Where to Stay, Play, and Eat in Maboneng: Hallmark House’s GM Spills the Beans

Where to Stay, Play, and Eat in Maboneng: Hallmark House’s GM Spills the Beans

We have great news for those culture-vulture travellers looking to experience Johannesburg’s electrifying creative scene. The edgy Hallmark House hotel has joined the ever-growing BON Hotels family!

A haven for urban adventurers in the heart of the buzzing Maboneng Precinct, Hallmark House by BON Hotels exudes a unique blend of industrial chic and artistic flair. Designed by renowned architect David Adjaye, the hotel’s 46 modern guest rooms boast walls adorned with local art and stunning views of Joburg’s iconic skyline.

Beyond its stylish accommodations, Hallmark House by BON Hotels is a true lifestyle destination in Maboneng. Sip the best coffee in town at Thorn, the hotel’s remote workspace and coffee shop. Experience the legendary Marabi Jazz Club, drink on the rooftop with panoramic views of Jozi, or get your hair and nails done at the unisex Cutters Barbershop. This is Joburg’s creative spirit in full colour.

And at the helm of this hipper-than-hip hotel is Sylvie Hardy, General Manager, Joburg local and hospitality rockstar. Who better to guide us through the neighbourhood’s hottest spots? We sat down with her to get her insider’s perspective.

Sylvie, what lights your fire about Maboneng?

I love the vibe of the district and all the different cultures it has to offer. It’s a young and trendy district that is ever-changing and evolving and is the place to be in Johannesburg over the weekends.

Name your top five can’t-miss spots in Maboneng.

  1. Marabi Jazz Club: I love live music, and Marabi offers a fantastic experience. The atmosphere is electric, and the lineup always features incredible talent.
  2. Hallmark House Hotel Rooftop: I might be biased, but our rooftop is stunning. It offers amazing views of the city skyline – the perfect spot to sip a sundowner and soak up Joburg’s energy.
  3. Emirates Airline Park: Calling all rugby fans! This is the home of the Lions, so if you’re lucky, you might catch a match. The stadium’s a Joburg landmark.
  4. Arts On Main: From art galleries to unique shops, wandering around is a delight. And don’t miss The Bean Coffee Shop – I’m a total coffee addict, and their brews are second only to those at Thorn.
  5. Graffiti walking tour: Take a guided walk to learn about the incredible street art scene. Maboneng’s murals are packed with history and social commentary.

For guests travelling from Sandton, what’s the easiest way to get to Maboneng?

It’s simple – take the M1 South highway toward the east and exit onto Joe Slovo Drive. You’ll find Hallmark House on your right, along Stiemert Road.

There you have it – Maboneng awaits! We hope Sylvie’s insights have sparked your wanderlust. Plan your stay at Hallmark House by BON Hotels, and get ready to discover this cultural powerhouse.

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