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Tsogo Sun has continued its seemingly non-stop, against-all-economic odds takeover of the SA hospitality industry with its acquisition of the old Grace Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Renamed 54 on Bath, the hotel officially opened to the public on 10 July, and the staff (from the desk managers down to the servers at breakfast) have been schooled in five star, world-class service and attentiveness, sometimes even appearing over-eager in their desire to cater to every whim.
During our stay on a Friday night (we were in the only occupied room on the eighth floor), we noticed that the Veuve Champagne Bar opposite the Level Four restaurant was packed to capacity with work colleagues enjoying glasses of champagne. This clever, stylish space opened in advance of the hotel to encourage visitors not necessarily staying overnight to enjoy the hotel’s public areas, and it seems to be working a treat. Ryan Hitchcock’s photographs of scenic Johannesburg vistas decorate the rooms and public spaces, tying the hotel to its surroundings while the interior design by David Muirhead reflects the fine textures, bold patterns and confident use of colour that this local designer is renowned for. Muirhead’s interiors are inoffensive, but I did find that, decor-wise, there was little here to set 54 on Bath apart from the rest of Tsogo Sun’s hotel offerings. If you’re on the lookout for comfortable accommodation in the Rosebank node, a cool place to enjoy bubbly with friends or somewhere to book into for a weekend away from home, 54 on Bath is ideal.
BY MATTHEW MCCLURE
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