If you looking for a weekend escape in Johannesburg, The Houghton Hotel, voted Africa’s new leading hotel for 2020 by World Travel is worth a visit.
The scenic location of upper-middle-class Johannesburg suburb Houghton has not only beautiful homes and blossoming trees but also an ideally positioned hotel in the hub of it all.
The Houghton Hotel is about 20 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and has nearby attractions such as Sandton and Melrose Arch. It opened its doors late in 2019 and has quickly made a name for itself. Voted Africa’s new leading hotel for 2020 by World Travel Awards it was easy to see why the moment we walked in.
But don’t be fooled by the “demure” exterior, inside the property is huge. You immediately escape from the bustle of the city into an oasis. Spots like these are convenient for Joburgers looking to escape the city just for a weekend but without travelling long distances. The hotel is spaciously designed with a natural modern aesthetic. The grand entrance has high ceilings streaming in endless sunshine and leading to the dramatic staircase. Calling it a resort wouldn’t be far off due to the many offerings.
The elegant beach-esque resort feel flows into the rooms which are stunningly decorated to suit the modern opulence but without overdoing it. It’s just right, from the bathtub, the large overhead shower that can easily fit more than one person, to the apt storage compartments, a study area and still space for a couch and TV overlooking the Joburg and Sandton skyline.
Amenities and facilities on offer are the popular The Houghton Spa. The only uncomfortable feeling I have ever had in a spa is fighting the urge to fall asleep. The 30-minute back and neck massage treatment is a must for any staycation.
For those trying to stay fit while on vacation, gym facilities are available at the Fitbar. There are pools situated in interesting areas of the property and an apartment complex for interested buyers. Getting away from it all sounds good but sneaking an email or video call isn’t a bad idea. Luckily there are great private locations to work, take those business calls or just organise a conference room for your business.
As for the food, there are about three restaurants on offer. Pebbles is perfect for poolside, light meals, drinks and cocktails to delicious confectionary sweet treats. Nova Deli is ideal for business meetings, breakfasts and luncheons and the menu varies from morning to lunch. The salsa avocado on toast with poached eggs not only awakens your taste buds (it is spicy) but will fill you up for the day. The menu is also vegan and vegetarian friendly.
Notably, the fine dining restaurant, Séjour, must be mentioned. Headed by young chef Freddie Dias he has bolstered the menu since our last visit.