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Reviewed 30 December 2019

Full of mould, this place is a health hazzard and should be closed down untill it is repaired and construction is completed. Staff were so intoxicated in the morning hours and ofter I called the feont desk to report the noise a intoxicated staff member knocked on my door and told me that the owner is hosting a party... at 1 in the morning... after you pay them to sleep there they keep you from sleeping. This place is a mess seriously, staff even urinated against the wall under our room window not knowing we can see and hear everything, hence the call to let them stop .. after the intoxicated employee was at my door she gladly discussed it with her co workers, the foul language used was jaw dropping.

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank Woutez
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Reviewed 4 September 2019

This place was booked 2 months in advance and even received welcome email on the day of our arrival. But once we arrived at the House, we were informed that our room had already been booked out to someone else and we informed via Manager, that there was nothing she (Emmy - owner) could do for us. Mind you it was past 8pm and we had driven from Joburg. We tried to have a discussion with her on finding us an alternative but she would not bother talking to us or take our calls as we tried in vain to find a solution. We were lucky one of their employees (Letwin) knew of a friend who manages accommodation nearby who then made a personal call to a friend to take us in. They (essenwood) requested we come back following day to finalise refunding us. It was then agreed with Mbali and Dinkie (as the Owner Oliver) refused to come discuss with the way forward; that the refund would go directly to the establishment that had taken us in "The St James on Venice" but to date they have neither refunded us or paid St James on Venice.
We find this type of treatment of paying guests disgusting and dispecable to say the least especially after 8 hours of driving in the rain. They have not even communicated or apologised to us to date.

We would recommend to future travellers to be cautious of this place. Noting this place is going through renovations currently and there is sand and dust everywhere but no notification was given.

Please be careful of places you book. It was a terrible experience and would prefer to get our refund and move on with life but they are giving us the run around. Definitely a place i will NOT be referring to anyone i know, that's for sure.

Date of stay: August 2019
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2  Thank beyondirritatedguest
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Reviewed 5 July 2019

I have in days past stayed at this ( what used to be ) grand old Berea home. the advert on Booking.com showed old pictures before the renovation they are currently busy with.
the new rooms are small and pokey, fitted with what must be the cheapest decor and fittings little money can buy. So sadly for me - never again

Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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3  Thank johnplagis
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Reviewed 26 June 2019 via mobile

The place looked lovely on their images but when we got there, it was slightly different. The stuff was not welcoming at all, no communication with us upon arrival and when we called reception for assistance, calls were never answered. The cleaning service was also poor, we found dirty cleaning clothes in our bathroom basin, no curtains or door on the shower made the bathroom very messy. We also did not appreciate the cold breakfast and coffee we got, the coffee/tea did not come in a pot but already poured into mugs prior to us getting there. There were dogs around the yard and would disturb during breakfast.... We really did not like this place at all

Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Khope28
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

Great service and welcoming staff. Clean rooms, great breakfast and lovely lush garden. Vervet monkeys hanging around, and if you are lucky they will throw some action over the breakfast experience, and in the evening you can enjoy the sound of crickets!

Essenwood House is situated in a quiet area with lovely view over the city (if you choose the rooms facing that direction, otherwise you have a view over a small green inner courtyard). My perception of the location was that it would be closer to restaurants and coffee shops, but in order to stay here you will need a car or rely on cab/uber service. Nothing within walking distance unfortunately.

Room tip: Choose the rooms with city view, it gives view over the garden / pool area, with the city in a far distance. Lovely!
Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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