Located in the bustling suburb of Fourways, Johannesburg, one expects to feel intimidated by Tsogo Sun’s Palazzo’s grand appearance. But the welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff ensure that I felt at home in my jeans and t-shirt. The concierge took my bag while I was offered a beverage and snack in the lobby. After a few minutes of checking-in, I was escorted to my room and shown around.
From the delicately pressed cushions to the subtle patterns on the soft white linen, every aspect of the hotel epitomises luxury. I explored the room, taking in all the elements. It’d been a long week and the tea and coffee chest made me long for bedtime when I could enjoy a cup of Nespresso Arpeggio and the complimentary pecan nut tart – my favourite.
Sufficiently satisfied with my walk around the hotel I sank back into a floral-print golden wingback to catch up on 7de Laan.
After a quick shower, I dried off with perhaps one of the biggest towels ever manufactured and went down to dinner at the Medeo restaurant, which is headed up by Executive Chef Gerard Vingerling. The menu is Mediterranean-inspired and it took me a while to land on just one choice – the pan-seared duck breast and leg confit served with egg yolk ravioli and coffee Cognac foam. A wide variety of wine selections accompanied the menu with the best-of-the-best featuring on the list.
Being a chocoholic, dessert was an easier choice with the chocolate caramel fiasco, which included a macaroon, fudge, chocolate torte, mouse and caramel parfait. They mean it when they say “to share”!
Dinner ended and I headed back to my room to have that coffee I’d been dreaming of since my arrival and I watched a movie until I fell asleep. My stay was concluded with a sumptuous buffet breakfast feast and a massage by the pool, facilitated by Mangwanani Boutique Spa.
Just one night at the Palazzo left me feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to take on the week ahead.
These are a few of the things I loved about the Palazzo:
The USB power points in the wall are great in this modern day of technology, especially for travellers looking to charge their phones, iPads, cameras and other devices overnight. There’s no way you’ll run out of charging points at the Palazzo.
The extensive, multi-levelled lighting adds even more warmth to the already golden atmosphere. The reading lights are a special touch, meaning you don’t have to crawl out of your cosy position to switch off the lights when you’re finally ready to put your book down.
Bottles of water – and a complimentary bottle of red wine – ensure that you’ll stay hydrated even if you don’t want to dip into the extensive mini-bar selection.
Large windows provide guests with excellent views of Johannesburg and the artwork has been carefully selected to transport the room to Italy, keeping with the Palazzo and Montecasino’s theme.
The turn-down service was thoughtful, with a bottle of water and Lindt Lindor chocolate. Bathrobes and slippers are put out, as well as an in-room breakfast menu, laundry bag and dry cleaning list. My favourite touch had to be the weather forecast, which I though would be really useful for travellers who aren’t familiar with South Africa’s weather conditions.
Two books are put out – one containing the DStv programme (yes, there’s BBC Lifestyle!) and the other containing the extensive a La Carte menu, which offers everything from Mixed Forest Mushroom Risotto to the Palazzo Gourmet Burger.
For more information on the Palazzo or to make a booking, view the website or contact 011 510 3000.