Johannesburg is one of the most vibrant cities on the African continent and South Africa’s financial capital. Although Johannesburg is seen by many international leisure travelers as merely a stop off point on the way to visit the world famous game reserves in the north of the country or as a waypoint that many enjoy while catching a connecting flight to the tourist mecca of Cape Town at the south end of the country it also boasts some of the best luxury accommodation in the country.
From boutique style accommodation to 5-star offerings from some of the biggest hotel groups in the world Johannesburg really does have a luxury accommodation solution for even the most demanding of traveler – whether they’re in the country for business or pleasure.
Here are five of the top choices for anyone visiting Johannesburg and simply want the best that the city has to offer.
#1 The Saxon Villas And Spa.
As far as boutique hotels are concerned The Saxon can offer an experience that would gladly compete with 5-star accommodation anywhere in the world. Situated in the upmarket suburb of Sandhurst in Johannesburg this hotel offers an understated ‘African chick’ ambiance that has been enjoyed by luminaries such as Nelson Mandela – who finished his book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ at The Saxon, to the Clinton’s who are still regular visitors. The rooms offer gracefully understated decor and baths which are big enough to share with ease. The restaurant ‘Five Hundred’ offers meals that are simply works of art and the pairings of caviar and Champagne are absolutely delightful. For the business traveler the complimentary in-room laptops and blistering fast Internet access make The Saxon a ‘no brainer’ as a luxury accommodation choice.
#2 The Munro.
Another exceptional luxury boutique hotel The Munro offers a classic take on 5-star accommodation with massive helpings of understated style and exceptional customer service. Located in Houghton, a Johannesburg suburb that has been the classic choice of old money this boutique hotel provides the ambiance of a classic French château and a sophisticated feel. Steve Wozniak of Apple fame has based himself here on trips to Johannesburg. This hotel really is elitist, offering just 5 suites. The view over the city from the infinity pool must be seen to be believed.
#3 54 On Bath.
This is an oasis for the business traveler in searching of claim in one of the most energetic cities in the world. Found in the leafy green suburb of Rosebank, 54 on Bath is tastefully furnished with high points that include original works of art from some of South Africa’s most well-known artists and photographers. The ‘Level Four’ restaurant serves fabulous culinary creations and the champagne bar is perfect for de-stressing after a day in the boardroom. Don’t miss the daily high tea in the gardens.
#4 Decades Art Hotel.
For the more creative at heart, the Decades Art Hotel is a refreshing alternative to the sometimes soulless offerings from international hotel chains. Located in the edgy suburb of Maboneng this part accommodation part art gallery is further down the scale as far as price is concerned, but it’s still a great place to put your head down if you’re into art or music.
#5 The Peech.
You’ll find The Peech in the upmarket suburb of Melrose in Johannesburg – and you’ll be glad you did. This is one of the best examples of relaxed contemporary exclusivity in the city. With 16 rooms there’s limited space so make sure that you book early. There’s a bistro and a champagne bar, both of which produce heavenly drinks and culinary masterpieces.
Johannesburg’s boutique hotel offerings are world class and will reward diligent selection. If you’re in the city make sure that you find that little something different when it comes to luxury.