Best hotels and hostels in Gauteng

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Johannesburg

    Satyagraha House

    A wonderful urban sanctuary, Satyagraha is built around the Kraal, a 1907 traditional African-style thatched house where Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi lived between 1907 and 1908 with the owner and his friend Herman Kallenbach. This innovative guesthouse offers seven chic minimalist rooms; two in the original house and the others in contemporary buildings surrounded by a serene garden.

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    Curiocity Johannesburg

    This is a superlative place to stay thanks to the dedication of young proprietor Bheki Dube. Occupying a converted printing house in the desirable Maboneng precinct, this quirky, offbeat backpackers features clean dorms, unadorned yet neat rooms and a rooftop suite. It also offers good kitchen facilities, a small restaurant and the buzzing Hideout Bar. The congenial atmosphere is hard to beat.

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    Motel Mi Pi Chi

    Book ahead for this gem of a place. The design duo behind Motel Mipichi have transformed several semidetached 1930s abodes along the street into a genuine alternative to the traditional Melville guesthouse experience. It's a minimalist delight, offering a total of 15 calming rooms speckled with pastel splotches and showers that open onto private courtyards.

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    Once in Joburg

    If you like the vibe of a backpackers but the luxury of a hotel, Once in Joburg is the answer. With luxurious white dorms and artfully decorated private rooms, all with en suite, there is something for all travellers. Situated in the heart of Braamfontein, and surrounded by bars, cafes and boutiques, this hostel is a destination in itself.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pretoria

    Menlyn Boutique Hotel

    Friendly and relaxed service combined with chic, sandstone-colour-scheme rooms make the Menlyn a hit. Even though it's near a busy highway, calm prevails within the grounds scattered liberally with with art and sculptures, including ones by father and son Anton and Lionel Smit. The pool area is so nice you may end up spending all your time here.

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    Oasis Boutique Hotel

    This is a delightful suburban hideaway, presided over by an astute couple who cater for businesspeople and holidaymakers with equal aplomb. The lush garden surrounds feature a kidney-shaped pool and a spacious lapa (South African thatched gazebo). The 14 rooms vary in size and price, but all are stylish and tastefully furnished.

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    Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

    The pride of Sandhurst is a palatial suite hotel, where Mandela completed his famed memoir. If you’re not bowled over by features such as private elevators, personal attendants and the country's finest day spa, you certainly will be by the nifty pool, the exclusively designed suites and the top-notch restaurant presided over by famed Cape Town chef Luke Dale-Roberts.

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    Ten Bompas

    In the upmarket neighbourhood of Dunkeld West, and within walking distance of several nice places to eat and shop, is this sleek hotel with ten spacious, elegant rooms. Dark wood and savannah hues colour an exquisite private collection of African art. Its restaurant, named the Winehouse after Amy Winehouse, is secretly one of the top fine-dining restaurants in Jo'burg.

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    Peech Hotel

    Made up of four converted duplex apartment blocks scattered amid a beautifully landscaped garden, the Peech is indeed a peach. The 16 rooms are amply sized and feature subtle, trendy design details, but it's the setting that's the pull here.

  • Lodging in Soweto

    Nthateng’s B&B

    Dark woods, tan linens, sandy-coloured walls and a few kitschy touches give this spacious guesthouse an air of early-'80s post-disco chill. However, Nthateng is an animated host who insists on top-shelf personal tours, delicious breakfasts and a mi casa es su casa state of mind. It’s in an ideal location near the museum and restaurants.

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    Residence

    If you could smell charm, this super-smooth boutique hotel set in a former embassy would reek of it to high heaven. This quiet little paradise is the epitome of a refined cocoon, with 17 opulent, individually designed suites and swish communal areas. After a day of turf pounding, take a dip in the stress-melting pool or relax in the spa.

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    Hotel QSL on 44

    Adjacent to the 44 Stanley retail development, Hotel QSL takes up the area's industrial makeover theme, offering 10 chic loft-style rooms. The polished concrete floors and exposed brick walls are softened by old Turkish rugs and contemporary art. Breakfast is served at a choice of cafes in 44 Stanley.

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    12 Decades Art Hotel

    There are 12 loft-style rooms, each one designed by a different artist and inspired by a particular era in the city’s history, at this art-themed hotel in the heart of Maboneng. All have kitchens and, in some, the decor has seen better days. Still, it's a cool concept and all the corridors are plastered in art, too.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Soweto

    Lebo's Soweto Backpackers

    For a real township experience, this well-established hostel set by lovely parklands is your answer. It’s a healthy walk from the Vilakazi St action, but guests love the shaded beer garden, restaurant (meals from R60) and pool table. Dorms are neat and clean; the double rooms are excellent value. Friendly staff encourage interactivity, and all kinds of tours are available.

  • Lodging in Cradle of Humankind

    Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa

    Kloofzicht is on a small nature reserve featuring elands, warthogs, blue wildebeests, red hartebeests, gemsbok and zebras. There’s also a fly-fishing academy where visitors can rent a rod and cast off. On Sunday it hosts a stupendous buffet lunch with ‘cliff views’, which books out every week. The day spa is equally impressive. You’ll feel a long way from downtown Johannesburg.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cullinan

    Gastehys JanHarmsgat

    An attraction in its own right, this four-room B&B in a renovated farmhouse is like something from an interior-design magazine crossed with an conceptual art project. It's all recycled knick-knacks, from old hospital tables and gilt frame mirrors to enamel ware and ironwork. The lush garden and generous breakfast (R80) are other assets, but note there's no wi-fi.

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    Signature Lux Hotel

    We're not sold on the metallic animal print upholstered chairs in the lobby, but otherwise it's a big thumbs up for this new, efficiently run business hotel just steps from Sandton Gautrain station and Nelson Mandela Sq. Wi-fi is high-speed and uncapped, parking free, and rooms small but cleanly decorated.

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    Brown Sugar Backpackers

    This quirky hostel is set in a rambling mansion that looks like a miniature castle and was once the home of a 1970s drugs baron. The wide assortment of options includes en-suite dorms, log cabins and a few quirkily decorated private rooms, as well as TV lounge, pool, and kitchen and laundry facilities.

  • Lodging in Johannesburg

    54 on Bath

    Best described as 'urban chic', this sexy number is a short amble from Rosebank's shopping malls. The 75 rooms are spacious and elegantly restrained, and the uber-cool 4th-floor garden terrace and pool deck is a great place to decompress. Extra in-house perks include a top-notch restaurant, two bars and free access to a fitness centre in the nearby mall.

  • Lodging in Johannesburg

    Hallmark House

    One of the latest projects of Propertuity, the developers of Maboneng, is this hip hotel with rooms on floors four and five of a renovated 1970s building. The lofty ceiling rooms are spacious, with polished concrete floors, balconies and African print headboards on the beds. There's also a rooftop pool, bar and restaurant with amazing views of central Jo'burg.