Another award for Liz at Lancaster

AA awards 2014We are delighted that we won an award as a winner in the 20th Annual Accommodation Awards in 2014. This award programme is based on customer feedback and is a programme which used to be run by AA Travel  and was then taken over by Essential Travel.  Going forward, the programme will be absorbed into the Lilizela Awards which is an awards programme backed nationally by the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Grading Council of SA (TGCSA); and locally by the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA).  Unfortunately Liz was not able to attend the awards evening nor were any of Liz at Lancaster staff, but apparently it was a wonderful event held at Sci Bono Centre in Newtown.  We were sad not to have been able to be there to accept our award in person.

Thank you to the staff at Liz at Lancaster – Catherine, Zac, Thandie, Rose and Alick – for their hard work and excellent service which made this award possible ; and to our loyal guests whose positive feedback ensured that our winning results.


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A great endorsement of Liz at Lancaster

At Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse we are so fortunate to meet such interesting and nice people from all over the world.  We were privileged to have delightful guests from Switzerland to stay recently. Werner was posted here on a 7 week secondment and his wife joined him for a few days and they gave us this feedback below:

Edith and I had indeed a very good time and felt very much at home at your place. We have been all over the world and stayed in many hotels, myself even for weeks or months in hotels of top chains e.g. Hilton, Four Seasons or Westin. It was always the same: after a while you start seeing behind the scene and the weaknesses appear. At your place, even after several weeks we felt very good and at home for following reasons:

1.     You have a cozy, personal place.

2.     Your cottages are very well, very practical and complete equipped.

3.     You and your staff are well trained, hospitable, friendly and efficient.

4.     Everything you can think of is available and included in the rate. And items such as alcohol and laundry at very affordable costs. One has not the feeling that you try to make money out of everything.

5.     Your WLAN system is of the best we have experienced anywhere in the world. It is nowadays one of the top requests of hotel guests.

6.     Your instructions everywhere and for everything give a clear guidance of what can be done and how.

We were sad to say good-bye!

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Joburg ranks highly in terms of affordability of business space and cost of living

witsSome two and a half years ago, in 2011, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Partnership for New York City graded 26 metropolitan cities assessing where they rank in terms of business opportunities, culture, livability, tourism and innovation, amongst other factors. Interestingly, Johannesburg made it into this list – the only African city to do so- at number 25.  Ranked very highly in terms of  affordability of business space as well as cost of living, Joburg got low scorings in the categories of broadband quality, foreign embassies, health system performance, hotel rooms, Internet access in schools, math/science skill attainment, and life satisfaction.  As  cost of living has soared since 2011 and as municipal infrastructure and service delivery has continued to fall behind, it would be interesting to see its current ranking. If climate had been a criterion we would have had another positive scoring ! For the full report see 

Good to see my old Alma Mater Wits, used as the image to represent Johannesburg in this report.


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