It was great to be back in South Africa. Rather than hotel hopping this trip, I stayed with good friends in Pretoria. On a pleasant Saturday morning, we enjoyed a lovely brunch at the Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel, a posh hotel in the South African administrative capital.
Delicious Brunch At Gorgeous Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel
Sticking to hotel chains as a rule to cater to my points-seeking mostly American audience, I do not often venture out to boutique hotels like this. That is likely to my detriment, as unique, family-owned properties like this often offer a far better experience than a larger chain hotel and yet a much more luxurious experience than a bed and breakfast or Airbnb.
First, the brunch. We met with several friends representing churches in South Africa, and enjoyed a leisurely meal over several hours peppered with great conversation and very good food. I ordered a flat white to start (the first one was more like espresso with a smidgen of milk, but the second one was perfect) followed by a delicious bacon quiche with a croissant and bowl of fruit.
The food was delectable and I was (understandably, even for me and my seemingly endless appetite) quite full after consuming the food above.
My host in Pretoria likes this property and has even done staycations here with his wife. He picked out the Ivory Manor because he knew the breakfast would be good, but took time after breakfast to show me around. No, this is not a review of the property, but I greatly enjoyed walking through it. Rates run under $200/night.
Guest rooms are quite spacious and each one is unique (there are only nine):
The bar has character:
So do the indoor dining rooms and sitting areas:
There’s a lovely outdoor pool and jacuzzi:
But my favorite part of the hotel is the well-cultivated gardens and courtyards, that create a lovely labyrinth of gardens and seating areas with the trqnuail sound of running water always within earshot.
I guess the problem for me is I’ll probably never stay here and a actually review the hotel…this is about as close as you’ll get. I’ve got friends, friends, and more friends in Pretoria and it would be considered very rude if came all the way to South Africa and stayed in a hotel while in Pretoria. 😉