This groovy new boutique hotel is the result of a purchase and rebranding by Tsogo Sun from the former Grace Hotel and reopened in July 2012 after an extensive makeover.
The ‘greet’ is a fun experience with Willard the concierge greeting you in a very funky frock coat and bowler hat. Swift, convivial and a bit of fun, reinforcing the changing face of luxury hotels from stodgy and stiff.
My check-in was a bit bumpy when I arrived in my first room on the 9th floor to an unmade bed, but this was quickly rectified by David who discovered I’d been changed to 709. This room had a great outlook over the pool, but was in a WiFi shadow, so I was changed to 708, overlooking the car park. View sacrificed for connectivity, so if you need fast reliable internet, you’ll need to get a room on this unsexy side of the hotel.
Having inspected three deluxe standard rooms, I can say they are all spotlessly turned out with quality Molson Brown amenities, big fat TV, good sized working desk space and neat selection of complimentary snacks and glass bottled water. Needed to iron a shirt for dinner but no ironing board, so housekeeping kindly offered a free pressing and turned that around inside an hour, so no complaints there.
Didn’t get a chance to sample dinner at the acclaimed Level Four restaurant or gym, nor inspect the other room categories, so cannot comment there, but there are images on the website. There is handy covered access to Rosebank Shopping Mall which, at time of writing, was undergoing extensive renovations and not a perfect experience.
Breakfast is a classy affair with a small but fancy continental selection laid out and hot selections a la carte. Pot coffee was weak and not to my taste, but rectified with a stiff latte from the barista.
In a comical departure scene, I was helping stack the luggage trolley and tore a mighty embarrassing rift in my trousers. Vincent came to my rescue by pressing a spare pair hurriedly extracted from my duffle and preserved what was left of my dignity. Fortunately I was wearing matching briefs (!) Thank you.
All in all, a fun stay despite a couple of hiccups. Most importantly, the staff handled these little challenges superbly and demonstrated sound training and predictive service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 54 On Bath is the iconic landmark hotel in the heart of Rosebank, Joburg's vibrant and eclectic tree-lined neighbourhood of eateries, entertainment and art. Offering an exceptional standard of home away from home hospitality our bedrooms exude the elegance, warmth and serenity of fine living, each with views over the garden or abundantly green city skyline. A total of 75 elegantly decorated rooms are offered, comprising 51 Deluxe King Bed Rooms, 8 Deluxe Twin Bed Rooms, 12 Executive Rooms and 3 Luxury Suites. A Universal Accessible room is also available featuring roll-in shower, lowered facilities and a 24-hour monitored emergency help alarm. There are 4 sets of interconnecting rooms ideally suited for families. Each en-suite room is fully equipped with a host of facilities to meet your every need; free and unlimited WiFi, outstanding tea and coffee offering, block-out curtains, 24-hour room service, Cable TV, mini-bar and air-conditioning. Decor is soft and subtle, with pure white linens set against black, grey, teal and cream for an overall calming effect and enjoyable sleeping experience. Our Luxury Suites boast private lounges, spacious en-suite bathrooms and a balcony overlooking the city's northern suburbs. Rosebank is a perfect introduction for first time visitors to the city and with a direct link into the Rosebank Mall the neighboring street cafes, restaurants, boutique stores, world class art galleries, entretainment and the famous Africa Craft Market are right on your doorstep. The abundance of pedestrianised streets and a round the clock "bobby on the beat" security initiative makes it is safe to explore the area on foot and at your own pace. The attractions of Sandton are also nearby should you be keen to explore Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City or Melrose Arch. We believe it's the simple things in life that make the difference and at Level Four Restaurant you'll enjoy distinctive modern dining. Classic and elegant Level Four offers a superb a la carte breakfast and whilst lunch is a casual light affair, dinner is the perfect opportunity to choose from the excellent a la carte menu. Extremely popular with local Johannesburg residents we recommend you make advance bookings at Level Four. Our Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar offers a range of France's finest alongside cocktails and wines accompanied by sumptuous bar snacks. Overlooking the terrace garden, the champagne bar is the perfect meeting spot for business get-togethers, pre-dinner drinks and evening sundowners. 54 On Bath is 15 miles/35 minutes by car and 18 minutes by Gautrain from O.R Tambo International Airport and 5 miles/ 10 minutes from both downtown Johannesburg and the Sandton CBD. ... more less
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