The Devonshire3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
We stayed because of proximity to the Johannesburg Theatre. 3 separate room bookings, each confirmed, each not on the system on arriving. We knew the rooms were old and tired but the linen and towels as well? Only 1 bedside light. Nice new bar boasting 3 draught beers - only one available and no wine. The Devonshire must go into the Guiness Book of records as the only hotel in South Africa that cannot sell you a glass of wine from either of its 2 bars, no stock (cash flow problem suppliers not paid?). If you need an early morning call don't bother at 05:00 the thump thump of heavy gym music will wake you interceded by the thud of heavy weights. So, soak in a warm bath, forget it, tepid water. Breakfast is fun, constant shouting from open kitchen door by staff negates the need for any background music. Oh and don't forget to bring your own teaspoon they don't appear to have any. The Devonshire is run by Orion Hotels. We will not risk staying in any of their properties again.
We needed a place at short notice and got a good deal through Agoda. We wanted to be close to city centre. We arrived on a Saturday and although the rooms were a little late to prepare the staff were very friendly. We waited quite a long time for towels but the housekeeper was apologetic and friendly. Yes, the hotel is an old lady; lots of maintenance issues but not to the extent of an uncomfortable stay. The beds are great, linen is clean, bathroom has decent water pressure. Little things like no hairdryer, wonky bedside lamps and worn out room information pages didn't bother us too much; everything was clean and neat. We enjoyed the casual vibe and music from the bar.The staff obviously have to make do with limited resources and I think they are doing a good job. The bar lady was lovely and put up with our rowdy late night visit really professionally. We felt we paid for 3 star accommodation and it was good value for money. We would like to visit again once the renovations are done.
I am still here...just two nights fortunally! I arrived at 2.30 pm (17 march 2017) and I got my room at 6.30 pm because i changed n.4 rooms before getting my final room n.202. No hit,no fun,no wifi,obsolete furniture and no facilities at all.You are renewing the entry but no taking care abt the rooms. Even if the staff is good ( and it is), how can they satisfy customers' needs if they have no sources and no access to give a good services and to make people feel at home? SOWETO has more dignity than this hotel, trust me! Change the star numbers. You are zero star! A huge thanks to Anthia (reception),Pat (kitchen) and the 3 nicest ladies at floor (waitress). Thanks for your support.
We went to a rooftop wedding near Maboneng and wisely decided to stay over in Johannesburg and ubered back and forth. My friend booked at the Devonshire in Braamfontein - it was a mistake. :-( it provided safe parking , lovely friendly great staff , a good hearty breakfast , clean bedding , but that was all. I wonder why hotel owners don't realize how important maintenance is. Come on ..... cracked tiles .... no lift buttons ( so you have to use stairs to call a lift) ... water stains on the ceiling , just a feeling of grime and old and decay. And the hotel was fully booked???For how long though ? Please .... look after your asset and people will return . My advice .... use TripAdvisor and look a bit further before you book. Final remark: you have wonderful staff ... I hope you realize that and look after them. They made it worthwhile in the end. Sadly , I will not be back.
I have known the Devonshire hotel in Johannesburg for quite some time, knowing of it's rich history back in the day. It's a beautiful old hotel that is quaint and simplistic. The Bar upstairs with the baby grand piano makes for a great ambiance.
I attended a two day training at the hotel. The hotel is in need of.refurbishing, table cloths with visible stains had not been changed from the previous day. Staff are not visible accept at the food table.no napkins are.available.The food is delicious though.
Set in downtown Braamfontein, the Devonshire is a decent easily accessible hotel that is also a more affordable alternative, especially for groups that need a comfortable and convenient conference venue. The rooms are functional and tidy with climate control and TV. The beds, are cozy and the cabinet is more than enough to keep your personal belongings. A dresser and chair do not crowd the room and add to its functionality. There are enough outlets to plug in your laptop or charge your cellular phone, however, you may need a local adapter plug in case you come with a British, European, or American plug. The toilet has enough space and the combination shower and bath has strong pressure and enough hot water. The hotel is somewhat dated in a chic way and at times riding the old Otis elevator feels like some kind of time travel. Most of all the hotel staff are kind and accommodating. During my stayed, the key card machine was problematic and guests ended up with faulty key cards. The staff did not mind opening the doors of each and every guest.
Torn curtains in room, staff doing ironing in the passage outside the hotel room. Ironing board was left there until the next morning (LOL). Filthy bathroom and even filthier toilet with stains. Bedside lamp drawer fell out with a whole lot of cords sticking out. i asked for Wi-Fi password code, reception advised they'll send it up, 2 hours went by and no one came. we fetched it ourselves. Our booking included breakfast, but was told it did not, even though my receipt showed breakfast included, in fact my hubby and I refused the breakfast at the end. don't ever stay here. BAD.
Booked a suite online together with part payment to secure booking. On checking in I was told that I would have to move to another hotel as this one was full. A call to the GM sorted out the matter and I got the room that I paid for. From there the experience was very pleasant - the suite was huge and very good value for money. Maybe a little renovation needed here and there, but I did see signs around promising renovations. The suite is the best value for money and the FREE basement parking an absolute bonus! I will be back soon
Stayed here for two nights as part of a group of Americans touring South Africa. The rooms were clean, but that's possibly the only positive thing I can say about the Devonshire. The place is in tatters and although it's supposedly being remodeled, inoperable elevators, a mediocre restaurant, and even a front door that could barely be opened are inexcusable. There's an abundance of signs that read, "Pardon our dust while we're remodeling." They should say, "Stay elsewhere."
- Close to Museum Africa
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Museum Africa is within a mile (2 km) of The Devonshire, and other popular attractions like Johannesburg Zoo are within a few miles (5 km). This 63-room, 3-star hotel has 3 restaurants along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Located in central Johannesburg, the hotel is also near South African Museum of Military History and University of Johannesburg.
Enjoy dining at The Jorissen Restaurant, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.
All 63 rooms feature coffee makers, phones, and desks. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Free toiletries are also standard.
Renovated in 2014, The Devonshire offers a nightclub, free WiFi in public areas, and a conference center. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and free newspapers.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
62% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 32 reviews