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“Super service, fun and funky” 5 of 5 stars
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54 on Bath
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   54 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #4 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
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“Super service, fun and funky”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Get a carpark facing room if you need fast internet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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54onBathJNB, Manager at 54 on Bath, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear rodeime,

Thank you for taking the time to extensively review our hotel on Trip Advisor. We are very happy that on the whole your stay went well and that we could attend to your departing moment quickly and efficiently! We certainly hope that on your next visit to Johannesburg, not only will you stay with us at 54 on Bath but that you'll have some more time to visit Level Four for an excellent dinner.

Kind regards
Darren
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Recently my husband and I spend the night at 54 On Bath in Rosebank. Upon arrival friendly bell boys neatly dressed in suites and top hats received us and immediately assisted us with our luggage. Upon entering the reception area we received a refreshing welcome drink and our check-in was dealt with in a very timely fashion. On entering our room a wrapped welcome gift awaited us on the desk. Even though the shower is a bit small, the bathroom also has a seperate bath, the elegant contemporary rooms are beautiful and very comfortable as one can even order a specific type of pillow for your bed according to your liking, serve yourself some coffee from the nespresso machine and have the newspaper delivered to your door. Furthermore, the food is delicious and what I really enjoyed about this intimate hotel is the very personalised service that one receives. Frequently little treats are delivered to your room with a little card to state which member of the staff helped to create this special experience for you. Finally the location of 54 On Bath is also great as the hotel has a passage way that connects to all the shops and restaurants of Rosebank Mall.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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54onBathJNB, Manager at 54 on Bath, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Suzanne V,

Thank you for reviewing our hotel on Trip Advisor, we appreciate your time in doing so. We are thrilled that you and your husband enjoyed your stay and especially that you noticed some of the little points that make your stay more enjoyable. Our direct link into Rosebank Mall is a great feature that allows our guests to get out and visit Rosebank and to see all that it has to offer, we hope you had a great time doing so.

Please do visit us again when you are next in town.

Kind regards
Darren
Deputy General Manager
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

My wife and I spent the Easter Weekend at the hotel and I cannot fault the service or the quality one bit. We used to stay at the hotel when it was the Grace and I am pleased to say that it's even better than we expected.

Two minor problems, hardly worth mentioning - wifi quality in the room was poor and the height of the beds was a bit of a problem - too high.

The staff is absoolutely wonderful and were most obliging in everything they did. We'll definitely see them again.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are more spacious
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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54onBathJNB, General Manager at 54 on Bath, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear VernonS,

Thank you very much for reviewing 54 on Bath on Trip Advisor, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for acknowledging that our staff made the difference on your visit, we have a fantastic team and cherish their contribution to the hotel and to our guests.

We hope to welcome you home to 54 on Bath when you next visit South Africa.

Kind regards
Jacques Moolman
General Manager
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at 54 on Bath in Rosebank, Johannesburg. It was out anniversary, they knew it, and went the extra mile to make it a special occasion for us. On arrival we got a platter of biscuits with Happy anniversary writtten in chocolate on the plate. It had the most plush bed, bedding and pillows on the king size bed. After dinner our room was not just turned down it was SPLASHED out, There were orchid petals from the door to bedroom to bathroom, ORCHIDS around the bath with candles lit up and the biggest surprise was on the bed written in orchard petals it said I LOVE U. WE had water next to the bed and a nite cap shooter for each of us. I wont even express how good the food was. The presentation, freshness, creativeness and tastes were awesome. Thank you to all Staff for for your caring and dedication to your hotel guests. Any guest will feel hospitality and friendliness from arrival.......to departure.

Room Tip: Any room will be lovely.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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54onBathJNB, General Manager at 54 on Bath, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Eleanor P,

54 on Bath is a fantastic hotel to celebrate any of life's experiences, thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us. We are delighted you enjoyed the little touches throughout your stay and appreciate you noticing that staff were a stand-out factor during your stay - we have a fantastic team on hand to ensure your experience is nothing short of impeccable.

Please do keep a look out for weekend celebration packages on our website. Perhaps it's already time to start thinking about planning next years anniversary?

See you then!

Jacques Moolman
General Manager
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

i would like to thank Jacques and his team for making my wife's birthday a speacial one. when entering our room(909) there was a cake and a gift for her. the receptionist even wished her which made my wife feel like she was the only guest.

keep up the good work.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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54onBathJNB, General Manager at 54 on Bath, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Christopher F

It's very kind of you to post your review on Trip Advisor. We're delighted you chose to celebrate with us and we are only too pleased to make the occasion special for you.

Make sure to visit soon!

Jacques Moolman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

What a wonderful hotel, we have now stayed there twice in as many months and we live in Johannesburg. Everything about the hotel is first class and a cut above most of the bigger hotels in SA. Staff are great people who go out of their way to help and make your stay a stay to remember for all the right reasons.

Room Tip: All rooms are great
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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54onBathJNB, General Manager at 54 on Bath, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Gl0bal59

It brings great satisfaction to the hotel team to read a review like this, thank you. 54 on Bath is an extremely popular hotel for locals, especially at the weekend - it really is a getaway within the city. Don't wait too long before you return!

Jacques Moolman
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

I visited the hotel twice within the space of two weeks. The hotel rooms are luxurious with very high quality bed sheets, complimentary coffees and Lindt chocolates. I would get a surprise aperitif or tiny desert that would be placed in the room during turn down service in the evening which was a lovely touch.

The food is good although the selection is quite limited so by the time you are going there for a second visit you've pretty much tasted most things on the short menu. The wireless is good in the common areas but is virtually non-existent in the rooms despite my complaints being noted and acted upon.

Very friendly staff and managers who are both responsive and visible at all times. I will definitely love to go back there again.

Carol

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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54onBathJNB, General Manager at 54 on Bath, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Carol M,

Thanks for taking the time to send your review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and noticed all the little things that make a big difference to your experience. Be sure to check out our seasonal menu when you next return. Have a great day.

Jacques Moolman
General Manager
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Address: 54 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — 54 on Bath 5*
Number of rooms: 75
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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