Royal refuge in the bustling city of gold

MAY 2015 – Situated in the affluent suburb of Rosebank, the Monarch Hotel seduces sybarites who desire proximity to Johannesburg’s exclusive retail outlets, fine restaurants and cultural attractions – as well as the swiftest way to the airport. With its tranquil charm, lavish traditional interiors, service excellence and fine dining restaurant, this prominent heritage landmark has fast become the ultimate urban sanctuary for both tourists and business travellers to the cosmopolitan metropolis.

Like the rare Monarch butterfly that undergoes a prolonged four-stage metamorphosis, the eponymous hotel in Rosebank started out as a telephone exchange in the 1930s, morphed into the Saxonwold Post Office until the 1990s, became a boutique hotel in 2005, and after an expansive refurbishment, transformed into what it is today – a tranquil haven within walking distance of the Gautrain station.

Within the walls of the double-storey, 18th-century Cape-style national monument you’ll find an affluent ambiance in muted shades of gold, beige and gray. Signature service promises a memorable stay. Think swift, efficient check-ins; deep, sound sleep in a huge comfy bed and plump, velvety chairs. The Monarch Hotel provides a serene refuge within bustling, vibrant Johannesburg.

Antique collectables and an extensive art collection featuring South African painters offset contemporary furnishings within refined interiors that include a cigar lounge where guests can relax with drinks, and a smoke-free lobby with butternut walls and artfully arranged seating. The effect is quirky, yet soothing in a “wow, the designers got this so right” way.

Talented chef Dedrick Moeketsi presides over the hotel’s 25-seater restaurant where eating is an experience rather than a simple satiation of appetites.  The menus are changed regularly so that only the freshest, hand-picked seasonal produce can be integrated into his wide selection of delectable dishes. Think revelatory tastes and authentic, clean cuisine.

Dedrick’s yummy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners feature on twitter, where even radio personality Jenny Crwys-Williams was moved to comment on her “divine meal” at the “quieter than quiet Monarch Hotel”.

Wrought-iron entrances, rich fabrics, marble floors, brass banisters and panelled walls invite relaxation and contemplation, but that’s not the only reason discerning sybarites swear their allegiance to the Monarch. Yes, there’s the astonishing sense of quiet, but mostly it’s the space, glorious space, that guests enjoy – cocooned within any one of the 12 exclusive suites.

All offer the usual amenities one would expect from a five-star venue – electronic safe, flat-screen television, selected DStv channels, DVD player – along with underfloor heating, free Wi-Fi, gym voucher, heated towel rails, mini bar and facilities to make tea and coffee.

With soft carpets, couches, velvet armchairs, sumptuous beds dressed in high thread-count cottons, and vast marble bathrooms with stand-alone tubs, the sheer size of the suites invites myriad possibilities. Guests can spread themselves out, invite people in, dance, or dog stretch on their yoga mats.

Situated on the ground floor, the Presidential Suite has a private entrance, chef’s kitchen and separate bathrooms for visitors. The dining table seats 12 and there’s a grand piano in the lounge for impromptu concerts.

Says General Manager, Jan van As: “The Monarch prides itself on being part of Johannesburg’s rich cultural history. We provide the ultimate urban sanctuary for business travellers and tourists alike. By welcoming guests in modern style and traditional charm, we like to think we provide the best service in town.

“We offer secure parking, house laundry services and 24-hour security. Our intimate 10-seater boardroom is ideal for business meetings and our immaculately furnished suites are masterpieces of comfort and opulence. Our staff ensures all guest desires are fulfilled as promptly as possible.”

The Rosebank Mall is an easy walk, even in stiletto heels – ever so handy for when that designer shoe craving strikes. It’s where you’ll find a Wellness Centre, cinemas, restaurants, a gym, art galleries and whatever else your heart desires.

Little wonder both local and international visitors looking for a convenient, luxurious base within easy access of OR Tambo International Airport choose Monarch, part of the renowned Mantis Collection, time and again.

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