6 Reasons to stay at the 12 Decades Art Hotel

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.

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Image courtesy of Maboneng Precinct

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.

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Image courtesy of Urban Hip Hotels

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.

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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.

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Image courtesy of Maboneng Precinct

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.

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Image courtesy of Maboneng Precinct

4.       Reflect on SA's history in this cultural hub

The Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, and Johannesburg Art Gallery are all within 15 minutes' drive, so you can have an edutainment experience during your time in our province.

Head to Bioscope Independent Cinema or POPArt Theatre for your fill of culture, as well.

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Image courtesy of Maboneng Precinct

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.

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Image courtesy of Maboneng Precinct

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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