15 Best Hotels in Johannesburg

Written by Carri Wilbanks
May 14, 2019

Hotels in Johannesburg can accommodate all types of travelers, whether you are on a budget or looking for a luxury resort, on a family vacation with the kids, or a romantic getaway. Hotels in South Africa's largest city are also quite affordable, which makes it a great place to splurge on a 5-star hotel.

The greater Jo'burg metropolitan area sprawls out for some 1,000 square kilometers, and the things to see and do are quite spread out, so knowing the lay of the land before arriving is imperative. Many of Johannesburg's top attractions, like Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum, are in the city center, but accommodation options in the CBD are still quite limited and mainly of the cheap hotel variety. Most tourists stay in the northern suburbs, which have the greatest concentration of hotels and guesthouses in all budgets.

These suburbs are split into many neighborhoods, and top ones to look for lodging include Rosebank, Sandton, Melrose, and Houghton. And while cultural attractions are in the CBD, you won't have to head there to eat, as the suburbs mentioned here each have their own shopping malls with numerous restaurants. Here are our favorite hotels to check out across Johannesburg.

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Best Luxury Hotels in Johannesburg

1. The Residence Boutique Hotel

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One of the top boutique hotels in Johannesburg, The Residence is a luxe 5-star option in the Houghton suburb, just over a mile north of the city center. If offers elegant, sound-proofed rooms with antique decor, furnished balconies, and free-standing tubs to soak away jet-lag. If you're on a romantic holiday, book one of the suites that come with private hot tubs. Amenities include a swimming pool, spa, and wellness center with a sauna and a restaurant. There is also an airport shuttle.

Address: 17 4th Ave, Houghton, Johannesburg

Accommodation: The Residence Boutique Hotel

2. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

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One of the closest luxury hotels to Johannesburg's city center attractions like Constitution Hill, the Four Seasons is set on a wooded hill that faces the Johannesburg Zoo in the Westcliff neighborhood. The five-star hotel has elegant rooms with a contemporary vibe and colorful accents. These are clean and spacious and feature balconies or terraces. The suites add even more space and are popular with families, as children under 18 stay for free.

Away from the rooms, you'll find five restaurants with diverse menus, along with two heated swimming pools and a luxe spa.

Address: 67 Jan Smuts Ave, Westcliff, Johannesburg

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

3. African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection

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The Melrose Arch shopping district is one of Jo'burg's top luxury addresses, and here you will find the opulent African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel. It has chic rooms with exposed brick walls, leather headboards, and wood floors, and they come in three different sizes. There is also a penthouse suite should you need something extra. It comes with an outdoor shower and private garden.

On-site amenities here include an outdoor swimming pool with cabanas and a restaurant, all set on manicured grounds.

Address: 1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

Accommodation: African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection

4. Clico Boutique Hotel

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One of the top hotels in Rosebank, Clico Boutique Hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from the Rosebank Mall, which also hosts a fabulous weekend local goods market. The five-star boutique property is inside a Cape Dutch building on a tree-lined residential street. It has just nine rooms, all of which are elegant and contemporary when it comes to decor. The ground-floor rooms open directly onto the hotel's lovely garden area. Some rooms also feature balconies, and one has a kitchenette.

A full breakfast is included in the mornings, and lunch and dinner can also be prepared in house with advance notice-although there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool with sun-loungers in the gardens. The hotel is also pet-friendly.

Address: 27 Sturdee Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Accommodation: Clico Boutique Hotel

5. 54 on Bath

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Also in the Rosebank suburb, 54 on Bath is another excellent boutique hotel choice. Inside a 10-story brick building, it features glam 1920s decor throughout. Jazz music played on the lobby's white mini grand piano echoes through downtown public spaces, where locally commissioned artwork also hangs. The 75 rooms are elegantly styled and feature comfy beds, espresso machines, and either city or garden views. Book one of the suites for a furnished private balcony. There is also an on-site restaurant serving international fare and an afternoon tea service.

Address: 54 Bath Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Accommodation: 54 on Bath

6. The Winston

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The Winston is also in the hip Rosebank suburb. It offers elegant five-star hotel accommodation, which combines modern African and colonial style in beautifully appointed rooms and suites. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool and European restaurant, which is where you will also take your included daily breakfast. One of our favorite Winston perks, however, is access to a chauffeur-driven car that can take you around the Jo'burg metro area.

Address: No 6 Tottenham Ave, Melrose Estate, Johannesburg

Accommodation: The Winston

7. The Peech Boutique Hotel

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On a leafy street in Melrose, The Peech Boutique Hotel is a stylish boutique property that feels like a peaceful sanctuary in the big city, with accommodation spread across its lush garden area. It appeals especially to couples on a romantic getaway. The hotel has just 16 rooms, which are clean and comfortable and decorated in a contemporary style. Bathrooms have rainfall showers. On-site amenities include an outdoor swimming pool with cushioned sun-loungers and umbrellas, as well as one of Jo'burg's hottest restaurants, The Bistro.

Address: 61 North Street, Melrose, Johannesburg

Accommodation: The Peech Boutique Hotel

8. Monarch Hotel

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Another boutique hotel option in Rosebank, The Monarch Hotel has an elegant vibe and a great location just a few minutes' walk from a shopping mall. It is located in an old post office building and still maintains its original colonial styling from the 1930s.

There are just 12 rooms and suites, and these are elegant and stylish, with period furnishings. We like the five Royal Suites. They are super spacious and have lovely furnished balconies. There is also an on-site restaurant and a lobby area featuring art by emerging South African artists.

Address: 167 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Accommodation: Monarch Hotel

9. Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

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In Rosebank, the Hyatt Regency is located within walking distance of a few different shopping malls. The five-star property features contemporary rooms and suites with king beds, work desks, and black granite accented bathrooms with glassed-in showers and L'Occitane toiletries. Book the Club Level for access to a private lounge area, as well as butler service and balconies off your room.

Hotel amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, a spa featuring treatments inspired by Zulu healing, and a fitness room. There is also a restaurant serving three meals a day, as well as numerous other dining choices in the malls.

Address: 191 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

10. Thaba Eco Hotel

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Just 10 kilometers from Jo'burg's CBD in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Thaba Eco Hotel is a great nature retreat. The reserve is home to small animals and birds, and this hotel is popular with families because there is plenty of space for kids to play. There are also family rooms and suites on offer. These are comfortable and done up in modern South African style. Away from the rooms, you'll find a swimming pool, a spa with a meditation trail, a coffee shop, and restaurant all on-site.

Address: Impala Road, Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Johannesburg

Accommodation: Thaba Eco Hotel

11. Riboville

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Set on an equestrian estate in the countryside that is home to polo, Riboville is another luxury option. The hotel and spa offers spacious and comfortable suites, with balconies that front the polo field. On-site amenities include a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, workout room, and a spa with a wide range of treatments. There is also an airport shuttle service. A free continental breakfast is another perk of staying here.

Address: Waterfall Drive, Inside Waterfall Equestrian Estate, Gate 9, Johannesburg

Accommodation: Riboville

12. The Munro Boutique Hotel

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In the Houghton suburb, The Munro has a hilly locale that overlooks the city. This boutique property has just five suites, which are all swanky chic and incorporate lots of antiques into their decor. They all come with sitting areas and top amenities, like in-room Nespresso coffee makers. Some also have balconies.

A complimentary breakfast is included in the rate. There is also an infinity pool with fabulous views; lovely gardens with a waterfall; and a formal dining room, which is often booked for events-this hotel is a popular venue for small destination weddings.

Address: 63 Street Patrick Road, Houghton, Johannesburg

Accommodation: The Munro Boutique Hotel

13. 10 2nd Avenue Boutique Hotel

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Named for its address, this is a luxe boutique hotel set in beautiful, lush green gardens in the Houghton Estate. The sophisticated property features country chic decor in its rooms and one suite. These all come with either heated floors or in-room fireplaces, and many also feature balconies with water features for zen relaxation-there is definitely a romantic vibe. On-site amenities include a halal restaurant, a lounge serving mocktails, an outdoor swimming pool, and a spa offering a range of treatments.

Address: 10 2nd Ave, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg

Accommodation: 10 2nd Avenue Boutique Hotel

Best Budget Hotels in Johannesburg

Most of the cheap sleeping options in Johannesburg are hostels, rather than hotels, which usually have options for private rooms with shared or en-suite baths. For hotels, choices are more limited.

1. SUN1 Berea

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If you want a proper budget hotel and not a hostel, try the SUN1 Berea. It features basic budget hotel rooms, which are nonetheless clean and functional. Rooms can accommodate up to three people, and all come with free Wi-Fi. Amenities include secure, free parking, which is a major perk if you are driving. There is no on-site restaurant or swimming pool, however, a light breakfast is served for an extra fee.

Address: 1 Mitchell Street, Berea, Johannesburg

Accommodation: SUN1 Berea

Best Airport Hotels in Johannesburg

If you are only in Johannesburg for one night and want to stay near the airport, which is in the Kempton Park suburb about 25 kilometers from the city center, there are a number of lodging options for all budgets. Here is one of the best:

1. Premier Hotel OR Tambo

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A good mid-range option, Premier Hotel OR Tambo is just 1.2 kilometers from the international airport. It offers 275 rooms and suites, which are clean and comfortable and cater to business and leisure travelers with amenities like free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant on-site, as well as a swimming pool and workout room. If you are driving, there is a secure underground parking lot.

Address: 73 Gladiator Street, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park

Accommodation: Premier Hotel OR Tambo

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