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Illyria House

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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.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Room Service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Banquet Room
Golf Course
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
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Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Rooms
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We celeb my daughter's wedding two days ago at Illyria House. It was absolutely wonderful. Our hostess was extremely attentive and gracious and her staff were faultless. The rooms are extremely beautiful, the food was excellent and the setting and service perfect. The wedding
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Response from S E, Guest Relations Manager at Illyria House
Responded 2 days ago
Good day Linda, Thanks a million for your wonderful review and great rating of our property, we appreciate it dearly! We are absolutely delighted to hear that we made such a contribution to your daughter's wedding and that you enjoyed the day as much as we did. Our main goal is to deliver professional, yet warm and inviting service. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Warm regards, Illyria House
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My wife took me for a wonderful evening and we had the best dinner. This continues to be our favorite place for celebrations and I loved celebrating my 40 birthday day here. Bongani our server is such an awesome person and looked after us the entire evening. One of the only
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Response from S E, Guest Relations Manager at Illyria House
Responded 2 days ago
Good day Thomas, Thank you for the 5-star rating and great review! We are absolutely thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your special birthday dinner, and we were honored to have had the opportunity to celebrate it with you. I will pass along the wonderful compliment to Bongani, as we always strive to deliver, excellent, and personal service to all of our guests. We do look forward to welcoming you back. Warm regards, Illyria House
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We were here for our year end function, and was promised a "magical high tea"....anything but! From the service to the food to the rusty decor (that physically pinched me), this was a massive let down. We had to remind the waiters to serve us food and drinks. The venue was
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Have no good words - worst high tea every. Shocking bad service, food just in 3 plates, in no high tea beautiful display, just placed in a normal plate and only three different items and only one item per person...….shocking. We got NO speciality teas. Just Earl Grey, Rooibos
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Response from IllyriaHouseHotel, General Manager at Illyria House
Responded Dec. 3, 2018
Hoteliers are sometimes exposed to people who try to make misuse of a property by giving a bad response in the hope to get a refund. Our staff took a photograph of the your table setting with fresh miniature orchids in brass pots. Your function started at 09:00 in the morning and your party of eleven girls only left at 19:00. It is quite amazing that you could stay for 10 hours under the above circumstances. Only 2 cheese cakes were returned to the kitchen. Your function commenced at the Garden Pavilion and during the mid afternoon, when storm clouds started to gather the staff invited you to move to the Veranda where they set up a whole new table with clean serviettes and where you enjoyed several more rounds of tea and coffee and stayed until 19:00 in the evening. We are sad to learn that you did not enjoy it.
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Our year-end high-tea function was booked and paid for 5 weeks before the event. A week before we tried to confirm our booking, but were not able to get a hold of anyone. Eventually 3 days before the event we spoke with the owner, who told us that she would prefer to change the
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Response from IllyriaHouseHotel, General Manager at Illyria House
Responded Dec. 3, 2018
We specifically advised the security guard to park the cars for your function, with eleven guests together at the HideAway, where we have secure parking suitable for the size of your function. It saddens us that you consider the parking a "nightmare' as the area allocated to you allowed each car to be parked without the possibility of being parked in by a guest attending another function. We are sorry that this very special arrangement was not appreciated. We pride ourselves in the High Tea we offer and have received many compliments over the years. Our High Tea has been standardized over the years. Our staff are well trained in the preparation and presentation of the food and drinks offered. Most of our staff have been in our service for more than 19 years. In some cases guests request specific items from the extensive list on our menu. In this case we made special arrangements to accommodate all your special requests. Six savory and six sweet items per person were provided as per your request. You did not mention the quality of our food offering. We are grateful that you had a lovely dinner previously at Illyria House. We are sorry that in spite of all of our efforts during a long day from 09:00 in the morning till 19:00 in the evening we failed to please you.
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The "hotel" is a mansion that used to be a private home. No fitness center onsite but there is an outdoor swimming pool. Not sure about whether there would be access to an offsite fitness center (we were only staying overnight) but I tend to doubt it as it's in a residential neighborhood. (An email directly to the management would be a better way to obtain this information.)
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The facility does not have a fitness center, but these two are close by in the area: BODY20 BROOKLYN, VIRGIN ACTIVE, GROENKLOOF
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The Rooms in the Illyria HideAway are what we call Classic Rooms and the Illyria House Suites are what we call Luxury Suites. The price difference is an indication of a difference in quality.
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"Top floor on the with french doors to the balcony"
"Try their "English" breakfast. It is quite good"
"I love the main house."
"Every room is different in the two buildings and quirky"
"best views on the rooms in the first floor of the main house."
US$136 - US$221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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