The Rock that proved to be a Gem


Nestled in a tranquil suburb, African Rock Hotel is an exclusive five-star boutique property – the first and only one of its kind in Kempton Park, South Africa and just a short drive away from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Offering guests unparalleled service in an unforgettable setting, the African Rock Hotel has a distinctly earthy feel, with a serene atmosphere and calming ambience.

Created by owners Otti and Zelda Meijer, the property was thoughtfully designed to create a space that is both roomy and practical. The natural colour palette blends harmoniously with the carefully selected artwork, most of which was created by Zelda herself. This personal touch is echoed in the hotel’s one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, many of which were designed by Otti and custom-made to his specifications.

The contemporary architecture of the African Rock Hotel is the result of a collaborative effort between two different firms of architects, both of which were commissioned to create the exclusive yet comfortable space that the owners had dreamed of.

Ensuring the economic benefits of the hotel are widespread, the actual construction was supervised by the owners and carried out utilising the skill and handiwork of local South African labourers and craftsmen. Now that the hotel is operational, this dedication to the local community continues with all resources being drawn from Kempton Park and its immediate surroundings. The hotel’s commitment to sustainability extends to being mindful of environmental issues – African Rock Hotel is proudly ‘green’ and endeavours to recycle whenever possible.

The property has created facilities to cater to the needs of its primary markets – both leisure and corporate inbound. This includes specially-designed wellness treatments to revitalise even the weariest of travellers, along with fine dining created by a top chef, in its on-site petit restaurant, the “Blue Hippo”.

As reviews on TripAdvisor testify; “We wish we’d stayed for longer.”

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