The Cliffside Boutique Getaway

The Cliffside Boutique Getaway

182 Frederick Drive Northcliff, Johannesburg 2195 South Africa
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#18 of 147 guest houses in Johannesburg
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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One of the most special places to stay in Johannesburg, where the beauty of the bush and refinement of Johannesburg meet. The perfect destination for a two night getaway.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Darts
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Waxing services
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Bidet
Bathrobes
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Minibar
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
City view
Landmark view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
City View
Boutique
Languages Spoken
English, Xhosa, Zulu
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kklaus2022 wrote a review Jan 2023
Los Angeles, California
+1
Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed at this beautiful place after attending a wedding in Limpopo. It was the perfect getaway for a few days for us to rest up and reconnect. The food is phenomenal, from breakfast, charcuterie board, to dinner, and treats on the bed with turn down service. We couldn’t bring ourselves to eat anywhere else because we enjoyed it so much! Lamb, sirloin steak, seafood pasta! It was all delectable. Thank you to chefs Mbali and Phindy! We felt so taken care of by Mmatau and Cindy for anything we needed while we were there. They anticipate your every need and create a luxurious and relaxing environment that is immaculately clean. They made sure we got the Joburg experience by hooking us up with chauffeur extraordinaire Emmanuel who took us to the Apartheid Museum, Soweto, and Nelson Mandela’s house. He made sure we got to experience all aspects of Joburg, and even made trips to two different Puma stores for us to find special boots that are only sold in SA. Lastly, Paul and Elias were so friendly and helpful during our stay. Everyone we encountered was phenomenal and went the extra mile to make the stay not only memorable, but a place I can’t wait to come back to! Other areas to note: many beautiful balconies with views and a path to a viewing deck overlooking Joburg, a shower like a spa, pool with a waterfall fountain, walking paths on a cliffside that you can hike to the top with a guide, a great place to watch the many birds of Joburg (hadidas, go away bird, Guinea fowl ), sauna. We were so sad to leave because I’m not sure anywhere can compare to the services and amenities that are provided by the Cliffside! It’s my favorite place I’ve ever stayed.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: 5 star meals here!
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Response from Cindy Machete, General Manager at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 16 Jan 2023
Dearkklaus2022, Thank you so much for this beautifull review and for choosing The Cliffside on your recent visit to South Africa. It was an absoloute pleasure hosting you and Chris, and we are delighted that you enjoyed all aspect of our facilities . Our team is one of the most valuable assets we have, and we trully apreciate your kindness in remembering and acknowledging each and everyone of us. I will certainly share this review with the entire team :) . I hope the rest of your vacation went as planned and that your surfing experience in both P.E and Cape Town was just as great. Once again thank you so much for choosing The Cliffside and I look forward to hosting you on your next visit to South Africa. Warm Regards, Cindy Machete
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DeanW wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Cliffside is a special place away from the busyness and noise of the city but still within easy reach of all the Johannesburg has to offer. The rooms and en-suite bathrooms are extremely well appointed with attention to detail wherever you look. Views over the beautifully landscaped grounds towards the distant hills made us feel like we were in a very special place. Staff were friendly and understated in their service. Breakfast was beautifully presented with a variety of options catering to every taste. This is the best place to stay in Johannesburg!
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the pool.
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Response from Paul Kinsley, Owner at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 23 Aug 2021
We were so happy to have you stay with us, Dean. Thank you so much for your very generous feedback and hope we get to see you gain soon in the very near future.
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Shell D wrote a review Dec 2022
Alexandria, Virginia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This boutique is a gem in Johannesburg. The property is well maintained. They pay very close attention to details... in decorating, food preparation, cleaning, and service. It's truly a five star experience without the five star prices.

The hotel itself it is a bit far from Rosebank and Sandton, so keep that in mind. That is probably the only downside of this hotel. But the fact that it is a bit secluded could be a good thing if you are coming to relax and connect with nature. They have a hiking trail on the property. And since the hotel is on a cliff, the view of the city is nice to take in.

After only staying there for three nights, I felt a connection with the staff there. Everyone was kind and attentive.

If you do decided to stay here, please try their fine dinning experience. The entire dinner from salad to dessert was amazing.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Be sure to communicate, in advance, if you want breakfast, lunch or dinner prepared while staying...
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Response from Paul Kinsley, Owner at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 26 Dec 2022
Dear BombBelle, Thank you for the kind review and for taking time to share your experience with other travellers. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and uncle Dickson here at The Cliffside. We really had a good connection with you in the three nights that you stayed with us and thank you so much for that awesome Tiktok video it was very kind of you . I look forward to hosting you and your friends in 2023, Kind Regards Cindy Machete
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WashingtonSlappy wrote a review Dec 2022
Washington
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was a fantastic surprise. It is even better than the impression we got about the place from the web site.

Cindy and the whole staff were friendly and very attentive to our needs. We felt pampered the entire time that we were there.

The beds were very comfortable, and the rooms are well appointed. The property has been exceptionally maintained.

If you choose to stay here then I highly recommend that you plan to eat as many meals there as you can. The chef creates meals that you will rarely get at a restaurant. The plates are as fresh as homemade food, and the presentation resembles some of the nicest restaurants I’ve eaten in. It is easy to see that the chef loves her job and takes pride in her work.

The “honesty bar” is a wonderful addition to the place. We were able to make ourselves cocktails, or grab a beer, whenever we liked, even when the staff had gone home for the night.

Bring comfortable walking shoes for a hike up to the ridge behind the property. The views are wonderful.
If you don’t feel like walking all the way to the top then you can also stay on the grounds of the hotel. There are nice shady walking trails winding throughout the property. The bird life is amazing.

We were sad to leave this place. If I had known how great it was then we would have booked several more nights.

There is no question about where we will stay the next time that we are back in Johannesburg.

Great job everyone, and thank you for the hospitality Cindy!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring shoes to walk the trails behind the hotel. Plan to eat there! There is no need to go out...
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Response from Paul Kinsley, Owner at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 5 Jan 2023
Dear WashingtonSlappy, It was an absoloute pleasure to have you and your family stay with us and thank you so much for sharing this fantastic review with other travellers. I hope your tour in both South Africa and Botswana went as planned and that all your expectations were met or rather exceeded . We are delighted that you enjoyed all aspects of The Cliffside especially the hospitality, meals and facilities offered. We would love to welcome your family again on your next visit to South Africa and hopefully you will be able to stay longer to explore more of what The Cliffside has to offer. Warm Regards Cindy Machete
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Sally W wrote a review Jun 2021
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing place. Magnificent sunset views from the bedrooms, the deck up on the mountain and the deck overlooking the pool. Pristine and luxurious fittings, bedding and communal areas. Outstanding breakfast preceeded by a cappuccino and muffins. We were treated like royalty with rose petals on the bed, sparkling wine and snacks and picnic basket provided for sundowners. Even had a sauna and mid winter swim. Couldn't ask for a better weekend getaway right on my doorstep.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Cazz Kimber, General Manager at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 11 Aug 2021
Thank you for this beautiful feedback. It was a pleasure having you both and we're still very impressed you managed a winter swim!
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Bry-Anne S wrote a review Oct 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My stay at The Cliffside was one that was able to create the warmness of home yet with complete luxury and relaxation. Their attention to detail is extremely thoughtful and left me feeling the individual care and effort that they put into each guest's stay. They have the ability to make you know that they are available and taken care of in a way that just completely matches the relaxing surrounds. The food was out of this world!
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Cazz Kimber, General Manager at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 24 Oct 2021
Wow, what wonderful feedback! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, Bry-Anne. Our team always aims to make guests feel taken care of, so it's wonderful to hear that you felt it.
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Sherrie wrote a review Aug 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An amazing space with great service. It’s really quiet and enjoyed lazing around watching people on the cliff location it’s super quiet- also did a great walk up to the water tower
We felt spoilt and relaxed after a weekend there. The breakfasts were delicious especially the Eggs Benedict.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Cazz Kimber, General Manager at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 11 Aug 2021
Thanks for letting us know how you enjoyed your stay, Sherrie! We're so glad your weekend with us left you feeling so relaxed.
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Dee W wrote a review Sept 2022
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked The Cliffside as we wanted to spend a couple of nights before flying out into the bush. I knew it was going to be amazing because of the excellent communication with Cazz prior to our arrival, even down to ordering a fine dining meal for our arrival and organising breakfast for following morning. The airport transfer was great and Emmanuel the driver is a great guy. Recommend you book him for other trips. We were welcomed by Cazz and her team with a refreshing drink, shown aound and taken to our room. We looked at each other and said “wow”. We stayed in the Cliffside room so we could enjoy our own little bit of garden and to enjoy the cliff face. The bird traffic and bird song is amazing. We saw dassies from the garden on the Cliffside trail. The fine dining was beautifully done. We enjoyed a lunch and a light meal one evening where a table was made up outside so we could enjoy the view.
This is a special place. Attention to detail with thoughtful and interesting design work.Well placed art work to complement each area. Cazz and her team looked after us in a way that made us feel like friends rather than guests. Thank you Cazz and Paul. Other hotels should come and see how hospitality should be done.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul Kinsley, Owner at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 13 Sept 2022
Wow Dee! Thank you so much for this most overwhelming feedback, the pressure is really on now for next time we see you. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this and I'm so happy I got to meet both of you before your dinner. I trust the rest of your travels have been wonderful so far, and that that they continue that way. All the best, Paul
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DrAugustaDorning wrote a review Aug 2022
Durban, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an exceptional boutique hotel for the discerning traveller who appreciates personalised service and attention to detail. From the planning of my stay through to the checkout the Team provide an experience that is exceptional in all aspects. The ambience of the hotel is enhanced by the surroundings which provide the perfect escape into nature. For those who climb the Northcliff - you will be rewarded with sweeping cityscapes of Johannesburg which make for a great photo opportunity. The ability of the Team to recall the aspects of a truly memorable stay - is truly remarkable!
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Cazz Kimber, General Manager at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 6 Sept 2022
Dear Augusta, We're so grateful for this wonderful feedback. We aim to make each stay as memorable as the last, and it's lovely to hear that you still enjoy your time with us. I will most certainly share this with the whole team. We're very proud to be your home in Johannesburg! Until next time, Cazz
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Melissa de Willers wrote a review Jan 2022
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay was out of this world! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we had the best time. The accommodation was spectacular, with fantastic views for miles, the food was delicious and the staff were friendly, extremely professional and attentive. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Highly recommended and we will defiantly visit again, this time we will stay longer!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Cazz Kimber, General Manager at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 18 Jan 2022
Hi Mel, This is such great feedback, thank you for sharing. We had a great time hosting you and are happy to hear you enjoyed the well-deserved spoils! We will absolutely have a room ready for you on your next visit. Warm regards, Cazz
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Lambert wrote a tip 7 Jul
6 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Secure parking."
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45Oli wrote a tip Nov 2023
Boulogne-sur-Mer, France7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A wonderful stay "
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Stompy wrote a tip Oct 2023
Nairobi, Kenya30 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The sunlight hits hard during the day. Highly encourage wearing sun screen"
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Danny K wrote a tip Mar 2023
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The place is very peaceful."
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kklaus2022 wrote a tip Jan 2023
Los Angeles, California6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"5 star meals here! "
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₹15,367 - ₹18,958 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgJohannesburg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Which popular attractions are close to The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
Nearby attractions include Lindfield Victorian House Museum (6.1 km), South African National Museum of Military History (7.7 km), and African Craft Market of Rosebank (7.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grillhouse Rosebank, Mozambik Randpark Ridge, and Tashas Rosebank.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and fitness classes during their stay.
Does The Cliffside Boutique Getaway have airport transportation?
Yes, The Cliffside Boutique Getaway offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Cliffside Boutique Getaway offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Zulu, and Xhosa.
Are there any historical sites close to The Cliffside Boutique Getaway?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (9.1 km), Mandela House (12.0 km), and Johannesburg Fort (9.6 km).
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