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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

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San Diego, California
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We very much appreciated the healthy breakfast food options each day. Liz has anticipated her guests questions and needs and her cottages reflect it. We found the binder with restaurant suggestions and tourist attraction information very helpful.

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

Kell2011 thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to give us positive feedback on our breakfasts, the room information booklet and the added details which anticipate guests' needs and questions. You also gave very valuable & constructive feedback while staying here about differences in housekeeping details between the 2 units you stayed in and this was well-received...

Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I help teach a course for American students in South Africa each January. Finding a comfortable guest house in Jo'burg with friendly staff has usually been a challenge, but no more! We stayed at Liz at Lancaster this year for 4 nights and had a wonderful time. Liz and the staff were friendly and incredibly helpful -- even offering to...

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

Thank you Teamtravels for your feedback of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. We are very pleased that you have 'found' us. It was a really nice group of students and I'm delighted they enjoyed their stay and the breakfasts every morning. It was good that the packed picnic breakfast worked out well - 4 am was a little...

Oppenheim, Germany
Reviewed 1 week ago

very nice stay with beautiful lttle cottages, lovely breakfast with a view on birds and african trees, a stay wherefrom you can start a lot of sight seeings, very safe, with very friendly staff and a wonderful Liz.

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

Thank you very much Andreas for your feedback of your stay here. I'm so pleased that you had a good stay and enjoyed our garden and our trees as well as the breakfasts. I'm also so pleased that you managed to get to the Pilanesberg National Park during your visit and see some of our wild life as well. You...

Underberg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do you want to enjoy fresh fruit salad while having an early morning breakfast, looking out onto a leafy garden? Surrounded by an array of cheerful birdlife waiting their turn at the bird feeder. Every morning the two turacos flew in for a banana breakfast! Liz@Lancaster guest house is situated conveniently in Craighall Park, five minutes' drive to Hyde Park...

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

What a lovely heading: 'Secret Sojourn'. We love this description. It is amazing to be so close to the major shopping, business and leisure hubs of Hyde Park, Rosebank and Sandton and yet to have birdsong and the peace and quiet of a garden setting. The birds have a smorgasboard at their feeder with all dietary options covered - fruit...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My brother and myself stayed for almost 2 weeks in the Coral Studio. We were visiting family and friends in South Africa and also there for work. The studio covered everything we needed and even stuff we didn’t think we’d need. Internet was super fast making working quite smooth. Breakfast was made to order and delicious. John greeted us when...

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

Thank you Etten412 for the great feedback you have posted here. We are so pleased that all went smoothly for your stay, that the high-speed internet enabled your brother to work well, and that you found it a convenient and safe location. We enjoyed meeting you both and hope that if ever you are back in Joburg you will come...

Melbourne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the most amazing stay with Liz. Everything was of an extremely high quality and the staff were so friendly. Liz went out of her way to make up feel welcome. The bed and pillows were so comfortable which was perfect for our jetlag. Would definitely stay again.

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

Thank you DeborahK for taking the time and trouble to give us feedback on your stay here. We are so pleased you enjoyed it and are only sorry that you did not make the most of our breakfasts. But at least it was convenient to nip around the corner to have meals and socialize with the extended family. Thanks so...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Over the years of traveling to South Africa from the US, we have stayed at numerous guest houses throughout the country. Every time we stay at Liz at Lancaster it becomes more apparent that she simply does it better!! The staff knows what they're doing, the rooms are ALWAYS ultra comfy, the internet connection is "wicked fast" and the location...

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

Thank you Jonathan A. for your glowing praise of Liz at Lancaster. It is good to know that we compare favourably with other guesthouses around the country. I always worry that 'first-timers' will expect uber-luxury, contemporary building design, and ultra-modern decor and will be disappointed with quite old-fashioned buildings and a style that has grown organically. But somehow our service...

Gaborone, Botswana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've stayed at Liz's several times since November 2015 on weekend trips to Johannesburg and have each time been delighted with our accommodation. The location is perfect for us, the rooms are spotless and beautifully maintained and the breakfast is invariably excellent. We like Liz's fantastic attention to detail, it creates a real sense of uniqueness and gives the guesthouse...

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

Thank you so much Rebmats for taking the time and trouble to give us feedback on your stays here at Liz at Lancaster. We love having guests return like you do. Not only do we see it as a great compliment to us and our service, but we also simply enjoy seeing you again and following the family as children/teenagers...

Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been staying at Liz at Lancaster a couple of times a year since November 2006 and am just so pleased to have discovered this jewel of Johannesburg. The awards received by the Guest House are thoroughly justified and I think it is remarkable in this day and age to have such consistency of excellence over such a sustained period...

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

Thank you IngridB54 for your feedback on your stays here. It is difficult to believe that you have been coming to stay with us for a decade. We are privileged indeed and are as delighted as you that you 'discovered' us. You are a very important part of our family of guests and are only sorry that your mother no...

Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Liz at Lancaster was the perfect base for our family (daughter and her husband from the UK and son and his girlfriend from Switzerland) when we were in Johannesburg for a family wedding. We were upgraded to the Garden Cottage which is spacious and easily accommodated all of us whether it be for a lazy evening of home delivery pizzas...

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Thank you SuzeSue2016 for taking the time and trouble to post feedback here on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased that it all worked out and that having the space of the Garden Cottage meant that you could all have space to gather and catch up as a normally far-flung family. We love being able to host these kind of get-togethers,...

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
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  • Breakfast included
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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: $106 - $140 (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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“All are probably great but we loved the sage flat”
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 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles Tburn2016, 21 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All of the rooms are great, but if you can get the yellow cottage, go for it!”
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 of 5 bubbles annaelsinclair, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are unique and have their own private patio with flowers.”
 of 5 bubbles margieusa2016, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The guesthouse is quiet and safe”
 of 5 bubbles mariechristinece2016, 17 Sep 2016 | Read review
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