AtholPlace is a small luxury boutique hotel located in the cosmopolitan
northern suburb of Atholl in Johannesburg.
Stephanus talks about their trip to the luxurious AtholPlace.
KC: How far is AtholPlace from Johannesburg?
Stephanus: It is conveniently located about 30 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport in the upmarket neighbourhood of Sandton. It boasts many trees, as Johannesburg is renown for. The Gautrain metro is less than a kilometer from the hotel and Sandton Central is only about 5 minutes’ drive away.
KC: What made you decide to stay at AtholPlace?
Stephanus: My wife is Mrs South Africa 2014 and we had to attend some events in Johannesburg. I saw that as a great opportunity for us to visit AtholPlace, because I’ve always wanted to go there – heard so many good things about it – but they used to have a no-children policy. Our children didn’t join us on this trip, so we thought – this is our chance! The great news, however, is that the hotel is under new management (and fantastic management I might add) and that they’ve recently adapted their child policy to make the boutique hotel more family-friendly.
KC: What was your first impression of AtholPlace on arrival?
Stephanus: We arrived rather late, but the receptionist (Catherine, or Cath as she’d like to call herself) received us with a warm welcome with welcoming drinks, an orientation tour, etc. She helped us settle into our room, and even helped carry our bags, something that the old-fashioned ‘boerseun’ in me found rather odd, but she insisted. We had the option of eating at the hotel’s restaurant, but we actually decided to order Italian food from a nearby restaurant that she recommended and dine in the room. She downloaded the restaurant’s menu and placed our order. My wife and I then collected our meal in Sandton. When we got back, we discovered that she had already prepared everything for us – she even had the foresight to provide us with salad dressing, something which the restaurant forgot to include with our salad.
KC: What was the service like?
Stephanus: The service was flawless. Really, we couldn’t fault it. You felt at home, but you also felt extremely spoilt and that every detail is taken care of. Each and every staff member was extremely friendly, professional and courteous.
KC: Is it child friendly?
Stephanus: It is, although it’s not a family-oriented hotel per se. It’s not as if it’s got a bunch of things for kids to do – no jungle gym in the garden or anything like that. It’s too stylish for that, but having said that, it’s not that they dislike kids. In fact, as mentioned earlier, they’ve adapted their child-policy to make the hotel more child friendly. It’s just that children might get a bit bored there, I guess. Also, the pool in the beautiful garden outside doesn’t have any fence around it, so just be aware of that if you’ve got little kids and they’re playing on the lawn.
KC: What activities are offered at AtholPlace?
Stephanus: There aren’t really any major on-site activities at AtholPlace, but it’s not as if it’s an issue, because the hotel is so lovely, you won’t want to do anything besides sit in the lounge, dining room or in the landscaped garden and read a good book or enjoy the delicious food prepared by the in-house chef.
KC: What was the food like?
Stephanus: It was great. Some hotels overdo the breakfast by having massive buffets. The food feels mass produced. It doesn’t feel that way at AtholPlace. It was simple, yet had all the elements of a great breakfast – fresh fruit, muesli and yoghurt, eggs benedict and other lovely warm dishes, etc. Some people might want to see more cold meats and a greater cheese selection, but personally I didn’t feel the breakfast lacked anything.
KC: What was the highlight of your stay at AtholPlace?
Stephanus: It’s really hard to choose one thing in particular, but honestly, I have never stayed in a place with such a lovely interior. I simply love what the interior decorator (Sumari Krige from La Grange Interiors) achieved there. It’s almost like they’ve gone for a modern look, but one that exudes warmth, contrasting rustic elements with white backdrops. We also thought that the staff were particularly friendly, the ‘sincere’ type of friendly that you hardly find nowadays.
KC: What should potential visitors take note of?
Stephanus: It isn’t cheap, but if budget isn’t an issue, it’s great value and you won’t regret staying there. It’s definitely my favourite urban boutique hotel by far. I’ve been fortunate enough to stay in a number of great places, so that says a lot. AtholPlace is really incredible in every respect.
KC: Who is AtholPlace ideal for (i.e. The type of client you would sell this product to)?
Stephanus: Everyone who loves an authentic, chic, yet extremely stylish boutique hotel will be at home here. It’s a very intimate experience (they only have 10 suites), so it’s for people who want to enjoy a tranquil escape, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Highly recommended for couples, because this is the type of place you would want to share with someone special.
|Point out of 5|
|Attention to detail||5|
|Value for money||5|
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