Rarely in our travelling quest for comfort and hospitality do we come across accommodations which far surpass all of our expectations. From the introductory handshake to a wave farewell, 131 on Herbert Baker checked off every box on a list of exquisite criteria. Situated atop an elegant and private residential neighbourhood with panoramic views of Pretoria, lies this impeccable luxury boutique hotel. Incredible attention to detail, combined with beautiful decor, impeccable service, and fine dining all contributed to the remarkable transformation of this once private residence to the current family owned establishment you may visit today.


The hotel is comprised of eight beautifully decorated suites, all with private balconies, which will meet the demand of any guest who chooses to travel in luxury and style. Three pool facing rooms open to a secluded tranquil courtyard which offers ideal poolside relaxation throughout the day. An additional three rooms open up into their own personal terrace with views overlooking the city below. One spacious luxury suite offers the hotels only view of the neighbouring private game reserve and is a unique opportunity to spot game from the comfort of your own room. The presidential suite is an impressive offering with two bathrooms, a private lounge, bar and dining area with a balcony providing views of the union buildings.


Breakfast is made to order from a grand list of traditional favourites and South African specialties. Ristorante Grissini is the hotels exclusive restaurant which promotes fresh ingredients, great service and an extensive wine selection. The lobby bar is fully stocked with distinguishable brands along with rare, imported and premium blends. Superb cocktails and sundowners can be enjoyed in the lounge, but recommended you raise a glass on the front lawn with Pretoria illuminated below.


Decadent pastries, sandwiches, quiches, and cakes decorate the colourful serving platters of the hotels splendid high tea. This exquisite guest experience is both visually pleasing and delightful to the tastebuds. The front lawn seating is a fantastic location to emerge in conversation and take in the scenic views. Offered daily, and open for reservations to those not staying at the hotel, high tea is a must during any visit.

131 on Herbert Baker (a Mantis property) delivers on every element of customer service and exceeds any expectations of a world class hotel. The elegant interiors, attentive staff, affluent atmosphere and evident influence and hands on involvement of the owners has created a remarkable and memorable boutique experience.

The personal touches, including a handwritten welcome note, individual flowers on bathroom towels and a complementary snack platter (with South Africa’s famous biltong) at turn down all attribute to the desire to return the second you check out. Renowned for hosting royalty, celebrities, and other notables it is easy to see why 131 is one of the most elegant sought after addresses in South Africa’s capital city.

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As always, the opinion is that of the author.


  • Jordanna

    Wow! Looks like such a marvellous hotel with a rare personal approach. When in Pretoria 😉

  • Tonya

    This hotel looks incredible! I hate all these tacky 500 room chains that dominate the city centres. It’s the boutique hotels built on passion that leave a lasting impression. Thanks for the inside scoop.

    • nadaCliche

      Couldn’t agree more Tonya!

  • Charles

    I have visited the hotel for afternoon tea and it was a really pleasant experience, would absolutely recommend it.

  • Thomas L

    Fantastic recap, I have had a long desire to visit Pretoria and this is an impressive hotel to visit. I’ll keep you posted on my plans 🙂

    • nadaCliche

      Please do Thomas, no doubt you will love it!

  • Ami

    Wowza! LOVE this

  • Andres L

    Simple elegance, incredible presentation.

  • Donovan

    Wonderful looking hotel. I visit Pretoria quite often and usually stay at the Sheraton, this looks like a great place for a change of scenery. Food looks fantastic too. Thanks.

  • Sherry L

    Spectacular looking establishment. I’m familiar with the area but never knew of this residence. Worth checking out I presume? 🙂

  • Tonya O

    Tremendous boutique hotel in a world class city.

  • Juan C

    I can’t believe you found this little gem!! I drove by it recently and was intrigued so I looked it up, such a fantastic looking spot. I will have to visit in the near future.

  • Kyle

    Prime time! Just booked this hotel after seeing your article, excited to experience this unique gem. Mantis always acquires great properties, thanks for sharing – Kyle

    • nadaCliche

      That they do! Enjoy Kyle

  • Kylie

    Zebras? In the city? From my room? Awesome lol I would love to visit

  • Monica

    As if I need another reason to go to SA? LOL I must stay here one day

  • Brennan Harper

    Very prestigious address, truly beautiful accommodations. Thank you kindly for the insight. – Brennan

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  • Njaka

    Beautiful property. I will be in Pretoria in May, I wish I discovered this hotel prior to booking. Perhaps on my next annual visit.