Many Johannesburg hotels fall into two categories: elegant and Old World, or pleasantly bland. The Peech is determined to create its own category as Joburg’s go-to style-centric, edgy design hotel. The 16 rooms have sleek decor with vibrant contemporary African motifs (brightly colored patterns, funky wallpaper, animal-hide rugs), and the lobby feels more like a cozy alpine living room. The beautiful gardens around which the rooms are clustered beckon guests to relax with a book in the hammock, with nothing but the soundtrack of chirping birds to distract them.
But as far-removed from bustling Johannesburg as the Peech may feel, guests are never too far from the action. Melrose Arch is just a few minutes’ drive away.
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In the suburb of Melrose, the main focal point of activity is the Melrose Arch complex. Guests willing to drive 10 minutes further will find themselves in downtown Joburg’s artsy hubs, Maboneng Precinct and Braamfontein. The former is home to the Arts on Main complex of galleries and shops; restaurants like Mama Mexicana, Eat Your Heart Out, and Little Addis; and weekly inner-city art walks. The latter has hip java joint Father Coffee, Randlords rooftop lounge, and the weekly Neighbourgoods Market. Either hood makes a perfect complement to a stay at a chic retreat like the Peech.
Need to Know
Rooms: 16 rooms and suites. From $216. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The chic bistro is open only for guests. Spa and gym details: There is no gym or spa.
Who it’s best for: Artsy types and the model set. Glamorous, creative guests are the norm here. Our favorite rooms: The Garden Suites are roomy and tucked away in a quiet corner of the leafy lawn. Good to know: The Peech is a hit with Jozi’s art-loving set, so don’t be surprised to find a rotating art exhibit or photo shoot set up in the cozy lounge that doubles as a lobby.