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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The grounds of the hotel are simply amazing. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Bed was like my bed at home. In room dining was up to the standard of four season globally. Service was amazing and location was perfect.
The hotel is well-built with great style and design but the way is ran and the ‘tired’ and worn out rooms made our stay decent .
Would not go again mainly of the ‘spotted’ housekeeping , lack of high class services and old fashioned facilities .
Unfortunately only one night stayed at the four seasons on a layover from Atlanta to Cape Town. Arrived just as it got dark and left noon the next day. Room was wonderful, service was excellent. Food at flames in the evening and the view in the morning for champagne breakfast was very very good. Couldn’t fault. Would stay without a doubt for a longer trip in Johannesburg.