Staying n the arts district in the 12 Decades Art Hotel was a highlight of our African vacation. My husband and I stayed in one room and our teenage daughters stayed in an a room across the hall. Reasonably priced and decorated by various South African artists, some rooms are more over-the-top than others but all are spacious with mini kitchens. While not a traditional hotel (very minimal lobby, no restaurant or cafe), the 12 Decades offers a prime location to experience a side of Johannesburg we loved seeing - cafes, boutiques, artist lofts. We booked a walking tour of the Maboneng Precinct with Bheki Dube of Mainstreetwalks so we got a wonderful look at all of the street art and we had a delicious and inexpensive Ethiopian dinner at the Little Addis cafe. I would definitely stay here again, although for some reason we all got lots of mosquito bites so bring repellent just in case.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With rooms conceptualised by some of South Africa's most celebrated Artists & Designers, 12 Decades traces the history of Johannesburg from 1886- 2006. Each decade has been interpreted by the individual designers to illustrate the most prominent features of the particular decade in Johannesburg's history. 12 Decades is part of the second development in the Maboneng Precinct, meaning “ Place of Light”. The development of this precinct forms part of a city improvement initiative by the development company, Propertuity. The Urban regeneration has been applauded by the City of Johannesburg, and as such, further developments are underway in the precinct, forming part of a vision to breathe new life into the old industrial area in the Eastern CBD.In addition to the 12 designer rooms, there are standard modern luxury hotel apartments for the not so adventurous to choose from. ... more less
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