For a quirky stay with a difference head to the Protea Fire & Ice Hotel Johannesburg Melrose Arch. Located in the funky Melrose Arch precinct of Johannesburg, this hotel has a theme of Hollywood glamour. The 197 rooms all have a modern, contemporary feel with black and white furnishings set against a feature wall of silver and black decorative motif wallpaper. There are black and white photographs of some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe hanging over the bed, with Audrey also starring in the separate toilet.
I am staying in a King Guest Room, which features a king-sized bed, and is extraordinarily comfy, perfect for this weary traveller after a long-haul flight. The rainwater shower is located within the main room, but there is a curtain to separate it.
You can’t stay here without trying one of their famous milkshakes with speciality flavours like Rocky Road, Tutti Fruity, Tick Tack Kit Kat, Berry Buzz and Sour Power. Or try one of the grown-up versions – Tequila Mocking Bird and Russian Roulette. There’s also an in-house restaurant and bar, plus a pool and gym.
An abundance of shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants in the Melrose Arch precinct, all within walking distance, make a stay Protea Fire & Ice Hotel Melrose Arch convenient, pleasant, and let’s not forget, star-studded.