Ratings based on 35 Verified Reviews
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.8 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.3 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
for Couplesby A verified traveler
One Night StopPosted Apr 6, 2017
Pros: Like stepping back into a bygone age
We spent one night here before our flight back to U.K.Lovely quiet stop, beautifull grounds with very attentive staff.Food great.
Posted Aug 3, 2016 on Hotels
Posted May 30, 2016 on Hotels
If you like a lot of servants around and a feeling of being pampered, this is probably a good choice. The house is exceptional and evokes a roaring 20's feel with how it is decorated. If you're a more independent-minded sort it may chafe a bit.
by Kirk from Washington DC
SanctuaryPosted Mar 20, 2016 on Hotels
Illyria House was an absolute sanctuary to return to during a week of meetings. Beautiful gardens and general areas, outstanding food served at your convenience. Friendly and accommodating staff, quiet and nicely appointed rooms. Will not stay anywhere else in Pretoria after this!
by Beverley from Durban
Awesome; will definitely returnPosted Feb 3, 2016 on Hotels
personal service- nothing too much trouble; Great attention to detail; huge rooms; Freshly Cooked meals, superbly presented; freshly brewed coffee on tap; eccentric; quirky; elegant
by Janine from Pretoria
One in a million chance!Posted Jan 5, 2016 on Hotels
I wanted to go to a spa and then noticed that this hotel had an amazing rate of just R1100 per night. So I booked it immediately. I wanted to go to the hotel's spa for ages and now was the chance to use the spa facilities (sauna, flotation pool, gorgeous outdoor pool, Japanese hideaway retreat lounge) for much less than a spa visit, and on top of that, also stayed in a luxurious suite (named Salome). Breakfast very special, nice presentation of food. Owner also very chatty and made me felt very welcome. The butler is very attentive. Lush garden with many bird species. Many magazines and books to browse in many luxurious lounge areas. One can stay here for a long time!
by Coenraad from Swakopmund
Not really what you think it isPosted Jan 4, 2016 on Hotels
Stayed at this place after seeing these beautiful pictures on the website. I was initially ipressed with the place until I had to start making use of the services. Everything is old which can be nice and fancy, but was pressed into a room with an extra bed in the corner which didn't fit and for the prices you pay at this place I expected much better cupboards. Stayed over Christmas at this place which seems to me plays all the time these classical music, which in this case was Christmas songs. It was only one CD that played the whole day and eventually made us run away just to get away from the music. The Christmas lunch was the most I ever paid for what we received and really not worth half the price. The staff was extremely friendly and so the hostess, however, they didn't bother to make sure our fridge in the room was replenished daily with water and as well as the fruit and snacks. We booked the Jacuzi and I was so disappointed to see the dirty rings in the sides after I climbed into it. After booking a hot stone message we had to cancel eventually because it took them hours to heat up the stones with no electricity. The have some ducks that walk all over the place which is fine however I was not impressed with them walking through the lounge to get to the pond to swim. A lot of the products were not available although on the menu and the chef improvised a lot with his recipes which annoyed me as well. A wonderful place which is going backwards very fast.
by A verified traveler
Recommended for romanticsPosted Nov 12, 2015 on Hotels
Very interesting, slightly surreal experience. Grand, slightly faded ambiance, good food, great service.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from ha
Eclectic hotel which exudes charm and style.Posted Oct 23, 2015
Pros: It is completely different from anywhere I have stayed before.
We stayed for two nights and were completely overwhelmed by charm of this small hotel and the thoughtful service of the staff.
by A verified traveler
A shamePosted Sep 10, 2015 on Hotels
This place could be beautiful but unfortunately it's been left to deteriorate. The professional pictures you see are from a long time ago and the hotel no longer looks that way. The food was good but we had to order our dinner at 3pm as the chef makes everything fresh.