Lying directly between Joburg’s historic city centre and the newer Sandton business district and with a Gautrain station right on its doorstep, Rosebank is one of the most popular places to be whether you are in Joburg for business or leisure. Rosebank’s busy pedestrianised shopping precinct with its pavement cafes hums with a diverse crowd while chic new nightlife and dining destinations such as Keyes Art Mile (also known for its outstanding contemporary art galleries) and Park Corner attract a young, fashionable and fun-loving crowd.
One of Joburg's most walkable neighbourhoods, Rosebank has been designed with people rather than cars in mind and you can easily walk from one side of the district to the other in ten minutes, quite a feat compared to the distances faced in many of Joburg's low-rise, strip-mall dominated northern suburbs. Wherever you stay in Rosebank make sure to pick up our handy Rosebank In Your Pocket Mini-Guide to find your way around the neighbourhood.
Here's our pick of six of the best places to stay in Rosebank.
The setting is a Cape Dutch-style homestead in a quiet suburban street, just across the road from the fantastic restaurants, bars, design stores and art galleries of Keyes Art Mile. The warm cream-coloured interiors contrast well with the lush gardens, and rooms – with five-star amenities – all have a view of the pool. Clico's elegant restaurant promises a great wine list and a regularly changing seasonal menu and the dining area opens up onto the gardens, while the private dining room is perfect for meetings over a meal. With just five rooms there's an emphasis on personalised and charming service, and from the front door to your room you will be ushered in warmly.
Ideal for: Those looking for a small boutique hotel with plenty of great dining options on your doorstep.
Popular with large groups and conferences, this smart stop is right in the centre of the Rosebank District, a 5-minute walk from both the Gautrain station and the chic Keyes Art Mile. With the business traveller in mind the expansive lobby lounge has plenty of space for low-key meetings and a specially designed laptop counter. The comfortable rooms are perfect for party people with a ‘sleep floor’ where housekeeping services rooms on a later schedule than usual.
Ideal for: With more than 300 rooms Crowne Plaza is ideal for large groups.
Directly connected to the upmarket Firs centre and just a few steps away from the Rosebank Gautrain, this upmarket hotel is popular with the city’s business crowd who can usually be found talking shop over coffee or wine in the delightful central courtyard which has a magnificent tropical garden. Meanwhile the contemporary restaurant OneNineOne – a nod to the hotel’s address on Oxford Road – incorporates international and local flavours and heroes locally-sourced and sustainably farmed ingredients. The hotel also has The Regency Club, the executive's choice hotel within a hotel offering all-day refreshments, evening canapés and drinks. For some essential rest and relaxation head to the rooftop to the Amani Spa and pool.
Ideal for: An upmarket hotel in a prime location with great outdoor spaces and a luxurious spa.
An elegant choice for business or romance tucked into the leafy suburbs behind the Rosebank Gautrain station, the setting is modelled on Joburg's grand historic colonial architecture, and in particular the architecture of Sir Herbert Baker. The decor is a stylishly quirky and colourful mix, with great attention to detail and an emphasis on luxury. Beds are king-sized and rooms are themed. The Courtyard suites look onto the pool area and also are designed for working visits with comfortable work stations and high-speed wifi.
Ideal for: Colourful and quirky interiors, a large pool and a more leisure-orientated approach than Rosebank's many business hotels.
While many hotels are trimming niceties, this contemporary boutique hotel is all about the extras, like complimentary pressing of three items daily, fresh flowers in your room, a pillow service, complimentary room snacks and espresso, and for long stays - 10 nights or more - your monogrammed dressing gown awaits. For a private balcony, book a 10th floor suite. A passageway leads you directly from the hotel into the Rosebank Mall, and to the gym (your hotel gym bag comes with an MP3 player preloaded with tracks to get your heart rate up). And if you prefer to take things a little slower head up to the Level Four restaurant for dinner, High Tea, a glass of bubbly at the Champagne Bar, a game of croquet on the rooftop croquet lawn or a take a quick dip in the rooftop lap pool.
Ideal for: A luxury break in the heart of the Rosebank action with lots of fun extras.
Part of The Capital group's ever-expanding collection of smart apartment hotels, The Capital on Bath comes with all the important extras that fans of the brand have grown to love such as the latest kitchen appliances, a fitness centre, complimentary laundry service and, a swimming pool with plenty of loungers for relaxing. The Gautrain station is an easy 10-minute walk away or if you have suitcases to carry take advantage of the free shuttle service. There's a broad choice of room and apartment options including standard rooms and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments (with a fully equipped kitchen/dining room and a balcony overlooking Rosebank's blooming jacaranda trees). For something special book one of the penthouse suites, all of which come with a double-volume lounge, large patios and room for a ping pong table.
Ideal for: Contemporary self-catering accommodation with the added bonus of a gym, pool and helpful staff at the front desk.