Houghton Hotel

Houghton Hotel

Lloys Ellis Avenue Houghton Estate, Johannesburg 2198 South Africa
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4.5
#11 of 79 hotels in Johannesburg
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
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An exceptional lifestyle resort that offers a 5-star deluxe experience, with The Houghton Hotel Spa and exclusive FitBar gym. Boasting four heated swimming pools and tantalizing menus for every craving.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Free breakfast
Golf course
Babysitting
Kids pool
Valet parking
Wifi
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hammam
Hand massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Pedicure
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Executive lounge access
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
Shoeshine
Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Minibar
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
City view
Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Trendy
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, Dutch and 4 more

Location

Lloys Ellis Avenue Houghton Estate, Johannesburg 2198 South Africa
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 49 out of 100
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Johannesburg Intl Airport
Lanseria Airport
29.3 km
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles307 reviews
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The Houghton Hotel garners praise for its spa, pools, and gym amenities, despite sporadic service hiccups. Its modern decor and spaciousness contribute to a welcoming oasis-like atmosphere. While opinions on value vary, with some guests applauding the affordability and others pointing out service inconsistencies, the staff receives commendations for their attentiveness and helpfulness. Cleanliness is a standout feature, with rigorous standards evident throughout. The hotel's location is appreciated for airport proximity, though some desire more nearby attractions. Room feedback is generally positive, but noise and booking issues are occasionally mentioned.
Location
Convenient
Atmosphere
Welcoming
Rooms
Spacious
Value
Mixed
Cleanliness
Immaculate
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Well-appointed

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Marion S wrote a review Jul 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed a night for business travel. I was so impressed to see that all COVID regulations had been adhered to. Including fogging and sanitizing rooms on guests departures, a scanner at the entrance that automatically opens the doors if your temperature is ( taking away the human element of temperature taking) good is still available from the Deli but delivered to the room. The room was clean and fresh . Pleased to see many guests in boardrooms etc
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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thehotelhopper1 wrote a review Apr 2021
Pretoria, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We are just checking out from The Houghton Hotel after a little staycation. Check in was quick and easy. All staff have been really friendly and helpful.

The best part of this hotel is the design. Interiors created by the same designers of O&O Le Saint Geran + Jumeirah Al Naseem - you can expect only the best. Rooms are filled with luxurious marble and wood finishes and appointed with everything you need. The design is really unique and practical. I’m usually not a fan of bathrooms that are open to the bedroom but this has been done really carefully and beautifully. The bathroom can easily close off for privacy.

The pool and outdoor area is probably one of the best in South Africa. It feels like an urban resort. Pity the pools are way too cold to swim in though.

The spa is really large and the setting and decor is lovely. However, it’s way overpriced.

So why 4 stars?

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a hotel that charges you for additional bottled water in your room. Most 4 star hotels don’t even charge for this nowadays. You have to order additional bottles from room service and be charged a tray charge in addition to the water.

Breakfast was a mess! Service was painfully slow and the offering really limited for in house guests. It feels like ‘breakfast on a budget’ for in house guests. Seems like they are more concerned with outside customers who get to select from a different menu and obviously pay a higher price. It took around 30 mins for us to receive a simple bread basket and plate of fruit. Our teapot was basically hot water from the tap! Breakfast here certainly is not on par with LHW standards.

Hope they can improve this offering.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jaco Minnaar, General Manager at Houghton Hotel
Responded 22 Apr 2021
Dear thehotelhopper1 Thank you so much for taking some of your precious time to give us your valuable feedback on our Tripadvisor platform. We are most delighted to read your positive comments with regards to many of our facilities and service, and we are most disappointed to read about the instances in which we failed you. It goes without saying that we find it most regretful and most embarrassing. I would like to assure you that we will embrace your fair comment wholeheartedly and commit ourselves to ironing out these matters and rectifying our shortcomings immediately. Please accept all our sincerest apologies for the inconveniences that you had to endure during your stay. You would be most welcome to get in touch with me directly for any future needs or queries at jaco@thehoughtonhotel.com
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Shirley N wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I travelled for business & it was an absolute pleasure. The staff were amazing & extremely helpful. Dinner was superb & great different locations on site to enjoy lunch or dinner with different views on offer. The rooms are well equipt & extremely comfortable. The complimentary bathroom products are of high quality. An all round 10/10. Thank you, Houghton.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Annie Chu, Sales at Houghton Hotel
Responded 22 Mar 2020
Dear Guest Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. We are delighted to hear you loved everything about the Hotel. We will continue to maintain the quality of our products and keep improving on the standards of our services. We hope you will come and stay with us again in the near future. Many Thanks and Kind Regards
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MySouthAfricaTrip wrote a review Apr 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With my 1 night stay in December,

I was so impressed with this urban oasis, a fabulous Hotel with roomy wide passages full of contemporary African art and then too themes appropriate positioned Caffe area, Breakfast finning room and bar longe area.

The hotel room I stayed in is was of the best designed rooms I have ever stayed in. Thought though fittings with excellent mechanisms and finishes.

I enjoyed the Highveld sunset with a delicious terrace and bar side dinner and then the following morning a full breakfast with all any guest can wish for.

The pool looked so inviting and I got to enjoy the gym and maybe next time even a round of Golf.

I sure hope to be back at the Houghton Hotel many a time .
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Suite on 3rd floor or higher looking our onto the Souths Side golf course
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Response from Annie Chu, Sales at Houghton Hotel
Responded 9 Apr 2020
Dear Guest During this difficult time, your wonderful feedback have inspired and motivated us to keep up the good work. We can't wait to be back and start looking after our guest. We really appreciate you taking your time to write this review and let us know of your stay in December. Thank you for mentioning our Hotel's facilities and our rooms. We hope you will be back to visit us soon. Many Thanks and Kind Regards
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Shamima K wrote a review Feb 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Instead of going back home after our wedding, we thought we'd take in a few nights at the Houghton Hotel. Due to exams we couldn't leave for our honeymoon immediately. From the moment we walked into the hotel, it was pure luxury. Even though it was a walk to our room, our room was amazing. It had a little kitchen with a washer n dryer, cupboard space, tea and coffee making facilities. It had large mirror cupboards which led In to the bedroom. The bedroom was a nice size and the bed was super comfy. My favourite part was the bathroom which had the folding doors and the bath opened up into the bedroom. It was stunning. The next day we discovered the outdoor area, it was gorgeous, huge, with one part overlooking the golf course. The towels were delivered hot out the dryer, one of the most amazing feelings. The pool area was closed at night which was disappointing. Overall a fantastic stay, I would definitely go back.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rozanne K wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the opportunity to stay at The Houghton Hotel this past January. The experience was amazing from the courteous and helpful concierge and staff at the front desk to the rooms and amenities. The rooms are ultra modern and very spacious. The bathroom is part of the room but can be separated by sliding frosted glass walls if you prefer. Something that we have not seen before but quite impressive.

Breakfast was included and they had just about anything you could want to eat. It was all delicious. We chose to sit on the large outdoor patio that overlooks the pool, golf course and residences. For being "in the middle of it", it was quiet and secluded and you couldn't tell you were around the corner from one of the busiest streets in Johannesburg. It was easy to get Uber to the hotel and conveniently located to Melrose Arch, Bedfordview, Illovo etc.

We spent some time around the pool and took a look at the gym and spa. While we didn't have time to use either, they were clean, modern and inviting.

Our stay at The Houghton was short but great. I would definitely rate this as one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in and would definitely go back.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Pick a room overlooking the pool area
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Response from Wander52371308785, Manager at Houghton Hotel
Responded 21 Jan 2020
Dear Guest We want to say thank you very much for the positive feedback and taking your time to let us know about your stay with us. We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us in the room and at breakfast. We really appreciate your wonderful comment and we hope to continue to improve on our services and products. We hope you will come visit The Houghton Hotel in the near future. Many Thanks and Kind Regards
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Ms Shozi wrote a review Aug 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Pros- Beautiful hotel & interior. Lovely pool. Covid measures were put well in place.

Cons - check in was long. No slippers were given to us and the rooms are tiled therefore making it very cold. The shower water was lukewarm. No vanity kits were available & toiletries we not replaced after house keeping. Carpet under the bed was not cleaned properly. Limited restaurant menu.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Moti Levy wrote a review Feb 2022
1.0 of 5 bubbles
On Monday the 31st of January i walked into the hotel and booked and paid gor a room, for my Fiance' and i, i notified Mr. Jabulani at reception that i was getting married on the following day, the 1st of February. I asked for the latest checkout possible, Mr. Jabulani said that 1pm was the latest checkout and there would be an additional charge of R1000 for the late check out, i agreed and paid.

Mr. Jabulani, after registering that we would be newlyweds, offered the "Romantic Turn-down" as compliments from the hotel, i gladly accepted and thought, how thoughtful of the Hotel.

Tuesday evening, around 23:30, we arrived at the hotel, after our Wedding Ceremony and checked into our room which was beautifully decorated for a New Bride and Groom.

This morning, while having breakfast at 11am, by the pool in the hotel, the Hotel Reception called and asked if there was a chance that we could check out earlier than 13:00 as they had new guests arriving. I informed the Hotel Reception to please check their computers, as on Monday the 31st of January, i paid an additional R1000 for a late checkout.

I asked the reception to entertain the New guests that were arriving at one of their pools or complimentary drinks on the hotel.

Shortly after finishing out meal, we returned to our room to pack, at 11:45am.

To our surprise, our access cards had been disabled, so no access to the second floor where our room was.
Luckily one of the RoomService Staff were nearby, and opened our room for us.

I called reception to find out why our cards had been disabled and was informed that the system automatically does this, even though i paid R1000 for a late checkout, the cards are automatically disabled at 10:30am. How convenient, they charge you extra, bit don't bother updating the system that you have a late checkout.

We packed our bags and went down to reception at 12:15pm.
Upon arrival at reception, i asked to speak with the Hotel Manager, Mr. Johan, who left us a note upon checking in, welcoming us to the hotel and wishing us the very best for the future.

The Representative at reception clearly misunderstood me, and called the rooms Manager and not Mr Johan himself. Instead i was told that Mr. Johan, the General Manager of the hotel was in a meeting.
The rooms manager sincerely apologised for the Inconvenience caused, and informed me that the additional R1000 that i paid for late checkout, was actually for the Romantic Turndown.....

Clearly Lack of communication between all staff members there.
Other than the Bell boys, Porters and the Waiters at the Restaurant, the rest of the staff are extremely unprofessional.

Pity, such a beautiful venue, but such Pathetic service!

I am definitely not going back there again.

- Extremely Unsatisfied Guest
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ross Byron wrote a review Oct 2022
Galway, Ireland
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Voted the best 5 star hotel in South Africa in 2021 and it’s easy to see why.

I stayed in what the hotel called a “Junior Suite” however there was nothing junior about the room.
You could easily seat 4 people for a private meal with a separate washroom from the bedroom area.

Both nights we ordered room service, the price of food and drink is very good for a 5 star hotel.
The staff are very friendly there was a couple of minor hiccups regarding a couple of orders but the staff go above an beyond to making your stay as enjoyable as they can.

The WiFi is extremely good, the hotel is extremely clean.
On arrival there was a bottle of white wine (South African of course) with a welcome note that was hand written by Miriam Ryan (manger) which was a lovely touch.

Then night we arrived the hotel had a number of functions on however you wouldn’t have noticed.

Thank you for a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jaco Minnaar, General Manager at Houghton Hotel
Responded 16 Oct 2022
Dear Byron_ Ross, Wow, what an absolutely amazing review. We are still reeling from all your kind words. We love the support and you have certainly put a smile on all our faces…. Thank you for commending Miriam, she is an important member of our team, and we celebrate her with you. You should definitely be an ambassador for The Houghton Hotel. Trust, we will see you again in the future. Kind Regards, Jaco & The Houghton Team
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Max_Max_Berlin wrote a review Jul 2023
Berlin, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful great hotel with large rooms and beautiful premises (including outside pool).
We especially loved the breakfast.
Location wise the hotel is between a purely residential area and a not-so-nice local shopping area; there is nothing in walking distance. There is a good laundry and petrol station around the corner with some basic shopping items which was helpful.
Staff was great.
Reception at peak times sometimes understaffed and internal phone calls to reception were not answered.
They have a nice Spa area with all sorts of treatments. The indoor pool, sauna and steam room are free to use; if you want to use the separate outside Spa area you have to pay or book a treatment.
If you are a light sleeper as I am you better ask for a room not in the first floor (music from the restaurant area beneath can be heard in the rooms).
I would love to stay there again.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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withni7 asked a question Feb 2023
Seattle, Washington173 contributions135 helpful votes
Hello. Do you have in room dining delivery?
Answer from Wander52371308785
Dear Guest Thank you for your question. We do offer complimentary shuttle service however it is only to specific area points like Rosebank, Melrose Arch and Sandton. The in-house transport company charges R990.00 per one way in a Mercedes E-Class. Many Thanks and Kind Regards Annie Chu Reservations
Primmy J wrote a tip Apr 2024
2 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"LOL PAY YOUR WAY TO GOOD SERVICE . "
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Natasha S wrote a tip Dec 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa55 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get there while the sun is out to enjoy the beautiful view."
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Starbelle E wrote a tip Dec 2023
Manchester, United Kingdom69 contributions28 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid room 124 poor drainage"
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Magnus L wrote a tip Nov 2023
Sweden103 contributions97 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The pool is surprisingly far away from the rooms and lobby area. To get the to the golf course one will have to drive around the park."
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MySouthAfricaTrip wrote a tip Sept 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa602 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hotel can be busier in summer & year end months can have the Hotel having many functions /conferences in the Hotel’s function rooms"
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PRICE RANGE
₹11,031 - ₹16,547 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgJohannesburg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
68
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Frequently Asked Questions about Houghton Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Houghton Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Hashtag Escape (5.6 km), Visiting My Friend Travels (VMF Travels) (0.2 km), and The Factory (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Houghton Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Houghton Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Houghton Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Houghton Hotel?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Houghton Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Schwarma Co, Burger King, and The Radium Beerhall.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Houghton Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Houghton Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Houghton Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Houghton Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Houghton Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Houghton Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
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