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“If music be the food of love, play on…”

Shakespeare used ancient Illyria, presently known as Albania as the enchanted setting for his play, “Twelfth Night”. Everyone in this tranquil paradise is in love, even the King.
Indulge yourself for a moment in the splendor of Illyria House, our celebration of elegant and romantic living, of love and happiness, of music, beauty and poetry… in our new home, Africa.

About Illyria House

The serene beauty of Illyria House has always been an irresistible attraction to all lovers of fine things. Against the backdrop of classical music, fine antiques and 17th century tapestries an enchanting and unique colonial lifestyle experience, complete with white-gloved butlers and a resident duck family, unfolds.


Ever since the day Illyria House has been founded, they have been known as one of the most luxurious and exclusive hotels in Pretoria, and South Africa. Below are some of the awards have been received since 2000.



Condé Nast House & Garden
Commended by Condé Nast House & Garden as the most outstanding accommodation establishment in Pretoria.


Marie Claire
Included as one of the seven “Most Exclusive Hotels in South Africa”


Applauded as the “Most Romantic Spot in South Africa”

Selected by the South African National Broadcasting Corporation as having the No 1 Honeymoon Suite in the country

Sven Fritsche
Included in Best Hotels of the World by Sven Fritsche

Nominated by 50 leading travel industry consultants as an entrant for the World Luxury Hotel Awards


2006 / 2007

Listed in “1001 Places to see before you die”

2007 & 2008

Finalist in the category “Most Romantic Hotel”

The Dream Destination Edition
Included in “Villas and Luxury Hotels South Africa”


2008 / 2009

Appointed as one of the “Best 100 Spas in Africa”


Chosen as the Number One Hotel for Business Romance and Families

Coffee Table Magazine for the finer things in Life
Included in “Opulent Living” Volume 1 African Dream



Best Hotel in Pretoria as well as the Best Hotel for Romance and Families

Coffee Table Magazine for the finer things in Life
Included in “Opulent Living” Volume 1 African Dream


2013 / 2014

PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Overall Winner Boutique Hotel


Accolade Business Spain


Certificate of excellence


Lilizela Service Excellence Award
Runner Up in the 5 star Boutique Hotel category


See page 48-49 in the publication Haute Grandeur The Best in Hotels, Spas and Restaurants™


Illyria House is located between City of Tswane and Johannesburg, with easy access to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport (about 25 minutes away), Pretoria’s Gautrain and Blue Train Station (about 5 minutes away), Capitol Park Station for Rovos Rail (about 15 minutes away) and many more amenities.

  • O.R. Tambo International Airport – 47.1 km
  • Pretoria Gautrain Station – 2.7 km
  • Voortrekker Monument – 6.8 km
  • Capitol Park Station – 4.5 km
  • Loftus Versfeld – 3.1 km
  • Wanderers Stadium – 49.7 km
  • Supersport Park – 13.8 km
  • UNITAS Hospital – 10.3 km
  • Union Buildings – 3.9 km
  • Pretoria National Zoological Gardens of South Africa – 5.2 km

I loved everything about my visit there, the staff, decor, food not to mention the ambiance. I would suggest that one is given the opportunity to order on the day of arrival but all in all, It was like being in a dream.

It was a pleasure to stay at Illyria Hotel in Pretoria. A lovely place with friendly people and nice hosts.

The best food made with care for guests on special recipes. The hotel ambiance is so pleasant, green, fantastic museum design, classic music and full of history. I enjoyed the time spent at Illyria and wish to go back there again.

Everything was wonderful, food, treatments, all of it. Lovely area and facilities. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The therapists doing treatments were wonderful, the facilities were excellent, especially the sauna. Liked the room with own bathroom and the two-bed option

Thanks a million for an absolutely awesome stay at your most beautiful antique venue. The atmosphere is so romantic, the hospitality friendly and the food absolutely delicious. Thanks for being the cherry on my very special birthday surprise. It was absolutely amazing!

We had a 50th birthday party at Illyria house last weekend, and that was just the most amazing experience!

The hotel is beautiful, the style is beyond what words can describe!
The food and service was better than anyone could hope for, really best food I had in ages!
The staff and hostess really went our of their way to make it such a special evening with a eye to detail!

Thank you, Jaco and the staff for a wonderful morning at Illyria House! The service was excellent!

My friends will definitely return in the future. We enjoyed the garden view. The hospitality was noticed and the staff made us feel at home.

Our stay was out of this world. Charm, tranquility, excellent service, food prepared with love. The staff that went out of their way for our comfort. We will definitely visit again and recommend Illyria House as it is an exceptional experience.

The Spa treatment was just what the doctor ordered.