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