If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway in Johannesburg, Faircity Quatermain exudes an old English charm behind its high walls and lush, green, sprawling lawns. From the minute you check-in, Faircity Quatermain welcomes you to rest your travel-weary legs in one of their lounges, library, and even a conservatory, where you can enjoy a polite spot of tea, and watch people come and go. Prefer something stronger at the bar? Just say so!
One immediate convenience is that Faircity Quatermain offers unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, and your laptops, tablets, and smartphones, connect automatically without you needing a password. I wish more hotels would offer this convenience, because regardless if you are travelling for business or pleasure, internet connectivity is essential.
The old English charm of Faircity Quatermain extends throughout the bedrooms – ours was decorated in soft neutral colours and understated floral prints that were neither quaint nor feminine, just tastefully elegant. Modern conveniences; like the all essential bar fridge, were concealed behind dark wood cabinets, and the study desk was equipped to charge most common plugs and USB chargers.
Connectivity aside, it is hospitality that defines a hotel, and Faircity Quatermain extended theirs by providing us with a smorgasbord of heavenly delights. Their chef had prepared a platter of charcuterie, cheeses, sun dried tomatoes, mixed nuts, grilled courgettes, and black olives infused with garlic, lemon zest and basil. I wasn’t hungry but those little nibbles were so moreish that I couldn’t resist. There was also a bottle of MCC on ice, two bottles of wine, and three freshly squeezed juices, at our disposal. I did the honourable thing and opted for juice. Wine was for later!
I was originally destined to check into the Faircity Falstaff hotel on the second day of my tour of the Faircity Hotels, but Mark Wernich, General Manager for both hotels, quickly switched my reservations around and invited me to attend a cocktail function that Quatermain was hosting for the travel industry. He knew it would be a fantastic opportunity for me network with travel journalists, travel agents, travel agencies, and hoteliers. It wasn’t an inconvenience as both hotels are on the same block, but what a coup it was to mix business with pleasure. Quatermain is geared for business, both leisure and commercial, so that small consideration was greatly appreciated. They’ve got some great conferencing venues so I think great for business if you want to impress all of your clients, or even your staff if you want to do a training session. And, in case you forgot, they have unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi!
After cocktails, and some more nibbles, we moved onto their acclaimed Afro-French fusion restaurant, Sel et Poivre. Sel et Poivre is available to both residents and walk-in guests – I highly recommend that Johannesburgers consider Sel et Poivre as a noteworthy dining destination. The ambiance lends itself to romance, elegance, and an unforgettable gastronomic journey.
For starters, I ordered the liver pate served on a bed of pastry with glazed peaches. The pastry was an elegant alternative to Melba toast, and the sweet acidity of the peaches added brightness to the richness of the pate. I opted to have the duck for my main meal which was served on a bed of French brioche with a whisky infused jus. It was comfort food unlike any other I’ve ever had. I couldn’t manage dessert but I couldn’t resist photographing my partner’s chocolate & pear dessert, which he described as heavenly.
I know this may sound mundane, but two luxuries that I relished in our room were the heated towel racks and the extra-length beds. The luxury of stepping out of a bath into the warmth of a heated towel can only be surpassed by falling asleep in a bed that cocoons you like an over-sized marshmallow. If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep in Johannesburg, you should be looking for Faircity Quatermain.
I opted for a spartan breakfast of freshly squeezed vegetable juice and a little bit of fruit and some yogurt – because I had over-indulged the day and night before, but they do offer full English and continental breakfasts that go beyond usual hotel fare.
I’d recommend Faircity Quatermain for it’s old English charm, lush green gardens, exceptional cuisine, and incredible hospitality. It’s the kind of destination that facilitates your business and indulges your desire for luxury.
This was not the first time that I’ve been a guest of the Faircity Quatermain, and it won’t be the last.
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