Rosebank is on the rise

It may be one of Johannesburg’s oldest suburbs, but there is no shortage of modern conference venues.

Ideally located halfway between Joburg’s edgy, cosmopolitan central business district and the fast, sophisticated suburb of Sandton – both physically and metaphorically – Rosebank is one of the most welcoming, trendy and creative suburbs in the city. What’s more, with the recent spate of development in the Rosebank central business district and the relocation of several corporates and multinationals to the area, including Standard Bank, Coca-Cola and Sappi, there has been a substantial corporate influx into Rosebank and its neighbouring areas, such as Killarney, Riviera and Saxonwold. 

54 on Bath 

If the opulent foyer of 54 on Bath that boasts a white grand piano, mirrored columns, crystal chandeliers and plush sofas is anything to go by, there is only one way to sum up 54 on Bath: chic urban luxury. One of Tsogo Sun’s most deluxe offerings and one of Joburg’s most highly rated places to stay on TripAdvisor, 54 on Bath is located in the heart of Rosebank, adjoining one of Joburg’s largest shopping precincts. The hotel offers six well-appointed and flexible conference venues, which can accommodate up to 120 guests each, as well as a boardroom on the second floor that can hold up to 20 guests. The selection of meeting rooms includes KentridgeBatha, Hitchcock, De Jongth and the boardroom – each of which is designed to provide a flexible space for vents. For that personal touch, the hotel’s team will provide knowledgeable assistance in customising any event to your specific requirements, from business meetings and conferences to breakfast presentations and cocktail parties. 

54 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 

011 344 8500

Clico Boutique Hotel 

Clico Boutique Hotel is not the type of boutique hotel you would go to for a romantic staycation. Rather, it is the type that is perfect for a business trip when you are looking for a fresh alternative to hotel chains. Nestled in peaceful gardens with mature trees, the hotel is only a stroll away from Joburg’s primary business and shopping centres. The hotel features nine elegantly decorated rooms with private balconies overlooking the manicured garden and sparkling pool. The simplicity and elegance of the rooms extend to the hotel’s function facilities, which are unique and diverse, and ideal for smaller and more intimate events. Fitted with top-notch equipment, this space is perfect for small conferences, EXCO-type meetings and workshops. This area also lends itself to intimate events ranging from special occasion brunches, lunches and dinners for up to 36 guests, cocktail parties for up to 50 guests, tea parties and more. PS: you can even hire the entire boutique hotel on an exclusive basis.  

27 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank 

011 252 3300 

Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank 

Set in lush, beautifully landscaped gardens, upon arriving at Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank, you will find it hard to believe that you are in the middle of Rosebank’s bustling CBD. One of the few establishments in Johannesburg that is able to host a conference of up to 300 delegates and offer accommodation all under one roof, all of the event venues in the hotel’s conference centre have digital signage for ease of location and are all equipped with the latest technologies, including Wi-Fi access, audio visuals and video conferencing. The hotel also offers a stylish business centre that offers three workstations with full Internet access as well as faxing, copying and scanning capabilities. A popular conference package is the 24-Hour Conference Package, which includes accommodation, breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi, a screen and projector, arrival drinks, a coffee station, a lunch buffet, conference notepads, pens, water and mints, as well as your own dedicated conference organiser. 

0A Tyrwhitt Avenue, Rosebank 

011 448 3600 

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Why Rosebank? 

Ravi Nadasen, Chief Operating Officer – Hotels of Tsogo Sun, highlights the key reasons to consider a conference venue in Rosebank: 

It is increasing in popularity due to road congestion in Sandton. 

The vibe is hip and happening, making it appealing to millennials and young corporates. 

The Rosebank Sunday Market, which happens on the rooftop of Rosebank Mall every Sunday, is a true expression of South Africa’s vibrancy and dynamism – not to mention a fantastic place to eat, drink and shop.

On First Thursdays, you can look forward to you can look forward to food trucks, pop-up bars, live music, DJ sets, contemporary art and much more in one of Joburg’s most artistic and vibrant areas – the Keyes Art Mile.

There are upmarket restaurants, such as those in the trendy Keyes Art Mile, with many others in neighbouring suburbs like Parktown North and Parkhurst. 

by Candice May