As a concept for an inner-city hotel in a business revitalisation zone, the 12 Decades is great. Each room has a unique interior decor, representing one of the 12 decades of Johannesburg's history. Fascinating, innovative and beautiful. However, pretty decor does not compensate for having to climb seven floors of stairs because the elevator doesn't work, the loudly echoing interior spaces, and the raucous noise from the all-night shebeen across the road. Even earplugs were not sufficient to get a good night's sleep. The first priority for a hotel should be the business traveller's comfort. Renovate the elevator machinery, Install double glazing, add sound-absorbing cladding to passage floors and walls, provide air-conditioning and heating, and pay attention to small things like towel hooks and bedside mats on the cold concrete floors. Only once you've got the basics right is it worth getting the artists in for the interiors.
Great concept, poor execution.
- 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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