The Peech

Melrose, Johannesburg, South Africa Book from

A funky boutique hotel in the leafy suburb of Melrose with every conceivable mod-con, eye-catching contemporary design and its own bistro and champagne bar
In a quiet backstreet of Melrose, wrapped around by a mature, high-walled garden, this small boutique hotel offers guests a safe, comfortable and immensely stylish haven well away from the cut and thrust of the city centre. James Peech completely gutted then refurbished this 1950s house and built 2 additional garden annexes to create one of the city’s coolest retreats, which happily marries the best of contemporary design with a big splash of afro-ethnic attitude.

A predominantly beige and white colour scheme provides a quiet backdrop for immensely colourful furnishings and fabrics. Suede sofas and pouffes in cool blue and tangerine, pinky-orange table cloths and shiny cérise bar stools sit alongside more ethnic elements like carved ebony tables, besbok and antelope skin rugs and kuba cloth wall hangings. The Peech’s 16 stylish and airy bedrooms have every mod-con, the bistro restaurant is the talk of the town, there’s a rotating exhibition of paintings and photography, and the hotel is imbued by the easy, open nature of its young owners.

Highs

  • Fabulous light-filled bedrooms with stacks of designer attitude
  • A quiet garden, dripping in greenery, with a small swimming pool and lots of shaded spots and loungers
  • The restaurant is amongst the city’s best: there’s no need to leave the hotel if you’re looking for top-notch cuisine
  • Melrose is one of Johannesburg's most attractive suburbs with a great choice of bars and restaurants, and it's close to both Rosebank and Sandton

Lows

  • The Peech is a good 20-minute taxi ride away from the city centre and you’ll need transport to get to other restaurants, museums, markets etc
  • Some feedback suggests that hotel-arranged taxis can be unreliable, so be sure to give yourself plently of time
  • Johannesburg does have safety issues - but The Peech is in a good neighbourhood and is designed to ensure security so that guests feel at ease

Best time to go

Anyone from the city will tell you: the Johannesburg climate is one of the best in the world. It has far less seasonal variation than Cape Town, which means that any time of year is a good time to be here.

Our top tips

You need at least 3 nights to do the city some kind of justice and you could easily spend a week sightseeing and still have stacks left to see. The Peech is a brilliant choice for your first or last night in the city as it has easy access to the motorway which leads to the airport.

Great for...

Eco
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 16
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The Peech’s best value rooms are the 12 doubles in the annexes. These Garden Rooms are quiet and airy with light flooding in through the slatted blinds of their enormous picture windows. And you’re treated to every possible creature comfort: a kingsize bed with crisp white linen, feather duvets and a bank of cushions and pillows, a flat-screen TV, a Bose dock for your iPod, WiFi access and an electronic safe in the open-fronted wardrobe.

There are a further 2 bedrooms in the main house, and 2 luxury Garden Suites in a separate annex. All have the same seamless commingling of contemporary and ethnic elements: stainless steel stair balcony rails, swish suede sofas and chairs, floors of grey screed or oregan pine contrasted by besbok skins, kuba cloth hangings, and boma-style branched screens which give additional privacy to the ground-floor terraces and first floor balconies.

Bathrooms are just as swish with rectangular surface-top porcelain sinks, shining Grohe taps, heated chrome towel rails, big bathtubs and 'raindance' showers. You get a full range of Molton Brown toiletries, piles of white towels, and cotton bathrobes.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Ipod dock
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

The colourful Bistro restaurant and adjoining bar, open to outsiders as well as to guests, are the neural centre of this remarkable small hotel and have been making waves amongst the city’s intelligentsia. They look at their best at night when you look out through they glass frontage to the pool and garden, bathed in ethereal, green light.

Our breakfast began with fruit kebabs and muesli soaked in honey which was accompanied by a mixed-fruit smoothie, freshly baked bread and croissants, and pot-fulls of tea and coffee. A cooked breakfast is then served: any variant on the full English or, perhaps, the eggs florentine which gets full marks from us.

As the name suggests, the restaurant has a French slant but it also picks and mixes from the world cookbook. When we visited starters included moules frites, gazpacho, vegetable spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce, and several different salads: nicoise, smoked salmon and avocado, grilled rump with cream cheese or a simple green leaf variant with mustard dessing. Flagship main courses include chargrilled rump steak, kingklip with a crust of sundried tomato and almond pesto, and chermoula lamb chops served with a strawberry sauce. And there are some wicked desserts: ‘decadent’ chocolate torte, crème brulée or maybe an almond and cream cheese cheescake. There is an excellent wine list, with all selections coming from South Africa, apart from the bubbly courtesy of Veuve Clicquot.

If you fancy eating out, James has put together his own list of Johannesburg’s best eateries with his own star ratings.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Put aside a morning or afternoon for the Apartheid Museum. No visit to the city could be complete without a visit to this architectural masterpiece, which tells the story of the darkest period in the country’s recent history

  • Take a township tour of Soweto, a highlight of any visit to Johannesburg

  • Shop in the nearby malls at Rosebank and Sandton, or cruise the some of their many art galleries

  • If you don’t have time to get to the Kruger, have a big game hit at the Krugerdorp Game Reserve. You are guaranteed sightings of rhino, giraffe, buffalo, hippos and lions

  • Chill out in the Emmarenti or Walter Sisulu botanical gardens. Both of these green lungs are great escapes after visiting the noisy, polluted city centre

  • Get in shape at the gym next door. It has a 50m lap pool, cardio machines and a weights room, as well as individual trainers to supervise your exertions

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Johannesburg can seem an intimidating place, especially if you have kids in tow, so it helps to feel that you are really safe at your hotel. The Peech couldn’t feel more secure with its quiet walled garden, off-street parking and friendly staff, even though the general vibe of the restaurant and other shared spaces is pretty grown-up.

Family friendly accommodation:

The House rooms can interconnect Room 2 has space for an extra bed. All of the Garden Rooms and Garden Suites can accommodate an extra bed.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
8/
Food
10/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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