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Rosebank Hotel - sexy and classy

By unknown | Jan 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

Think of the Joburg traffic, Gautrain construction and a buzzing shopping mall, all in one place . Spells a headache, doesn't it?

Now imagine a beauty spa, a French chef, a top-class cocktail bar in a five-star hotel . Luxurious, isn't it?

All these features put together make up tthe Rosebank Hotel.

It has taken a year, R350million and the best textile and interior designers to create the chic and stylish revamped five-star hotel.

The hotel reopened in August and has since proven to be the best hang-out spot for an "exclusive section of the young, beautiful and happening people of Johannesburg".

The 318 rooms have all been upgraded and beautifully redesigned. They have been so perfectly and tastefully redone it will make you feel guilty about not making the bed before you check out.

Okay, let's start at the beginning: the reception area. This area is all about open-plan lighting and space from where everything - buffet area, restaurants and a cocktail bar - is visible.

One can't help looking around and wondering where on earth they got the fabulous furniture. I personally have not seen anything so beautiful before.

There's also a shop that sells bags, clothes and jewellery.

The people at reception are really nice. Elmarie Malherbe, the guest relations manager, and her crew actually greet you as you arrive. Imagine what awaits you if reception is so fascinating.

The rooms are my favourite. Classy, sexy and fashionable aptly describe the feeling I got when I walked in. The first thing that caught my eye was the colour combinations. You can't have three different shades in one room and expect it to work, unless you are an expert.

Red, brown and white work beautifully because the rooms are not too spacious but not over-decorated either.

The shower is big enough to fit four people. It took me a while to figure out how the taps work.

For entertainment, there's The Circle Bar. Glamour plus . You don't have to be a guest at the hotel to experience the leather upholstery and individual circular booths. You just have to be in the mood for a good time with South Africa's leading mixologist, Kurt Schlechter.

The best thing about the food here is that you can actually see it being cooked. The signature restaurant, Fresh, has an open-plan kitchen that allows guests to see the raw ingredients before they are cooked. There are no pre-prepared meals or frozen foods at the restaurant. Sounds healthy, doesn't it?

Another food destination is the Butcher's Block, which is all about meat. There's also the Rosebank Café and Lounge.


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