Best areas to stay in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Where to stay in Johannesburg – A guide to the great city of South Africa

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and stands out for its economic importance.

Also known as Joburg, Jozi or JHB, it is the capital of Gauteng, and is located in the east of the country. This population is located on the famous Witwatersrand, a geographical feature full of hills and mountains.

From an economic point of view, Johannesburg is the financial capital of South Africa, thanks to its trades of gold and silver, as well as its large manufacturing industries.

In addition, part of the South African culture is preserved in galleries, zoos and museums in Johannesburg, such as the museum dedicated to the memory of the world hero Nelson Mandela, one of its greatest heritages.

Another popular attraction is the Sterkfontein, northeast of the city. This archaeological monument was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as it exhibits the Sterkfontein fossil, as well as limestone caves, and a variety of hominids.

Johannesburg presents multiple climatic changes, with a rainy summer starting in October, frosts during September, and an arid season in May.

One of the treasures of Johannesburg is the O.R. Tambo International Airport, with national and international flights.

Johannesburg’s subway system is very old, therefore, it only connects the Downtown area with Soweto, Pretoria and other towns, excluding the modern districts of Sandton, Midrand, Randburg, and Rosebank.

On the other hand, the Gautrain Rapid Rall of Johannesburg has about 10 stations throughout the city.

The options abound when looking for where to stay in Johannesburg. However, the Downtown is the best area to stay in Johannesburg for its variety of hotels and good transport connections (See accommodation in Downtown Johannesburg).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The best areas to stay in Johannesburg, South Africa

1. Our favorite area: Downtown Johannesburg

The Downtown, also called CBD or Central Business District, is one of the largest and best-located areas of Johannesburg.

Here, you’ll find the largest collection of skyscrapers in South Africa and one of the largest in the continent.

Downtown Johannesburg is the main character of a great majority of photographs and postcards of the city, thanks to its spectacular skyline that is worthy of Social Media posts.

Being a central area, the CBD is ideal for walking and getting to know the city on foot, as it is also close to other popular districts. In addition, it has good transport connections.

Downtown is the best area to stay in Johannesburg for business travellers or for those looking to enjoy the most modern side of the city.

Downtown - Best areas to stay in Johannesburg

Downtown – Best areas to stay in Johannesburg

Accommodation in Downtown Johannesburg - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Downtown Johannesburg – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Johannesburg, South Africa:

  • Central location
  • Pedestran-friendly
  • Business-type hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

12 Decades Art Hotel

This design hotel offers rooms decorated by some of the most famous South African artists and designers. Ellis Park Station and the bus station are 800 meters away.

from US$44
Budget

Businessburg Hotel

Businessburg Hotel is located in Johannesburg, 2.5 km from Johannesburg Stadium. The establishment is close to the Carlton Center, Gandhi Square and Constitution Hill.

from US$19
Luxury

Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg

The Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Parktonian All-Suite is located in Johannesburg, 4 km from the central business district. It has a swimming pool, modern gym and suites with balcony.

from US$119
 

 

 

2. Bryanston

Bryanston is part of Sandton, one of the most exclusive and modern residential areas of Johannesburg.

The heart of leisure and entertainment in Bryanston is its large shopping centre of the same name, consisting of 55 fashion stores of different types and restaurants.

The great majority of coffee shops and gourmet restaurants in Johannesburg are located in Bryanston, so it has become the favourite place for tourists to taste typical food.

Close to the Bryanston shopping centre, you will find many of the district’s bus stops, with routes connecting to the Downtown and other areas of Johannesburg.

Bryanston is one of the best areas to stay in Johannesburg to enjoy luxury, good hotels and upscale restaurants.

Best areas to stay in Johannesburg - Near the Bryanston shopping centre

Best areas to stay in Johannesburg – Near the Bryanston shopping centre

Accommodation in Bryanston - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Bryanston – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Johannesburg, South Africa:

  • Bryanston Shopping Centre
  • Great food
  • Luxury hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

The Royal Bryanston

The Royal Bryanston is located in Johannesburg, 7 km from the Sandton City Shopping Center. The property is 17 km from Johannesburg Stadium and 23 km from Gold Reef City & Casino.

from US$44
Budget

The River Road Stay

Offering a garden and terrace, The River Road Stay is located in Bryanston. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms at The River Road Stay have views of the pool and a private bathroom with a shower.

from US$29
Luxury

Idwala Boutique Hotel

The Egyptian-themed Hop Inn is surrounded by lush gardens and features an outdoor pool and a restaurant. It is 5 minutes’ drive from Bryanston Golf Club.

from US$99
 

 

 

3. Randburg

Randburg is a northwest district of Johannesburg, where a residential environment mixes with the best shopping centres in the city.

Some of the neighbourhoods of Randburg are Bordeaux, Boskruin, Bromhof, Crest, Darrenwood, Jukskei Park, and the popular Aldara Park.

Randburg is one of the most entertaining corners of Johannesburg, full of shops, shopping centres, restaurants, and theme parks, including Northgate Mall, the Cresta Shopping Center and Randburg Square.

Randburg is a well-connected area by its four train stations, located in the central part of the district, ideal for moving to other neighbourhoods of the city.

Randburg is one of the best areas to stay in Johannesburg, thanks to its accommodation options and affordable prices, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

Where to stay in Johannesburg - Near the Cresta Shopping Centre

Where to stay in Johannesburg – Near the Cresta Shopping Centre

Accommodation in Randburg - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Randburg – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Johannesburg, South Africa:

  • Shopping area
  • Connected by public transport
  • Wide variety of accommodation

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Mercure Johannesburg Randburg

The Mercure Johannesburg is a 3 star hotel located in Randburg, ideally located next to the Ferndale On Republic shopping and entertainment center.

from US$54
Budget

Sierra on Main

Sierra in Main is located in Johannesburg, 950 meters from Brightwater Commons. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. It also has a pool.

from US$44
Luxury

Idwala Boutique Hotel

Idwala Boutique Hotel offers African-style accommodation in Johannesburg. The rooms are well equipped and have an LCD TV with satellite channels.

from US$154
 

 

 

4. Rosebank

Rosebank is a commercial district located to the north of Downtown Johannesburg, in an area where most of the upper-middle-class lives.

Rosebank has the best bars and clubs in Johannesburg, which attracts young tourists, an alternative audience, and the LGBT community of the city.

Some of Rosebank’s most popular sites are Marble Restaurant, Molokai, Capital Café, and The Bank and Kong.

Other highlights of the area are the African handicraft market and the Rosebank Flea Market, in addition to famous festivals such as the annual gay pride parade.

Rosebank brings together an important collection of high-end and prestigious hotels, making it one of the best areas to stay in Johannesburg.

Rosebank - Where to stay in Johannesburg

Rosebank – Where to stay in Johannesburg

Accommodation in Rosebank - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Rosebank – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Johannesburg, South Africa:

  • Gay area
  • African handicraft market
  • Hipster area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    The Capital on Bath

    The Capital on Bath is located in Rosebank, just 600 meters from Rosebank Mall and 550 meters from the Keyes Art Mile. It offers parking and WiFi, both free of charge.

    from US$79
 

 

 

5. Near O.R. Tambo International Airport

The Johannesburg International Airport – Oliver Reginald Tambo, also known as the O.R. Tambo, is located in the district of Kempton Park.

This air terminal is part of the illustrious list of the 100 busiest airports in the world, serving about 16 million passengers per year.

Among its advantages is that it is the centre of operations of the most important airline in the country, South African Airways, with domestic and international flights.

Currently, it is an area without rail transport. However, there are long-term projects and it also has bus stops.

There are accommodation options near the airport that are ideal for those who stop in the city for short a stay.

Best areas to stay in Johannesburg - Near O.R. Tambo International Airport

Best areas to stay in Johannesburg – Near O.R. Tambo International Airport

Accommodation near O.R. Tambo International Airport- Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation near O.R. Tambo International Airport- Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Johannesburg, South Africa:

  • Best area for a stopover
  • Good area for business travelers
  • Oliver Reginald Tambo airport

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport

    The Southern Sun offers luxurious rooms with contemporary design and 500 MB of free Wi-Fi. It offers an outdoor pool, a spa, a wellness center and a restaurant.

    from US$119
 

 

 

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