Fodor's Expert Review African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

1 Melrose Sq., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2076, South Africa

Primarily catering to business travelers, this ultramodern hotel is within the Melrose Arch shopping, dining, and residential enclave. The eclectic decor mixes modern and traditional African influences, with high-tech, colored lighting throughout and sculptures, baskets, and furnishings all highlighting the African locale. Even the elevators reflect this mix, with one representing the African day and the other, almost completely dark, suggesting the night. Wi-Fi is free in both rooms and in the public areas, including the warm, mahogany-clad library bar. The rooms are well equipped, and each has a view of the pool and garden or overlooks a square. The pool area highlights the eccentric and modern taste that is echoed throughout the hotel, with trees planted in larger-than-life steel buckets, and tables and chairs set out in a few inches of water. Sip a cocktail here while soaking your feet in the heated pool, which has music piped underwater. African-inspired meals are offered at the stylish and modern restaurant, March.


  • Melrose Arch is a high-security gated community with good dining and shopping options within safe walking distance
  • the Library bar is a favorite with well-heeled executives
  • swimming pool (with drinks and light food)


  • hipster decor might not appeal to everyone
  • some might find it hard to relax in a high-energy environment
  • no on-site gym
  • but a Virgin Active Gym
  • one of the country's best
  • is available at R200 per visit within easy walking distance
  • no on-site gym, but a Virgin Active Gym, one of the country's best, is available at R200 per visit within easy walking distance
  • no on-site gym but day pass for the nearby Virgin Active Gym available for a small fee




Phones: 011-214–6666


117 rooms, 1 suite
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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