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AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
Ranked #2 of 47 Hotels in Sandton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 June 2014

AtholPlace is a quiet oasis yet with all the shopping of Sandton nearby. The property is in a nice area with very friendly staff. The chef makes a 3-course dinner that is quite tasty and the morning breakfast is bountiful. Tateful, eclectic design style.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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RinseW, Guest Relations Manager at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

We really appreciate your nice feedback and review about AtholPlace Boutique Hotel. The whole team works hard to offer our guest the best possible experience and it is always good to read positive comments such as yours. We hope to see you again soon! Kindest regards, Rinse

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

The best place to relax. Andrew, Heidi, Cynthia and all their staff looked after us fantastically, nothing was too much. The food is impeccable, for such a small place, their chef is definitely to be recommended, best breakfast I ever had, breads and pastries are made in site. The decor throughout the hotel is superb, really felt welcome, certainly a place to come back too.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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RinseW, Guest Relations Manager at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Thank you so much for your kind words and great feedback. We are happy you enjoyed our service, attention and the food and we hope we may have the pleasure of seeing you again during a next visit to Johannesburg! Kindest regards, Rinse

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I stayed at AtholPlace briefly during a day visit to Johannesburg last year, so we found ourselves again when I was back in Johannesburg this year.

I had a great experience last time, and wasn't sure if it would be the same case again on a longer trip, but found it to be just as good, perhaps better.

Again, all the staff was so friendly and accommodating. As it's a small hotel, they know you're name (even remembered us from last time) and you get to know them.

They think of all the little things in the room - snacks await you upon your arrival and water is replenished throughout the day. There are travel adapters and great toiletries in the bathroom, as well as free pressing which my suit was in desperate need of after the long flight.

We also had several meals at the hotel and the food was exceptional.

The staff helped us iron out all the details of our trip from drivers to places to go out to the evening, making it another fantastic stay with AtholPlace.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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RinseW, Guest Relations Manager at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Thank you Alyson for your kind words. It is always so nice to see people come back to us after their first visit and to read that you really appreciate what we are doing. We are so happy you enjoyed both stays and we certainly hope to see you again during your next visit to Johannesburg. Kindest regards on behalf of the entire AtholPlace team! Rinse

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

A charming and comfortable small hotel with excellent staff and a great chef. The modern and refined decoration gives character to the place and, at the some time, is light and non-oppressive. The garden with old trees and full of birds is very relaxing. A pity the pool was not well treated ....

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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RinseW, Public Relations Manager at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2014

Thank you very much for your kind feedback after your stay with us. We really appreciate your comments and we are happy that you feel that AtholPlace Boutique Hotel is a place you would like to return to. Your remark about the pool is duly noted. We hope to see you again in the (near) future for another stay with us. Warm regards from the AtholPlace team, Rinse

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

On my trips to South Africa, we often overnight in Joburg on the way in and out of the country.

Last year, on the recommendation of a very stylish friend in Joburg, we booked into Athol Place. It is located in a very safe, upscale residential neighborhood near to Sandton.

The small and luxurious hotel has a great, contemporary design, excellent service, and very good food. One of the best breakfasts I have ever had is included in the room rate. The spacious rooms are very well designed, again, stylish and large bath with all the room you need for your safari bags.

Athol place is a very comfortable escape from the city, and, again, I will stress that this is a very secure location which will make anyone traveling to SA comfortable. The staff is exceptional, and the service is very personal, and all requests were handled quickly and professionally.

We stayed last August, and I am booking with them again for this summer, as I just noticed there are no reviews for the property, I thought it was time to share this jewel.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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RinseW, Guest Relations Manager at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

Dear David, thank you for your amazing review and for actually taking the time to do so even if your stay was quite a few months ago. We very much appreciate that. We are thrilled to have you back for a second visit this summer and we hope you will enjoy your time in Johannesburg and at AtholPlace Boutique Hotel again. On behalf of the entire team: Thank you!!

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

My girlfriend and I spent a night at Athol Place just before leaving for a Safari, and it has been amazing.
We didn't really like Johannesburg, but Athol Place is like a Pieace of Eden.
The room was amazing and very comfortable, and also the dinner has been great.
The staff has been very nice, especially our waiter during the dinner.
And also the Manager has been very kind. At the check out I made him notice that the dinner was already paid and I had to pay only for the wine, but at that point he refused us to pay for the wine and gave it as complimentary. He has been really nice even if he had not to.
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Room Tip: We had superior suite, and was amazing!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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RinseW, Guest Relations Manager at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Great to hear that you really loved AtholPlace Boutique Hotel and our wonderful staff and management. We constantly strive to exceed expectations and we hope you will cherish your good memories of AtholPlace and the rest of your African safari for a long time! Warm regards on behalf of the entire team!

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Reviewed 13 February 2014

My husband and I had the great pleasure of staying at AtholPlace for one night as part of the last stop on our African honeymoon – before we headed back to our home in NYC. Our only regret is not being able to stay at AtholPlace for a longer time. AtholPlace is a luxurious, but affordable, boutique hotel in the heart of Sandton (a central, affluent area within the metropolitan area of Jo’burg).

We arrived late at night from a weeklong rendezvous in Zanzibar and we were instantly greeted by the GM, Callie Haden Smith, who had waited up to meet us and to show us to our room. Not only did she take us to the most magnificent suite (Room #6), but she had champagne chilled for us and some cheese, crackers and fruit prepared as well – after a long night of travelling. From the minute we went through their gates (a very well-protected and beautiful property), we were made to feel as if we were home. The house and rooms are stunning and beautifully decorated in very chic décor.

The hotel’s location is central for any and everything you could want to do in Jo’burg and Pretoria and Callie was super helpful in planning out the few short hours that we had to experience the city. She booked us a private car and made the necessary reservations for us to see and do as much as we could. She was gracious and super knowledgeable and it’s been a joy keeping in touch with her since we returned home (I complimented her necklace and she even went as far to go to the Jo’burg boutique and put on one hold for me to purchase when I got back to the States).

After a wonderful night’s rest, we had an amazing breakfast prepared by the property’s chef. We were treated like a Prince and Princess during our stay. Their hospitality, service and food was remarkable and everyone was so warm and welcoming. Callie and her staff even packed us lunch and snacks for our flights back to the United States. Their customer service is second to none and AtholPlace is a superb addition to the Relais & Chateaux family! A beautiful, intimate boutique property with an incredible staff. We hope to spend more time at AtholPlace in the future… it won’t just be a jumping off/ ending point for our South African travels – but a place we look forward to spending quality time at!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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RinseW, Public Relations Manager at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2014

The pleasure was entirely ours! We are really happy to read that your short stay at AtholPlace Boutique Hotel was a fitting end to your honeymoon in Africa. And we surely hope that you will come and stay at AtholPlace Boutique Hotel during your next visit! Hopefully you will be able to spend a few more days in Johannesburg to experience all it has to offer. For now please cherish the fond memories of Africa..... Warm regards on behalf of the entire team! Rinse

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Additional Information about AtholPlace Hotel & Villa

Address: 90 Pretoria Avenue | Atholl, Sandton 2196, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Sandton
Price Range: £231 - £1,682 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — AtholPlace Hotel & Villa 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is a small luxury boutique hotel located in the cosmopolitan northern suburb of Atholl in Johannesburg. Contemporary-classic glamour and understated elegance meet at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, from our comfortably furnished library with built-in fireplace to the heated swimming pool in our beautiful garden. AtholPlace Hotel offers five superior suites and four deluxe suites. All nine suites have been individually designed, providing a sanctuary of comfort and tranquillity. The large suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, are extremely spacious, ranging from 45-55 square metres. The Deluxe Suites offer interleading doors to the Deluxe Suite next door, making them ideal for families travelling with children. Each suite includes: * En-suite bathroom with bath, shower and double vanity. * Underfloor heating in all bathrooms. * Air conditioning; 42-inch LCD flat-screen television set with DSTV. * complimentary wireless ADSL internet and telephone. * Electronic safe that can house a laptop. * Writing desk and lounge chairs and sofa. * Minibar fridge. * Luggage rack, hairdryer, and luxurious linen bathrobes and slippers. * 24-hour security. Guests have a choice of twin beds (in two of the superior suites and two of the deluxe suites) or extra-length king-size beds. One of our style signatures is our beds made up in crisp white percale Frette bed linen imported from Italy. Luxurious duck-down duvets and soft, silky cushions contribute to the experience of absolute comfort and luxury. Each suite has large doors opening out onto a private balcony. For the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity book the 4-bedroom AtholPlace Villa, with private garden and a heated pool. This villa is ideal for families or groups of friends travelling together (max. 6 adults plus 2 children). AtholPlace Villa comes with its own staff, including your own private chef and butler, who will prepare all your meals and drinks, which are included at AtholPlace Villa. All meals are expertly prepared by our in-house chef. Scrumptious breakfasts, light lunches and delicious dinners are served in the elegant AtholPlace Restaurant with its adjoining lounge. In addition, guests have the option of dining outside on the covered terrace or under the trees in the tranquil seclusion of our landscaped garden. Room service is also available at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa. AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is committed to ensuring the comfort of each guest visiting our hotel, providing you with refreshingly personal service and attention to detail. We offer you an unforgettable leisure experience in Johannesburg's cosmopolitan heart. AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is situated only 30 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport. Within close proximity to AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is Sandton Central, which offers world-class shopping and an abundance of restaurants with something to suit everyone's needs. The Sandton Station of the Gautrain Metro is less than a kilometre from the hotel, and has a direct link to and from OR Tambo International Airport. Airport transfers are also available directly from AtholPlace Hotel & Villa. Smoking inside is not permitted and no pets are allowed. ... more   less 
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