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The Westcliff Hotel

Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Westcliff Hotel in suburban Johannesburg, South Africa
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The Westcliff – part of the exclusive collection of Orient-Express Hotels - is one of Johannesburg’s most luxurious hotels. Located in the peaceful residential suburb of Westcliff, the hotel is built on a hillside in the style of a Mediterranean village, with spectacular views over the city’s Zoological Gardens.

The Westcliff has been developed to exacting standards intended to meet, if not exceed, the demands of top-level local and international business and leisure travelers. In an effort to make guests feel at home “away from home”, and to facilitate their stay in the City of Gold, The Westcliff has a range of tailor-made services designed to do just that.

The hotel's vertiginous vantage point is becoming renowned as a location to enjoy the celestial splendors of the African night skies - from rare eclipses to spectacular star fields and full moons rising- not forgetting the twinkling city nightscapes, which are always in evidence. While on a clear day one can almost see forever from the Westcliff's vantage, guests can explore the horizons even further by making use of the telescope which has been installed on the pool terrace.

The hotel's limousine service may be arranged to transport guests from Johannesburg International Airport and to the Rovos Rail and the Blue Train embarkation point at Pretoria Station. A complimentary shuttle takes visitors to the elegant shopping districts of Sandton, Hyde Park and Rosebank.


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All of The Westcliff's 82 spacious bedrooms and 35 suites are individually decorated, fully air-conditioned and feature luxurious en suite bathrooms. All rooms offer total privacy and most have sunny, private balconies with spectacular views.

Luxury Rooms: 82
Junior Suites: 15
Studio Suites: 15
Paraplegic Suite: 01
Presidential Penthouse Suite (Two Bedrooms) 01
The Guest Room Villas

Luxury Rooms
Spacious and elegant. All Luxury Rooms feature spacious marble bathrooms and are equipped with a desk, satellite TV and DVD player, two telephone lines, high speed internet access and digital safe. Most rooms boast a private balcony overlooking the Zoological Gardens or one of the estate's charming courtyards, lush greenery and tinkling fountains.

Junior Suites
These rooms are perfect for families who require an extra bed or infant cot as they have more spacious lounge areas with two arm chairs, coffee table and reading lamp. Most of the 15 Junior Suites feature charming bay windows with wonderful view of the leafy northern suburbs or private balconies overlooking the Zoological Gardens.

Studio Suites
These stylish and very spacious open-plan suites are perfect for long-staying guests and families. Each Studio Suite features a large lounge area designed for relaxation or entertaining. Some also have romantic oval baths and elegant dressing rooms – making them perfect for honeymooners. All suites have private balconies with sun chairs or loungers – an indulgent way to enjoy the splendid views.

Paraplegic Suite
One Studio Suite has been specifically designed to meet the needs of physically challenged guests. Guest comfort and mobility is assured with its very spacious lounge area and enclosed 'Conservatory' styled balcony. The Paraplegic Suite boasts two marble bathrooms, one bathroom specifically designed to meet the needs of the physically challenged is fitted with low hand wash basins and grab rails around the bath, shower and WC – the other bathroom has all standard features. It is also equipped with an emergency assistance button beside the bed.

Presidential Penthouse Suite (Two Bedrooms)
Grand living at its finest! The two bedroomed Presidential Penthouse Suite is The Westcliff's most spectacular, extensive and sophisticated suite. The Penthouse Suite overlooks the entire Westcliff Estate and features a lounge with fireplace, wet bar / kitchenette, guest cloakroom and marble entrance vestibule. Private Butler service is optional. Its spacious terrace gazes across the spectacular infinity pool to the majestic mountains on the horizon.

The Guest Room Villas
Each of the 'Villas' is named after an historical building, road or area in the immediate area.
Villa 1 – Rock Ridge 8 rooms
Villa 2 – Jacaranda House 12 rooms
Villa 3 – La Belle Terrasse Presidential Suite
Villa 4 – Cliffside 32 rooms
Villa 5 – Dalrymple House 8 rooms
Villa 6 – North Lodge 10 rooms
Villa 7 – Parktown 9 rooms
Villa 8 – Saxonwold 6 rooms
Villa 9 – Dolobron (Business Wing) 30 rooms

We are able to accommodate an extra bed for an additional person or child in the following room categories: Junior Suite, Studio Suite, Luxury Suite, and Presidential Suite..

Standard amenities in all guest rooms include
Spacious rooms larger than most five star hotel rooms, most have private balconies or patio and breathtaking views of the zoological gardens and the leafy northern suburbs. Our rooms are luxuriously furbished with the finest quality furnishings & furniture and over-sized marble bathrooms most with dressing areas or separate dressing rooms. Extra long bathtubs or oval baths, separate shower cubicles, Private WC, bathroom telephone, heated towel rails, shaving mirror, full length dressing mirror, international shaver socket, thick terry bathrobes, bath sheets, clothes brush, shoe horn, bath slippers, luxurious bathing amenities, weighing scale, mirrored armoire containing a color television with a DVD player in most rooms, 22 satellite television channels, two direct dial telephones with two lines, fax machine that doubles as a printer and copier, broadband High Speed Internet Connection, full butler station with mini bar fridge, International multi plug adapter from the mini bar, electronic digital safe, two speed hair dryer, alarm clock radio, International electrical socket to fit UK, USA & European plugs, blackout drapes, air-conditioning and heating.


Guests can cool off in two large heated swimming pools and two plunge pools. Within the grounds there is a floodlit tennis court (a coach be arranged on request) and an executive gym. Golfers can enjoy the facilities of any of the nearby club, which offers guest membership benefits. To pamper the mind and body even further, qualified staff offers a wide range of treatments at the Botanica Spa Suites. Wireless internet access is available in all public areas.

The Hotel has cots available on request as well as a basket of assorted baby products (creams, lotions, wet wipes, nappy gel etc). Specially fitted white linen is used on the non-suffocating baby pillows and duvets.

If the hotel knows that there are children checking-in with parents, a baby/toddler’s robe and t-shirt will be placed in the room along with the 2 standard adult robes. The baby/toddler robes will be placed on the cot/bed at turn-down along with the adult robes.

Children sharing with two adults:
Children under 5 years of age stay free of charge. For children staying in separate rooms the full rate applies. (A maximum of three people per room is allowed.)


La Belle Terrasse and the Loggia
La Belle Terrasse is the hotel's main formal restaurant specializing in Mediterranean styled cuisine using the freshest local ingredients. It opens daily for breakfast and dinner and on Sundays offers a spectacular Sunday Brunch buffet.

The wine list offers an extensive selection of excellent estate wines from the Cape. Both the menu and wine list change regularly.

Booking is highly recommended as the restaurant is popular with patrons from the local area. The dress code for guests is 'smart casual' (T-shirts, shorts and flip flops are not allowed). The restaurant is a non-smoking venue. Seating capacity is 40 in La Belle Terrasse and 50 in the Loggia, with 2 private dining rooms: the Orient Room with capacities of 10 and the Lutyen's Room with a capacity of 20.

Open daily: Breakfast 07h00 – 10h00; Dinner 19h00 – 23h00, Sundays – Sunday Brunch.

The Polo Bar
The Polo Bar area serves a selection of traditional cocktails and mixers including estate wines and French champagnes, available by the glass. The lounge is ideal for pre-dinner drinks and after dinner coffees, liqueurs or brandies. The dress code for guests is casual. The Polo Bar and Conservatory are both non-smoking venues. There is seating for 36 guests and 8 bar stools available.

Open daily: Bar Service 10h00 to 24h00; Morning Tea 09h00 to 12h00; Afternoon Tea 15h00 to 17h00

The Conservatory
The Conservatory, which adjoins the Polo Bar, commands spectacular views across the elevated pool deck. The Conservatory is renowned for its traditional Afternoon Tea's served on Edwardian style pastry stands and also for Sundowners during cocktail hour. More recently Morning Teas have also been added to take advantage of the morning sun, especially in the winter months (May to August). The dress code for guests is casual.

The Polo Bar and Conservatory are both non-smoking venues; however guests who wish to smoke may do so on the main pool deck, weather permitting. There is seating for approximately 28 guests in the Conservatory with an additional 72 seats outside on the main pool deck. Bookings are highly recommended as the area is always popular with patrons from the local area.

Open daily: All Day Dining 10h00 to 23h00; Bar Service 10h00 to 24h00; Morning Tea 09h00 to 12h00; Afternoon Tea 15h00 to 17h00

Leisure and Fitness

Guests can cool off in two large, heated swimming pools and two plunge pools. There is also a floodlit tennis court with a resident coach and a gym with a team of personal trainers. The neighborhoods of Westcliff and Parkview are ideally suited to a variety of pleasant pastimes, such as jogging and cycling. Golfers can enjoy the facilities of a nearby club, which offers guest membership benefits to guests of The Westcliff.

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