Aloha travelers! I’m super happy to welcome you on this fun virtual journey around South Africa’s largest city! A cultural hub of the country and one of the best places to visit in the world, Johannesburg is a wonderful place that combines two of my favorite things, skyscrapers and nature! Yep, I’m sure you all know Hillbrow Tower, the tallest building on the continent!
But that’s not the only thing that makes this city such a magical place to visit, the interesting Constitution Hill Museum and Apartheid Museum plus the stunning views will have you coming back for more really soon!
Enough of that now, I’m sure you’re ready to head to the airport! Let’s see where to stay in Johannesburg, South Africa! I’ve made a list of Johannesburg’s top accommodations options, from luxury to budget, which offers the best value for money. All you have to do now is book them ASAP, although it might be the country’s largest city, people all over the world come here, so book in advance to get the best deals!
Let’s go, Johannesburg, South Africa, is waiting!
- If you are in a hurry
- 1. CBD (Central Business District) – where to stay for the first time
- 2. Rosebank – trendiest place where to stay in Johannesburg
- 3. Melrose Arch – where to stay in Johannesburg for families
- 4. Sandton – best place to stay in Johannesburg for shopping
- 5. Melville – where to stay in Johannesburg for the local vibe
- Frequently asked questions about Johannesburg
If you are in a hurry
If you want to book now there quickly browse this list with the best hotels for where to stay in Johannesburg, all located in the Central Business District
The Franklin Loft
Best luxury hotel
An Airbnb with amazing reviews
84 On Marshall
Best value for money
Best affordable accommodation in the centre
Here’s a map with all the areas for where to stay in Johannesburg that I will be talking about in this post:
1. CBD (Central Business District) – where to stay for the first time
As you might’ve guessed, the Central Business District is right in the middle of the city, where all the action happens! This vibrant neighborhood, located 13 miles (21 km) from the International Airport, is filled with many attractions like the Museum of Africa. Most of them are within walking distance from your hotel, making the CBD one of the best places to stay in Johannesburg if you’re traveling here for the first time.
I know that many people love to find accommodation near the hustle and bustle of the city centre, that’s why you need to book your hotels in Johannesburg ASAP if you want to find the best rooms and amazing deals! And if you’ve come all this way, I highly recommend booking a trip to Cape Town too, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this city!
The Central Business District is home to the biggest skyscrapers in the country, like the WeOriginate (Carlton Centre) building, which has a stunning observation deck and also serves as a shopping centre! This Johannesburg area is pedestrian-friendly, so you can walk around to explore all the cafes, restaurants, and bars, there are tons of those in the Central Business District!
On top of all the cultural attractions located right in the center, on the eastern side of the neighborhood you’ll find the Maboneng area. It is also known as the “place of light” and to be honest it has brought a new touch to the CBD. Made out of a few blocks, tons of cafes and trendy restaurants, Maboneng is the city’s new “hot” area. Take your friends and spend a super fun day in Maboneng!
I love the style of this modern Johannesburg loft, it looks just like in the movies! Enjoy a cup of tea right near the ceiling to floor windows and admire the stunning city views and skyscrapers. This centrally located hotel has super spacious rooms and a fitness center.
Other accommodation options in CBD
Have a BBQ with your friends in this stylish accommodation that has all the amenities you need and free parking spaces
A friendly hostel perfect for young travelers, where you can mingle with people at the bar or in the splash pool
Enjoy a relaxing day in the private rooftop jacuzzi or in the hammock of this loft that has 2 rooms and a kitchen
Things to do in CBD
- Admire the city views from the observation deck at WeOriginate and check the shopping centre
- Visit the Standard Bank Gallery and see some beautiful art pieces in Johannesburg
- Learn new things about the country’s culture at the Museum of Africa
- Walk around the Nelson Mandela Bridge
- Explore the Johannesburg Gandhi Square
- Catch a play at the Market Theatre
- Have a delicious dinner at Che restaurant in Maboneng
2. Rosebank – trendiest place where to stay in Johannesburg
Located just 6 miles (9 km) north of the Central Business District, this district is a mix of chic residential houses and commercial spots that will give you a taste of the African culture but with a touch of European vibes.
If you’re lucky enough to visit during October or November, you’ll be able to admire Johannesburg’s jacarandas trees, which have the most beautiful purple flowers!
This hip and vibrant neighborhood is super friendly, and it’s where all the young people who visit Johannesburg want to stay, not only because it has some of the best shopping stores in town, but it’s where you can party after the sun goes down!
Rosebank is the top location in the city to find amazing bars and clubs. It’s no wonder they hold their festivals and gay parade in this neighborhood. And you’ll also find some cool markets, like the African Handicraft Market and Rosebank Flea Market.
Such a stylish place, it almost feels like a museum! Soak up in the African sun by this 5-star colonial-style hotel’s swimming pool with spacious rooms with air conditioning and a chic bar. Have a delicious breakfast at the restaurant and then head to the garden for some reading or exploring!
Other accommodation options in Rosebank
Enjoy a night swim in the outdoor pool of this hotel that offers breakfast and has a rooftop terrace
Friendly and modern town apartments that have all the amenities you need, including family rooms and free wifi
Enjoy the city views from the balcony of this modern apartment that offers guests access to free parking spots
Things to do in Rosebank
- Buy stylish things from the African Handicraft Market and Rosebank Flea Market
- Have a drink and enjoy some live music at Katzy’s Wine Bar
- Admire the art at the chic Everard Read Gallery
- Enjoy some outdoor activities at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg
- See some cool examples of African art at Kim Sacks Gallery and Craft Store
3. Melrose Arch – where to stay in Johannesburg for families
This stylish neighborhood is located north of the Central Business District, right near the eastern border of Rosebank, and 13 miles (21 km) away from the International Airport. Melrose Arch is a convenient place to stay in town if you’re traveling with the family and you want to find hotels in a location close to all the attractions, but a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
There are some great parks perfect for families who are looking for outdoor activities in Melrose Arch. So if you love spending some quality time in nature with the children then this neighborhood is the perfect place to stay in Johannesburg for you.
The green areas inside and around the neighborhood are perfect for biking, climbing, or hiking, and Acrobranch Melrose will make sure you stay safe while having the best time ever with your family. On top of that, you’ll find a fair share of amazing restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can eat the most delicious dishes, plus the Bluebird Shopping Centre which has some of the best shops!
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I like the homie feeling of this luxurious boutique hotel, where the guest rooms have a private patio and views of the swimming pool and garden! Start your day with a coffee on the little terrace and some breakfast, then head to the outdoor pool for some sunbathing or relaxation at the spa!
Other accommodation options in Melrose Arch
Guests can enjoy the garden and city views at night near the swimming pool of this hotel that has cozy rooms
Perfect for your family trip, this hotel has air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant
An oasis of silence! I love the style of this cottage, great for a small family, that has a garden and an outdoor pool
Things to do in Melrose Arch
- Have fun with the children at the Acrobranch Melrose in Johannesburg
- Check out all the cool shops at Bluebird Shopping Centre
- Enjoy a relaxing walk at sunset with the children in the James & Ethel Gray Park
- Eat a delicious meal at Kcc – La Vie En Rose restaurant
- Spend a whole day with the family at Art Jamming in town
4. Sandton – best place to stay in Johannesburg for shopping
This suburb is located in the north part of the city, just 11 miles (18 km) from the Central Business District. Sandton resembles Johannesburg’s CBD although it’s a mixture of tall modern buildings, parks, and houses.
Many years ago, when the crime rate increased in the Central Business District, many companies moved their headquarters to this area. Although that issue has disappeared now, the company owners didn’t move, and now the area is home to Johannesburg Stock Exchange and other attractions.
I think this is a super convenient area as it’s located just a 15-minute ride with high-speed Gautrain from the O.R Tambo International Airport. But that’s not it, it’s certainly where all the shopping lovers amongst you should stay in Johannesburg. Sandton City Shopping is one of Johannesburg’s top locations for shopping and you could spend a lifetime checking out all the cool stores and restaurants!
After all that shopping you might want to spend some time outdoors, luckily for you, it also has many parks and green areas where you can enjoy some outdoor activities. I think it’s simply perfect!
Warm-up by the fire pit during those chilly nights in this modern South African hotel with great style and a spa centre! I’m sure the kids will love the swimming pool, and the parents will fall in love with the spa and city views, which adds great value to this accommodation!
Other accommodation options in Sandton
Relax in the spa of this hotel that offers air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, and access to free parking spots
Have a drink near the swimming pool of this modern hotel that has many amenities and family rooms
This South African home offers guests access to a private kitchen, an outdoor pool, and a spacious room
Things to do in Sandton
- Take the kids to the playground at Mushroom Farm Park
- Go on a family trip to the Sandton City Shopping and check the shops and restaurants
- Attend an event at Innesfree Park or go for a breath of fresh air
- Catch a sunset at Sandton Central Park in Johannesburg
- Explore the Nelson Mandela Square
5. Melville – where to stay in Johannesburg for the local vibe
Located 4 miles (6 km) south of Rosebank, Melville is a cute little residential neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, and one of the oldest as well! It still has that South African charm that some hip neighborhoods have lost due to all the modern features so if you want to experience that local vibe this is the best area to stay for you!
Filled with farmhouse-style homes, tons of jacarandas trees, and a super diverse high street packed with restaurants and bars that are located within walking distance, Melville has managed to maintain its value and authenticity over time and attract more tourists every year!
Its close and convenient location to Johannesburg’s universities has made this area super popular with students so don’t be surprised if all the bars and restaurants are filled with young people and couples!
This hotel has a stunning location and offers guests access to some amazing city views! The rooms are super spacious and have elegant decor, perfect for both families and couples. Enjoy a relaxing time at the spa or near the pool, and eat South Africa’s top dishes at the restaurant of this accommodation that offers free parking spots.
Other accommodation options in Melville
Enjoy catching a dreamy sunset at this hotel that has a restaurant, spacious rooms, and offers free parking spots
Relax on the terrace of this lovely guest house that has cozy rooms and many amenities including a pool
Johannesburg best private cottage that has a spacious room, a kitchen, and a lovely patio
Things to do in Melville
- Visit Lindfield Victorian House Museum, one of Johannesburg’s best attractions
- Have a coffee at the Whippet
- Go for a hike and enjoy some fresh air in the Melville Koppies East National Park
- Eat a delicious meal at Poppy’s Restaurant in Johannesburg
- Check out South Africa’s boutique shops in Melville
|👑 Luxury price:||$180|
|💰 Accommodation prices:||Low|
|📍 Best Area:||CBD (Central Business District)|
|🛎️ Best luxury hotel:||The Franklin Loft|
|👛 Best budget hotel:||Curiocity Backpackers|
Frequently asked questions about Johannesburg
🔝 What are the best areas to stay in Johannesburg?
🛑 Is Johannesburg dangerous for tourists?
Not in populated areas. Johannesburg, South Africa still has some issues with mugging and pickpocketing so don’t carry valuable items with you, but more serious crimes seldom happen to tourists as they don’t really frequent dangerous areas.
🌃 Where to stay in Johannesburg for one night?
The Franklin Loft is located in the Central Business District and is the best hotel to stay in the city for one night as you’re going to be close to all the attractions and top restaurants.
💰 Where to stay in Johannesburg on a budget?
🍹 What is the best area in Johannesburg for nightlife?
Rosebank is the best area to stay in Johannesburg if you want to party all night long, and you can book your rooms at The Winston Hotel, an amazing five-star hotel.
That was so much fun! I hope this post helped you decide where to stay in Johannesburg, South Africa, which boutique hotel to book, and which restaurant to check first.
There are tons of amazing hotels here but here are my two favorite ones both located in CBD, the best area to stay in the city
- The Franklin Loft – A luxurious Johannesburg hotel with the best city views
- 84 On Marshall – A modern hotel that has a terrace
If I were you I would book all the Johannesburg hotels in advance, every tourist in the world wants to come here at least once and as you know all the good accommodations disappear super fast!
I want to hear all about your trip, which market you liked in Rosebank, at what restaurant you ate the most delicious food, and your opinion on the Constitution Hill Museum and the Apartheid Museum. Leave me a comment!
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