Hotels in Johannesburg have been grouped into three different pricing categories:
Luxury (over R1,000)
Moderate (R500 to R1,000)
Cheap (up to R500)
These rates are the starting prices for double rooms, excluding breakfast but including VAT, unless otherwise specified.
By law, VAT, which currently stands at 14%, is included in all hotel prices. Porters are generally tipped around R10 but this is not obligatory if the service does not warrant it.
Faircity Quatermain Hotel
The epitome of gracious living and a home-from-home atmosphere, The Quatermain, located in the upmarket suburb of Morningside, provides a convenient and tranquil base close to Sandton and Johannesburg. Set in manicured indigenous gardens with oak trees and swimming pool, The Quatermain offers Zimbabwean teak furniture and queen- or king-size beds in all 114 rooms.Address: Morningside, 137 West Road South, Sandton,
Telephone: (011) 290 0900.
The Palazzo Montecasino
This extravagant Johannesburg hotel is part of the Montecasino gambling, leisure, entertainment and shopping complex in Fourways, just 30 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport. Styled like an Italian palace, its luxurious accommodation overlooks lush, landscaped Tuscan gardens. All rooms have one king-size or two double beds, custom air-conditioning, internet point, hairdryer and refreshments. There is also a fully equipped fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, plus the 1,900-seater Montecasino Theatre.Address: Fourways, Montecasino Boulevard, Sandton,
Telephone: (011) 510 3000.
This claims to be Johannesburg's most luxurious hotel and with unique features such as the city's best sunset and moonrise viewing spot, it probably is. It clings to a steep mountainside, with breathtaking views of the Magaliesberg Mountains and of elephants in the zoo below. The rooms and suites are individually furnished; most also feature charming terraces, balconies or private courtyards. Facilities include a magnificent hilltop heated swimming pool. The Westcliff is conveniently near upmarket shopping districts and golf courses.Address: Westcliff, 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg,
Telephone: (011) 481 6000.
Set in a 30 hectare (74 acre) country estate featuring indigenous flora and fauna, the white-walled, thatched buildings of this well-equipped hotel are minutes from the N1 highway. There are 210 very reasonably priced en-suite, air-conditioned bedrooms, three popular restaurants, a swimming pool, tennis courts, volleyball, outdoor chess, a beauty therapist and a jogging track.Address: Fourways, William Nicol Drive, Sandton,
Telephone: (011) 840 6600.
Sunnyside Park Hotel
Built in 1895 as a gracious country residence, the Sunnyside Park Hotel is a National Monument. Set in glorious English gardens, it retains its original magnificent balustrade, wood panelling, historic fireplace and glittering chandeliers, but has been extensively refurbished to provide modern touches. Located just off the M1 freeway in exclusive Parktown, it is a few minutes' drive to the Killarney Mall, Rosebank and Sandton City and 30 minutes to the airport. Its restaurant, Milners, is all starched linen and quiet elegance with a British bent in food, tempered to suit all tastes.Address: Parktown, Princess of Wales Street, Johannesburg,
Telephone: 011 640 0400.
The city's most established backpackers' hostel in a good location within walking distance of Hyde Park Corner Mall. Set in a rambling old house with good views of the northern suburbs, there are tidy dorms with plenty of shared bathrooms, a communal lounge with TV and internet access, lovely gardens and swimming pool, and a few self-contained rooms. They run their own excellent tour company for half- and full-day tours all over Johannesburg, and arrange airport transfers. For those on a strict budget, this is one of the best places to stay. Breakfast and a set dinner is optional.Address: Dunkeld West, 1A North Road, Johannesburg,
Telephone: (011) 325 7125.
This ultra-modern hotel in Johannesburg fits into the budget bracket but is surprisingly well equipped, with air-conditioning, a swimming pool and secure parking. Situated 15 minutes' drive from OR Tambo International Airport and 10 minutes' walk from the Eastgate Shopping and entertainment complex (10 cinemas), it's just off the start of the N12/R24 freeways, within easy reach of Sandton, Pretoria, Durban and Kruger National Park. Continental breakfast is available in the lobby and guests can order meals delivered from local restaurants.Address: Bruma, 8 South Boulevard, Johannesburg,
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