Interesting hotel in a formerly (well still currently) rundown part of Johannesburg located in the Maboneng development area, part of which is the Arts on Main facility. Each of the 12 rooms is decorated in a specific style to represent the decade. So in effect you are staying in a piece of art, quite a cute concept and certainly very different for me. There were drawbacks with the room, Ponte Opscura, that we were in. i.e. no cupboard space, no bedside tables and most importantly for a self catering hotel, no microwave. For a single night not an issue, but certainly not ideal for a longer stay. The receptionist was very helpful, really great service.
Location is great to experience a little of downtown Jo'Burg, especially the Arts on Main market on a Sunday. This was why we stayed there, but I wouldn't stay there for any reason or recommend for a longer stay. Guess I'd give to separate ratings 5 for a single weekend night, 2 for a business stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With rooms conceptualised by some of South Africa's most celebrated Artists & Designers, 12 Decades traces the history of Johannesburg from 1886- 2006. Each decade has been interpreted by the individual designers to illustrate the most prominent features of the particular decade in Johannesburg's history. 12 Decades is part of the second development in the Maboneng Precinct, meaning “ Place of Light”. The development of this precinct forms part of a city improvement initiative by the development company, Propertuity. The Urban regeneration has been applauded by the City of Johannesburg, and as such, further developments are underway in the precinct, forming part of a vision to breathe new life into the old industrial area in the Eastern CBD.In addition to the 12 designer rooms, there are standard modern luxury hotel apartments for the not so adventurous to choose from. ... more less
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