Airbnb offers visitors to a foreign city fantastic accommodation options that are often better priced than hotels. What’s more, staying in an Airbnb rental is a great way to get a glimpse into a local’s way of life. Here’s our round up of Johannesburg‘s most eclectic Airbnbs, ensuring you have an unforgettable stay.
If you want to be close to the inner city and enjoy all the luxuries needed for a relaxing holiday, then this two bedroom apartment is for you. There’s plenty of outdoor space, 24-hour security and beautiful furnishings and guests are guaranteed to spend hours soaking in the spa bath with views of the city. There’s also a pool table and a private pool; you’ll be tempted to spend your whole trip on the property. And for those after a bit more luxury, a private chef and butler are available on request. Impressively, the apartment was voted “Best Apartment in Africa” in 2013 at the International Property Awards in London.
Need to know: Elevator, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, hot tub, private chef and butler on request
Cost per night: R12 141 (£673)
This inner city apartment is a short walk from Braamfontein’s many restaurants and stores while the Gautrain Park Station is just around the corner. The open plan, industrial style studio boasts large windows that fill the space with natural light and creates a sense of treetop living. There’s secure, undercover parking for one car and the apartment is equipped with all the amenities and appliances you’ll need for a happy stay.
Need to know: Sleeps two, Wi-Fi
Cost per night: R852 (£47)
This classically decorated, en-suite bedroom is perfect for those travelling solo or for a couple looking to explore the city. The host has received rave reviews and is extremely accommodating, sharing his tips on what to do in Johannesburg with his guests. The room is extremely tidy and private, with double doors opening onto a lush garden. Guests also have access to the rest of the house.
Need to know: Family/child friendly, undercover parking, gym, Wi-Fi
Cost per night: R679 (£38)
Overlook the city from this trendy, renovated penthouse apartment situated in a heritage building. Located close to Newtown, Maboneng and Braamfontein, guests will have no shortage of things to do – plus it’s a short walk from the City Sightseeing bus stop and the Gautrain station, so getting around won’t be a problem. The views are amazing even from inside the apartment, but the best spot has to be inside the jacuzzi, while sipping on a glass of wine.
Need to know: Three bedrooms, underground parking, Wi-Fi, sound system, jacuzzi
Cost per night: R1 584 (£88)
This charming mountainside cottage is perfect for those who want to escape city life, while staying close to all the sights and activities. Situated on a hill overlooking Johannesburg, guests will find it hard to believe that they’re in the heart of South Africa’s metropolitan hub. The viewing deck, just a short walk from the cottage, is perfect for sipping on sun-downers and spotting the weaver birds so common in the area.
Need to know: Laundry services are available, family/child friendly, Wi-Fi
Cost per night: R652 (£36)
If shopping is what you’re after, then this is the spot for you. Situated close to Sandton City, this beautiful apartment has graced local magazine pages thanks to its professionally designed and decorated interior. The two bedroom apartment boasts a lovely patio overlooking the garden and is situated in a secure complex. On balmy summer days guests are also welcome to make use of the pool within the complex.
Need to know: Swimming pool, family/child friendly, Wi-Fi
Cost per night: R1 105 (£61)
This spacious 140sqm apartment is right in the city center close to some of the trendiest neighbourhoods. The open-plan space has three bedrooms and can accommodate eight guests, so it’s perfect for families or groups of friends visiting the City of Gold. Guests are guaranteed to spend loads of time on the bright balcony that overlooks the inner atrium of the historic building.
Need to know: Family/child friendly, close to City Sightseeing bus stop, Wi-Fi, elevator in building
Cost per night: R706 (£39)
This quaint cottage in Melville is a short walk away from the neighbourhood’s many restaurants, cafes and quirky stores. In fact, there’s so much to do in the area guests won’t have to venture far. The cottage is situated next to a swimming pool, which will no doubt help you cool down if visiting during the warm Johannesburg summer. A king size bed ensures a good night’s rest while the cottage is equipped with all the amenities to make your stay comfortable.
Need to know: Wi-Fi, swimming pool, parking on premises
Cost per night: R612 (£34)
Perfect for creatives, this artistic studio in downtown Maboneng is situated close to galleries, restaurants and many stores. The one bedroom apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and the lounge area is filled with books and objet d’art. There’s also a study area ideal for those on a writing retreat.
Need to know: Wi-Fi, heating, workspace
Cost per night: R380 (£21)
Another Maboneng gem, this large, industrial style penthouse has some of the best views of the city’s impressive skyline. Guests can enjoy lounging around in the living area, equipped with a flat screen TV, or watch the sunset from the terrace. Included in your stay is a complimentary walking tour of the neighbourhood.
Need to know: Family/child friendly, pet friendly, Wi-Fi
Cost per night: R1 034 (£57)