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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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We had the luck of staying at Liz for three nights, and would recommend anyone to stay here whilst being in Johannesburg. The room was lovely, clean and it is more than deserved that they got the title of best guesthoust of 2015 from Tripadvisor. Every morning we had a great breakfast, took a dip in the poule and read...

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

Thanks so much Sam for taking the time and trouble to write a review of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. It was SUCH a pleasure to host you. We all said 'What nice guys'. You were here at the right time to enjoy the pool and the garden. It's a great way to start the day. I'm so...

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great find - a quiet, secure location andbeautiful tranquil garden enjoyed while eating a most delicious breakfast. The room was well appointed with every need catered for and the staff outstanding. It deserves the number 1 ranking it gets on Trip Advisor

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

We were so pleased to read your review and that you think we deserve our ranking on TripAdvisor. I often worry that guests arrive with such high expectations and will be disappointed. As I always say- it's not high-end luxury or state-of-the-art contemporary but it's peaceful and comfortable with everything you could need including great beds and linen. Plus (which...

Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a terrific time staying at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. The guesthouse is located in Craighall Park, a beautiful neighborhood of Johannesburg. The rooms (Earth and Blue Room) were neat and cosy and were equipped with everything we could wish for. Breakfast was excellent and John and all other staff members ensured we had a wonderful time.

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

Thank you Dodogem for your feedback of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. I think I missed you as I was away, but am delighted that all went smoothly. We have such a wonderful team at Liz at Lancaster that I always know guests are looked after with amazing personal and caring yet discreet attention. We are so...

Manchester
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It really is no wonder whatsoever that this place is ranked #1 on here. We stayed just two nights in the sage flat and had a truly excellent time. The room is lovely - nicer than it looks on the photos on the guesthouse website. I was slightly concerned that this was one of the cheaper places we were staying...

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

Wow TimManchester! Thank you so much for your glowing review. We enjoyed meeting you both and were so impressed with all the research, preparation and pre-booking that you had done enabling you to make the most of the foodie destinations close to Liz at Lancaster. I am so pleased that you were comfortable and so impressed with all the details,...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The beautiful scented garden was the first thing we noticed on arrival at Liz's and that special touch carried through for our entire stay. The warmly welcoming staff, the fabulously appointed room, bathroom and kitchenette, the full breakfast (including fresh flowers on each table), and information galore on what to do and where to go. And Liz herself making sure...

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

Hi Corrinnemin, We are so pleased you had such a good time and that you enjoyed the garden (with all the fabulous spring scents), the full breakfasts cooked to order (and the wonderful fresh fruit salad) and of course the information booklet (not sure whether it's famous or infamous!). I'm so sorry the Alex bicycle tour did not work out...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Liz's beautiful B&B was truly a great Johannesburg find. From the moment we arrived Liz and her wonderful staff were so welcoming. The property is set amidst beautiful perfumed gardens our room was finished with all the small touches, with a delicious breakfast each morning to top it off. Really great value for money.

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

Thank you Cathymack2016 for taking the time and trouble to review us on TripAdvisor. We are so happy that all worked out with your stay here and that you had a good time and found it good value for money. To be able to sit outside in the warm evenings (with no bugs!) and the heady spring garden scents of...

Woodstock, New York
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Both Liz and her staff are amazing, they really do look after you. Not only that the rooms are just right, with space to spare, and they think of everything you might need, and there it is. Then of course their amazing breakfast, start with fruit salad, great coffee, then eggs if you want, however you want them. Also while...

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

Hi918 thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. The birds do provide great breakfast entertainment ... and they too get a smorgasboard of choice with fruit, seeds, nuts, suet etc!! I am sure if they could review Liz at Lancaster they would comment on their breakfast. It's good that...

Williamsburg, Virginia
Reviewed 21 October 2016

My lodging at LizatLancaster was very comfortable and clean, with a convenient and well-equiped kitchenette, a comfortable bed, sofa, and table and chairs. I loved having a private patio with beautiful landscaping and being able to open all the windows and glass doors, especially after a long day of work. The location is centrally located in the northern suburbs and...

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

We are so pleased that all went so well with your stay here and that you enjoyed the patio off your room and being able to relax outside in the evening after a long day at work. It also makes a huge difference being able to work to the grocery store at the end of the block and stock up...

Geelong, Australia
Reviewed 19 October 2016

In a beautiful, quiet garden, Liz welcomes you with the most comfortable, clean cottages. We were there as a big group of 14 relatives and I got to see most of the bedrooms and they all have their own personality, decorated with wonderful taste. Liz has an exquisite artistic sense and it shows in every room of the guesthouse. The...

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

Wow! Thank you AnnAelSinclair for the long and detailed feedback on your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. And such positive words. We so enjoyed being able to host your wonderful family get-together - it was such a happy time for you. Alick beamed like a Cheshire cat when he read your feedback from Audran! He just loves having little...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We go back time and again to enjoy Liz's wonderful guest house. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, clean and sunny, each with a well equipped kitchenette and spa-like bathroom. The garden is always full of flowers and birds to be enjoyed from the breakfast patio each morning or your own private patio. Liz and her delightful staff make every effort...

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

Thank you MargieUSA for your feedback on your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. We felt so privileged to be part of your family get-together and reunion, to meet some family members for the first time, to connect with others again and to see the 'new' additions to the family. Thank you so much for coming back to stay and...

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
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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: $101 - $135 (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”
  • View from the breakfast room
 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!”
  • Only messy because we have two boys!
 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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