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30 Gill Street Observatory, Johannesburg 2198 South Africa
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#34 of 194 Speciality lodging in Johannesburg
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Golf course
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
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Bridal suite
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sjoffe973116 wrote a review Jan 2020
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Stayed 3 nights. Good breakfast and friendly staff but property needs attention- could not shower without soaking bathroom floor as no shower curtain. Got eaten alive at night as no air conditioning and no insect screens on windows and no fans. Also had to endure a full day of screeching power grinding which started at 9am. Would not stay again unless budget was an issue.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Leon G wrote a review Oct 2019
Dallas2 contributions
Service and food were great. Bedroom could do with a bit of improvement - a mirror above the washbasin and a new mattress would be very nice. They were very helpful about my late arrival. Walks on the property gave great views.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Melwin B wrote a review Aug 2018
31 contributions2 helpful votes
App does not allow a zero star rating, hence you are lucky to get a one star. Absolutely the worst place I have ever slept at. At R880 per night for 'luxury' suite is a disgracing joke. My conference ended a day earlier so I booked out, not needing to sleep a second evening. After big promises of refunding that second evening and after numerous calls, I never saw the money.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled on business
Sadiya B wrote a review Mar 2018
96 contributions8 helpful votes
The GL Cottages has a unique design set where each room is customised to a different country’s feature. I was quite impressed by the number of rooms available there and the warm hosting I received during my stay from the staff. The cottage is at the foot of a hill which you can climb for 5 mins for a wonderful view of Johannesburg. My favorite time on the hill was at dusk and at dawn. The cottage is in a very secured area and this was one of the main reasons I loved staying there. If you are a nature lover, this is a good inexpensive place to stay in Johannesburg. They also provide good taxi services. However, if you want to order dinner from the restaurant you have to do so before 4pm or otherwise eat outside. The tv and WiFi signals are low in the rooms. Not every channel works on the tv and I had to go sit at reception when I needed good WiFi connection. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
pelyab wrote a review Aug 2017
Toronto, Canada6 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a fantastic set of cottages, and a great alternative conference venue in Johannesburg for groups of up to a few dozen. Accommodations are a bit more rustic than a major hotel, but very comfortable. It's also close to the international airport. The setting is serene: beautiful, expansive gardens and access to Observatory Ridge with panoramic views over Johannesburg make you feel like you're not in the city. Though everything about the place is wonderful, the warm and welcoming staff are the real highlight. They helped meet every request we had, and the food, care, and hospitality were top notch. Highly recommended, whether you need a base camp in Johannesburg or you need a good and very reasonable conference venue.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
US$57 - US$73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgJohannesburg
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Frequently Asked Questions about The GL Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to The GL Cottages?
Nearby attractions include HintHunt (6.6 km), Lindfield Victorian House Museum (6.9 km), and Hashtag Escape (2.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The GL Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The GL Cottages?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The GL Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The GL Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grillhouse Rosebank, The Local Grill, and Lucky Bean.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The GL Cottages?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The GL Cottages have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The GL Cottages offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to The GL Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (3.5 km), Johannesburg Fort (3.0 km), and Nelson Mandela Foundation (4.3 km).