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“Exotic breakaway in Gauteng”
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The Orient
Ranked #10 of 73 Hotels in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
Pretoria, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Exotic breakaway in Gauteng”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

In February my wife and I returned to this wonderful hotel, for dinner and overnight this time, after we had dinner at the Hotel's restaurant Mosaic before. The owners converted the property into a Moroccan Castle with 10 Oriental themed rooms. We were in the Udaipur room and found it truly authentic. I've stayed in the Palace on the Lake in Udaipur 10 years ago and I must say this room really reminded me of that trip. The service is remarkable, friendly and unobtrusive. We received vanilla scented sparkling wine as welcome drinks upon arrival in our room. The room consisted of a sleeping area, separate lounge area, very spacious bathroom with a view over the garden from the shower and a balcony. The rooms are luxurious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. Friends joined us for dinner in the Restaurant Mosaic. Once again the food was superb, true French cuisine and the wine pairings complemented the dishes perfectly. Breakfast the next morning was memorable. We had a 6 course plated breakfast at the pool overlooking the luscious garden. After breakfast we visited the on-site museum full of bronze sculptures. In the garden you can find secluded spots, furnished with couches and Persian carpets, to relax in. This was truly a unique experience and we could not believe that we were in Gauteng. It rather felt more than somewhere in an exotic location. We were totally unaware of the hustle and bustle of the City (Pretoria) that that is a mere half hour drive away. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

Step in time to the world of the maharajahs. Once you enter you will feel like one until sadly you have to leave.
This unique hotel stands out in authenticity, attention to detail and impeccable service. In addition it boasts an art collection of sculptures by Tienie Prichard. A collection of remarkable vintage Rolls Royce of the owner a huge conservatory filled with Eland and other buck where one can talk afternoon stroll or walk. The wonderful ten suites each named after a city were decorated by all the trinkets the owners collected over a period of time. Dramatic entrances, glorious wood work and collections of their anthology flow though this remarkable hotel. To boost Chantal culinary skills are superb. The staff is well trained and friendly. Well worth a visit even to have lunch. A five star definite.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

As far as five star hotels go, they're really great to stay at, but never quite home. Here is a remarkable exception.

No check-inn, no arrangements at the leisure desk, no quarrels with the concierge - just arrive and before you know it you're sipping some bubbly and chatting to the owner about what's on the menu for the evening.

Surrounded by a dazzling array of fine South African arts, each room is essentially a gallery of antique furniture, sculpture and canvases. Opulent to say the least but supremely comfortable.

Dinner in itself is an experience close to religion at this establishment. Prepare to have your senses bamboozled by the extent of flavoursome creations from the award winning chef.

Just like home, only better. The only thing you have to worry about is which of the hundreds of wines on offer to choose from with dinner.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

The secret behind The Orient Hotel is not the mesmerising art collectiion or antiques from the world over - it is the personal attention and interacrion of the owners in every element of the experience.

From a 300 year old bed to 12 course dinner from South Africa's most celebrated and talented chef Chantel Dartnal in the Tiffany Room, their is little to find fault with.

I applaud Marie and Chantel for the experience!

  • Stayed May 2011
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Additional Information about The Orient

Property: The Orient
Address: Francolin Conservancy | Crocodile River Valley, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Pretoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 73 Hotels in Pretoria
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in the tranquil surroundings of the Francolin Conservancy, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient is a perfect retreat for any gourmet traveler. ... more   less 

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