Commuters………

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The Parkwood is enjoying another week with guests visiting from all corners of the world.
Welcome to visitors from Dubai, London, Tanzania and Cape Town!
We have been really fortunate to host regular business commuters from both Durban and Cape Town in particular over the past ten years.
It is hugely flattering to see so many familiar names on our reservation calender each week and know they are returning each time because they feel at home.
The Parkwood  ethos  is ‘ relaxed luxury”. We are respectful of  a commuters busy on-the-move schedule and aim to envelope them in a relaxed urban sanctuary, distancing the hustle & bustle.
Our fairly recent addition of ‘Home-style” dinners has added enormous value to their stay. Our guests return from a busy day of work and either dine in our cosy dining room or have the optional luxury of room service. (Yes,….my personal favourite when traveling alone and feeling work-weary).
Our chef prepares a small but delicious menu option each night of the week for them to choose from.
Thanks to our loyal commuting guests…we admire what you do and are thrilled to have you back again and again!

Urban tourism…..a passion !

 

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I was fortunate enough to attend a really good talk recently on the topic of the amazing inner city of Johannesburg. It was given by Gerald Garner who amongst other talents has authored ‘Places & Spaces and ‘Joburg Places’ and is involved in marketing a fantastic booklet currently in circulation called ” Johannesburg in your pocket”.
He is a passionate ambassador of Johannesburg’s inner city regeneration and conducts guided walking tours through all the different areas of the city.
His talk takes one through the stages, phases and history without loosing your attention for a minute.( Quite an achievement for me ).
For a born and bred Johannesburger, I felt ashamed at how little I really know about my own city. It has a history through architecture, business and politics that rivals any large city in the world.
So, the penny has dropped…urban tourism is a world-wide trend and we have so much to offer right here on our doorstep.
I will be doing a few of Gerald’s walking tours in the near future and will report back on the experience. I have a feeling that if the talk got my attention, the walk will turn me into a passionate ambassador myself.
Urban tourism is the way forward…I look forward to recommending this to our guests from all over the country and the world.

Rainy March

temp_slide_2After more than two weeks of non stop rain The Parkwood gardens are looking lusciously green and abundant.One forgets how accustomed we are to moderate weather in Johannesburg. A few weeks of rain has found me apologizing profusely to our foreign visitors for our inclement weather, only to be met with confused looks in return. A Belgian couple staying with us recently said that they felt at home as they are used to high rainfall and also suffer from the dreaded pot-hole issue on their roads!! Why did I think that was unique to Africa.
Back to appreciating our beautiful city, albeit slightly challenged by Eskom’s load shedding schedules which are playing havoc with most industries and family households.They certainly pose an interesting challenge to those of us in the hospitality sector.
The upside of this being the cosy candle-lit dinners enjoyed by our guests at The Parkwood this week and the inspiration that colder weather brings about in terms of delicious heartwarming soups to add to the menu. Zucchini & parmesan being one of my favourite.
Meet Theresa, our ever smiling waitress prepping the dining room.

Theresa our ever smiling waitress

Looking forward to another great week with interesting guests from all over the world !

Best 5 star Guest House in Gauteng !!

Provincial winners !

The Parkwood is honored to be a Provincial Award Winner in the category of BEST 5 STAR GUEST HOUSE !

Thank you Lilizela for this extremely prestigious award and for your very inspiring words….

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“We are thrilled at the field of provincial winners in each of the Lilizela Tourism Award categories. They represent an industry whose excellence is literally boundless, and who are setting global standards in best tourism practice. We have every reason in the world – literally – to be proud of our industry, and of you.”

The Red Stamp Club

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Red Stamp Club

The Parkwood is a proud member of the Red Stamp Club, an innovative program launched recently by HRG Rennies Travel for Guesthouses and B&B’s throughout South Africa.
In recent years more & more corporate traveller’s have chosen to stay at local Guesthouses or B&B’s rather than hotels.
The Red Stamp Club is part of an initiative by Rennies to stay in touch with both the needs of the corporate traveller and the Guesthouse owners. As a member we benefit from access to tens of thousands of their travelers plus positive exposure through HRG Rennies Travel marketing campaigns.

Well done Rennies ! We are happy to be on board.

 

The Parkwood and the Johannesburg Boutique Collection.

The Parkwood is a proud member of the JBC ( Johannesburg Boutique Collection ).A collaboration between five of the best boutique hotels in Johannesburg.
These like-minded individually owned boutique hotels and guest lodges are all in the greater Rosebank area and within easy reach of the Gautrain station from ORT international airport. To learn more about our collective capacities, abilities and facilities , please visit the JBC website  www.johannesburgcollection.co.za

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