Spying on Elephants and Giraffes from The Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg
January 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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This time, a reader sends in a quick dispatch from the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg.
What a lovely hotel, it's built like a small village on a hillside overlooking the city. Sunday brunch at La Belle Terrasse is a very nice way to while away the day, sitting outside on the terrace above the infinity pool, watching elephants and giraffes in Johannesburg Zoo at the foot of the hill.
Delicious food at an all-you-can-eat buffet, which including a glass of sparkling wine costs around 40 dollars. Outside seating is first come first serve, so make a reservation and then show up at 11.30 to ensure you snag one of the prime tables. Would recommend it to anyone visiting Johannesburg.
I really loved this place and have such good memories of it; this was late September. Very sophisticated and quiet hotel, wandering down the little cobble stone streets on the way back is nice (going up, the complimentary golf cart is a good idea given the heat). The Polo Lounge is a very nice spot for a drink.