Johannesburg

The GM is a curator. Art, fashion and music are in the mix. There’s a rooftop bar with some of the best views of Joburg and it’s all happening in the city's most walkable neighborhood.

The new Radisson Red Rosebank feels as if someone just kicked open the locked and decaying doors of the local hotel scene. Radisson RED hotels globally are part of a cool and creative hotel brand designed to appeal to young and outgoing travellers, and Radisson RED Rosebank is definitely a proud exponent of this flagship brand. 

This is the kind of place where your lunch counter on the terrace doubles as a ping pong table, where you will find a pinball machine in the conference room and a DJ set on the rooftop. Adding to Rosebank's art gallery DNA, Radisson RED Rosebank is a consciously art-focused hotel.

It's also super fresh and welcoming. You will be greeted as you enter the lobby by a young and willing front desk team, who were recruited via an auditions process, for their enthusiasm and outgoing nature. It's another breath of fresh air in a space that is often all too corporate in its approach. 
 
Radisson Red Rosebank stayover
The suite life at Radisson RED Rosebank
You will be struck by the Hollywood star lighting and the huge format bold contemporary photography by Ghanaian Prince Gyasi who was commissioned to create these new works (some of them several floors high) for the hotel. We love the proud support of local so evident in the furniture, lots of which comes from the studio of South African design icon Haldane Martin, the showstopping scuptures on the stairwell by Jake Michael Singer, and the support of local craft brand Moonbasket by the hotel.

In front of the hotel, marking its space in the Oxford Parks precinct, a huge red angel wing sculpture made from old domestic irons by local artist Usha Seejarim has already become a major selfie spot, and the hotel plans to host regular art-focused activations.  

Another fun aspect of the experience is the hotel digi-wall opposite the bar which provides a guide to the surrounds, and also has a self-timing camera for those momements when you and your crew desperately need a selfie. 
 
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Tasty plates to enjoy with drinks at Radisson RED Rosebank 
We spent a Saturday night there recently – we loved our suite with its view of Rosebank's manageable cityscape, but as soon as the luggage was installed in our room we made a beeline for the rooftop bar (the hotel is seven floors, with 222 rooms, so request a room high up). The rooftop bar is the kind of spot that you will find hard to leave. Saturday afternoon it's all good tunes and cocktails as you nestle into comfy seating at the poolside and watch the sun sink over the suburbs. You can see the great tree expanse of Joburg, your view uninterrupted and stretching all the way to Northcliff ridge. It's quite exceptional. Make sure to pre-book, as we know Radisson RED Rooftop Bar & Terrace is going to be one of Joburg's hottest spots this summer.  

Food is from the Oui Bar + KTCHN, devised by chef Genghis San. The flavours are fresh, and the focus is on casual dishes, from bao slider buns to tacos and small plates (try the stuffed olives), burgers and poke bowls. We feasted on these dishes with drinks and as the sun descended and the temperature shifted we ordered dinner to our room. We highly recommend the lamb chops.  

The rooms are contemporary in style, with fresh bursts of imagery on the wallpaper, lifting the mood instantly. You'll find the bathroom has some interesting features including very cool lighting ((in fact, the bathrooms in general in this hotel have become a media talking point for their vibrant appearance). And the double glazed windows mean you'll be sleeping late in your comfy king size bed with its crisp linen, despite being near to one of Joburg's busiest thoroughfares, Oxford Road. Don't oversleep as breakfast is worth moseying downstairs for.  
 
Radisson Red Rosebank bathrooms
The bathrooms at Radisson RED Rosebank have become a talking point
If you haven't taken a holiday for far too long, there is just no excuse. Even if it's a few minutes drive from home, we think a stay ar Radisson RED Rosebank is just the thing to freshen up the senses. 
 
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Facilities for disabled
Outside seating
Guarded parking
Wi-fi
Conference facilities
Swimming pool
Fitness centre

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