Our features writer Fundiswa Nkwanyana tells us about her one-night stay at the Mapungubwe Faircity hotel.
When I walked through the hotel doors, I was welcomed by an elegantly dressed doorkeeper who ushered me in with a warm smile. I was pleasantly surprised and immediately felt like a very important person. While I was checking in at reception, I noticed that the lobby is decorated with an urban chic theme that has a subtle African decor undertone, it was beautiful.
I arrived on the day that Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates were playing a very competitive match. The Marshall restaurant, which is the hotel’s in-house eatery, was filled with soccer fans watching the match. I wanted to dine at the restaurant, but I opted not to because I wanted to enjoy a quiet dinner with a book. However, the people watching soccer looked happy and I highly recommend this high-end restaurant to sports fans that want to eat, drink and watch a game.
The self-catering studio apartment has an open-plan kitchen, lounge, and bathroom with separate bath and shower. Even though the room is small, it’s designed in a way that makes it feel spacious. My room opened to a large balcony, and I spent a lot of time outside enjoying the afternoon breeze. But I didn’t like the view, which is of windows of high-rise buildings which make you less confident of getting privacy while on the balcony.
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This hotel is within proximity to shops and restaurants which makes it ideal for exploring the inner city’s nightlife. It’s also located in a safe and quiet street that is away from the hustle and bustle. I highly recommend this hotel to business travelers or a guest that is looking for secure accommodation in the city center. I loved that the staff members were friendly and helpful. I’ll definitely be returning for a short stay.
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