Traveling to Johannesburg for business? Here’s a list of top 10 Johannesburg hotels that will cater to all your business needs. Johannesburg is the economic workhorse that powers the African continent. So while there are plenty of lovely small guesthouses scattered around the leafy suburbs, the hotels listed below are chosen for their business friendly facilities and excellent locations.
Virtually no one stays in downtown Jo’burg these days. I have selected ten of the best across a wide price range and geographical spread. All come with wifi, meeting rooms, pool, and secure parking.
1. City Lodge OR Tambo Airport
Not the sexiest address in the Gauteng region, this ultra-sensible hotel makes the top 10 list because of its perfect location, within walking distance of the OR Tambo International Airport Terminal and the Gautrain station. Perfect for pouring yourself on and off planes at anti-social hours or for quick turn-around trips.
2. African Pride Melrose Arch
Moneyed South Africa lives the high life surrounded by security guards in gated developments. Melrose Arch, near Sandton is one of the biggest – a ‘city within a city’, its trendy apartments, shopping malls and restaurants catering to the beautiful people. At its heart is urban chic boutique hotel, African Pride Melrose Arch, with all the facilities you could wish for on the premises. You can walk around the area safely in the evenings and find plenty of other restaurants and cafés nearby.
3. Radisson Blu Gautrain
Incredibly conveniently located, just across from the Sandton Gautrain station, within easy access of central Sandton, the airport, and the Convention Centre, the hotel prides itself on its huge breakfast buffet, with a choice of 120 dishes, to stoke you up for long days at the office, with a sundeck, bar and pool to relax you at the other end of the day. Free wifi is a bonus. There is a second Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton.
4. African Moon Corporate House
Only 4 miles from the airport, this small guesthouse offers an entirely different feel, a home-away-from-home, in leafy green residential Kempton Park (also home to the local race course). Its lush gardens and laidback atmosphere offer a chance to relax alongside all the business facilities you need. Perfect for those on a budget, on a more extended stay or if your family are joining you on a business trip.
5. Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank
Right next to the Rosebank Mall and Craft Center (handy for last minute present-buying on the way home), the Rosebank Hotel goes for the soothing calm efficiency. If the cocktail lounge doesn’t do it for you, see if the Zen garden or session in Seven Senses Spa will help smooth away the wrinkles of a harried working week. The Butcher’s Block Grill is well known for its steaks.
The only hotel on the list in downtown ‘Jozi’, this comfortable if not luxurious boutique aparthotel is in a restored brownstone in the rapidly reviving Central Business District. Next door, Darkie’s Café mixes chrome, mirror tiles and chandeliers, traditional African food and fusion chic. The area isn’t safe to walk around at night.
7. The Westcliff
Part of the sybaritic Orient Express group, this is the place for the boss to stay when he hits town. Its luxurious rooms cascading down the cliff with fabulous views, the Westcliff is an oasis of true luxury overlooking Jo’burg zoo for a mini-safari. Tennis courts, an infinity pool and spa make this as much a resort as a business hotel.
8. Don Sandton III
Just opposite Village Walk shopping center and within walking distance of the Sandton Gautrain, this comfortable aparthotel offers the best of all worlds for anyone on a longer stay with space, a kitchenette for self-catering, a breakfast room serving continental and full English breakfasts and room service option for the evenings. One of a string of properties owned by the same company in the area.
9. The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square
It’s rare for a hotel to become a tourist attraction, but Soweto’s first 4-star hotel could do just that. Built on Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, home of the 1955 ANC Freedom Charter, the hotel is themed around the heroes of the anti-apartheid movement. It includes a permanent photographic exhibition by Alf Khumalo. Traditional township food and live jazz are on offer in the Jazz Maniacs restaurant alongside the usual fare. Comfort, buzz and history all in one.
10. Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
Another top chain hotel in Rosebank, next to the Firs shopping center, the Hyatt Regency combines African-inspired décor with sophisticated international service, fine views and plenty of luxurious touches from the Zulu-themed Phumula spa to lovely gardens, views and the thoroughly indulgent Tea Amo afternoon tea in the Ndau lounge.