Top Accommodation in Johannesburg

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Accommodation in Johannesburg is as diverse as the city itself and caters for every taste and budget. Thrifty visitors have an array of Backpacker and Self-catering establishments to choose from while there is no shortage of luxurious Hotels, Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfast establishments for the more discerning visitor.

Johannesburg or commonly known as Jozi by locals is the vibrant heart of South Africa. The city is considered the gateway to the rest of South Africa with the majority of international flights landing at Johannesburg International Airport.

Business travellers and tourists’ flood Johannesburg daily and are not hard pressed to find accommodation with the sprawling city being absolutely dotted with accommodation establishments.

Johannesburg city centre is seeing a revamp with the Maboneng Precinct being one of the city’s biggest success stories. Trendy eateries, shops and boutique hotels and apartments have revived the precinct into a thriving tourist destination.

The popular northern suburbs with restaurant lined avenues are always a hive of activity with their chic shops, hip eateries and top accommodation establishments being favourites for both business and leisure travellers.

So when next exploring the bold and vibrant city of gold consider some of the below accommodation establishments. We promise you will not be disappointed!

 The Willockx Boutique Hotel

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Recently opened, The Willockx Boutique Hotel is a truly magnificent, intimate and tranquil Mediterranean-style boutique hotel situated in the safe and peaceful suburb of Parkhurst, just minutes away from Rosebank – an ideal location for your stay in Johannesburg.

Parkhurst has seen a lot of change since it was developed as a suburb in 1904, but it wasn’t until 1938 that a couple of shops sprung up.

The hustle and bustle of Parkhurst’s 4th Avenue became known when, in the 1970’s the first antique store opened its doors and soon after more followed suit becoming affectionately known as ‘Antique alley’. Read More…

Telephone 071 538 6604. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

The Residence – Accommodation type: Boutique Hotel

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As a businessman, I love visiting Jo’burg’s business hubs of Rosebank and Sandton. It inspires me to dream bigger, work harder and be more determined. So, as a businessman or an international traveller, where does one find a haven in this wildly busy and noisy metropolis? The Residence, located in the leafy suburb of Houghton, would be my first choice.

I find Johannesburg to be one of the most frenetic cities anywhere in the world. Everybody is always on a mission; people walk with determination and drive with assertion. Nobody seems uncertain or fearful despite, or perhaps because of the reputation of this crazy African city.

One of the owners of this amazing Boutique Hotel is an architect and he evidently set out with a clear intention of creating an urban oasis and made this a wonderful place to stay. Read More…

Telephone 011 853 2480. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Faircity Quatermain Hotel

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Looking for a Sandton business hotel that’s not big and impersonal? Well, say hello to the Quatermain.

The inspiration behind the name of the hotel is Allan Quatermain, the hero of Rider Haggard’s book, King Solomon’s Mines. The hotel reflects English and African cultures beautifully.

The architecture is reminiscent of a stately English country home, whilst the indigenous gardens and use of African prints and ceramics throughout the hotel, incorporate a local feel.

It’s ideally situated, with the Sandton Gautrain station, Sandton Convention Centre, major highways, shopping centres and restaurants nearby. Read More…

Telephone 011 290 0900. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

The Capital On The Park – Accommodation type: Large Hotel, Self-catering

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Capital on The Park, located at 101 Katherine Street, Sandton, brands itself as a “business resort with a cosmopolitan lifestyle”. These are very fancy words but they perfectly describe this wonderful hotel.

Despite being at the heart of the most wealthy business district in the country, Capital on the Park, feels like a resort hotel.

The foyer is expansive thanks to the open plan layout.   From the professionally manned reception desk you can cast your eye through the lounge, past the bar come espresso station to the dining room.  Read More…

Telephone 011 290 9700. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Greenfields Guest House

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For peaceful accommodation in the bustling city of Johannesburg, look no further than the luxurious Greenfields Guesthouse.

A fabulous 4-Star accommodation, Greenfields Guesthouse is perfectly situated in Alberton, Johannesburg, and offers their guest spectacular one of a kind views of the lush green playing fields of the Reading Golf Course.

There are four different guesthouses to choose from – namely Greenfields Gold, Greenfields Silver, Greenfields Platinum and Greenfields Vintage. The guesthouses are all situated on Fore Street, and they each have their own unique taste, so you can choose which one fits your style best. Read More…

Telephone 011 907 5515. Make a reservation, click here. Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Idwala Boutique Hotel

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Nestled in the leafy suburb of Darrenwood, just a hop, skip and jump away from Cresta Shopping Centre, a hidden gem lies, waiting to be discovered. A farmhouse built over 100 years ago, the Idwala Boutique Hotel will make you feel as though you’ve left the city limits behind and travelled into the bushveld.

From the moment my husband and I arrived, we knew our stay was going to be something special. The pure charm of this boutique hotel captures your heart and we felt like guests returning to a familiar favourite.

Jeanette Friese, one of the owners of Idwala Boutique Hotel says; “At Idwala my team works together to ensure that guests are comfortable and are completely satisfied from the moment they arrive – we take note of the likes and dislikes of each guest, especially the little things, and do everything possible to make their stay a memorable one”. Read More…

Telephone 011 888 1437. Make a reservation, click here. Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Rustenburg Hunters Rest – Accommodation type: Hotel, Lodge

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The Protea Hotel Hunters Rest lies between the majestic Magaliesburg Mountains, setting the backdrop for the most breath-taking views.

A short 1½ hour drive from Johannesburg will see you leave the hustle and bustle behind you as you arrive at your holiday sanctuary. Only 8.5 kms from Rustenburg and 50kms to Sun City and the Pilanesberg National Park, Protea Hotel Hunters Rest is the perfect location for a weekend family breakaway.

With so much on offer, even the most active families will find it difficult to fit everything in. A well-maintained 9-hole golf course, kiddies play area, large swimming pool, smaller heated pool, mini golf, push bike track, mountain bike trails, walking trails and day spa. Read More…

Telephone 014 537 8300. Make a reservation, click here. Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

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Actually, Home Food and Travel offers a lot more than just reviews of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.  We also visit great destinations, receive advice from interior designers and stop to smell the roses and taste the coffee.

Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

If you’re driving, be safe and make use of all the wonderful farm stalls that populate South Africa’s open roads.

If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

See you on the road!


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