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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 17 March 2017

A wonderful place to stay, this was my first stay and I hope to return! Liz paid attention to all the details starting with our booking, help with pick up, etc. The rooms include all the amenities one would need for a brief stay, including a delicious jar of home made rusks (yumm!). Nice modern bathrooms, everything is very clean....

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

Thank you NDB26 for the great feedback on your stay here. I'm so pleased that it all worked out well. So many guests comment on how wonderful it is to deal with a real live person when making a booking. This way all the details can get communicated and sorted out immediately and up front - from airport collection, to...

Broken Hill, Australia
Reviewed 16 February 2017

For those seeking a great little stay in Joburg then this is the place for you. Every aspect of our pre booking/pickup and stay with Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse was, in our mind first class. Great location, beautifully appointed rooms and gardens. Could not ask or want for more so we have already pre booked our next stay. Liz offers...

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

My apologies for the delay in responding. This slipped between the administrative cracks plus there has been so much on culturally in Joburg that I have been playing hookie away from my desk occasionally. Thank you so much for you review of your stay here. I'm so pleased that it all worked out well from booking stage to airport collection,...

Apex, North Carolina
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is an excellent B and B guest house in a nice area of Northern Johannesburg. It is well situated and the area is easy to get around (particularly if you use Uber). Shops and restaurants are close by. My wife and I stayed here for a week in January and would highly recommend it.

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

Thank you LS123_11 for taking the time and trouble to post feedback of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. Uber has been a great addition to getting around Joburg and it makes a big difference that we are so centrally located. It makes for easy access to most sights and sites in Joburg and of course in your case,...

Muncie, Indiana
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Rooms are exceptionally clean; beds very comfy. Personal touches in each room; internet, rm safe ample closet space, hand made soaps, tea,coffee and fridge stocked with various drinks; equipped kitchenette. Liz's rm binders with restaurant/tourist info very helpful. Breakfasts were fresh and incredible with "to-go" options for busy travelers. Store within walking distance, as well as a few restaurants. Beautiful...

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

Thank you so much jjohnsongg6 for your great review of Liz at Lancaster. It is so detailed and itemizes so many of our value-added services. Thank you. And we felt so privileged to be part of your joy and happiness with your new granddaughter. I loved going to Little 'OTs with them and seeing how she gradually gained confidence until...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 19 January 2017

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 17 January 2017

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 13 January 2017

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 11 January 2017 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 4 January 2017

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...

Reviewed 3 January 2017

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...

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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: €70 - €94 (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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