Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges plans to open a new hotel in Johannesburg’s up-and-coming Maboneng Precinct in September 2016. The hotel will form part of the 15-storey Hallmark House, a mixed residential/hotel property that was built in the 1970s and is owned and being developed by Propertuity.
The hotel will have 46 apartments on two stories, plus two restaurants — one on the ground floor, and The Grande on the rooftop. The new state-of-the-art building and the hotel within it will include 24-hour manned security, secure parking, high-speed fiber-optic internet, art installations throughout, a gym, and 360-degree bird’s eye cityscapes of Johannesburg and Hillbrow.
Propertuity is the developer that has turned Maboneng from a derelict inner-city neighborhood into a thriving bohemian enclave of art galleries, open-air markets, cafes, and small creative businesses. The new boutique hotel within Hallmark House will reflect this character in its style and ambiance and will offer business people and tourists alike the opportunity to stay in the heart of this multi-cultural city hub and explore all it has to offer.
The attraction, which opened shortly before South Africa’s December school holidays, offers a range of new outdoor activities such as 3-wheel go-kart “drift” trikes, 4×4 “grizzly” quad bikes, hovercrafts, and “the Accelerator,” a high-impact catapult similar to bungee jumping. The adventurer is strapped into a safety harness and attached to two bungee cords. The cords are fixed to the top of two long poles. To create tension in the cords the guest is driven away from the cords on the back of a quad bike. When reaching a final position, they are then released and safely catapulted between the poles.
The result is safe, yet exciting,” Sun International said in a statement.
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