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Travel is back: Here's where we suggest you stay

If there is one thing we can all agree on, despite the pandemic having halted things over the past two years, things are almost back to normal. Yes, we still need to wear masks in specific spaces, social distance and sanitize, but we are slowly easing back to normal. One thing that has increased is travel- we can now officially travel throughout the regions in South Africa, and one place everyone goes to for both business and pleasure is Joburg. And since we at GLAMOUR are often on the move- We have the 411 on some of the best places to stay when you are down in Jozi.

Below are three of our favourite

Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

Johannesburg's swanky shopping and high-end lifestyle precinct Melrose Arch is the home to the premium business hotel, the Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch. The Marriott Hotel towers contentedly over most of its peers in the precinct with its broad glass wall corners - a popular trope of modern architecture that makes the hotel's construction such a vision.

We love that the Marriot has both hotel rooms and our favourite- Marriott Executive Apartments Melrose Arch. These are ideal for local and international business travellers and have become the most sought-after long-stay apartments for executives in Johannesburg. The apartments are fully serviced and have a fully kitted kitchen, dining area and lounge. They are the ultimate home away from home luxury. Staying at the hotel and apartments includes access to numerous hotel services, including room service, undercover parking, 24-hour security, a fitness centre, swimming pool and conference spaces. Dine-in at the Keystone Bistro or discover creative mixology at Archer Bar & Eatery.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Johannesburg Melrose Arch

When it comes to Instagrammable Hollywood Glam type of aesthetics- Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch takes the lead. The décor says GLAM from the moment you enter, but not in an off-putting manner but very sophisticated. Iconic Hollywood A-listers inspire the lavish rooms, and everything about them is star treatment, with amenities like free Wi-Fi, bottled water and salon hair dryers in the bathroom. Some rooms also boast stunning views over the city centre.

The hotel also has a popular restaurant, outdoor pool, gym, and meeting and function spaces where you can host your small meetings and some VIP events.

African Pride Melrose Arch

This 5-star haven is infused with luxury and comfort exceptionally well. It was designed with a curator's touch; African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection celebrates the spirit of Johannesburg. One of our and many people's favourites at this hotel is the March Restaurant, famous for perfectly infused delectable global-meets-local cuisine. And if you are a whiskey connoisseur, sip aged whiskey by the fire at the Library Lounge. You can do so much at African Pride, from just making it a home away from home and hosting meetings and conferences to a place to enjoy lounging along the shimmering waters of the exclusive hotel pool.

The African Pride is currently undergoing renovations and will be reopening on May 9th.

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