We stayed here for our first night in South Africa on our honeymoon. It was a complementary stay as part of our trip on the Blue Train the following day. The stay started off shakily with the hotel having no knowledge of our booking. We had just landed after an overnight flight and were looking forward to showering and having a short rest, unfortunately we were made stay in reception for nearly two hours while the problem was resolved. The owner of the property was called in to fix the issue on a Sunday which we were pleased with, however a lot of fuss and talk regarding the high quality of clientele she normally houses ensued. She was adamant to let us know that she was really helping us out and doing us a favour because she normally only allocates a few rooms for Blue Train customers (this turns out to be untrue as the entire property was being used by people going on the train). Luckily they had a free room, which I'm sure they were paid handsomely for by the Blue Train, so I'm unsure as to why we were made feel like it was our problem when the two parties were able to solve the situation. The owner stated that she would now care for us like a honeymoon couple should be, in other words getting us some champagne and setting up a romantic dinner on our balcony looking over views of the area. Disappointingly, we were then charged for this bottle of champagne that we had not even asked for. On a more positive note, the property is stunning, the views are amazing, the food is exquisite and the entire staff are fantastic. If it weren't for the way in which the check-in process was handled and the way we were made to feel by the owner, I would have scored this review with 5 stars.
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- With an incredible 180 degree view of the city of Pretoria, the exceptional 131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel stands primely positioned in the leafy suburb of Groenkloof. Bordering on the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, the private boutique hotel offers discerning visitors to Pretoria and Johannesburg an exclusive refuge from the bustle of the city. Originally built as a private residence, 131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel was exquisitely transformed to provide outstanding hotel luxury, catering perfectly to the refined tastes of its clientele. The meticulous attention to every detail, together with impeccable service and superb dining, creates a distinctive boutique experience that has quickly earned 131 on Herbert Baker an excellent reputation. The hotel offers nine beautifully appointed guest suites and rooms, each with its own private balcony or patio/terrace. For guests who prefer to celebrate life in supreme style, the magnificent Presidential suite includes its own private lounge and dining area. Guests are invited to relax, unwind and savour a delicious drink in the hotel lounge or on the lawn, with its magical sunset views. The hotel's extensive drinks menu includes a remarkable wine list, to impress even the most selective connoisseurs. For culinary delights and a spectacular view of the city, the hotel's exclusive Ristorante Grissini is open daily. A full English and continental breakfast is included in the daily rate, while lunch and dinner guests are treated to sumptuous gourmet creations. In-room dining is available to those who prefer to relax in the privacy of their own room, and al fresco breakfasts, lunches or dinners may also be enjoyed on your balcony or terrace. Weather permitting, extravagant high teas are served on the front lawn daily. Booking is essential! In addition, the hotel offers transfers, a boardroom that can accommodate up to 18 people, and a private swimming pool located in the inner courtyard. Accommodating up to 60 cocktail style or 35 seated people, the hotel may also be hired exclusively for intimate celebrations and private functions - ideal for corporate groups and diplomatic parties. 131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel is conveniently located 10 minutes' drive from the Pretoria CBD, with easy access to all major highways. A mere 35 minutes' drive from the Johannesburg CBD and 5 minutes from the highly efficient Pretoria Gautrain station. ... more less
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