Self Catering accommodation in Johannesburg CBD
Step into one of our 16 thought provoking themed hotel rooms, each featuring a unique decade-related theme.
In-room amenities include a kitchenette, safety deposit boxes, seating area with a TV and a private bathrooms, workstations with international power plug adaptors and Wi-Fi access.
Each guestroom at this self catering accommodation in Johannesburg depicts a significant period in the city’s vibrant history.
12 Decades Art Hotel Guestrooms
v 1886 – 1896 “Vision-Main Street Life” designed by Marcus Neustetter & Jonathan Liebmann
This room depicts the speculation that the meteorite impact south of Johannesburg two billion years ago, now known as the Vredefort dome, was the reason for the gold reef on which Johannesburg was built. This room abstractly summarises the artist’s reflection and the developer’s vision in understanding the historic and contemporary relevance toward a pursuit for the future.
v 1896 – 1906 “Sir Abe Bailey” designed by Prospero & Anna Bailey
A room that focuses on the era of the great “Randlords” in Johannesburg. Designed by the grandson of Sir Abe Bailey himself, elements pay tribute to the Chinese indentured labourers who were amongst the first to work on the mines.
v 1906 – 1916 “This is the House that Jack built” designed by Kim Stern
This room effortlessly translates the era of the gold rush in Johannesburg. Pine boxes filled with gold objects add to the theme, with “Jack” referring to Jack Lemkus, the former owner of the building and Jack Barnato Joel, an early mining magnate.
v 1916 – 1926 “Minehaus” designed by Dokter & Misses
The concept of Bauhaus meeting the Joburg mining town, was the idea behind this room. A combination of the Bauhaus design movement influencing the furnishings in the room, with wall treatments from the gold-rush mining town, creates the “Joburg Minehaus” concept.
v 1926 – 1936 “Marabi” designed by Robyn Symes & Pierre Crocquet
This room focuses on the Marabi Dance movement, born from a communal lifestyle in the post gold-rush era. This era saw landowners transforming Doornfontein into subdivided living quarters for miners, resulting in corrugated iron shacks. The dance “Marabi” was said to be a rhythmic repetitive movement by the working class residents after dark.
v 1936 – 1946 “Who is Herbert Dlomo?” designed by Lauren Wallett
This theatrical design came about with reference to Herbert Dlomo, a journalist and musician who attempted to fight colonial domination through drama at the beginning of the apartheid era. The room and its title depicts how many voices went unheard as a result of oppression, yet elements also show that there will always be light shining through the dark.
v 1946 – 1956 “A part love A part hate” designed by Love Jozi
Humor is brought to a rather chaotic era in South Africa’s history with satirical design in this room. “A part hate” with tongue-in-cheek design elements make the room a pleasant representation of a particularly unpleasant time in Johannesburg’s history.
v 1956 – 1966 “Main Street Constellations” designed by Kim Lieberman
The theme of connectivity between human beings is portrayed in this guestroom. The room records and connects the proprietors of Main Street since the birth of the city of Johannesburg.
v 1966 – 1976 “50 Stories” designed by Colleen Alborough
The history of Carlton Centre and the influence it had on the way of life during this turbulent period is explored in this room. It was one of Johannesburg’s only suburban malls, and one of the only places in the city where inter-racial socialising was permitted. The layout of the room relates to Carlton’s 360 degree viewing deck over Johannesburg.
v 1976 – 1986 “Ponte Obscura” designed by Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse
This focuses on the Ponte city building. This decade saw vacations of residents, with the building becoming associated with crime and urban decay. The camera obscura shows an integration of projections of what is fictitious and true. The emphasis on the legend of Ponte is portrayed in this room, while one is left with the feeling that the notoriety is exaggerated.
v 1986 – 1996 “Catwalk Customs” designed by Black Coffee
This room has emphasis on one of the most fashion-focused decades in history. The catwalk, designer rails and backstage lighting rigs all depict a fashionistic “in vogue” theme from the 80s.
v 1996 – 2006 “Perpetual Liberty” designed by Enrico Daffonchio
This powerful room depicts the stages in setting up and understanding a new democracy. The room is divided into three distinct sections, representing the past, present and future, moving from dark rigid structures to light seating areas with magnificent views. The light space is intended to be seen as a starting point for the future.