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The Cliffside Boutique Getaway

182 Frederick Drive Northcliff, Johannesburg 2195 South Africa
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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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Hiking
Darts
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Patio
Board games / puzzles
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
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24-hour security
BBQ facilities
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Sun deck
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Sun terrace
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First aid kit
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Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
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Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Minibar
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Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Boutique
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Languages Spoken
English, Xhosa, Zulu
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Francois T wrote a review Feb 2024
Montreal, Canada2 contributions
Where can I get started.. I do not have enough good words to describe the Cliffside. It is basically the closest a hotel or a resort can get to being a private villa with outstanding staff. The hotel is located in a safe neighborhood with a short drive to all attractions that Johannesburg can offer. The decor is chic. The place is spottlessly clean. The food is better than a lot of restaurant I have tried. It may be pricier than other places in Joburg but but it is worth every extra penny. Cindy and all of her team are the heart of the place, they make you feel welcome like you are family. An observation: Being on a hill with several stairs, the hotel would be less suitable for people with mobility issues. Oh! Why is it so far? I would go back in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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kklaus2022 wrote a review Jan 2023
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
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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
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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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Sindiso N wrote a review Jan 2024
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It was a recommendation from my sister who took her husband for his graduation celebration. I can safely say the standard has dropped from then. We were planning to take our husbands there but after showing her the pictures and describing the difference in service, we will not be. The romantic “turn down” was such a disappointment and would not have received the strawberries and chocolates had I not asked about them. The petals to the bathroom were close to none. There were 4 candles in the bath and nothing on the basin. It was really below par, no birthday note or any of the special touches my sister had gotten. There seems to be a change in management which is why things have changed but it’s really disheartening. I spent so much money to make my husband’s birthday special and there was really no effort. Which defeats the purpose of going to a boutique hotel. To add on that the breakfast was burnt we couldn’t even finish. The fruit platter could have been done by a 5 year old with bananas cut in half. I’m extremely disappointed
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul Kinsley, Owner at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 11 Jan 2024
Dear sindison2024 Thank you for the feedback on your time with us. We truly strive to create the best possible experience for each and every one of our guests, The experience is often unique to each occasion, and I am sorry that the turndown did not meet your expectations. We will most certainly look into what happened with your breakfast, as I can assure you that this is in no way consistent with our standards. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this, as your feedback is important to us.
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45Oli wrote a review Nov 2023
Boulogne-sur-Mer, France6 contributions2 helpful votes
A wonderful stay with a staff taking care of all your possible needs and being so nice. A great cook preparing excellent food, and a very nice room fully equipped and high tech and having a great view on the cliffs.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: A wonderful stay
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Responded 10 Nov 2023
Dear 45Oli, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review with other travellers. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you, and we are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay here at The Cliffside. We appreciate your appreciation of our excellent food and good views from our rooms. We hope to welcome you back to The Cliffside on your next visit to Johannesburg. Warm Regards Cindy Machete
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Sharon K L wrote a review Nov 2023
Green Cove Springs, Florida40 contributions31 helpful votes
Highly recommended – beautiful facility, first class all the way. Outstanding food and they accommodated my vegetarian diet beautifully. We only had one night but never left the property other than to walk the trails behind the property to a lovely view of the city. Unique in that it felt like a beautiful home with lovely art, etc. and staff was very welcoming and helpful.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 10 Nov 2023
Dear SharonII2014, Thank you so much for highly recommending our hidden gem to other travellers. We are pleased to hear of your beautifull Cliffside experience, and how you enjoyed our facilities especially the food and our collection of lovely art pieces from African artists. We hope to welcome you back to The Cliffside Boutique Getaway on your next visit to Johannesburg. Warm Regards, Cindy Machete
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Stompy wrote a review Oct 2023
Nairobi, Kenya20 contributions39 helpful votes
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Arriving at the property at the top of the hill, the Northcliff suburbs just greet you with a sense of being amongst the who's who in the city. The trees lining up the streets make you feel at one with nature. When we made it inside, the number of times we said "wow" could fill up a trilogy of books. Absolutely top tier VVIP treatment from the staff and with a welcome cocktail perfectly tailored for us just by the chef's judgement. I was beyond impressed. The property is cozy and intimate. Great for couples or families that are looking for peace and quiet with a touch of special treatment. All our meals were made from scratch and to order and we couldn't get enough of the food aside from the fact we just couldn't finish them because of the generous portions. Beyond delicious! Presentation is bar none, one of the best I've seen ever. The views from the rooms are breathtaking and pristine. The bed, bathroom and amenities, as clean as can be. There really isn't a single fault I found with our stay. I must come back again and again. To anyone considering this, please don't hesitate. It's worth every single penny.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The sunlight hits hard during the day. Highly encourage wearing sun screen
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Responded 12 Oct 2023
Dear Stompy, I hope you are well and thank you so much for sharing your detailed experience of The Cliffside Boutique Getaway with other travellers. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and your loved ones on your recent visit to Johannesburg. We are delighted to read that we have exceeded your exceptions, and that you enjoyed all aspects of our facilities especially the our food and amenities. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Cliffside on your next visit to South Africa. Warm Regards Cindy Machete
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Dream51996827708 wrote a review May 2023
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This place is magical, a real paradise on earth, where each details is studied with much attention and dedication and where beauty and love are tangible. I've been welcomed with so much kindness. Food is fantastic cooked with fantasia and served with excellent wine. Even if staying only two nights and with not so much time to enjoy, I could fully regenerate and allow my body and heart to experience a deep sense of wellness and peace. I left with a wish to come back soon!
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 05 Jul 2023
Dear Dream51996827708, Thank you so much for sharing your amaizing Cliffside experience with other travellers, and for taking time to put together this poetic but yet true review that best depict The Cliffside Boutique Getaway . Our wish is to host you again in the nearer future. Warm Regards Cindy Machete
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Nalsin wrote a review May 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa200 contributions98 helpful votes
This exclusive and luxurious Boutique hotel is absolutely exquisite. From the warm welcome of the team to the beautifully decorated rooms and absolutely stunning views, I highly recommend this boutique hotel. The bedrooms are extremely spacious and modern. The cuisine was superb and all the surrounding pool areas, sauna, the deck and nature trails are exceptional. Completely serene and peaceful accompanied with fantastic service from the entire team. A special thank you to Phindy, Connie, Cindy, Mmatau and Elias for ensuring that we had a memorable and enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 25 May 2023
Dear Nalsin, I hope you are well and thank you so much for sharing this exquisite review with other travelers. The Cliffside is indeed one of the best boutique country houses in the world and we are honoured to have shared our beautiful little slice of Johannesburg with you. I have shared your review with the entire team and they are very appreciative of your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next short-left adventure in Johannesburg. Warm Regards Cindy Machete
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Steven and Jane wrote a review May 2023
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
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Cliffside was nothing less than the perfect retreat. Staff were so lovely - especially getting to know Cindy and Connie, and Emmanuel on the way to and from the airport (~1hr). He had fantastic jazz playing in the car and we found out he also plays jazz bass! Up through the winding roads Cliffside slowly emerges, an oasis after a long flight. Every detail was seen to, and the place was kept clean and tidy while still retaining the welcoming warmth of a comfortable home. It was a bit cold for swimming, but we made use of the sauna and walking trails up to the park. Breakfast was a strong highlight! Their selection of fresh cut fruit, cheese, and cold cuts is not to be missed. Nor could we forget the splendid avocado toast and full-English, or variety of teas. If you saved space for other meals, we especially liked the lambchops and open-faced sirloin sandwich, though you may find some portions are big enough to share! After dinners we returned to find chocolates on the pillows, and the room turned down before easing tired feet into the coziest slippers I've ever had away from home. The staff at Cliffside were so accommodating to a sudden change of plans on our way back through Joburg, and we were thrilled to return to Cliffside for one night instead of staying at the airport hotel. We knew we'd be back, just not that soon! Everyone was so helpful and enthusiastic throughout the stay and we greatly enjoyed the conversations we had. We would highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking for a restful break!
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Responded 25 May 2023
Dear Steven and Jane, Thank you so much for the excellent and detailed review on your recent experience of The Cliffside Boutique Getaway. Both your wittyness, passion for art and Jane's cute giggles in between our conversations is never to be forgoten, you were wonderful guests and that made hosting you an absoloute pleasure. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your overall stay with us as much as we loved having you here. I look forward to welcoming you back to The Cliffside Boutique Getaway on your next visit to South Africa. Kind regards, Cindy Machete
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Frank R wrote a review Apr 2023
Bielefeld, Germany23 contributions19 helpful votes
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A lovely place, with a stunning view of Johannesburg, and great service. Certainly an excellent place for tourists, but also for me, who spent several weeks as an academic, an excellent place to study and work. They adapt to your needs and try to make life as comfortable as possible to you. Johannesburg from its most pleasant side.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Cindy Machete, General Manager at The Cliffside Boutique Getaway
Responded 23 Apr 2023
Dear frankr546 Thank you very much for taking the time to provide such wonderful and detailed feedback following your visit to The Cliffside boutique getaway. Also, thank you so much for sharing the lovely pictures. The Cliffside was designed with our guests from different walks of life in mind by creating spaces that are both welcoming and comfortable, and I am happy that you were satisfied with the working spaces provided. Also thank you for the recognition of exceptional service by our incredibly attentive staff, I will share this fantastic review with our entire team. I hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again on your next visit to South Africa. Warm Regards Cindy Machete
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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.
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).
Does The Cliffside Boutique Getaway have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.