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.
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Out of the World! Had a fantastic experience. We celebrated our anniversary. The rooms are spacious and luxurious. Everything was tidy and classy. Had a wonderful anniversary celebration at the VIEW restaurant. Signature dish of the chef - SeeBass - WONDERFULL!!!!!
Everything about a Four Seasons hotel is exactly what you get at the Westcliffe. Elegance, Great service, plush rooms, good food and a general ambience that is second to none. Staff can't do enough and any small issues are dealt with immediately and as a guest you are looked after from beginning to end.
Recently spent 5 nights at The Westcliffe as a family. Great hotel, good views, good gym, well appointed rooms with very helpful and polite staff. The choice of restaurants provides a variety of different choices of food should you wish to stay within the resort. Transfers were seamless and we were made most welcome.
From the pickup to drop off at the airport this was a truly delightful experience. The views and food at the restaurant were great and the staff and their attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile really made us feel special!
Not what we expected from a Four Seasons hotel.
Location is great but the rooms are dated. The service was very good at the Spa and at the reception but we we not thrilled with our dining experience. The Restaurant furniture is also dated and the sitting is not confortable. The armchairs are very low and therefore the dining table is too high which makes it very awkward when you are eating. We had to wait a long time for the wine and we had to refill a few times ourselves our wines glasses and glasses.
We they came to turndown the bed they did not picked up used coffee cups and used glasses, they just left a bottle of water on our nigh table not even bothering to put a clean water glass next to it. No chocolate on the pillow. Did not bother to go in the bathroom to check if we needed clean towels.
However breakfast was what you expect from a Four Seasons Hotel, lots of variety, lots of stations. The service was good and the terrace where breakfast is served was very nice and had a beautiful view.