The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The hotel

Every detail at Saxon Hotel is designed to be decadent – the five star service, the ten acre grounds, the elegant décor in its choice of sumptuous suites and villas. Considered one of Johannesburg's finest hotels, its spa oasis, Koi pond, and infinity pool make it a perfect urban sanctuary after days experiencing the city's sights and buzz. The Saxon's gourmet dining experiences are just as indulgent, with its signature fine dining restaurants, Grei and Qunu, accompanied by a piano lounge (which doubles up as a morning and afternoon tea venue), a cigar lounge, and an olive bar.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in Johannesburg’s premier business community, Sandton. Transfer time from Cape Town Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

Choice of elegant suites in the main hotel and private Villa suites. All suites include a fully stocked mini-bar (non-alcoholic drinks) with snacks, complimentary WiFi and in suite entertainment. Luxury Suites feature a comfortable designated lounge, dining area and separate bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. Suites enjoy views of the garden, city skyline and pool terrace and have 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Presidential Suites are spacious with large windows and doors leading out onto private balconies. These suites each features its own entrance hall, guest bathroom, and separate lounge and dining areas that open out onto a balcony, as well as a fully equipped butler's kitchen.

Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite is situated on the first floor, offering a lounge and dining room as well as a spacious bedroom with a four-poster bed. The luxuriously appointed bathroom, complete with Jacuzzi and steam room, flows open-plan from the bedroom with shutters for privacy.

Villa suites each with its own terrace, plunge pool and spa area, and comprising several individual interconnecting suites. Villas are nestled in lush gardens with water features for complete privacy. Each Villa has its own private terrace and plunge pool and two of the Villas also have a private spa suite.

Qunu (African grill), The Terrace (light meals), Piano Lounge (morning and Afternoon Tea), Grei (six-course tasting menu), Cigar Lounge, Olive Bar. Infinity pool. Spa* and 24-hour fitness centre.

* Denotes local charge.

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Sep 19, 2019 Timothy J

I have stayed in the best hotels around the world from Dubai, USA, to all over Europe, China, and Bali, This hotel is among the best in service, price, and value. The villas are really outstanding if you want that extra service. The food is superb and provide various menus including vegan/vegetarian and other healthy options. South Africa has a… Read more
I have stayed in the best hotels around the world from Dubai, USA, to all over Europe, China, and Bali, This hotel is among the best in service, price, and value. The villas are really outstanding if you want that extra service. The food is superb and provide various menus including vegan/vegetarian and other healthy options. South Africa has a number of great hotels and a few Relais & Chateux. Given I only had one night I had to choose the best. I'm glad I stayed here and would go back. Given the US dollar is about 17 to 1 Rand, it's like staying a massively discounted Four Season Hotel with even better service. Thank you so much. A special thanks to Chanel Jacobs the Guest Relations Supervisor. The service was as good or better than being in Japan! One last point - This hotel really takes security and privacy seriously. You will be in great hands. All the best. I will be back soon! Read less
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Sep 19, 2019 W1sue UK

The Saxon is a truly excellent hotel. Set in beautiful grounds in a very expensive area of Johannesburg. The staff were delightful. The room was superb with a large seating area, desk, terrace, very comfortable bed and large bathroom with big bath and separate shower. Breakfast was absolutely fantastic. Wonderful selection and so fresh. Lunch on… Read more
The Saxon is a truly excellent hotel. Set in beautiful grounds in a very expensive area of Johannesburg. The staff were delightful. The room was superb with a large seating area, desk, terrace, very comfortable bed and large bathroom with big bath and separate shower. Breakfast was absolutely fantastic. Wonderful selection and so fresh. Lunch on the terrace was also really good. A definite for any visit to Johannesburg Read less
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Sep 12, 2019 rafaelwiedman Sao Paulo, SP

I have stayed in many luxury hotels around the world but this one really surprised me for its modernity and how it was built. Amazing hotel, so beautiful and perfect. The rooms are spotless with very good quality ammenities and products givien in big quantities as i have never seen.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very rewarding unscheduled stop!

Sep 3, 2019 sbyrne46 Dallas, Texas

Due to an illness in our travel group, we had an unscheduled stop in Johannesburg for one of our group to get checked out at an ER. Our agent, the wonderful Micato group put us up at The Saxon. What a lovely hotel. Wonderful rooms, great tech, food etc. it was a most pleasurable stay. We had to leave next morning as our fellow traveler… Read more
Due to an illness in our travel group, we had an unscheduled stop in Johannesburg for one of our group to get checked out at an ER. Our agent, the wonderful Micato group put us up at The Saxon. What a lovely hotel. Wonderful rooms, great tech, food etc. it was a most pleasurable stay. We had to leave next morning as our fellow traveler recovered Nd we were off to the bush. Would definitely stay again. Read less
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Sep 1, 2019 linzi987 Johannesburg, South Africa

For many years I have been going for lunch on the terrace. The price is high for South Africa, but it was good. I would have a glass of Moet nectar before lunch and have a good meal and service. I went 10 days ago and was so very disapointed. the hotel restaurant nor the terrace was full actually empty. I asked for my usual glass of Moet and now… Read more
For many years I have been going for lunch on the terrace. The price is high for South Africa, but it was good. I would have a glass of Moet nectar before lunch and have a good meal and service. I went 10 days ago and was so very disapointed. the hotel restaurant nor the terrace was full actually empty. I asked for my usual glass of Moet and now one cant get Moet, Veuve or any of the usual nice champagnes, by the glass only a local and a non descript french one by the glass. I could only have a Bottle of Moet. The menu has changed for the worse, so I ordered Steak and specifically asked for it to be served hot. It came cold and very primitively plated. The waiter seemed to be a novice very young and got most things wrong. One thing about the Saxon was it had the European style that I am used to and dont mind paying for. However unfortunately this has now gone and quite ordinary. Sad , as I spent many lovely lunches there. Read less