If you’re looking for a boutique hotel that affords you effortless mobility without scrimping on luxury, then consider the Falstaff hotel – which is also part of the Faircity Hotel group.
Our check-in was effortless and welcoming. I was especially impressed when the FOH Manager knew my name before I even introduced myself. He said Mr Chamberlain-Bell and I said yes. Falstaff has the most polished and professional check-in that equally efficient and sincere.
Hospitality abounds at the Falstaff. We were assigned a gorgeous room overlooking the pool, which included welcome drinks and platters of snacks along with handwritten welcome notes. We had a quick bite before heading down to the pool to soak up the sun and enjoy a glass of wine or two. It was hard to believe that were were minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Sandton CBD because it felt like a secluded getaway.
The Falstaff is a preferred destination for business travellers who need unfettered access to meetings, but it is also ideal for liesure travelers who might want to add any of the following tourist attractions to their itinery:
Cradle of Humankind
Lesedi Cultural Village
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Rhino & Lion Park
The Cullinan Diamond Mine
The Sterkfontein Caves
The Cheetah Research Centre
The Lion Park
Sun City Casino & Entertainment Complex
Soweto & Johannesburg Tour
The Elephant Sanctuary
Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
FNB Stadium ( Soccer City)
Coca Cola Park Stadium
Parkview Golf Club
Woodmead Golf Course
The Wanderers Club
Johannesburg Country Club
The Inanda Polo Club
World of Golf Woodmead
My highlight was when Chef Tristan Latouf invited me to take a tour of his kitchen and sample some of his new dishes. Over the last four days of traveling through the Faircity hotels I had eaten so much that I think my appetite was threatening to go on strike, but I couldn’t resist taking a taste of his smorgasbord of foodie treats that included pastas, burgers, salads, steaks and desserts. Chef Tristan gave us a bottle of wine which we returned to the pool to polish it off. It was very difficult to go hungry or stay sober that day!
In the end, believe it or not we had eaten so much I don’t think he could have tempted me to eat anything but I just went for a very light dinner of line fish with a salad. I did have a small butternut soup to start and I specifically asked please give me the smallest portion possible, I just want to taste and it was served with croutons and garnished with edible flowers. Really delicious and it’s a nice way to get your vegetables in and a nice healthy soup both in terms of flavour and nutrition.
The fish was a generous portion so I sort of battled to finish it but that might also have been because of overeating so much. However, it like flaked beautifully and it was served with the most gorgeous lemon butter cream sauce that I know. I often joke that I could suck that butter sauce up with a straw. It was really divine!
I think Falstaff is perfect for travelers who want what I would say quick access to instant luxury but plan to spend more time sightseeing than a leisurely hideaway that the Quatermain for example offers. I think if you go to the Falstaff, you can park off by the pool and you can park off in the lounge and you can read a couple of books and magazines, you can park off in the bar if you’re so inclined.