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15 Top-Rated Resorts in Pretoria

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Aug 21, 2020

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When arriving in South Africa, many travelers choose to stay in Pretoria over Johannesburg, as the cities are a similar distance from OR Tambo International Airport, but many find Pretoria, and its numerous hotels and resorts, easier to navigate (it is much smaller) at first, especially if you are driving.

Pretoria, which serves as South Africa's administrative capital, is home to a compact central business district, as well as numerous suburbs surrounding the city that are home to shopping, dining, and hotel options. These include Arcadia, which is also home to Pretoria's government offices, president's house, and international embassies. And Menlyn, which is where you'll find Pretoria's top shopping at both an indoor and outdoor mall. This neighborhood also features numerous boutique resorts and excellent restaurants.

For ideas on a great place to stay, check out our list of Pretoria's best resorts.

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1. Illyria House

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Photo Source: Illyria House

A unique luxury hotel, Illyria House is set in a gorgeous white mansion with an opulent interior. The intimate property is perfect for romantics and also easily accessible from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The suites feature personal butler service and ornate antique furnishings, including tapestries dating back to the 17th century. Some have private terraces, and one even has a sunroom with its own Jacuzzi.

Perks of staying here include pre-dinner classical music concerts, a gourmet restaurant, and a spa with a hot tub and a heated swimming pool that plays underwater music. The grounds here are also beautifully maintained and there is even a resident family of ducks.

Address: 327 Bourke Street Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0002 South Africa

Accommodation: Illyria House

2. Southern Sun Pretoria

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Photo Source: Southern Sun Pretoria

If you're looking for an upscale hotel in Arcadia, the Southern Sun is a good choice. Walking distance from many of the city's top things to do, it is set inside an attractive glass-and-steel building.

The 240 rooms here are done up in contemporary style, with dark wood furnishings and crisp white linens on comfortable beds. If you are traveling with the kids, there are family rooms available.

Amenities include a restaurant that serves international fare all-day, as well an outdoor swimming pool and a small gym. Parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast are all free.

Address: Cnr Steve Biko and Pretorius Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria 0083 South Africa

Accommodation: Southern Sun Pretoria

3. Menlyn Boutique Hotel

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Photo Source: Menlyn Boutique Hotel

Located just across from the Menlyn Shopping Centre in a leafy suburb of Pretoria, the Menlyn Boutique Hotel is a hip property that offers tranquil respite from city life. Art abounds here, with original paintings and sculptures all around, including pieces by famous South African father and son artists Anton and Lionel Smit.

The rooms and suites are sleekly decorated with neutral hues, and feature large windows that let in lots of natural light. They are also spacious with comfortable beds.

On-site amenities include an acclaimed restaurant that serves up an ever-changing menu of South African specialities. There is also a beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by more statues and a spa. Breakfast is complimentary.

Address: 209 Tugela Road Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria 0081 South Africa

Accommodation: Menlyn Boutique Hotel

4. African Pride Irene Country Lodge

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Photo Source: African Pride Irene Country Lodge

The African Pride Irene country Lodge is part of the Autograph Collection and is designed to feel like a luxury farm stay. The resort has a range of elegantly decorated rooms and suites, all with an African country vibe and features like mahogany wooden furnishings and fabrics with rich textures. Rooms also come with private balconies or patios looking out onto the grassy, well-maintained grounds that include a lake.

The property is family friendly, with options for kids' activities. There is also a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, and restaurant on the grounds. Should you wish to relax, head to the spa with its own steam room and sauna.

Address: Nellmapius Drive Irene Village, Pretoria 0062 South Africa

Accommodation: African Pride Irene Country Lodge

5. The Capital Menlyn Maine

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Photo Source: The Capital Menlyn Maine

Just outside of downtown Pretoria, next to the Menlyn Maine shopping precinct, which is filled with restaurants, shops and spa facilities, The Capital hotel is a sleek and contemporary property that is easy to access from the N1 highway and the international airport.

The hotel offers a range of rooms and suites suitable for all types of travelers, including families who need more than one bedroom. They also offer apartments with kitchens that are designed for extended-stay guests especially, and work great if you are in town for longer business stays.

On-site amenities include a restaurant, swimming pool, gym, and a spa. There is also free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Address: 194 Bancor Avenue Menlyn Maine, Pretoria 0181 South Africa

Accommodation: The Capital Menlyn Maine

6. Sheraton Pretoria

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Photo Source: Sheraton Pretoria

The posh Sheraton Pretoria is a five-star property located right downtown in Pretoria's central business district. It offers excellent views of the Union Buildings, which is the official seat of the South African government, as well as the beautiful flower gardens surrounding them.

There are 175 rooms and suites here, and all are done up with a soothing cream color scheme, as well as luxe furnishings, comfortable beds, and Italian marble in the baths.

There is an international restaurant on the grounds, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, gym, and spa. For business travelers there are multiple meeting rooms and conference facilities.

Address: 643 Corner of Church and Wessels Streets, Pretoria 0007 South Africa

Accommodation: Sheraton Pretoria

7. The Blades Hotel

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Photo Source: The Blades Hotel

Located in the bushveld outside Pretoria, The Blades is a great choice if you need to recover from jet lag. Just 40 minutes drive from OR Tambo International Airport, it sits right on the banks of the Roodeplaat Dam and features a number of different room plans. If you are traveling with the kids, the family rooms are a great option, as they have two bedrooms and open onto a grassy lawn facing the pool area.

Besides the swimming pool, on-site amenities include a restaurant with views of the dam and a rooftop terrace. Breakfast is included in the rate, and there is free Wi-Fi and parking.

Address: Plot 75 Zeekoegat, Kameeldrift Road, Pretoria 0035 South Africa

Accommodation: The Blades Hotel

8. Casa Toscana Lodge

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Casa Toscana Lodge is a luxury guesthouse in the Lynwood Manor suburb of Pretoria. It was designed to resemble a Tuscan village and has a distinct romantic vibe about its 20 rooms. These come in two different styles - the more expensive ones have jetted tubs. And while this guesthouse has a romantic vibe (some rooms have four-poster canopy beds), children are allowed.

The hotel is home to the popular LeSi Restaurant, which cooks up a range of international dishes from around the globe. They also have an option to book one of six gazebos on-site for a romantic specially curated dinner for two.

Also on the grounds is the Die Blou Hond dinner theater, which is a one-of-a-kind theatrical performance showcasing local South African talent. A luxe spa with a range of treatments round out the many amenities at this resort.

Address: 5 Darlington Road Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria 0081 South Africa

Accommodation: Casa Toscana Lodge

9. Court Classique Suite Hotel

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Photo Source: Court Classique Suite Hotel

In the Pretoria suburb of Arcadia, which is home to many of the international embassies, the Court Classique Suite Hotel is an upscale property that is family friendly.

The all-suite property features studios and one- and two-bedroom suites that are clean and comfortable and come with kitchenettes.

On-site amenities include the Orange Restaurant, which serves everything from pizzas to burgers and sandwiches. There is also a full-service spa and small outdoor swimming pool. The hotel caters to business travelers with conference facilities.

Address: 743 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, Pretoria 0083 South Africa

Accommodation: Court Classique Suite Hotel

10. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Pretoria Menlyn

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Photo Source: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Pretoria Menlyn

Located just off the N1 freeway, the Protea hotel Fire & Ice! Pretoria Menlyn is a good choice if you're coming from the international airport and ready to crash after a long-haul flight. It is also not far from Pretoria's central business district and the equally popular Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.

The hotel features contemporary rooms with modern decor and comfortable beds. If you're traveling with the kids or just like your space, there are also suites with living rooms and pullout sofa beds.

On-site amenities include a trendy restaurant, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and gym. There is also free Wi-Fi and parking. If you're traveling for business, there are meeting rooms and conference venues available.

Address: 221 Garsfontein Road Menlyn Summit Place Precinct, Pretoria 0181 South Africa

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Pretoria Menlyn

11. Village Ridge Boutique Hotel

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Photo Source: Village Ridge Boutique Hotel

This is another luxe, design-focused boutique hotel option in a suburb just a few kilometers away from historic Church Street and the central business district downtown.

The Village Ridge Boutique Hotel is in the leafy Nieuw Muckleneuk suburb and features chic, upmarket rooms with luxe amenities like Egyptian cotton sheets and, in some cases, claw-foot bath tubs. There are also options to book suites with separate sitting areas.

On-site amenities include two different restaurants, a swimming pool, spa with a sauna and beauty salon, and a shuttle from the international airport outside Johannesburg. Parking, breakfast, and Wi-Fi are also all free.

Address: 156 Kleine Street c/o Main and Melk, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0181 South Africa

Accommodation: Village Ridge Boutique Hotel

12. Courtyard Hotel Arcadia

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Photo Source: Courtyard Hotel Arcadia

Right on Embassy Row in Arcadia, just a few kilometers from where the South African government buildings and president's house are located in Pretoria, the Courtyard Hotel Arcadia is set inside an elegant, early-1900s manor home.

Travelers can choose from studios or one- or two-bedroom apartments, which have separate living space.

Amenities include a complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, garden area, and laundry service.

Address: Corner Park & Hill Streets Arcadia, Pretoria 0007 South Africa

Accommodation: Courtyard Hotel Arcadia

13. Premier Hotel Pretoria

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Photo Source: Premier Hotel Pretoria

On a leafy street in Arcadia that is also filled with hotels and restaurants is the 4-star Premier Hotel Pretoria. The property features well-appointed rooms and suites with comfy beds that are spacious, as well as clean.

There are a number of on-site amenities here as well, including the Ambassador restaurant, which serves a menu of South African and international favorites three meals a day. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, business center, and conference facilities on-site.

Address: 573 Stanza Bopape Street Arcadia, Pretoria 0001 South Africa

Accommodation: Premier Hotel Pretoria

14. The Farm Inn

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If you're looking for a country escape outside Pretoria city limits, then consider The Farm Inn. The hotel is set on the grounds of a wildlife sanctuary in a rural area some 20 kilometers from the city center.

The rooms are classic country stylish, with chic wood furniture and fireplaces or balconies in the more spacious suites. Amenities here include a lounge area decorated with African art, an outdoor swimming pool, and an elegant restaurant.

If you're traveling with the kids, this property is very family friendly and even includes a petting zoo and a playground. Additionally there is an outdoor swimming pool and a complimentary morning breakfast. Parking and Wi-Fi are also free.

Address: Silverlakes Road, Pretoria 0041 South Africa

Accommodation: The Farm Inn

15. The Maslow Hotel Time Square

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Photo Source: The Maslow Hotel Time Square

In the Time Square dining and entertainment complex in Waterkoof Glen, which is a Pretoria Suburb, the Maslow Hotel Time Square is another popular hotel option.

It features modern rooms and suites. The suites have larger floor plans and feature kitchenettes and even butler service. A big breakfast buffet is included in your daily rate as is Wi-Fi and parking. There is also an outdoor swimming pool.

When it comes time to eat lunch or dinner, the location in the mall means you'll have multiple restaurant options to choose from.

Address: 209 Corobay Avenue Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria 0181 South Africa

Accommodation: The Maslow Hotel Time Square

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