Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg
What We Love
- Stunning historic sleep, one of the most famous in Africa
- The 240 degree views from the restaurant terrace
- The fitness center is open 24 hours
- The cool “Apres-Spa” lounge, the only one in the city
- An emphasis on modern African flavors courtesy of Michelin star chef Dirk Gieselmann
- The location in leafy Saxonwold, which was once a forest
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Hear the roar of lions? They’re not on the loose but in the neighboring zoo
- The resort fully reopened to the public in early 2015
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
This much-loved Jo’Burg grande dame sits resplendent on a hilltop overlooking the dense tree canopies of Saxonwold, which is also home to the Johannesburg Zoo (listen out for the resident trumpeting elephants and roaring lions). A head-to-toe makeover, completed in March 2015, has resulted in spiffed-up guest rooms (there are 117, spread across several buildings throughout the grounds, like a small village), five high-profile dining experiences and one of the city’s best spas. The decor has a European elegance, but also riffs subtly on its location with touches like zebra-print curtains, carved tribal masks and the kind of vibrant textiles you see in African villages. Devour both the breathtaking views and the fine cuisine at Flames, serving regional seasonal food, or watch the action in the open kitchen at the aptly named View restaurant. At the top-notch spa, meanwhile, bliss out with a facial using products from Terres d’Afrique and Biologique Recherche; have a massage with Madagascan oils, or go for a full-decadence 2 hour-long “African Escape,” which includes exfoliation, massage and a facial.
In the Area
Witness the ongoing transformation of Johannesburg into a sophisticated, multi-faceted international destination by taking a tour of the city’s best new urban projects. Start at the happening 44 Stanley, a collective of avant-garde fashion boutiques, interior design stores, galleries and hip cafes where you’ll also see some of the city’s best street style. Every Saturday, the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein plays host to the town’s creative set: join the cool kids at one of the communal tables to sip craft beer and nibble on slices of artisanal pizza or dim sum beneath a gigantic mural by artist Eduardo Villa, then shop for one-off clothing and accessories. Just nearby, Dokter and Misses is a fun concept store/showroom featuring industrial-cool custom furniture and design objects. A little further afield, the Maboneng Precinct is the result of an ambitious project to take a series of abandoned warehouses and transform them into a vibrant community, which today includes a museum, restaurants and plenty of shelter magazine-worthy residences.
How to Get There
We had a very pleasant 2 night stay at the Four Seasons Johannesburg. It’s a great property, on a hill, so we had to take golf carts to go to our room and to the different parts of the hotel. The room was spacious, very well decorated, with a terrace overlooking a park where there’s a zoo. We had our breakfasts at the Deli, that had good options at a very reasonable price. We were a couple with a 7 year old daughter, and she enjoyed having kid’s amenities, a robe and flip flops her size, besides a sweet treat for her upon arrival. We spent an afternoon at the family pool and had lunch there, the service and the meal were good. The location is on a residencial suburb, so there’s nothing within walking distance from the hotel, we had to take uber or taxi to go everywhere. For us it was not a problem, but it’s something that should be considered. I definitely recomend staying at Four Seasons Johannesburg, specially If you’re travelling with kids.
We were told about this hotel from a friend but not for the hotel itself rather the restaurant and bar. While there we there I had my first wagyu beef burger and it was so awesome! I usually don’t eat meat that much nor do I eat a full burger but THIS BURGER! Mannnnn I ate the whole thing!!!! We ate and drank and we were merry! So Merry that we went back the next day to the spa!
Simply the BEST HOTEL in AFRICA. Fit for State presidents and Chairmans and luxury weddings .
I often visit luxury hotels , but this one surpasses them all.
Service excellence .
SUZETTE ( architect)
Four Seasons Hotel at the Westcliff is one of my favourite hotels in Johannesburg if not "the favourite" place!
The buttlers/bell boys always welcome you with a huge smile, get your bags and then usher you to the reception area where you would be attended to by the receptionists who are also very friendly.
I really enjoy the cart service to the rooms which are up the hill and offer beautiful views of the city below. The position of the rooms (up the hill) make them very spectacular, they are also spacious and have balconies. The 3 restaurants (The View, Flames and the Deli) all have different things to offer which is great as it gives you variety and they have very beautiful views of the city. Four Seasons is the place to be if you love great service!
The service from the staff was professional and friendly. Room clean and beautifully decorated. The grounds, gardens and amenities are impeccable. Having brunch at flames looking over the city was spectacular. We had a great time.