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Sand River Guest House
Ranked #3 of 10 Rivonia B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

We stayed at Sand River recently when we travelled to SA to watch the World Cup. We couldn't get a room at any of the usual hotels and our agent managed to get us a room at Sand River. Having never stayed in a guesthouse in Jo'burg before, we weren't sure what to expect. I did know however that Sandton is a safe and affluent area in Jo'burg so security wouldn't have been an issue.

We found the guest room to be comfortable (though one must not expect luxury), clean and most importantly, WARM. They have underfloor heating here in Sand River which was a godsend because we experienced two of the coldest winter days in Jo'burg for many years (according to the locals).

Bev, Margaret and the rest of the staff made us feel very at home here. Bev especially makes a special effort to chat with you and she is full of helpful tips. The common living room with its roaring fire place is a nice place to while time if you don't feel like going out. There's also a TV in the living room which was running all the matches when we were there. They also keep an honesty bar in the common living room (no mini bar in the guest rooms).

The breakfast is pretty standard fare - cereal, fruit, eggs and bacon, coffee and tea.

Sand River is very close by to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Mall (two large malls in Jo'burg). Less than 10 mins away by car. However, I'm not sure whether the private taxis are out to fleece you because that 10 min ride there cost us Rand 130 (an equivalent ride in Cape Town cost us Rand 60). Maybe it was due to the World Cup?

Most of Sand River's guests are business travellers but it's great for a leisure traveller as well. Feels more like being in someone's home than a hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

My friends and I were here for the World Cup, and were witness to some award-winning hospitality by Bev, Margaret and her team. They were accomodating, helpful and extremely friendly.

The guest house itself is beautiful. Very often, photos can disguise what might be a somewhat disappointingly ordinary residence, but in this case, we felt Sand River was a real treat, complete with a genuine wood fireplace.

Some travellers might find some of the standard (non-courtyard, I think?) rooms on the small side, but overall I myself found it comfortable enough, and the underfloor heating and heated blankets more than made up for it.

While we were here in winter, I suspect Sand River Guest House will be absolutely gorgeous in the summer.

The only possible downside is the slightly spotty Wi-Fi, but don't let that stop you from staying at Sand River as the service, hospitality and indeed everything else more than makes up for it!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2010

Staying at Sand River Guest House is always such a pleasure. The rooms are spotless, spacious and open onto a wonderful garden and river area where one can quite easily forget this is the centre of Sandton. Margaret and her team provide brilliant service and no request is a problem. Friendly touches such as the honesty bar make you feel quite at home, and make sure to leave enough time to enjoy the breakfast in the morning!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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Address: 6 Rodwiella Road, Rivonia 2128, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Rivonia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Rivonia
Price Range: £47 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sand River Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stunning guesthouse conveniently located in Rivonia, Sandton. 6 rooms on the river property and 2 self-catering cottages 1 block away. Rivonia Valley is a security suburb and safety is paramount. It's hard to believe you are in a big city when absorbing the sounds of the local bird life whilst appreciating the river view. Wireless internet, full breakfasts, conference room (10), under-carpet heating in winter and air-conditioners in summer. 7km from the Sandton Convention Centre and 10km from Monte Casino. Plenty of restaurants in the area. ... more   less 
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