Silverstar gets a Gold Star

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Southern Sun Silverstar is perfectly situated at the end of the N14 Johannnesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The surrounding countryside is green and lush. But the weather is perfect for this, sometimes hidden, gem of a casino property.

Myself and Keith – my husband, arrived at the hotel and we were greeted by friendly and courteous staff. Our check-in was smooth and efficient while sipping complimentary champagne. Our luggage was taken to the room by a chatty and informative bellhop. The room was fabulous. Spotlessly clean and large enough for an entire family! The sumptuous bath, the large soft king-size bed, and two TV’s both able to view different channels. The bathroom had two basins, taking into account that a couple, no matter how much they try, will always have more bathroom items than you have at home (in our case its my husband as I carry all my camera and technology kit!)

We filtered out onto the property to enjoy an afternoon and evening of glitz and glamour…The Soulstice spa was our first stop and we lazed around in the pools. The hydro pool inside was warm and again I appreciated that there wasn’t the usual Spa music (I would rather listen to Prince and David Bowie than that whispy music!). Soulstice reserve that for the actual massage rooms so we could chat and have fun while floating in the pools. The inside pool has a great view of the Silverstar piazza. Downside was it also overlooks the yard of the Thai restaurant which is filled with debris.

Not to be deterred, Keith and I then decided to try the outside pool and delighted to find it warmer than the inside one and filled with jets. We tried them all. It should be open to hotel guests to use the pool facilities as the Silverstar Hotel pool is tantalizingly close to the Spa. We noticed that the pool bar is perfectly situated between the two making it convenient to take your cocktail into the spa or Hotel.

Soon it was time for the Movies. We were quite excited and couldn’t believe how cheap the popcorn was – R23 for a Large Box and under R50 for a movie ticket if you have a Silverstar Card. Great seating … we could sit anywhere.

Then of course was the wide choice of restaurants. We couldn’t decide and eventually settled on Vigour and Verve. Superb cuisine and great service. I am fairly critical when it comes to service and delivery and yet so far we had nothing to complain about. Everyone went out of their way to just be nice. I threw a curve ball to see if they would cater to my strange combinations…Curry and spaghetti…and sure enough it was served with a smile and I loved every mouthful.

“Silverstar is unlike the other casino properties…it’s small enough to be personal and large enough to keep me busy when I get bored. Here at Silverstar there were enough activity and meal options to keep me coming back when I am in town.”

Soon it was time for the Movies. We were quite excited and couldn’t believe how cheap the popcorn was… 

Silverstar is unlike the other casino properties…it’s small enough to be personal and large enough to keep me busy when I get bored. Here at Silverstar there were enough activity and meal options to keep me coming back when I am in town.

Our overnight stay was finished off with a most delightful breakfast. Wide choice of self service options but we ordered lamb chops for Keith and I had an omelette with, together with encouragement from our pleasant waitress, all the trimmings. When we left she kindly gave us the bones for our dogs at home which she wrapped in foil for easy transport and not in those awful polystyrene boxes that always come apart.

Sadly we had other plans for the day otherwise we would have remained there all day long!

Just because Silverstar is on your doorstep, doesn’t mean you can’t check in and stay over…it’s the best choice you will make in a long time.

This article was written by GENIENE PRESTON

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Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people and enjoying their food and culture. She enjoys tackling complex strategic challenges in the passion-to-entrepreneurship pipeline, particularly focused on the implications of 4th Industrial Revolution and workforce automation on Africa's travel and tourism industry. Miriro is currently the Managing Editor of Nomad Africa magazine.

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