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13 Of The Best Hotels In Johannesburg To Visit For A Memorable Experience

13 Of The Best Hotels In Johannesburg To Visit For A Memorable Experience


Being South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg is a top destination for many heading to South Africa. Whether Joburg makes your travel list due to work or play reasons, for the discerning traveller, finding a hotel that meets your taste can sometimes be tiresome. This is why we have curated this list of the best hotels in Johannesburg that suit a variety of needs. Simply put, you’re more than likely to find the hotel of your dreams right here. 

When getting a hotel, you want to make sure that you get your money’s worth. From the service to the facilities, no one wants to waste their hard-earned money on a subpar hotel. For this compilation, we considered several factors including the hotel’s location and its proximity to essentials, leisure facilities, workspace, dining options, security, and of course, online reviews. While each hotel didn’t necessarily score 10 points in each category, they excelled in every ramification. At the end of the day, you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy a pleasant experience as well as a good bang for your buck. 

Check out 13 of the best hotels in Johannesburg, South Africa…

#1. The Giglio Boutique Hotel

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Urban tranquillity meets opulent perfection. If you’re used to pampered living, The Giglio may be the closest thing to a home away from home. Scenic views, rows of proud-standing trees, and the absence of the bustling city life are some of the great reasons to make this hotel your escape. Plus, it offers the convenience of being a short distance from many South African restaurants and amenities should you decide to get a feel of the “city life.”

#2. Sandton Towers

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Sandton towers brings contemporary, convenience, and luxury together for one heck of a stay. With over 200 exquisite rooms available, you’ll certainly find one that suits your need. In addition, there’s a fitness centre, several workstations, a state-of-the-art shuttle service, and a delicious array of dining options among others. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the famous outdoor pool. Indeed worthy of a visit, or more.

Note: Sandton Towers is a member of the Southern Sun group of hotels.

#3. Hoëveld House Boutique Hotel

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Word is that Hoëveld House is the pinnacle of upmarket, luxury accommodation in the Santon area of Johannesburg, South Africa. The stylish boutique hotel sits on a property that flaunts statuesque, ancient trees as well as magnificent gardens. Whether you’ll be visiting solo, in a group, or with kids, this hotel is well able to serve all the needs you may have. Also, its proximity to entertainment centres, sporting grounds, golf courses, world-class shopping malls and lively nightlife means you get a good opportunity to make some lasting memories of the incredible city. When it comes to facilities, you get the expert service of a butler, in-house florist, professional chef, and many others. How’s that for luxury?

#4. The Residence Boutique Hotel

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This five-star boutique hotel prides itself in being one-of-a-kind and is a winner of the Trip Advisor’s travellers’ choice awards for 2019. With 18 designer suites, no effort has been spared in creating a warm, luxurious, elegant and inviting atmosphere. The hotel offers a garden, tennis court, pools, and a spa where you can unwind in the sauna and steam room. And talking about saunas and steam rooms, I recently found some of the best sauna heaters you can buy if you have an in-house sauna!

#5. Genesis All-Suite Hotel

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Set in the heart of Johannesburg, Genesis All-Suite Hotel is ideally and centrally located. With easy access to OR Tambo International Airport and the cosmopolitan business and leisure suburb of Rosebank and Melrose Arch, the hotel offers options of one to four-bedroom suites with complimentary wifi, free parking, and an outdoor swimming pool. Genesis bistro, Fairmount bar & lounge, a fitness centre, and supermarkets are also among the many perks of this hotel.

#6. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

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Perched on a cliffside, this resort-style retreat offers panoramic views over the neighbouring Johannesburg Zoo and the dense tree canopy of the city’s prestigious northern suburbs. The ambience is like a sun-splashed Mediterranean village laced with courtyards, fountains, and gardens. The hotel’s 117 guest rooms and suites offer cool, contemporary decor inspired by modern Africa.

#7. Once in Joburg

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The award-winning hostel offers young-at-heart travellers a safe place to sleep, eat, and explore the city of Johannesburg. Their en-suite rooms are neat and come with basic luxuries such as air conditioners, crisp white linen, flat-screen TVs (privates only), a safety deposit box, and block-out curtains. They also have options of shared rooms (maximum 4) which are also ensuite and offer a more budget offering to the independent traveller.

#8. 54 on Bath

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54 on Bath is the iconic landmark hotel in the heart of Rosebank, Joburg’s vibrant and eclectic tree-lined neighbourhood of eateries, entertainment, and art. With a total of 75 elegantly decorated rooms, the hotel also offers a universal accessible room featuring a roll-in shower, lowered facilities and a 24-hour monitored emergency help alarm. There are also four sets of interconnecting rooms ideally suited for families. Each en-suite room is fully equipped with a host of facilities to meet your every need; free and unlimited WiFi, outstanding tea and coffee offering, block-out curtains, 24-hour room service, cable TV, mini-bar and air-conditioning. Their luxury suites boast private lounges, spacious en-suite bathrooms, and a balcony overlooking the city’s northern suburbs.

#9. Thaba Eco Hotel

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This rare and valuable jewel is surrounded by the Southern Johannesburg metropolis. It is situated in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve just 10 km from the city centre and has an abundance of indigenous trees, plants, birds, and wildlife. This, along with the beautiful world-class facilities and breathtaking natural surroundings, makes it the venue of choice for weddings and other special occasions. Thaba offers an idyllic setting in a contemporary African style that will make your special day unique and unforgettable. Relax in the luxury hotel rooms amidst the tranquil setting with breathtaking sunsets and unwind at the spa, refreshing pool, and meditation trail.

#10. Clico Boutique Hotel

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Clico Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated in the leafy and upmarket suburb of Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa. Centrally located to the “Joburg” city centre, high-end business hubs such as Melrose and Sandton and metres away from the Rosebank Clinic, Clico is a preferred choice of many business travellers. The hotel was established by Jeanette Schwegman, who wanted to cater to the travel-weary and discerning guest looking for that intimate experience.

#11. African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection

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This has become an international destination in its own right, attracting the type of guests who take pleasure in modern elegance and sophistication. If shopping is on the cards, you couldn’t ask for a better location. Plus, the entire Melrose Arch precinct is patrolled by 24-hour security and monitored by CCTV surveillance for peace of mind and comfort. Their restaurant is a must and offers a truly sensual dining experience; where decor meets a whimsical fusion of international flavours and cooking techniques.

#12. Holiday Inn Johannesburg – Rosebank

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You can’t miss the contemporary, grey‐striped facade of Holiday Inn Johannesburg‐Rosebank, which offers direct, secure access into The Zone shopping centre. You can relax on their sunny pool deck when you arrive from O.R. Tambo International Airport, 25km away. Also, it’s easy to get to meetings in the surrounding business suburb from this hotel located in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Downtown is a 15‐minute taxi ride and the Rosebank Gautrain Station is right on the hotel’s doorstep. They also offer a free corporate shuttle within a 5km radius of the hotel. How convenient!

#13. Villa Simonne Boutique Hotel

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With 16 themed suites — from Marrakesh to Moulin Rouge — Villa Simonne offers exemplary accommodation in the heart of Houghton, as well as an exquisite venue for events and conferences. Borrowing design cues from bygone eras and inspired by the most enchanting cities of the world, the Art Deco boutique hotel conjures up vintage images of Casablanca and comes to life like the pages of a Hemingway novel. Combining an exclusive location with breathtaking scenery, Villa Simonne is a unique experience and one you are not likely to read about in a travel guide. Each suite is designed for comfort and is uniquely styled with custom-made furniture and art deco pieces, to stimulate the imagination and enhance your stay.

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