Not only is Johannesburg the largest city in South Africa and an economic center of the entire continent, but it’s also a really fun place to go sightseeing. There are lots of museums here, parks for outdoor fun, historical attractions to learn about the region, and a unique vibe that’s ultra-hip. Lots of people use Johannesburg as a home base to explore other parts of South Africa as well, and fortunately, there are lots of great hotels to choose from in town. Here are our best hotel recommendations for a comfortable and luxurious place to stay on your vacation.

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The Residence Elegant room at  The Residence
Elegant room at The Residence

The Residence (Prices & Photos)

The Residence is an upscale boutique hotel in Johannesburg with luxurious accommodations like the Pool Villa, Penthouse, and Residence Villa. This is a place to come to relax and indulge because there are outdoor pools for swimming laps, tennis courts, a fitness room, a cozy fireplace and many golf courses nearby. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the hotel daily. The Boat Lounge is a peaceful retreat for small gatherings, the pool area has three pools, the piano bar is a nice place for pre-dinner cocktails, and there’s even a shuttle service available for guests. Private dining in the ballroom and a conference room for up to 18 people are also available for events and meetings. There’s a spa onsite that has a couples’ suite and a private spa suite for ultimate privacy and relaxation as well.

Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Terrace with a view at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg
Terrace with a view at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff (Prices & Photos)

This Four Seasons hotel is located near the local zoo and is a chic place to stay with a village-style layout. This urban resort is also close to the neighborhood of The Parks and has 117 guest rooms and suites with a vibrant social scene. There are five locally inspired restaurants, bars, and lounges here, as well as complimentary standard Wi-Fi, a day spa, fitness center, and infinity lap pool. For something truly special, book the panoramic view premier room. The health club is open 24 hours, the concierge team is multilingual, and this is also a great place for families because there are complimentary kids’ activities onsite. For dining, View serves romantic and avant-garde cuisine, Flames offers grilled cuisine with local craft beer and wine, and the deli is a great place to pick up food before heading out on a day trip.

The Peech Checking in at The Peech Boutique Hotel Johannesburg
Checking in at The Peech Boutique Hotel Johannesburg

The Peech (Prices & Photos)

The Peech is a modern hotel near James Ethel Gray Park and has just 16 rooms. The rooms of this boutique hotel are spread out along a lush garden and include house rooms, garden rooms, and garden suites. The hotel is in the Melrose neighborhood, which has an array of boutique shops selling jewelry, handbags, and clothes. There are salons, stores, and art galleries here, as well as ample parking. This hotel was first used as a permanent residence in the 1950s and is locally operated by the owner. There’s a big emphasis on eco-friendly practices and sustainability at this hotel. Meanwhile, the Bistro serves a laid-back and sophisticated menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as South African wines, and overlooks the landscaped gardens of the hotel.

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa The stylish, sophisticated Olive Bar at Saxton Hotel
The stylish, sophisticated Olive Bar at Saxton Hotel

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa (Prices & Photos)

This hotel is located in the upscale and residential Sandhurst area, a tree-lined suburb of Johannesburg. Come here for a peaceful retreat and a private vibe. The Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa has elegant suites at the main hotel and also private villa suites for ultimate seclusion. Guests who stay here enjoy dining Grei, Qunu, and on the terrace. Morning and afternoon tea are beloved rituals at the hotel, and a brunch buffet is also served in Qunu and on the Fig Terrace. The Saxon Spa offers a range of signature therapies, spa packages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and hair styling services. There’s also a fitness center onsite to keep up with your workouts and an infinity pool that’s perfect for relaxing and soaking in the sunset views.

Murno Boutique Hotel Lovely pool at The Munro Boutique Hotel
Lovely pool at The Munro Boutique Hotel

Murno Boutique Hotel (Prices & Photos)

The Murno Boutique Hotel is filled with charming antiques and located in the hills overlooking the city. There are five luxury suites at this palatial mansion with three stories. The hotel itself is surrounded by exotic plants and waterfalls, and the views are stunning. This is a romantic place to stay for couples and also a lovely place to host a wedding or special event. The rooms are filled with antique furniture and beautiful artwork. There’s a formal dining room onsite, a Mediterranean-style terrace for casual meals, and a plush lounge for socializing. Come here for privacy and to be close to some of the best shopping centers and restaurants in the area. You’ll be about a 30-minute drive from Tambo International Airport when you stay here and about 15 minutes away from a Guatrain station. Free parking, Wi-Fi access, and a swimming pool are available for guests.

Hallmark House Bold colors at Hallmark House
Bold colors at Hallmark House

Hallmark House (Prices & Photos)

Another great boutique hotel in Johannesburg is the Hallmark House, which is located in the Maboneng precinct and is made up of a hotel, penthouses, apartments, a restaurant and bar, a jazz bar, and a coffee shop. There’s even an in-room drinks trolley service, parking garages, high-speed Wi-Fi, and free access to the Maboneng shuttle service. Hotel guests can enjoy the four-star restaurant that’s open late on the ground floor and hang out in the jazz bar and cigar lounge too.

Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank Exterior of Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank
Exterior of Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank

Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank (Prices & Photos)

This hotel is in the Rosebank commercial district of Johannesburg and has a contemporary style. You’ll be just two blocks from the Rosebank Gautrain and a 30-minute drive from the airport when you stay here. It’s easy to visit Apartheid Museum, Lion Park, and Soweto when you stay here. Onsite, you’ll also find a 24-hour gym, Zen garden, day spa, steakhouse, and casual dining restaurant.

The Michelangelo Hotel Spacious room at The Michelangelo Hotel
Spacious room at The Michelangelo Hotel

The Michelangelo Hotel (Prices & Photos)

This Johannesburg hotel overlooks Nelson Mandela Square and is in the upscale Sandton neighborhood. It’s a Renaissance-style hotel close to shopping and dining. Hotel guests can also use the spa, fitness enter, sauna, heated indoor pool, and grass-covered sundeck. In total, there are 218 rooms and 24 suites, and babysitting services are available to families for an additional charge.