, we were able to utilize the services of her colleague, Zac, to drive us wherever we wanted to go, for dinner out or day trips. She also made arrangements for us to tour Soweto with an incredible guide, a man who had been part of the student uprising there and told us his firsthand stories. The accommodations were first-rate and the hospitality superb. I just wish we could go back again!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Thank SusanWesley
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Additional Information about 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 300 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range: £65 - £84 (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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