Life in Hotels: The Westcliff

Finally getting around to updating these line of blogging.

Several multi-day stays in The Westcliff in July 2012

Price per night R1450
Convenience / location Convenient for me, close to our offices in Parktown North, but a little further from Sandton and most clients
Overall comfort and condition of room Even the more basic rooms I stayed in were very well appointed. The huge bathroom with large bath, shower and his-and-hers basins is particularly good.
Internet Huge extra points here for free wi-fi and automatic login. No annoying vouchers or codes. Truly an absolute pleasure.
Parking arrangements Undercover parking and eager valets. The valets may be a plus for some but I soon ignored them and parked my own car.
Check-in Slick and efficient with friendly staff. Almost a little too keen to please at times and tried to insist on sending someone to show me my room and take my bags. If you like that, fantastic. Overall hard to fault though.
Room service Arrives pretty promptly, phone answered with my name and the food itself was pretty good. Not a huge choice.
Unremarkable but certainly good.
Time to settle bill Generally quick and friendly.
Other comments The Westcliff ticks a number of boxes and is clearer a few grades above other hotels I’ve stayed in. I still didn’t enjoy the overly attentive staff – I just like to be left alone! One or two hassles with TVs that didn’t work and earth leakage tripping suggests some ageing electrical issues.


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