Fodor's Expert Review The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

36 Saxon Rd., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196, South Africa

In the exclusive suburb of Sandhurst, this luxurious and impeccably designed Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa has repeatedly received awards for its excellence. Heads of state have stayed here, including Nelson Mandela, who came here after his release from prison to work on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. The butlers pride themselves on keeping files on their guests, right down to what they order from the bar. An azure pool adjoins the sleek, modern building. Inside, the feeling is calm and classical, and there's an extensive African art collection on display throughout the hotel. Rooms are huge, with big bay windows overlooking the gardens or pool. Large-screen TVs, DVD players, surround sound, and a workstation with a high-speed internet connection are standard. Qunu restaurant has an African feel to it.

PROS

  • exclusive tranquility
  • exceptional spa on-site
  • good for business travelers or high-profile folk

CONS

  • the atmosphere can be quite snooty
  • no fine-dining option
  • very pricey

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Quiet
Residential Area
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 011-292–6000

HOTEL DETAILS

53 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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