“Walking into the Johannesburg Four Seasons you could be mistaken for thinking you are walking atop the hills of Tuscany or in the countryside of Spain. ”
The Four Seasons Johannesburg is located in the leafy suburb of Westcliff. The property (click here) has undergone some renovations of late and being perched into the top of a hill gives the hotel panoramic views of the Johannesburg zoo and surrounding areas.
We arrived at the hotel in pitch black as our plane landed at 4am from Perth. The hotel had arranged for a car (brand new E63 Mercedes) to pick us up at the airport at a fee. It made getting to the hotel extremely easy and due to the early arrival time extremely quickly. I think the whole trip was only 20 minutes compared to the hour + drive it is normally in traffic.
Note: It is definitely not the cheapest option as Uber’s are available everywhere in Joburg but at 4 in the morning and after a long flight we weren’t in a mindset to care about the price tag.
After the very quick check-in we jumped in the back of a little buggy and sped up the single cobblestone driveway that weaves between the light red pastel apartment/condo like buildings that all have dark slate roofing. The dark cobblestone path is dotted with lovely manicured trees and hedging with succulents that almost look fake at foot level. The entire grounds are impeccably kept.
It was about 6 degrees and 4:45 in the morning so the total of roughly 45 minutes from the airport to our comfy bed is definitely what I would call ‘great service’.
We stayed in the Panoramic View Premier Room which consisted of a large bedroom, large seperate bathroom and balcony.
Through some large picture windows we had a lovely little balcony, which was great for sunrises (due to jet lag) and was a great place to relax looking over the manicured grounds in the warm sun. When the curtains were drawn, the room was completely sun drenched and had a breezy feel about it.
The bathroom was big and had a his & hers layout.
Food & Beverage
We ate at both the restaurants (View and Flames) for breakfast and dinner accordingly.
View has a la carte and buffet options for breakfast. I was most impressed with the gluten and dairy free options they had available & what was really cool, is the morning we ate breakfast you could here the animals from the zoo.
Flames is a brazzi that has a selection of grilled fare that was also quite nice.
Both restaurants take advantage of the hotels panoramic view with outside terraces and balconies.
Pool & Gym
The Four Seasons has two pools on its grounds. The one pictured is the main recreation pool for families a like.
While the other pool is quite private. Adjoining the spa, It’s a 25m lap pool that is surrounded by water features and hidden away from a different array of trees and plants from the rest of the hotel. 18+
There is also an alfresco area on the roof of the spa for lounging and what not during the day.
- lovely feel of the hotel
- nice view from balcony
- no amenities in bathroom what so ever, (toothpaste, cotton buds, etc)
- temperamental shower
- bathroom due to its size is cold even with heater on (we stayed in winter)
The Four Seasons Johannesburg was a good choice to start our African Adventure.
67 Jan Smuts Ave,
2132, South Africa
+27 11 481 6000