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Melbourne
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...

Reviewed 25 December 2016

Over the years of traveling to South Africa from the US, we have stayed at numerous guest houses throughout the country. Every time we stay at Liz at Lancaster it becomes more apparent that she simply does it better!! The staff knows what they're doing, the rooms are ALWAYS ultra comfy, the internet connection is "wicked fast" and the location...

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

Thank you Jonathan A. for your glowing praise of Liz at Lancaster. It is good to know that we compare favourably with other guesthouses around the country. I always worry that 'first-timers' will expect uber-luxury, contemporary building design, and ultra-modern decor and will be disappointed with quite old-fashioned buildings and a style that has grown organically. But somehow our service...

Gaborone, Botswana
Reviewed 24 December 2016

We've stayed at Liz's several times since November 2015 on weekend trips to Johannesburg and have each time been delighted with our accommodation. The location is perfect for us, the rooms are spotless and beautifully maintained and the breakfast is invariably excellent. We like Liz's fantastic attention to detail, it creates a real sense of uniqueness and gives the guesthouse...

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

Thank you so much Rebmats for taking the time and trouble to give us feedback on your stays here at Liz at Lancaster. We love having guests return like you do. Not only do we see it as a great compliment to us and our service, but we also simply enjoy seeing you again and following the family as children/teenagers...

Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 December 2016

I've been staying at Liz at Lancaster a couple of times a year since November 2006 and am just so pleased to have discovered this jewel of Johannesburg. The awards received by the Guest House are thoroughly justified and I think it is remarkable in this day and age to have such consistency of excellence over such a sustained period...

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

Thank you IngridB54 for your feedback on your stays here. It is difficult to believe that you have been coming to stay with us for a decade. We are privileged indeed and are as delighted as you that you 'discovered' us. You are a very important part of our family of guests and are only sorry that your mother no...

Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Liz at Lancaster was the perfect base for our family (daughter and her husband from the UK and son and his girlfriend from Switzerland) when we were in Johannesburg for a family wedding. We were upgraded to the Garden Cottage which is spacious and easily accommodated all of us whether it be for a lazy evening of home delivery pizzas...

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

Thank you SuzeSue2016 for taking the time and trouble to post feedback here on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased that it all worked out and that having the space of the Garden Cottage meant that you could all have space to gather and catch up as a normally far-flung family. We love being able to host these kind of get-togethers,...

Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We spent 4 days with Liz and her wonderful staff. We felt well cared for from the moment we arrived until our departure. Breakfast was delicious and the food plentiful. Our room was spacious, spotless and well-appointed. We would highly recommend staying at Liz' guesthouse when visiting Johannesburg. Earl & Bryan

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

Thank you Earl and Bryan for your positive feedback on your stay here at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. We always feel a bit intimidated when guests are going on to stay at 5 star Cape Town Guesthouses as we are very definitely 4 star in terms of facilities and decor and don't have the glamourous Cape settings. But am pleased...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We had the luck of staying at Liz for three nights, and would recommend anyone to stay here whilst being in Johannesburg. The room was lovely, clean and it is more than deserved that they got the title of best guesthoust of 2015 from Tripadvisor. Every morning we had a great breakfast, took a dip in the poule and read...

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

Thanks so much Sam for taking the time and trouble to write a review of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster. It was SUCH a pleasure to host you. We all said 'What nice guys'. You were here at the right time to enjoy the pool and the garden. It's a great way to start the day. I'm so...

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 5 December 2016

What a great find - a quiet, secure location andbeautiful tranquil garden enjoyed while eating a most delicious breakfast. The room was well appointed with every need catered for and the staff outstanding. It deserves the number 1 ranking it gets on Trip Advisor

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

We were so pleased to read your review and that you think we deserve our ranking on TripAdvisor. I often worry that guests arrive with such high expectations and will be disappointed. As I always say- it's not high-end luxury or state-of-the-art contemporary but it's peaceful and comfortable with everything you could need including great beds and linen. Plus (which...

Reviewed 5 December 2016

We had a terrific time staying at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. The guesthouse is located in Craighall Park, a beautiful neighborhood of Johannesburg. The rooms (Earth and Blue Room) were neat and cosy and were equipped with everything we could wish for. Breakfast was excellent and John and all other staff members ensured we had a wonderful time.

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

Thank you Dodogem for your feedback of your stay here at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. I think I missed you as I was away, but am delighted that all went smoothly. We have such a wonderful team at Liz at Lancaster that I always know guests are looked after with amazing personal and caring yet discreet attention. We are so...

Manchester
Reviewed 20 November 2016

It really is no wonder whatsoever that this place is ranked #1 on here. We stayed just two nights in the sage flat and had a truly excellent time. The room is lovely - nicer than it looks on the photos on the guesthouse website. I was slightly concerned that this was one of the cheaper places we were staying...

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Wow TimManchester! Thank you so much for your glowing review. We enjoyed meeting you both and were so impressed with all the research, preparation and pre-booking that you had done enabling you to make the most of the foodie destinations close to Liz at Lancaster. I am so pleased that you were comfortable and so impressed with all the details,...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Pool
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  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • 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: ₹ 5,107 - ₹ 6,940 (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.”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles jjohnsongg6, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“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!”
  • Only messy because we have two boys!
 of 5 bubbles annaelsinclair, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
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