The Best Boutique Hotels in Johannesburg

Perfect for a large family gathering, AtholPlace Hotel & Villa offers boutique luxury and homely comfort
Perfect for a large family gathering, AtholPlace Hotel & Villa offers boutique luxury and homely comfort | Courtesy of AtholPlace Hotel and Villa /
Glynis Horning

Johannesburg is the hot heart of South Africa – it’s a city built on gold that became an economic powerhouse and the centre of the rise against apartheid. Today, you can visit the humble early homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu in Soweto, eat shisa nyama at a township tavern, shop at glittering malls and bungee jump from the muralled cooling towers of the old power station. Already planning your trip? Book one of the best boutique hotels in Johannesburg right here with Culture Trip.

Loved by over 40s

The Peech Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A stylish bedroom with a cushioned bed, bedside tables, lamps and carpet at the Peech Boutique Hotel
Courtesy of the Peech Boutique Hotel / Expedia

Make for the Peech if you’re after peace and tranquility in the city. With quiet garden pools flanked by loungers in the residential suburb of Melrose, this Afro-chic boutique hotel in Johannesburg celebrates local art and eco values. Best of all, you’re still minutes away from the shops and galleries of Sandton and Rosebank.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

Hotel, Spa Hotel, Suite Hotel

A chic, monochromatic hotel suite at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, Johannesburg.
Courtesy of Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa / Expedia

For those wanting old-world elegance and new-world sophistication, this multi-award-winning establishment combines both with chutzpah. Once one of the great family homes in Joburg, it holds sumptuous suites and cutting-edge restaurants under elaborately corniced high ceilings. Dine on the likes of chilli prawn and squid ink linguine followed by chocolate and orange spheres: hazelnut Valrhona crème, orange marmalade and wild berries.

The Giglio Boutique Hotel

Hotel, Luxury

A luxurious suite with contemporary furniture and an in-room bat tub at The Giglio Boutique Hotel
Courtesy of the Giglio Boutique Hotel /

You approach Giglio (Italian for fleur-de-lis, the symbol of perfection, light and life) down an avenue of giant pin oaks. The widely travelled young owners have a viticulture background, and the architecture is Cape Dutch lite, with a clean, contemporary edge. In the tranquillity of your tastefully understated suite, or lounging beside the pool at this Johannesburg boutique hotel, you’d never know that the restaurants, businesses and nightclubs of Sandton and Rosebank are just a short drive away – ideal for those after a country experience in the heart of city.

The Residence Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Sun loungers and a hot tub on a deck with a covered seating area at The Residence Boutique Hotel.
Courtesy of the Residence Boutique Hotel /

The Residence has something for every sensibility, from the fragrant gardens (where you can swim or play tennis) to interiors that blend soft Persian carpets and glittering chandeliers with rough African ntengu (stick) ceilings. There are log fires for chilly days and a long, cool veranda for sunny ones. Book an ubuntu ceremony at the spa, where an organic baobab oil massage and hot stone foot massage are used to “leave you at peace with all that surrounds you” – in the spirit of African Ubuntu.

AtholPlace Hotel and Villa

Villa, Hotel

The luxurious pool area and exterior of the AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
Courtesy of AtholPlace Hotel and Villa / Expedia

If you’re having a wedding or special family gathering, intimate and elegant AtholPlace Villa accommodates eight guests, and AtholPlace House hosts 18, each with lush gardens and a glistening pool. Chefs will tailor themes and menus to your tastes, using fresh local produce in line with the Relais & Châteaux sustainability ethics to create magic moments by candlelight indoors or outside under the stars.

Clico Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The exterior and pool area of Clico, Johannesburg.
Courtesy of Clico Boutique Hotel /

If you’re an avowed foodie, the restaurant at Clico BoutiqueHotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg, offers tastings, guided wine-pairings and outstanding meals in an airy, triple-volume space with glass stack doors that can close off sections for private occasions. Part of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs international gastronomic society, dishes range from roast guinea fowl with berries, confit samosa, lentils and orange jus, to a fig berries tart: figs, Amarula, frangipane, rosemary, strawberries, honeycomb and candied mint. Happily, the comfort of your room is just a few steps away.

Little Tuscany

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A terracotta pool patio with sun loungers and a dining area outside a private guest villa at Little Tuscany.
Courtesy of Little Tuscany /

Little Tuscany offers plenty of accommodation options, from deluxe suites to luxury rooms, each with a unique offering catering to guests’ varying needs. Whether on holiday or a business trip, the friendly staff at this boutique hotel in Johannesburg will ensure a memorable and happy stay. The on-site restaurant is open daily and serves comfort food like you’ve never tasted before.

The Syrene Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A four-poster bed in a contemporary hotel suite with a fireplace at The Syrene Boutique Hotel.
Courtesy of the Syrene Boutique Hotel /

If you need a convenient, quiet base in Joburg, the Syrene sits in upmarket Rivonia, putting you in easy reach of the business and shopping centres of the city: Sandton, Waterfall and Midrand, Morningside and Sunninghill. There’s a fine on-site restaurant (the Elm Tree), a gym, a pool and a spa. Shops are a few minutes’ walk way, and you’re less than 10km (6mi) from the massive Mall of Africa.

The Winston Hotel


A luxurious hotel room with ornate furniture at The Winston Hotel
Courtesy of the Winston Hotel / Expedia

Live out your African fantasy in a themed suite, from Royal Safari to Manor House, in five-star comfort at this Rosebank boutique hotel. The Winston will also get you around the bustling, but for first-timers sometimes daunting, city in safety and style, with a chauffeur-driven transfer service that will collect you and drop you at your destination anywhere in the greater Joburg area.

10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate

Boutique Hotel

A luxurious guest villa with open access to a landscaped garden at 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate.

If you’re into old-fashioned luxury, this five-star boutique hotel in Johannesburg offers bundles of it in the well-heeled suburb of Houghton. Go the whole hog with the massive presidential suite, all dark wood and button-backed leather sofas, with two balconies – one off the master bedroom overlooking the immaculate estate grounds, the other off the lounge area overlooking the heated swimming pool. Bathrobes are as warm as the butler service.

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Luxury

Luxurious sun loungers lined up under parasols along the pool side at Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa.
Courtesy of Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa /

If you like unique luxury, the Saxon prides itself on creating bespoke experiences, inviting special requests. Not that there’s anything more special than a night in the Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, which has a private glass elevator, stately African decor with original art and 24-hour dedicated butler service. Or pampering in the glass-enclosed couples’ treatment room in the gardens, with a unique Signature Sound Therapy to rebalance your energy.

Home Suite Hotels Rosebank

Suite Hotel

A contemporary hotel room with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balcony at Home Suite Hotels Rosebank.
Courtesy of Home Suite Hotels Rosebank /

Embracing a hipster-cool aesthetic, these trendy suites also prioritise friendly service, comfort and convenience. Think not just plush gowns and slippers, but a pillow menu and Hypnos mattress; not just a coffee and tea station, but hot chocolate; and not just a cool restaurant, but the Larder, where you can grab a snack 24/7. There are also Netflix and YouTube options for TV. If you’re on the move, Rosebank Gautrain station is less than a 1km (0.6mi) away.

54 on Bath


A baby grand piano in the luxurious lounge area at 54 on Bath.
Courtesy of 54 on Bath /

For those with a sophisticated taste, monochromatic furnishings and photographs make these suites as stylish as they are comfortable, with block-out curtains, crisp linen, soft duvets and feather-top beds. The award-winning Level Four restaurant at this Johannesburg boutique hotel serves gourmet fare with a flourish – think Jersey beef fillet tartare with gooseberry and vanilla, spicy mayonnaise, quail egg and salty caramel popcorn. And the garden high teas are legendary, from classic English sandwiches to French pastries and just-baked scones with fresh cream and preserves.

Looking for a relaxing place to stay in South Africa? Check out our pick of the best wellness retreats in South Africa, as well as the best hotels in Johannesburg, bookable on Culture Trip.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Carina Claassens.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.