1. CURIOCITY HOSTELS
If it’s happening in Maboneng, Curiocity Hostels is a perfect location from which to experience the action. At the helm is the charming Bheki Dube, a photographer, tour guide and city aficionado, who runs MainStreetWalks tour company. Curiocity hosts live-music events, rooftop picnics and has a popular bar and braai stand. Guests can choose from dorms, private rooms, a loft apartment and rooms at the next door 12 Decades Art Hotel – a dozen boutique apartments, each designed by an artist to reﬂect a particular decade of Joburg’s first 120 years. A range of innovative city tours start from outside the front door including cycling tours of the city on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, tennis outings to Ellis Park and even a skateboarding tour of the city.
2. SAXON HOTEL, VILLAS & SPA
Each room here is fit for royalty. Once home to business magnate Douw Steyn, this is where former President Nelson Mandela retreated to complete his autobiography and in 2018, the place that the star lineup of the Global Citizen festival, who included Beyonce and Jay Z, called home. The rooms are sheer indulgence (think private terraces, king-sized beds and lavishly-sized bath and rain showers). The hotel dining options are among the most sought-after seats in Joburg, from the six-course, experimental and fine dining menu presented by much-awarded Head Chef Candice Philip at Grei, to executive Chef Jane-Therese Mulry’s dishes, also inspired by the Saxon’s incredible kitchen garden, at Qunu. If you only have a few hours to spare, the ultra-luxe Saxon Spa is a tranquil retreat worthy of its own special visit.
3. HALLMARK HOTEL
The much-anticipated design of leading Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, whose recent work includes the landmark National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. Industrial chic with plenty of contemporary artwork and finishes, the hotel rooms each have a balcony offering great city views. You’ll find a cool coffee shop in the lobby known for its excellent roasts and the hip and happening Marabi Club for jazz in the basement. A free shuttle service will put you within easy reach of all of Maboneng precinct’s most fashionable attractions.
4. HYATT REGENCY
One of the city’s top business hotels, the Hyatt Regency is favoured by the corporate who’s who for high-powered meetings in the lobby lounge, plus you’ll be just steps away from the buzzing Rosebank shopping and entertainment complex and the convenience of the Gautrain station. The hotel’s oneNINEone restaurant opens onto a courtyard perfect for sipping wine far from the madding crowd.
5. LIZ AT LANCASTER
This multi-award-winning cosy four-star guesthouse is conveniently located in the quiet suburb of Craighall Park, between Rosebank and Sandton. Ranked first on TripAdvisor (out of almost 300 Joburg guesthouses on the site), Liz at Lancaster is set in a lush garden and offers self-catering accommodation or bed and breakfast rooms, including a healthy homemade breakfast served on the main patio overlooking the gardens and swimming pool. As an added bonus, owner Liz Delmont is a maven on all things Joburg and the guesthouse notice board is constantly updated with her recommendations on how best to spend your time in the city.
6. LEBO’S SOWETO BACKPACKERS
With so much to see and experience, it’s worth spending quality time in Soweto. Celebrated Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers has it all: comfy dorms, single or double rooms, or just pitch a tent in the garden. There is a welcoming beach-style bar, and an open-air restaurant in the adjacent park. Lebo’s bicycle, walking or tuk-tuk tours are a must-do activity.
7. THE PEECH BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Located in upscale, peaceful Melrose, The Peech Boutique Hotel offers a selection of 32 eco-chic private rooms, including a two-bedroom Luxury Villa in the beautiful treed garden. The 1950s heritage residence has retained its original elegant feel while expanding to also incorporate modern, all-natural design features. The extensive, lush landscaping, a veritable oasis in the city, is a highlight.
8. SATYAGRAHA HOUSE
Gandhi lived a meditative life here from 1908-1909 developing and sharing his philosophy of satyagraha (passive resistance). The house is now a museum and beautiful boutique hotel that offers visitors a contemplative experience complete with yoga and meditation classes in the garden and delicious vegetarian meals. Chic simplicity at its best.
9. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL THE WESTCLIFF
If leisure is what you seek, the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff is the playground of both the visiting luxury set and locals from the affluent surrounding suburbs. The drop-dead gorgeous views of this most-treed city make the Flames restaurant terrace a prime sundowners destination (reserve your table) or the place to enjoy a sumptuous brunch. Pre View atop the hill is a sexy tapas and cocktail bar adjoining the fine dining restaurant View. For a blissful break head to the superb spa.
10. THE BANNISTER HOTEL
Enjoy hipster capital Braamfontein’s weekend party atmosphere at The Bannister Hotel. Its bar is one of Braamfontein’s most popular hangouts, with a late-night restaurant and sushi bar. A stylish budget hotel, The Bannister's en-suite rooms come with plenty of TV channels, free Wi-Fi, and little luxuries like rain shower heads in the bathrooms.
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg
67 Jan Smuts Ave, Westcliff
The new Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff (opened end-2014) is a huge boon for the city and for ultra-luxe accommodation options. It has taken one of the best …
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers
10823A Pooe St, cnr Ramushu St, Orlando West, Soweto