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.
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I spent 4 nights at this gorgeous hotel.
My room was so spacious with an enormous bathroom and the most comfortable bed.
The grounds are just beautiful and apart from slow service at the restaurant we had the most enjoyable stay.
The spa is wonderful and had the most wonderful massage.
Loved eating at the Deli which was not as busy or hectic as the restaurant...the restaurant however has the most beautiful view.
Fantastic staff make this hotel a piece of paradise.
The Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel is truly world-class institution. The level of care and genuine interest the staff here give to the guests is simply astounding. Whether you are in Johannesburg for work or leisure - you will find a home away from home here. I cannot recommend highly enough.
The staff are great, very efficient, friendly and welcoming each time I visit, the location is very convenient for me, already looking forward to going back next year hoping for more of the same......
Had a wonderful one night stay to kick off our honeymoon! The room was lovely with a beautiful balcony. What really stood out was the level of service-from check in to check out every single person went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. Also highly recommend the spa (my husband and I got massages which were perfect after the long flight in) and the Flames restaurant (cocktails were just perfect and the tomahawk steak was delectable). Truly five star stay!
The hotel has a very funky layout which you immediately become aware of when you arrive. It makes it very different from staying at most places.
Service, rooms, the whole thing are first class. Wonderful hotel with great management.