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Selebi Phikwe, Botswana
Reviewed 29 July 2016

I stayed at Liz@Lancaster for 10 days. The service was great, the room fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble for Liz or her staff. The breakfast was a feast which catered for all tastes. The room itself was all equipped for self catering and you even have your own private courtyard. I would fully recommend anyone needing a place to...

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

Thank you Selebi Phikwe for giving us feedback of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. We are so pleased that all went well and that you enjoyed the privacy of breakfast in your room when you needed it with the added option of self-catering and your own courtyard. And are delighted that as you got stronger you came down...

Mount Vernon, Ohio
Reviewed 28 July 2016

I was in South Africa from the U.S. to help my sister care for her two little boys (one newly adopted) and was fortunate that she arranged for us to stay at Liz@Lancaster. I was able to join her for two weeks and loved the accommodations there. She stayed in the cottage, and I was just a few yards away...

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

Dear Kimtreber, What an amazingly extensive and comprehensive review . You have not only given such a good feel for our services, facilities and general ethos but given a detailed sense of the neighbourhood and how convenient it is both for shopping as well as for children's activities. It is very rare in Johannesburg to be able to walk to...

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The service, as usual, was first class: warm, friendly and willing to go that extra mile for guests' needs. The self catering, self-contained garden flat had everything a traveler might need and on the rare occasion that an item wasn't there, Liz or a colleague would ensure that it materialized promptly. The flat has spacious rooms and a private patio,...

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

Just as much as you enjoyed staying here we enjoyed seeing you both again and meeting your sister and her husband. Thank you Rodney for taking the time and trouble to write a review of your second stay here. We are proud about your comment of teaching 4 star hotels about excellent person-centre service. This personal, caring but professional service...

Pietermaritzburg
Reviewed 18 July 2016

This was my second stay at Liz@Lancaster and, as before, I was welcomed warmly, given practical assistance (I am a disabled traveller), and thoughtful consideration of my needs. As before, I very much appreciated the venue, my hosts' courtesy, and the lovely breakfasts. Liz at Lancaster is a special guesthouse with special people.

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

Thank you very much parlej for reviewing us on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased that you have 'found' us and that things work for you staying here. We like that Liz at Lancaster is a special guesthouse with special people. It really is the team and their caring and professional service which makes it a special place. We look forward...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This a beautiful choice of accommodation in Johannesburg: peaceful, elegant and with lovely gardens and bird life. The units are private, with serene spaces inside and outside and equipped to anticipate the needs of travelers of all kinds. Liz and her staff are warm, welcoming and professional. I stayed for 4 nights in the Sage room in the winter month...

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

Thembisa thank you for your really positive feedback on your stay here. We were worried that there was a 'blips' with the underfloor heating as we discovered that it had tripped so thought this might have happened when you were here - but clearly not! We loved that you like all the values we strive for - peace, privacy, warmth...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Liz is a very warm and welcoming host, she attends to all her guests privately and ensures that all your needs are met. The staff are great and very professional and always go the extra mile. The location is ideal , very quiet and everything you need is a walk away. The blue room is an excellent choice with everything...

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

Thank you ClintonFR for the positive feedback on your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that despite the cold winter nights you enjoyed the coziness of your electric blanket, the under-carpet heating and the heated bathroom floor! Stepping on warm tiles is SUCH a treat! You should have borrowed a...

Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Great accommodation, great neighborhood. Felt completely safe, groceries only a 5 min walk away, could get laundry done, was a very lovely experience. The breakfast was delicious and had a lot of options for gluten-free eaters!

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

Thank you 494daniellek for your review of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. We are so pleased you like the neighbourhood and yes, the grocery store within walking distance is a huge boon to guests. It makes such a difference to be able to get some basic supplies in and relax 'at home' in the evenings. Good too that...

Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We stayed two nights at this lovely guest house at the end of May. Even though our plane arrived quite late into the evening and was a little delayed we were met at the airport by the a friendly, helpful staff member, Tagala, and driven to the guest house. We were assisted with our luggage and given an orientation. Our...

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

Thank you Jenni for taking the time and trouble to write a review on TripAdvisor. We like your comments that it was 'fresh, clean ... warm, secure and safe' . This tells us as the Liz at Lancaster team that we are doing the most important things right. And we're happy that you enjoyed the breakfasts cooked to order in...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 24 June 2016

I loved my stay at Liz at Lancaster! The staff was extremely friendly, the breakfast was always delicious, and Liz was very helpful answering any questions we had about Johannesburg. The wifi was complimentary, unlimited, and very fast. I would love to stay there again!

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

Thank you Caroline for posting your feedback here on TripAdvisor. Even though it was such a long stay, I felt we hardly saw you over the 2 and a half months you were here, as you went off to work each day and were always busy over week-ends. I'm pleased that you enjoyed our fast wi-fi. Fibre optic is quite...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 24 June 2016

We booked our accommodation at Liz's based on the good reviews here, and were entirely happy with every aspect of our stay. Communication was good from the beginning, the room extremely comfortable with great attention to detail, the breakfasts lovely, and staff hospitable. The rates were very reasonable for what was provided. We would have no hesitation to return, for...

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

Dear Visitor037, Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to give feedback on your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. We are so pleased you were happy with all aspects of your stay from initial email contact, to the breakfasts, the service, the value for money and the location. The rest of your trip sounded very exciting...

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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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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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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: €67 - €90 (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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