We stayed at the Peech on 2 occasions in February 2009.
The hotel is a well presented boutique hotel in a secure residential neighbourhood. Quite close to the Wanderers Stadium and the commercial district of Melrose Arch (with a range of excellent restaurants) - both about 500 metres away. It is about 30 minutes to the airport (off peak) - add another 30 minutes in the peak hour.
As an aside, Johannesburg Airport between 6.00pm and 9pm is a nightmare - expect lengthy (disorganised) queues and too few staff. We encountered this on 2 occasions. We arrived almost 3 hours before departure and arrived at the gate within minutes of boarding.
We were impressed by the personal care and attention at the Peech - nothing was ever a problem and requests were met cheerfully and with genuine care and attention. They were able to provide detailed information to help our touring, including arranging a car and a driver. I gained sufficient confidence to drive myself around J'berg on the return trip.
The rooms are large and spacious with every amenity you would expect - they are in blocks of 2 - we preferred the upstairs rooms with views over the gardens and the pool. There is a small restaurant, overlooking the garden, which serves meals - breakfasts were excellent. Other meals were fine if you wanted to stay in. However, the restaurant atmosphere and food whilst acceptable remained a "hotel bistro". We found the restaurants in the neighbourhood provided a better all round experience (and very reasonably priced). The hotel seemed busy during the day with small conferences but returned to be a quite haven at night and at weekends.
We felt the experience to be closer to the personalised experience you receive in a B&B rather than a boutique hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend the Peech as a quality alternative to the bigger "chain" hotels. The hotel isn't the cheapest option in the neighbourhood, but you do receive value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the suburb of Melrose, a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Peech is an eco-chic boutique hotel with sixteen bedrooms spread across a lush garden and a bistro restaurant. The hotel blends an awareness for the environment and the community with chic surroundings, fresh food and smart design. It has been described as "Contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric" by Conde Nast Traveller and nominated as South Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel for the last five consecutive years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peech Hotel Johannesburg