The graf­fiti art on this Sand­ton ho­tel tells us it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent

The new­est ho­tel in Sand­ton won’t cost you an arm and a leg. ME­LANIE VAN ZYL spent the night

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Sig­na­ture Lux Ho­tel

SAND­TON, JO­HAN­NES­BURG Set just across from the iconic Michelan­gelo Ho­tel and con­ve­niently close to Nel­son Man­dela Square, the af­ford­able Sig­na­ture Lux Ho­tel is a fresh and wel­come ad­di­tion to ‘Africa’s rich­est square mile’. Open since June, it de­liv­ers on all con­ven­tional ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties like safe park­ing, good-qual­ity crisp linen, a big flat-screen smart TV in your room, neat writ­ing nook and space enough for a queen-size bed. How­ever, it’s the con­ve­nient mod­ern extras that make this place – such as fast, free un­capped Wi-Fi so you can stream to your heart’s con­tent, and self-ser­vice re­mote check-in via the ho­tel app (kind of like you would for a flight). The sur­pris­ingly quiet rooms are ba­sic, but with great light­ing, and al­though I missed hav­ing tea, cof­fee and a ket­tle in the room, there’s a trendy café on the ground floor that’s de­cently priced. The decor in the pub­lic ar­eas is flashy Afro-chic with blingy mo­saics and clever use of an­i­mal-print wall­pa­per de­signs, but all done in a stylish, min­i­mal­ist fash­ion that isn’t gar­ish. The ac­tual build­ing is also an In­stra­grammable art­work, sport­ing an enor­mous mu­ral of lions on the move by fa­mous South African graf­fiti artist Faith47 on the side fac­ing the Gau­train Sta­tion. This nicely echoes the ho­tel’s part­ner­ship with the En­dan­gered Wildlife Trust – for ev­ery room booked, R5 is do­nated to help pro­tect wildlife. BEST FEA­TURE The lo­ca­tion and ex­cep­tional value for money. COSTS From R795 a room, R955 B&B for two peo­ple. There is also a half-day rate if you’re in tran­sit and just need to freshen up. SLEEPS 2 BOOK sig­na­ture­lux­ho­tels.com

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