“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”
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.
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.
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.
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 is available by arrangement
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking