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Top 10

Accommodation in Gauteng

1The Westcliff Hotel & Spa

Affiliated to the Orient Express group of hotels, this Johannesburg icon sits high on a hill overlooking the zoo; known for its lavish meals, good spa treatments and proximity to the city’s main business and shopping districts

210 Bompas, Johannesburg

Known as South Africa’s very first boutique hotel. 10 Bompas has a brilliant wine cellar, outstanding cuisine, a serene garden and eclectic interior design touches that celebrate the best of Africa

3Lebo’s Backpackers, Soweto

An authentic experience in Johannesburg’s largest township. Value-for-money accommodation, friendly local vibes and an opportunity to get to know Soweto a little better. Township stays are a popular choice of accommodation in this province

4The Saxon Hotel & Spa, Sandton

Boutique hotel near Sandton CBD that welcomes international stars thanks to its sumptuous suites, high-profile chef, good cellar, lovely spa, heated pool and massive swimming pool overlooking the city; caters for the top end of the market

5Michaelangelo Hotel, Sandton

As part of the extensive Sandton Square and Sandton City shopping malls this Italian-inspired hotel offers first-class accommodation, restaurants, shopping galore (designer label boutiques and local flavour), an indoor pool and gym

6The Palazzo, Montecasino

This upmarket Tuscan-style hotel is situated next to the Montecasino entertainment complex with its shops, theatres and cinemas, cocktail bars and coffee shops and popular casino

7Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Magaliesberg

Only an hour from either Johannesburg or Pretoria, this property is a favourite of urbanites who escape there to enjoy the gardens, beautifully designed suites, stylish meals and ta op-notch spa

8Forum Homini Hotel and Roots Restaurant, Cradle of Humankind

A country hotel of high standards it celebrates the African bush with an art gallery, chalet-style accommodation and restaurant deck overlooking a dam teeming with birdlife; the restaurant serves posh nosh

9Maropeng Hotel, Cradle of Humankind

Offers easy access to the fossil riches, caves and exhibits that make up the Cradle of Humankind Word Heritage Site, and features modern African interior design, views over the African bush, a pool deck and beautiful rooms

10Illyria House, Pretoria

This opulent colonial manor is the preferred hideaway of celebrities, royalty and heads of state as it boasts fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, classical music in the background and attentive service to every need with menus to match