Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the pulsating city that never sleeps. Known as ‘Joburg’ or ‘Jozi’ to the locals, the city was established during the gold rush of the 1800’s and that entrepreneurial, enterprising spirit and energy has remained ever since. The business capital of Africa, Johannesburg is also the gateway to the continent with hundreds of regional and international flights in and out of the City of Gold every day.

Gradually shrugging off its reputation as a dangerous location, Johannesburg is enjoying somewhat of a cultural renaissance thanks to the inner-city rejuvenation project currently underway. Newtown, the hub of inner-city Joburg, is now home to trendy restaurants and pubs, art galleries, museums and markets frequented by a diverse and cosmopolitan crowd. Known as the largest man-made forest in the world, Johannesburg’s beautiful leafy suburbs are bursting with trendy roadside cafes and some of the finest dining in Africa.

For the shopaholics, Johannesburg has without doubt the best shopping in South Africa. Sandton City is home to world famous luxury brands, the Rosebank Rooftop market caters to the eclectic set, and the Oriental Plaza provides and authentic taste of the East. There are malls and markets for every taste. It’s not all shopping though – Johannesburg is also home to South Africa’s ballet company and some of its oldest theatres. South Africa’s Highest Court – the Constitutional Court – is situated in Johannesburg and is adjacent to the Apartheid Museum, a stark reminder of South Africa’s fragmented history. The bustling township of Soweto can be experienced by guided tour, offering a firsthand look into one of South Africa’s most important areas.

Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, is just a 15min train ride away on the new high speed overland Gautrain – which also connects the inner city with financial hub Sandton, and the international OR Tambo airport. For those seeking a little respite from the frenetic energy of the big city, the lush green hills of Magalieburg are only an hour outside of Johannesburg and are home to the Cradle of Mankind Heritage Site and an Elephant Sanctuary.

With easy access to all of South Africa’s top attractions, Johannesburg has often simply been a layover city. However, with Joburg enjoying a cultural resurgence alongside dramatically decreasing crime levels, the city is well worth a visit in it’s own right.

 

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The Residence

The Residence

The Residence, nestled in the heart of the historic, upmarket suburb of Houghton, is one of Johannesburg’s most sought after boutique hotels. Old world beauty and an overall sophisticated feel, give an inkling as to what level of service and luxury can be expected at The Residence. The hotel suites are spacious and opulently appointed, each with a private balcony with sun loungers and a dining suite, offering views of the lush garden, pool and tennis court.

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Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

The Saxon is an exquisite study in modern luxury and world-class service, where every detail has been considered to make each guest feel like royalty; staying at the hotel is an unforgettable experience in itself. Luxury rooms are furnished in a contemporary style with tasteful African accents, touches of marble, wood, luxurious linens and African artefacts. The Saxon also boasts a restaurant, grill and terrace menu, where each dish is prepared to perfection by executive chefs, while its renowned High Teas are sublimely decadence.

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African Rock Hotel

African Rock is a boutique hotel set in a private gated community just 11 km from O.R. Tambo International Airport, in the peaceful suburb of Kempton Park. For international travellers this five star property is the perfect introduction to luxury African living. The hotel arranges for complimentary transfers both to and from the airport for all guests and you will be greeted on arrival by the owners and key staff members, who will have you feeling right at home from the outset, with a refreshing drink and a sincere hearty welcome.

 

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The Winston Hotel

The Winston Hotel

A quiet oasis in the heart of Johannesburg’s leafy Rosebank area, The Winston Hotel is an unexpected find amid the city bustle, with the feel of a country villa in its tranquil courtyards and gardens. Its intimate feel and charming, eclectic decor is perfect for those looking for a more personal experience and the warm and friendly staff make guests feel completely at home. Just two short blocks away from the Rosebank Gautrain, it’s conveniently located for both business and leisure travellers, and with the excellent in-house restaurant, bar and a lovely swimming pool, it’s easy to forget about the world outside and relax.

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InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

The luxury hotel at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, the Intercontinental is the place to stay when you want a very comfortable, hassle-free night’s rest between flights. Whether you have an early morning flight heading out on an African safari, or a complicated business itinerary requiring several Jo’burg stopovers, the hotel’s location can’t be beaten, just one minute’s walk from the international arrivals. With extensive conference facilities, a well-equipped business centre, a heated swimming pool and spa, gym and an excellent restaurant, everything you need to recuperate after a hectic journey is right there, so there is no need to deal with traffic and city bustle.

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Peermont Metcourt Hotel at Emperors Palace

Peermont Metcourt Hotel at Emperors Palace

The Peermont Metcourt hotel is the 3-star value-for-money alternative to the grand opulence of the Peermont Dóreale. The perfect value destination if you need to overnight in Johannesburg en route to your safari or beach destination. The hotel is perfect for families and groups and is conveniently situated close to O.R. Tambo International Airport, and within ‘South Africa’s Las Vegas’, the Emperor’s Palace complex.

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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch

Protea Hotel Fire and Ice Melrose Arch

With its convenient position in the heart of Melrose Arch, a residential hotel and shopping precinct in Johannesburg’s swish Northern Suburbs, and a thoroughly modern approach to the art of hospitality, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! attracts a value-conscious and utterly hip crowd. For those looking for an introduction to the City of Gold’s Afripolitan-ness, you’ve come to the right place.

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Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace

Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace

The 5 star Peermont D’oreale Grande hotel located within the Emperors Palace complex, is an opulent, luxurious hotel that features 192 rooms and suites. Close to the O.R. Tambo International airport and within walking distance of restaurants, a casino, a day spa, theatres, revue bars and much more, the Peermont D’oreale is the place to be when planning time away in ‘South Africa’s Las Vegas’. Guests are awarded access to the casino, theatre, restaurants, spa, bars and more within the Emperor’s Palace complex, during their stay.

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Michaelangelo Hotel

Italian Renaissance grandeur with a contemporary urban twist, the Michaelangelo Hotel is an oasis of welcoming luxury in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg’s sophisticated shopping and business district. Overlooking Nelson Mandela Square with its trendy sidewalk cafes and restaurants, the hotel is also adjacent to the glamorous Sandton City Mall and within walking distance of the Gautrain, so is conveniently located for both business and leisure traveller.

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The Westcliff Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

The legendary Westcliff Hotel, perched on its leafy hillside overlooking Johannesburg’s most desirable suburbs, has been transformed with top to toe renovations by new owners Four Seasons, re-opened in December 2014. Its reputation as one of the most exclusive addresses in town is upheld by glorious views, world class restaurants with a Michelin starred chef in charge, and sumptuous contemporary elegance.

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