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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

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09/07/2017 10/07/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

This is my best B&B experience, compared to my other B&B stays in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. 1. Hospitality: From the online booking confirmation to the checkout, Liz's helpful and warm hospitality online/email and in person was outstanding. 2. Location/transportation: It was a breeze to touch down, and be greeted and driven to the B&B by Zar in...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

What amazing feedback Forrader. To say that we are the best B&B out of all those you have stayed at in Europe, US, Asia and Australia, is really an accolade. You seem to have commented on every aspect of what we offer and noticed every detail. This makes your feedback particularly helpful for us. The fibre optic cabling has been...

Houston, TX
Reviewed 26 October 2015

We were supposed to stay with friends but they moved before our visit. Did some research and it looked like Liz at Lancaster would suit us well. I felt that Liz substituted nicely for our friends and became a friend before we left. I told her we were starting a Safari right after our four days in Joberg and needed...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you very much for giving us feedback of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. For your sake we're sorry your Joburg friends moved but from our sake we delighted, as it meant meeting you both. We're so pleased that it all worked you with the laundry turn around and with the outsourced driving. I am just so sorry...

Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Liz at Lancaster was my base-station for a week in Joburg. And what a very good choice. It's not for nothing that Liz and her team have earned the best B&B rating. From solid wifi, hearty breakfasts, and a full array of amenities, there is care and thought tucked into all corners here. Convenience for commutes. Safety. Checks all the...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

You say you enjoyed your stay, Maximilian, well we loved meeting you and hosting you. Lots of positive feedback, interesting conversations and good connections. Thank you so much for coming to stay. We love your turn of phrase that if you want to 'shrug off overwhelm, do your harried soul a favour'. You like so many of our guests it...

Charleston, South Carolina
Reviewed 21 September 2015

We stayed at Liz's guesthouse for 5 nights in August, 2015, while traveling in and around Johannesburg. Liz's, located in the northern suburb of Craighall, has excellent amenities, knowledgeable and attentive staff, and provided an excellent and secure base for the week. Can recommend without reservation. We stayed in the Earth room and for one night, when our daughter arrived...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you John for taking the time and trouble to give us your positive feedback of your time here at Liz at Lancaster. It was good that things worked out getting around Joburg and that you found Liz at Lancaster a central location with good access to places. We enjoyed meeting you all and were pleased that we were able...

Grandville, Michigan
Reviewed 6 September 2015

Context: Spent two nights in Joburg following time on a game preserve and in Victoria Falls and Liz’s place provided a relaxing and beautiful retreat following. Splendid B & B! Liz provided timely and helpful communication beforehand and has drivers to take you to sites in the area (for a fee), including picking you up at the airport, which we...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

What extensive, thoughtful and positive feedback from you Travelreviewer 3355. Thank you so much. Being such a seasoned international traveler your final comment really means a lot to us all at Liz at Lancaster: 'If there was a global competition for the best B & B, Liz at Lancaster would certainly be a top contender.' I think you might have...

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

We checked in at noon ish and room was ideal Spacious clean and comfortable Access up drive way is tight but parking ok Staff great We were to golf on Saturday but due to illness couldn't make it Staff app array to assist with luggage at 6h30 We did advise a change in plans at 7h30 Breakfast good Surroundings a...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you Graham E. for taking the time and trouble to give feedback on your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. We’re pleased that the Yellow Cottage suited you and that you enjoyed the breakfast. We’re were sorry that you were ill on the morning of your departure and could not make your golf game. I hope you had a...

Reviewed 1 September 2015

My 3 year old daughter, my mother and I stayed at this marvelous guest house. The serviced Garden cottage was tastefully furnished with a large bedroom, sofa bed in the lounge complete with a flat screen TV, safe, mini bar, bathroom amenities, kitchenette, laundry services and secure parking. The quaint garden cottage was always clean, beds were comfortable with clean...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you Namabo D for taking the time and trouble to review your stay here at Liz at Lancaster . We so enjoyed meeting you all and please tell your daughter that the best was getting a good bye hug from her ... in fact 2 , because you returned to spend a further night! We are happy that you...

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 31 August 2015

The reason for our stay was business related. At this lovely address - with exquisite colourful flowers in the garden - we enjoyed a pleasant week . Liz and her wonderful helpers offer relaxed accommodation and super-efficient service. We were comfortable and enjoyed the cosy spacious room – heated during the cold winter time! We were pleasantly surprised to know...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

We also wish you had known about us long ago. We are so pleased that you enjoyed staying here and that you found somewhere where you could have your delightful little Lilly to stay. She was so good and quiet that I am sure you could have 'snuck' her in to other places you stayed at while in Joburg in...

Reviewed 30 August 2015

We are family and friends travelling with 2 children under the age of 6. We were given the Sage, Coral and Ochre flatlets. Coral and Sage share a courtyard which was fabulous for us because it was like having our own cosy little house. We have never experienced such impeccable rooms and service in our extensive travels around the world....

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you GitaChennai. For a TripAdvisor Level 6 contributor to say: ' we have never experienced such impeccable rooms and service in our extensive travels around the world' is really praise indeed. And yes Zac certainly has a wonderful quality of grace and patience (in fact as I write that I think how, as people from India, you would relate...

Manama, Bahrain
Reviewed 15 August 2015

A huge thank you to Liz for going out of her way to help me during my stay. The guest house is lovely. Has a real homely feel which was just what I wanted. I stayed in the Earth Room. Everything top notch, nothing I could want for and very private. Loads of attention to detail. Loved the outside courtyard...

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Liz D, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, responded to this review

BahrainBothas we are so pleased that you had such a good stay and that everything worked out for you with the privacy that you needed as well as being able to enjoy the courtyard outside your room. We so enjoyed meeting you and having you to stay. I hope you feel like a new person! and hopefully when you are...

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
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  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
One of the first guesthouses to open in the Rosebank Region some 19 years ago, Liz at Lancaster has built a strong reputation based on excellent personal service, great comfort, convenient location, seclusion and privacy. Given recognition for this in 2011 with an AA Accommodation Award for ‘People who go the extra mile’, an AA Accommodation in 2012 for 'Traveller's best value', Liz at Lancaster was also voted a finalist three years in a row in the AA 2010, 2011 & 2012 Accommodation Awards. We are included in Greenwood Guides Handpicked Accommodation. But perhaps most telling of all are our guest comments: ‘We loved the peace and privacy – we didn’t even know there were other guests here.’ ‘Craighall Park is such a central location – under 10 minutes from Rosebank and Melrose Arch and less than 15 minutes to Sandton Central. Even Parktown and Joburg Central are easily accessible – it took us 12 minutes to Wits.’ ‘Superb service and such comfortable spacious rooms’. ‘The on-site transport was a real added bonus.’ ‘Your Joburg information booklet in our room was amazingly helpful and useful.’ It is a mere 12 minute ride from O.R Tambio International Airport to the Rosebank Gautrain Station which is only 3.5 km from Liz at Lancaster. You can either pick up your rental car when you arrive at the station, or phone us for a transfer – a real added convenience. With 7 very private individual units all with separate entrances and kitchenettes offering self-catering options, Liz at Lancaster is ideal for long stays whether for business travelers or for those relocating. Rates drop for weekly and monthly stays. There are 2 standard spacious double rooms (25 & 30 m²), 3 studio flatlets (55 m²), and 2 one-bedroom cottages (80 m²) each with separate living/dining room and open plan kitchen. All lead onto their own enclosed courtyards where you can enjoy your privacy on a warm Highveld summer evening while sipping at a sundowner from your mini-bar. During our chilly Jozi winter months you will be warmly snug with under-carpet heating and electric blankets. All units have shower and bath, ample well-lit work areas/dining tables, separate sitting area, broadband WiFi connection, flat screen TVs and DSTV with own decoders (25 channels), overhead fans, convenient luxuries like hairdryers, toweling gowns, radio clock alarms, luxurious cotton percale linen, a house branded range of natural toiletries and on-the-house E-spring filtered water. Delicious breakfasts are served to order on the breakfast patio which opens out onto the garden in summer and is warmed by a roaring log fire in winter. There is ample secure off-street undercover parking. We offer a same day laundry service and on-site transport at very reasonable rates. All credit cards including Diners and American Express are accepted. Liz and two staff live on site and are always at the other end of the internal intercoms. As Liz taught Art History and Heritage at Wits University for 25 years, she keeps abreast with cultural events and has quite an extensive library. A further bonus of staying at Liz at Lancaster is the convenience of the neighbourhood shops at the end of the block: a 7-7 grocery store, a chemist, restaurant, etc. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

Address: 79 Lancaster Avenue | Craighall Park, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Price Range: $105 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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“Liz is a great communicator, just ask her for any ideas about your stay.”
Petra87, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Depending on the needs of your party, Liz is very good at matching her guests to the appropriate cottage.”
jjohnsongg6, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All are probably great but we loved the sage flat”
  • View from the breakfast room
TimManchester, 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I had the Coral Room. The patio had direct sun for parts of the day (I'd ask for this room again) and it was very private.”
Tburn2016, 21 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All of the rooms are great, but if you can get the yellow cottage, go for it!”
  • Only messy because we have two boys!
annaelsinclair, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
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