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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May 21, 2019 Tonypose Naperville, Illinois

We stayed in the villas in this hotel which was nice as they have butlers to take care of all your needs including check in and out, luggage, meals, drinks, etc. It is also quieter in this area. Each room has a personal balcony. All are modern and completely equipped with anything you may need. If they don’t have it the butler will get it for you.… Read more
We stayed in the villas in this hotel which was nice as they have butlers to take care of all your needs including check in and out, luggage, meals, drinks, etc. It is also quieter in this area. Each room has a personal balcony. All are modern and completely equipped with anything you may need. If they don’t have it the butler will get it for you. Fantastic. Read less
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May 4, 2019 MrKing34 Johannesburg, South Africa

This was my first visit at this hotel and it was amazing. Beautiful long drive up through the gardens to the lovely porte cachere. Check in staff were so friendly and delightful. Our room was upgraded from a standard suite to presidential. The size of the room was great. Loved the complimentary mini bar and had several lovely Ginnifer gin and… Read more
This was my first visit at this hotel and it was amazing. Beautiful long drive up through the gardens to the lovely porte cachere. Check in staff were so friendly and delightful. Our room was upgraded from a standard suite to presidential. The size of the room was great. Loved the complimentary mini bar and had several lovely Ginnifer gin and tonics. Had breakfasts in Qunu and lunches by the pool terrace. The pool terrace is a lovely relaxing place with couches and shade. The pool loungers themselves at the pool are top quality. I had two dinners in the room served by the butlers and they were both wonderful. I like the fact that the menu says the pantry is stocked and we can prepare whatever you’d like. Bathroom met my taste and standard. All in all everything was perfect and I miss the Saxon and have made a second booking for this month. It is the only place to stay in the Sandton area. I have tried many others and none compare. Read less
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May 1, 2019 paulbrianchenery Sheffield, United Kingdom

My partner and I have just returned from a 2 night before heading off on safari. What a perfect couple of nights. This hotel was orginally booked just as a stopover for the logistics of transfers but having stayed here would return for a holiday in its own right. The grounds are immaculate and the rooms are luxurious. The minibar is well… Read more
My partner and I have just returned from a 2 night before heading off on safari. What a perfect couple of nights. This hotel was orginally booked just as a stopover for the logistics of transfers but having stayed here would return for a holiday in its own right. The grounds are immaculate and the rooms are luxurious. The minibar is well stocked and the amenties all high end. Although the above make for a great impression it is the staff who make the experience so memorable. We have been fortunate to stay at some of the leading hotels all over the world but the service that Saxon provide is unparalleled. Nothing is too much trouble and the warm and friendly attitude is second to none. You have left a lasting impression on us and we cant wait to return. Until next time... Read less
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Apr 25, 2019 msg101 Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom

ultra luxurious hotel and spa ideal place to wind down after two manic weeks in South Africa, cannot find fault, large well appointed suites, excellent restaurant and spa, staff superb about an hour from the airport, wonderfull
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Apr 16, 2019 DeanLing

I’ve been told that The Saxon is an amazing place, so I phoned with quite a few queries about the place and parking especially, as I didn’t want my car parking outside during my stay. I spoke to a lady name Swazi who seemed to get annoyed and sounded very unhelpful to all my queries. As I never stayed there before I did have a few queries which I… Read more
I’ve been told that The Saxon is an amazing place, so I phoned with quite a few queries about the place and parking especially, as I didn’t want my car parking outside during my stay. I spoke to a lady name Swazi who seemed to get annoyed and sounded very unhelpful to all my queries. As I never stayed there before I did have a few queries which I feel are justified. Just a very unwelcoming and unhelpful attitude from this staff member. This has really put me off booking at either The Saxon or Shambala as all bookings are done through The Saxon reservations. It’s shocking that staff like this are the ones who have to make reservations for potential first time clients, at a so called world class hotel. I have stayed in numerous luxury hotels in SA and abroad and have never dealt with such disappointing service from reservations staff. I will phone 1 more time when someone else is on shift and will hopefully be treated more professionally with a more friendly attitude. But my first impression of The Saxon so far, is not a good one. Read less