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Saturday 17 May 2014

The best little boutique hotel in Johannesburg

There is no shortage of great accommodation in Johannesburg but choosing the right location is key is you do not wish to spend to much time in traffic. 

If you are looking for a boutique hotel that's well situated, quirky, with spacious suites and attentive service then Ten Bompas just might be your perfect home away from home. 

The all-suite hotel and restaurant is part of the distinguished Design Hotels portfolio and flies a little under radar. It is situated in a garden setting in the upmarket neighbourhood of Dunkeld - close to the business and entertainment hubs of Rosebank, Hyde Park and Sandton but a little oasis of calm. 

The suites are super chic; combining contemporary style with space and light. Suites have lounges, fireplaces, steam baths, high-speed wi-fi, multi-channel satellite television, iPod deck and music system, Nespresso machines, and complimentary laundry, minibar and newspapers. 

Each was styled by a different designer and leads on to a private terrace or garden.

The public areas have an Art Deco vibe and security is low key, but very effective while the hotel's Winehouse restaurant is eclectic and inspired by a painting of Amy Winehouse by Joanna Flatau a Polish-born artist living in Paris. 

The owners of Ten Bompas met the artist in the Languedoc and purchased her work. 

The menu ranges from starters like pear, Roquefort and walnut tart to duck ravioli, and roasted aubergines, while mains may include fresh steamed mussels, or roasted baby chicken with potato rosti. There is a good selection of vegetarian dishes, using fresh produce sourced from the hotel’s gardens.

Prices are ludicrously low in South Africa with starters around $6-7 and mains between $9.50 and $17 for grilled fillet of beef. 
Desserts are appealing with choices like a plum tarte tatin, chocolate fondant or baked mango cheesecake. 

In addition to the walk-in cellar, there is a good selection of ports, sherries, grappa and cognacs, as well as some South African dessert wines. 

Canapes are served in the suites each evening and meals can also be served in the hotel suites for those seeking privacy.

Space is a new on-site event and meeting facility catering for events and conferences. 

Ten Bompas Hotel, 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld West. +27 11 325 2442. Book through Mr and Mrs Smith to score a free bottle of wine on arrival.

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