Boutique City Escapes

What IS a boutique hotel?  Although not a specific hotel category, it can defined by its characteristics.  Small, private and with a sense of intimacy, they offer stylish design, unique decor and impeccable service.

We explore some of our favorite boutique hotels in the Gauteng and surrounds region.

The_Peech_1834The Peech Hotel

Set amid two acres of landscaped gardens, The Peech Hotel is a purposefully designed boutique hotel located in the desirable residential neighbourhood of Melrose. Centrally located, and easily accessible to nearby shopping hubs of Sandton, Rosebank and Melrose Arch.

The_Peech_6390.jpgThe interior style is understated ‘Afri-chic’, infused with locally inspired design and craftsmanship. The hotel’s 32 rooms offer guests functional luxury and discreet personal service, with Heritage, Classic, Luxury, Suites and a 2 Bedroom Villa options. The Peech prides itself on ensuring fairness, respect for, and diversity among employees. They are proudly Fair Trade in Tourism certified and continue to lead the way in sustainable urban hoteling and tourism. The hotel offers 2 restaurants; an in-house bistro serving breakfast and light meals throughout the day. A new restaurant opened early 2019 offers guests and local patrons a more sophisticated dining space and wine bar serving lunch and dinner daily. Guests are invited to make use of the neighbouring Planet Fitness gym facility offering indoor swimming pool, running track and variety of instructor led classes.

The Peech Hotel has been described as “contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric” by Condé Nast Traveller, and is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Joburg City.

The Peech Hotel is the recipient of 2017’s Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award for Johannesburg, their 6th consecutive win in this category.

African Rock 1.jpgAfrican Rock Hotel

This exclusive boutique hotel is located 11 km from the Johannesburg International Airport, O.R. Tambo in a quiet suburb of Kempton Park away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes.

Bedroom-2The 8 Luxury Suites and 1 Executive Suite are uniquely decorated and come with all the comforts of a modern boutique hotel. With a full en-suite bathroom, satellite television, Wi-Fi connectivity and so much more, guests are accommodated in utmost luxury and comfort.

African Rock 2A well-established lush tropical garden, a swimming pool and large patio ensures relaxing outdoor living. The Blue Hippo Restaurant offers guests delicious meals on site, allowing the option for accommodation to be booked on a B&B basis or DBB.

wellness-17_1024x640.jpgThe wellness salon provides guests with a chance to relax and be pampered. There are 2 treatment rooms of which one is ideal for couples’ massages. There is also a beautifully decorated area for the mani’s and pedi’s and the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of tea prior or after your treatment.

Our 5 night City & Safari Escape package includes a 2 night stay at African Rock Hotel

– Johannesburg – Madikwe Game Reserve –

Spend 2 nights at the relaxing African Rock Hotel enjoying the lush tropical gardens, swimming pool, outdoor living and a wellness treatment. Then head off on safari to the magnificent malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve covering an area of 75000 hectares of unique topography and breath-taking beauty bordering Botswana. It is home to the Big 5, the beautiful African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena a variety of large mammals and bird life. Impodimo is the ideal retreat from a busy world. Relax by the feature rock pool or read a book from the library in the comfort of the sala overlooking the waterhole.

Valid to 30 Nov 19

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Priced from R18 680 per person

AtholPlace Hotel -  Pool and exterior view.JPGAtholPlace Hotel & Villa

Contemporary-Classic glamour and understated elegance meet at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, ensuring an unforgettable stay. Our boutique style hotel is located in Sandton, only minutes from Nelson Mandela Square and the Sandton Gautrain station, yet in a quiet residential neighborhood. Guests are invited to enjoy everything we offer, from our nine stylish and spacious suites, to the comfortably furnished library with romantic fireplace and our temperature regulated swimming pool surrounded by a large wooden deck.

AtholPlace Hotel - Superior Suite (2)Meals are served in our AtholPlace Restaurant, which has quickly become one of Johannesburg’s most popular dining venues. Our Chef prepares a-la-carte lunches and a delicious 3 course dinner.

AtholPlace Villa - bedroom (2).JPGFor the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity we recommend our AtholPlace Villa with a large garden and private pool. This homely space not only includes 4 comfortable bedrooms, each with their own full en-suite bathroom, but also a living room, dining room, small office space and large heated terrace. Guests at the villa can also request the services of a private butler and private chef (optional, not included).


A sophisticated boutique experience for even the most discerning visitor, Johannesburg’s Monarch Hotel combines first-world amenities with old world grandeur, creating a welcoming space for business travellers and tourists alike.

DSC_4481.JPGFrom the chandeliered lounges to the manicured garden, the hotel features an eclectic mix of antique furniture and luxurious fabrics, off-set by an extensive collection of modern art pieces by new and emerging South African artists. Originally the 1930 Saxonwold Post Office on Oxford Road, the building is admired for its stunning architecture as well as its rich cultural history.

DSC_4532.JPGEvery exquisite suite is air-conditioned and includes its own private lounge and luxury bathroom. Free Wi-Fi and satellite television are standard inclusions, with some suites featuring their own kitchenette. A sumptuous breakfast is served in the highly regarded hotel restaurant, where guests are also spoilt for choice with extensive lunch and dinner menus. A team of highly capable staff is available to assist with travel, tourism and an undertaking to ensure that every stay surpasses their guests’ valued expectations. The perfect location to explore the trendy shopping areas and restaurants that Rosebank and Sandton have to offer.

Contact a Thompsons Africa consultant for more details or to book a package.


Tel: +27 31 275 3500






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