Article by Cheréne Pienaar 28 January 2014

As an avid traveller discovering South Africa, you get to know all sorts of people. The City of Mzanzi (aka Johannesburg) is as vibrant and colourful as any European city and the locals are open-minded… well, most of them. As being gay should not be an issue when you travel, there are loads of awesome gay-friendly accommodation in Johannesburg.

As respect and tolerance is as important as a pair of binoculars on a game , we have compiled a list of gay friendly accommodation options in Johannesburg. Each one has its unique dose of warm and friendly staff and will feel like your home away from home. 

Top 5 gay friendly accommodation in Johannesburg

1. Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

Hyatt Regency Johannesburg is the perfect base to discover the city and go shopping like a maniac. Situated in the modern suburb of Rosebank, only 25 kms from the O.R. Tambo International Airport, this Johannesburg luxury hotel is right next to Firs Shopping Centre and the cinemas. Sandton CBD, Constitution Hill, and African craft markets are also a stone’s throw from this uber popular hotel.

Within Hyatt’s 244 luxury rooms and suites, gracious service, tech-savvy amenities, and the first-class conference and banquet space has set this premier Johannesburg hotel as the first choice of discerning (aka classy) executives worldwide.

2. Westcliff Hotel

If you need to be at the middle of all the action in the city, the Westcliff Hotel is the place to stay. This hotel is a luxurious 5-star hotel only 6.2 km from the centre of Johannesburg. From here you can also visit the colourful Johannesburg Zoo and get to know the roots of this part of the country at the South African Museum of Military History.

Cool off at the hotel’s sparkling swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy the world class spa or wellness facilities to rejuvinate body and mind. Experience luxury accommodation at its best at the Westcliff Hotel.

Above: The Westcliff hotel's sparkling swimming pool is one of the many great attractions. Photo by: Idee Per Vaggiare 

3. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Fairlawns is an award-winning boutique hotel boasting a total of 40 world-class suites.

The conference centre, a large fully equipped gym, a Balinese Spa and an excellent a la carte restaurant are available to each and every visitor. The building has retained its stately, park-like ambience with huge mature trees and amazing bird life.

This well-kept secret is the perfect addition to business centres of Sandton, Woodmead, Sunninghill and Rivonia. Elegant enough to host European royalty, the friendly staff continually strives to match the beauty of their surroundings with personalised service.

4. Gold Reef City Hotel

Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel lets you escape to an era where elegance roamed the streets. The hotel is in the middle of the biggest theme park in Africa and just underwent a massive refurbishment!

Have state of the art facilities within arm’s reach. Staying at the hotel means you have easy access to a rich variety of exciting attractions and entertainment in the ever vibey Theme Park.

Above: The Gold Reef City Hotel is in the heart of Gold Reef City: a large amusement park in Johannesburg. Photo by: George M. Groutas

5. 28 Vincent

Set in the quiet and leafy suburb of Duxberry, 28 Vincent is close to the Sandton CBD and also offers easy access to Rivonia Road and Hyde Oark. 28 Vincent is designed as an executive ‘pied a terre' which means ‘a home away from home’. It is also an ideal and convenient venue for business meetings or just to have some good old fun. The 'honesty ' bar, a solar heated salt water swimming pool and a fully equipped gymnasium are popular attractions and great spots to meet like-minded people.

There is no way you can feel out of place in these luxury hotels in Jozi.

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