54 on Bath : Chic Urban Luxury

In the heart of the trendy suburb of Rosebank, adjoining one of Johannesburg’s largest shopping precincts, stands the chic five-star boutique hotel - 54 on Bath . Previously known as The Grace, the hotel underwent a multi-million rand makeover when it was purchased by Tsogo Sun, South Africa’s leading hospitality and entertainment company. It ranks among its most deluxe offerings, and one of Johannesburg’s most highly rated places to stay on Tripadvisor.

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Cosy nooks in the lounge

We arrived at the hotel on a Saturday afternoon and entered the opulent foyer. With its white grand piano, mirrored columns, crystal chandeliers, and plush sofas epitomizing refined elegance and style, it was an apt introduction to the rest of the beautiful hotel. We were welcomed by the reception staff with warm towels and chilled welcome drinks, and checked-in promptly. Godfrey, the friendly porter accompanied us to our room where he showed us around.

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The corridors

There are 60 deluxe rooms, 12 executive rooms and three executive suites in the hotel, with views overlooking the garden or the city. We had two spacious inter-leading rooms overlooking the city skyline, for us and our two children. The rooms featured contemporary monochromatic décor with beautiful artworks and all the modern conveniences one could require.

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Our bedroom

The huge feather-top beds featured crisp white linen, fluffy duvets and pillow menus. Plush bathrobes and slippers were provided. Huge flat screen televisions with a wide variety of channels provided in-room entertainment, and wi-fi was available too. The bathrooms were small but they did have bath tubs, showers and heated towel rails.

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Illy Coffee Machine

Roasted nuts, dried fruit, candy and Cote d’Or chocolates awaited us, to the kids’ delight, while striking Francis Francis espresso machines by Illy tempted us to enjoy the coffees provided. At turndown, we were presented with iced tea and more chocolates.

In room massages can be arranged or one can visit the Life Day Spa via the complimentary shuttle service. Guests also have complimentary access to the Planet Fitness Gym.

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Level Four

Breakfast, the following morning, was at Level Four, the hotel’s popular fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant has a classy, sophisticated ambiance and is especially renowned for its high tea. Although we didn’t get to enjoy the high tea – yet – we did enjoy breakfast. It consisted of a beautifully presented cold buffet, fresh fruit platters and croissants, and a hot menu. We ordered the eggs royale, which we always do when it is available. It did not disappoint.

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Breakfast at Level Four

The restaurant leads out onto the uber-cool garden terrace, where the historic red brick exterior and green lawns provide a great contrast to the modern interiors. It is a great place to de-stress in the city, and in warmer weather, one can enjoy one’s meals al-fresco.

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Garden Terrace

The garden is flanked by an elevated swimming pool with panoramic views of the surroundings.

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Swimming pool

A sky bridge links 54 on Bath to the Mall of Rosebank, one of my favourite shopping centres in Johannesburg. The Gautrain Station is easily accessible from here too. If you’re there on a Sunday, then do visit the Rosebank Sunday Market, one of Johannesburg’s best weekend markets. My daughter and I enjoyed some retail therapy there, leaving my husband and son happily ensconced in our comfortable room.

To quote Marcel von Aulock, CEO of Tsogo Sun, “The hotel has been designed with the discerning traveller in mind, the person who seeks refinement as well as comfort and a personal touch, the person who can appreciate tranquillity in the heart of a trendy and fast-developing urban area”. Guests can expect friendly and attentive service, luxurious accommodation for the whole family, delicious food and a convenient location. All boxes checked for a fabulous stay? I think so.

For more information, visit 54 on Bath or book here.

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14 comments on “54 on Bath : Chic Urban Luxury”

  1. I love the interiors of this place. It makes the place look a bit small, but it really looks inviting and comfortable, too! The white grand piano is perfect! And the dining room looks really nice! Im keeping this place in mind!

  2. Love the style of this place! I like the sound of the complimentary shuttle, and I would definitely spend a lot of my time in the garden terrace.

  3. 54 on Bath looks gorgeous, a lovely place to stay in Rosebank. I love the mix of modern style and comfort and luxury with a little historical design too. Love the high ceiling dining room.

  4. We always travel on a budget, but like to treat ourselves once per trip when we can. Places like this are so rejuvenating. Aesthetics can have a huge impact on our well-being and sometimes it's nice to be surrounded by beauty and have a relaxing dip in a great pool.

  5. The 54 on Bath looks like an incredible place to stay! I love the pool and outdoor terrace, I'd definitely like to relax there, and the fact there is a skybridge to the Mall of Rosebank ...well that just seals the deal.

  6. Wow, this place looks pretty luxurious. I love that outside garden terrace area. The food in the restaurant looks really good. I could force myself to spend a few days there.

  7. I love the decor! And, Level Four looks like a great dining room. It reminds me of the dining room at the historic Windsor Hotel in Americas.

  8. The previous name Grace was also very apt for this lovely hotel. The decor is so pleasing and I love that sunny patch of grass outside. Very nice find. Did you have a recommendation or was it an instinctive pick?

  9. I love boutique hotels and 54 on Bath looks lavish and classy! Grand is the right word for the interiors, as I can see from your pictures and description. The garden terrace would be my favourite place as would be the fine dining restaurant on level 4. The food looks amazing. Thanks for this recommendation!

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