Poor room consisting of two adjacent small rooms with narrow passages in between. One had to close the door of the TV cupboard to go by to the bathroom for instance.
Worse was that the room stank strongly of desinfectant. I could not find the cause or source in the room. It probably came from a storeroom or similar next door where I noticed the next morning evidence of insect damage. Have they been trying to eliminate ants or termites?
The smell was that strong I developed pain in my eyes, throat and got head-ache during the night.
Service at the breakfest and dinner table was by witers with white gloves. But the service it self was poor! Food quality was moderate. When I orderd one glass of wine (my wife does not drink alcohol) they arrived with the winelist. "We do not service wine by the glass"
Slippery and half cooked French fries and the vegatables were brought to the table some 10 minutes before the meat was served. We did not touch them. Icecream and sorbet for dessert were outright rubbish.The sorbet was a mass of lumps of water-ice and the the icecream was full of ice-crystals. Obviously stored at too high a tempurature and/ or very old. At breakfast the butter after having asked for it arrived when we had almost finished our eggs.
One really doesn't need white gloved waiters for that
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ultimate Romantic Getaway. 25 Minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and 5 minutes from the Gautrain Station.The serene beauty of Illyria House has always been an irresistible attraction to all lovers of fine things. Against the backdrop of classical music, fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, and a resident duck family an enchanting colonial lifestyle unfolds. Illyria House is highly appreciated by the discerning traveler for its charm, exquisite cuisine, exclusivity, luxury and unrivalled personalised butler service. We offer intimate soirées by world class musicians. Our Oriental Spa specialises in relaxing massages. Our facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna, heated pool and a cold pool. A wide selection of tours to historical, cultural and wildlife attractions come highly recommended. Personalised shopping is ideal for a last night stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Illyria House Hotel Pretoria