Saxon Hotel

The Saxon Hotel, in Johannesburg, is an outstanding five-star property in the city’s most exclusive suburb. Its greatest claim to fame is that it was the private mansion of the white industrialist who invited Nelson Mandela to live with him upon his release from prison, and it was here that much of Long Road to Freedom was written. The stunning hotel is filled with important historical and tribal artifacts.

Sophisticated décor and African art pieces create interesting spaces for guests. Elegant rooms are well-appointed and luxurious, but the bathrooms are not completely separated from the bedrooms, and this is an unsuitable aspect for some travelers.

The Saxon has an award-winning spa, an excellent restaurant, and a gym, as well as all the added extras to make your stay a memorable one.

This is not a family hotel. Children under 16 are not welcome, and we would peg it as more elegant than cozy.

In Johannesburg, at a lower price point, we recommend the Fairlawns and the Peech, among others.