Where to stay! What's new at Joburg's hotels - May 2021

20 May 2021
As a tourism-focused business, at Johannesburg In Your Pocket we always have our eye on what's new and changing in our local hotel industry. In our monthly hotel blog we take a look at the latest Joburg hotel trends, new venues and enticing specials that you don't want to miss. Catch up on our March news round-up here and our April hotel news here.  

Every week we also take our office on the move to spend the day working at a new Joburg hotel. We launched our 'roaming office' project in February 2021 as an opportunity to test drive new hotel offerings, reconnect with our tourism and hospitality partners and get a look at how life is changing at Joburg's leading hotels after lockdown. You can catch up on our weekly 'roaming office' project by following our Instagram page and see which hotels we've been working from this month on our blog

Here's a look at the latest new hotel openings and offers launched in Joburg this May.

The Mint Hotel group is expanding

Views over the lagoon at The Mint Collection Blyde Villa in Pretoria

The Mint Hotel opened their first Joburg hotel, Mint Hotel on 84 Katherine in late 2020, hitting the ground running with a restaurant operated by the Pablo Eggs Go Bar  team. The brand is now rapidly expanding across Gauteng and in May opened a new budget hotel, The Mint Hotel Sandton View in Wynberg, which also has a Pablo restaurant called Pablo People. And it doesn't stop there. Work is already underway on a new The Mint hotel in Melrose and the group also recently launched The Mint Collection Blyde Villa, a four-bedroom serviced villa overlooking the lagoon at Pretoria's exclusive Blyde Riverwalk Estate. All properties are currently running very compelling specials, that start from just R450 a night for a room at The Mint Hotel Sandton View. Find out more at

Bookings now open for the 58 Farmhouse at Nirox Sculpture Park

The first stage of a gorgeous new boutique hotel called 58, currently taking shape in the farmland adjoining Nirox Sculpture Park, is now open for bookings. The farmhouse has 22 minimalist-chic rooms now open for bookings, with more suites and exclusive villas due to open later in the year. Find out more and book here.

More Joburg hotels reopen after lockdown

Good news! In recent weeks several major Joburg hotels finally reopened their doors to guests after more than a year of closure including: the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Holiday Inn Rosebank, and Sandton, Sunnyside Park, Ten Bompas Hotel, Garden Court Hotel Sandton and Southern Sun Rosebank.


Winter specials at Hotel Sky in Sandton Central

Eclectic and extravagant decor at the Galileo Piano Lounge in Hotel Sky, Sandton Central
Hotel Sky in Sandton Central is the new kid on the block intent on seriously disrupting the Sandton hotel market with hugely discounted rates. Their latest offer runs until July 31, 2021 with an unbeatable rate of R795 per room per night including breakfast. Find out more and book here.

Weekend breaks at 25% off for Marriott Bonvoy members

The recently renovated Protea Hotel Wanderers in Illovo, part of Marriott Bonvoy, a free to join loyalty programme 

If you still haven't signed up for Marriott's Bonvoy loyalty programme, then it's about time you do – after all, it's absolutely free to join! Marriott Bonvoy is one of the world's largest hotel loyalty programmes regularly offering massive discounts – sign up online here.

Until May 31, 2021 Marriott is offering 25% off weekend (Friday to Sunday) stays for Bonvoy members including stays at Joburg's Protea Hotel Balalaika, Protea Hotel Wanderers and the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch. Also running is the Bonvoy 'Stay Longer On Us' promotion with 20% off standard room rates across properties in Africa when you book for three nights or longer. Check out the latest Marriott Bonvoy special offers here.


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