We’re late to the Parkwood party, but now we’re here we may well overstay our welcome.
One of the things we love about Joburg – and there are many – is the continual discovery of new places, and of well-established venues that have somehow escaped our attention … best-kept-secret spots which are exactly that. We’ve heard about The Parkwood – a boutique hotel in the quiet, pretty suburb of the same name – but somehow have never popped in. Big (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman) mistake. Massive!
Besides being an exceptional spot to book for our business associates flying into Joburg for meetings, it’s also perfect if you’ve family coming to visit, or guests coming up for small event, and you need somewhere for them to stay. And, we have to say, it’s the most amazing staycation destination ever!
It’s intimate, but bigger than it appears on first impression. Spread out over three properties, there are 16 rooms, all of which open to the outdoors, some with quiet, private enclosed patios. There are plenty of outdoor areas with soft comfy sofas and twinkly fairy lights and lush vegetation where you can sit and have an afterwork drink, or a zoom meeting, or read a magazine. Indoors, the sofas are placed in front of roaring fires – equally cosy.
In warmer weather, the loungers alongside the pools beckon (work be damned!).
It’s really just like staying at a beautifully decorated home … (heck, maybe better!). No lifts or restaurants or busy bars … just sprawling good taste, a lovely dining room where you’ll have breakfast and (by prior arrangement, and only should there be sufficient demand) dinner and a small honesty bar and coffee nook.
The owner-run hotel is particularly – and quite rightly – obsessed with Covid safety, from the UV ozone generators used to sanitise all rooms to the singular packaged breakfasts, and an instant check-in and out to limit unnecessary interactions.
So … intimate, safe, luxurious … there’s nothing not to love about The Parkwood, and we’ll bet that once your guests have stayed here, it’ll be their first option for all future visits. LOVE it!
Rates from R2495, including breakfast. Quote GET IT when booking and you’ll qualify for a 20 per cent discount (it’s a pleasure). Corporate rates also available. 72 Worcester Road, Parkwood. Details: 011-880-1748 or theparkwood.com