Life in Hotels: 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate

I’m struggling a little with all the time in hotels, with painful check-in and check-out procedures and too many staff members in my face. I’ve been looking for a smaller, quieter alternative in the right sort of location. 10 2nd Avenue in Houghton Estate probably isn’t the answer because they are quite pricey, but aside from that very real world problem there is little wrong with their boutique hotel. If the price is right for you, you should check them out.

Two nights in 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate in September 2012

Price per night Special Rate, full price for the cheapest room with single occupancy is R2,400 pppn (!)
Convenience / location Fantastic for me, quiet suburb with good access to the M1 and close to my office
Overall comfort and condition of room Would have liked an extra plug point or two, but otherwise really great. Mini bar with complementary soft drinks. Tea making facilities, big bathroom with shower and bath, comfortable chairs. A full DSTV selection with onscreen TV guide is also a nice touch. I saw some old Top Gear episodes while I finished up some late-night work.
Internet Good news – free wifi with pretty comprehensive coverage. Bad news, seemed also to be a 1mbps connection. That’s really a little sluggish for me, but at least no extra charge and a pretty uncomplicated setup process.
Parking arrangements Plenty of secure parking.
Check-in Sign one form (after a friendly welcome an offer of a free welcome drink) and I was taken to my room. 10/10
Room service Exceptional. The menu is somewhat limited, but the food was very, very good. I had dinner with a colleague the second night on the terrace and the same great food was paired with top-notch service
Couldn’t ask for a better setting. Quiet table with a view of the gardens and a really good eggs benedict to top it off. I think champagne is offered, which I find a little bizarre and surely not frequently taken up by guests!
Time to settle bill Pretty quick and painless. Can’t ask for more.
Other comments Hard not to recommend. I would have liked a plug point closer to the bed so I could watch TV while working on my laptop charging. Literally, that’s about all I can so bad. Ok, it doesn’t have the views of the Westcliff, but for my purposes I’m happy to swap that for less intrusive service.


Published by David Kirk

The opinions expressed on this site are those of the author and other commenters and are not necessarily those of his employer or any other organisation. David Kirk runs Milliman’s actuarial consulting practice in Africa. He is an actuary and is the creator of New Business Margin on Revenue. He specialises in risk and capital management, regulatory change and insurance strategy . He also has extensive experience in embedded value reporting, insurance-related IFRS and share option valuation.

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