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. The scene is set from arrival in the moody lobby with its swathes of silk, Alice in Wonderland-esque chairs and confident Men in Black-style reception staff and continues to the outdoor areas and bar that are a popular haunting ground for Joburg’s young and restless crowd. For those looking for an introduction to the City of Gold’s Afripolitan-ness, you’ve come to the right place.
Because of its convenient position, Fire&Ice! is an obvious choice for business travellers too and a free daily dose of WiFi ensures browsers and those brokering business deals are in good hands. There are 197 rooms in total, ranging from smaller standard rooms to suites and their spacious ‘Universal Access’ suites, and each is an exercise in brave, bold decorating, featuring patterned wallpaper, contemporary furniture items and sleek accessories. The standard rooms are the most popular and with due reason, considering their excellent per night rate – here, the shower is in-room but not to the detriment of the look and feel of these style driven spaces.
Guests checking in for an extended stay will be pleased to know there is both a gym and swimming pool on site while the edible offerings mimic American diners, just in an altogether sexier environment. Patrons can munch on burgers and sip on gourmet milkshakes in the glamorous restaurant, later congregating in the bar for the cocktails that keep the city’s pretty people coming back for more.
A hotel this big and so centrally situated in Johannesburg obviously works well as a conference facility and the staff is well versed in making these and other functions happen. All parking is safe and situated underground – and guests are able to simply stroll from the hotel to any of the eateries or glossy stores situated on its doorstep.
When it comes to hip, happening, cool and convenient, Protea Fire&Ice! Melrose Arch has it all in bucket loads.
- 24-hour Security
- Conference Centre
- Internet Access
- Airport Shuttles
- Credit Card
- Room Service
- Tennis Court