Idwala Boutique Hotel adds an elegant touch to your stay

Idwala Boutique Hotel

Nestled in the leafy suburb of Darrenwood, just a hop, skip and jump away from Cresta Shopping Centre, a hidden gem lies, waiting to be discovered. A farmhouse built over 100 years ago, the Idwala Boutique Hotel will make you feel as though you’ve left the city limits behind and travelled into the bushveld.

From the moment my husband and I arrived, we knew our stay was going to be something special. The pure charm of this boutique hotel captures your heart and we felt like guests returning to a familiar favourite.

Jeanette Friese, one of the owners of Idwala Boutique Hotel says; “At Idwala my team works together to ensure that guests are comfortable and are completely satisfied from the moment they arrive – we take note of the likes and dislikes of each guest, especially the little things, and do everything possible to make their stay a memorable one”.

She adds; “We have a very high return rate, many guests have been visiting since we opened eleven years ago!”

Be enchanted by the rooms at Idwala Boutique Hotel

Idwala Boutique Hotel restaurant
Fancy a meal?

The Idwala Boutique Hotel consists of twelve enchanting stone and thatch rooms – three allowing for self-catering, located throughout the beautiful gardens. At the main lounge and dining area, roaring log fires, soothing music, Oriental rugs, wingback chairs and large sofas welcome the weary traveller.

Our spacious room was comfortably furnished with an extra length King-size bed, crisp cotton linen, feather/down duvet, flat screen TV with selected DStv channels, underfloor heating (a treat in winter), bar fridge, coffee station and complimentary Wi-Fi. The bathroom was luxurious, complete with bath, a large shower, heated towel rails, bathrobes and L’Occitane en Provence toiletries.

There is a small rock pool and a splendid, outdoor boma area where we enjoyed our sundowners and later relaxed around the firepit as the chilly evening settled in.

A well-equipped conference room, seating up to 18 people is also available.

Enjoy a fancy dining experience 

Idwala Boutique Hotel food
A filling breakfast

The food at Idwala is magnificent – Paul, the Chef, is a culinary genius. Our fillet steak was prepared to perfection, while the starters and desserts were just as delicious. The same could be said of our breakfast the next morning. For a romantic dinner or a relaxed breakfast, Idwala now ranks top of my list.

If you ever find yourself close by, ditch the big, impersonal hotels and stay at Idwala or pop in for an exceptional dinner or breakfast. You’ll be glad I told you about this little hidden gem.

To book your stay, call 011 888 1437 or visit www.idwala.com today.

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