What gives our guesthouses personality? A few of our favourite things.

In August our blog – Three reasons why guesthouses are your best option: Position, Personality, Price – received many views, confirming that our followers and guests want to see more of us.

There are many phenomena which make our guesthouses particularly exclusive; standing out from the humdrum of bland accommodation spaces in Johannesburg.

Here follows a few of our favourite things:

Acorns on 8th in Parktown North

When guests stay at Acorns on 8th’s garden pool cottage, they often comment how quiet and peaceful it is. They say it is “a bit of heaven in a bustling city”.

Ailsa Craig in Craighall Park

The original buildings at Ailsa Craig are over a hundred years old and consisted of stables belonging to a rather large farm. The gardens are filled with colour, peace and the sound of trickling fountains. Guests who live here on a long-term basis love basking in the tranquillity. The guesthouse and rooms are the essence of old world charm, which the owner, Ailsa, loves to share with her permanent guests, and those who want to throw intimate parties and host small conferences.

Amanzi Guest House in Craighall Park

Pam and Rob are warm and welcoming hosts who are notable travellers. They have stayed in BnBs all over the world, so really understand how to give their guests a great hospitality experience. They are backed up by the Amanzi team who go all out to ensure rooms are cleaned to high standards, make the best breakfasts, and assist with so many added extras – like home-made rusks in your room, daily ground coffee and filtered water. Pam is most proud of their newly revamped swimming pool. Not only is it a salt water pool and easier on the skin, it is linked to solar panels for warmer water. A special treat for guests is when they light up a barbecue (or as South Africans know it, a braai) next to the pool forsome famous South African steak.

Craighall Garden in Craighall Park

Owner Angie feels that her sundowner deck is what makes Craighall Garden truly special. Guests love to sit there and reminisce about life and beauty.

Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

Where else can you get a delicious breakfast cooked to order looking out onto a lush suburban garden watching an amazing array of birds at the feeder? All this and units fully equipped with kitchenettes giving guests the choice of supper ‘at home’ in the evening. And you don’t even have to think about the washing up. The best of all worlds.

Premiere Classe Suites Hotel in Melrose North

Premiere Classe is renowned for its furry guests and warm receptionist. Wonderful news is that in October the establishment was voted by SA-Venues.com Guests’ Choice Awards as the Best Big City Pet Friendly Hotel Accommodation in Sandton. Award winners were chosen based on a number of factors including direct feedback received, number of positive guest reviews, surveys done with past guests, and repeat bookings made.

Rutland House in Craighall Park

Rutland House’s fascinating breakfast table conversations should be recorded. The other morning an Australian guest asked if owner, Delia, had done much travelling after a discussion of their epic trip from Okavango via Namibia to Johannesburg. Her reply was a mouthful: “I hitchhiked from Oslo to Crete overland for three months; rafted twice the full length of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon; managed a chalet for two winter seasons in Verbier, Switzerland; went deer stalking and salmon fishing; served the Queen of England sandwiches at a polo match; cooked for a Christies function at Clarence House; Hugh Grant was the delivery man at the small catering company I worked for; and my flat mate married Richard Branson’s cousin”. One can say there is always fun and laughter at the Rutland House breakfast table.

Waverley Guesthouse in Waverley

We leave you with the tranquil image of Waverley’s enormous garden with almost two acres of space. It is suffice to say that their green lawns, shady trees and two swimming pools offer guests notable outdoor relaxation.