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"A compact yet serene 27-room hotel with sculpture-studded grounds, just outside of bustling Pretoria."

Need to know

    • 17 rooms, eight suites and two self-catering units
    • Pretoria, South Africa
    • Fully-equipped spa, on-site restaurant and sculpture gardens
    • Check-in is 2pm, check-out is 10am

We love

  • The tranquillity of the hotel’s interiors – and this despite the handy roadside location.
  • An abundance of original artworks dotted around every corner.
  • Tempting spa facilities, which range from hot stone massages to microneedling treatments.
  • The Black Bamboo – worth it for the wine list alone.

Top Secret

The hotel’s interiors and leafy outside spaces are home to gems by well-known South African artists, such as father and son Anton and Lionel Smit.


With a building originally purchased from the Cuban embassy, the hotel was known as the Menlyn Guest Lodge before its turbo-renovation into the current (and magnificently glossy) five-star iteration.

The Review

With its combination of gleaming five-star facilities, relatively compact size and intimately relaxed attitude, it’s no wonder that the Menlyn Boutique Hotel has such an impressively high guest return rate. This elegantly manicured property is located in the heart of the Tshwana Metropole, in a building that once belonged to the Cuban embassy. Now home to 27 charming rooms (including eight suites), it features a soothingly Scandi-inspired décor of sleek sandstone and glass – the perfect spot to unwind from the bustle of nearby historic Pretoria.


Relaxation is king here, that much is clear from the start – from the hotel’s verdant grounds to its impressively well-equipped spa, everything is laid out just-so, helping to foster an intoxicating sense of calm. Wander the outside areas to discover works by established and up-and-coming artists around every corner, or simply unwind with an aperitif by the pool while you watch the sky deepen into yet another evening’s impressive sunset.


People come to visit for the restaurant alone – the Black Bamboo sits at the heart of the hotel as one of its main attractions, a great source of pride for celebrated head chef Pellie Grobler. Grobler and his team offer a constantly-changing menu of South African specialities, along with an extensive wine list with vintages from all across the country. It’s hard to beat a robust pairing of local grapes and fine cuisine (and whose mouth-watering options of springbok, ribs and steak are enough to make even the hardiest carnivore blush).


Menlyn Boutique Hotel

  • Address: 209 Tugela Road, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Travel info: Just a 31 minute drive from O.R. Tambo international airport. Airport pickup and drop-off can be arranged

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Car Parking

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Spa