There's something quite special about staying one of Gauteng's coolest hotels smack dab in Joburg's most eclectic cultural hub, the Maboneng Precinct. If you have a chance to stay at the 12 Decades Art Hotel, do it. This is why.
1. Be inspired by Johannesburg's history
The concept behind the 12 Decades Art Hotel is a space which chronicles the history of Joburg from 1886 to 2006. Each room is customised to reflect a particular era of the metropolises heritage.
"This is the House that Jack built" was designed by Kim Stern who transformed Johannesburg's gold rush (1906 – 1916) to create a warm, elegant, contemporary space using gold the basis for hues selected.
Designed by furniture designer Robyn Symes and photographer Pierre Crocquet, "Marabi" is the room which follows the period from 1926 to 1936. The suite was inspired by Doornfontein during this era, where communal living became a way of life when landowners transformed the region into living quarters for miners.
It goes without saying that each suite in the 12 Decades Art Hotel has been carefully thought out and customised to align with significant historical events which took place in Joburg.
2. Stay in the centre of one of Jozi's most vibrant precincts
When it comes to inner city restaurants, you'll be spoilt for choice if you're staying at the 12 Decades Art Hotel. The hotel is located right above some of Joburg's best eateries – Pata Pata, Chalkboard Café, Little Addis, and Market on Main are literally on your doorstep.
Delicious pizza, chilled craft beer, Ethiopian coffee or a light snack to tide you over until your next meal, are all within a lazy stroll's distance from your accommodation.
3. Gauteng's eclectic downtown lifestyle is a hair's breath away
12 Decades Art Hotel is also within walking distance from the location of Market on Main, a market where art lovers, coffee-heads, craft beer connoisseurs and organic food lovers come together to while away a lazy Sunday morning.
Then, as the sun sets, the salsa begins. Burn your energy with a sweat-inducing dance session on a rooftop in downtown Jozi.
4. Reflect on SA's history in this cultural hub
5. Host a conference in the Joburg CBD
Looking for a laid back spot to sip coffee and brainstorm with a small group of colleagues? Head to Chalkboard Café.
Need a conference for up to 67 delegates? Bioscope is your go-to venue.
Trying to find an exhibition space for 400 guests? Art on Main's events space is ideal for awards ceremonies, weddings, concerts and exhibitions.
If you are hosting a product launch, cocktail style or daytime event, make it unique with the help of the Main Street Life Rooftop Bar.
6. Feel at home
Each self-catering room at the 12 Decades Art Hotel has a lounge area, en-suite bathroom, flat screen television, DSTV, internet access, work stations and cooking utensils and cutlery. Plus, secure undercover parking is available for your peace of mind. Or, if you've opted to use public transport, explore the city with the in-house transport service.
Work up a sweat at the Rooftop Boxing Gym, anytime from 7am to 10pm.
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