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.
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.
Food is from the OUIBar + KTCHN, devised by chef Genghis San. The flavours are fresh, focusing 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 and block out blinds mean you'll be sleeping late in your comfy king-size bed with its crisp linen, despite being near one of Joburg's busiest thoroughfares, Oxford Road. Don't oversleep as breakfast is worth moseying downstairs for.
If you can only manage a short visit, it should include their Seven Colour Sunday lunch, and bottomless bubbles at the their rooftop bar.