Sandton and Sandton City - Hotels and Attractions
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Sandton and Sandton City
Sandton is an upscale and wealthy area situated within the metro of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. In 1969 Sandton was promulgated as a municipality in its own right, but lost its status as an independent town after the reorganization of South African local government.
Sandton is known as "Africa's richest square mile" and is a cosmopolitan melting pot of global trades, cultures and trends. Home to approximately 300,000 residents and 10,000 businesses, including investment banks, top businesses, financial consultants, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and one of the biggest convention centres on the African continent, the Sandton Convention Centre. Sandton offers everything from finance to fashion and is the commercial, business and arguably the entertainment hub of South Africa.
Sandton City Shopping Centre, one of Africa's leading and most prestigious shopping centres, is just one of a number of notable landmarks in Sandton including:-
• Nelson Mandela Square
• Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)
• Sandton Convention Centre
• Sandton Library
• Numerous 4- and 5-star International hotels
• The Sandton Gautrain station
Hotels and Guest Houses
Hotels in the Sandton area are renowned to be some of the finest and most prestigious in Africa. Offering luxurious accommodation, world-class service, easy access to the Gautrain station and surrounded by the continents best retail, entertainment and nightlife offerings, Sandton hotels are in a league of their own.
Adjoined to Sandton City is the lavish 5-star Sandton Sun Hotel. This recently refurbished hotel boasts a variety of new restaurants, bars, a small market offering light meals and a deck that offers visitors and locals a breathtaking view of Sandton. The Sandton Sun Spa is a haven for guests wanting to pamper themselves.
The InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers is a landmark in the Sandton skyline and offers direct access to Sandton City. This hotel is an ideal destination for business or leisure travellers and offers guests access to premium and up-market conference facilities and entertainment.
The Garden Court Sandton is a 3-star modern hotel that caters for both the business and leisure traveler. The hotel offers convenience to all the local amenities in Sandton and provides an informal atmosphere with a contemporary feel.
Located adjacent to the Village Walk Shopping Centre is the Holiday Inn Sandton, which is ideally located within walking distance of the Gautrain Sandton station. The hotel offers guests superb accommodation in comfort and style. Its central location ensures that you are only a stone's throw away from all the entertainment, restaurants and nightlife that Sandton has to offer.
The 5-star Radisson Blu Sandton is centrally situated across from the Sandton Gautrain station on Rivonia road and is within walking distance from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Village Walk Shopping Complex. The hotel boasts innovative design and style with different themed rooms, ranging from contemporary and classic to unconventional and daring.
For the complete list of hotels and their precise locations, click on the map above.
Johannesburg's recently constructed rapid-rail transport system - The Gautrain - is the first of its kind in Africa.
In June 2010 the R24 billion Gautrain took to the rails for the first time, offering safe, reliable and comfortable public transport. This state-of-the-art rapid rail network comprises of two links: a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton.
The Sandton Gautrain station is a short five-minute walk from Sandton City.
The Gautrain system operates with two train services:
1. Airport Service - Links Sandton to the OR Tambo International Airport at a cost of R100 per single trip. All airport trains go via the Sandton station.
2. Commuter Service - Links all the stations with the exception of the airport at various different costs.
Travelling at speeds of 160 to 180 kilometers per hour, you can reach Pretoria from Johannesburg in just 40 minutes and from Sandton to the airport in only 15 minutes.
Nelson Mandela Square
Adjoined to Sandton City, the Nelson Mandela Square celebrates African hospitality and International style. Home to some of South Africa's finest restaurants, exclusive couture and designer labels and a European styled piazza, Nelson Mandela Square offers chic sophistication, culture and glamour all under the African sun.
Formerly known as Sandton Square, Nelson Mandela Square is linked to Sandton City and is one of the most fashionable destinations in Johannesburg, offering 90+ exclusive shops and boutiques, as well as fine dining experiences and sidewalk cafes. New York has the Statue of Liberty, Egypt the Great Sphinx and Brazil the Christ the Redeemer statue. And Sandton, South Africa? It has a world famous statue of the man who led the country to an equal rainbow nation, Nelson Mandela. Standing six meters tall and weighting 2.5 tons, the bronzed Nelson Mandela statue in the Nelson Mandela Square was unveiled on the centre's 10-year anniversary in March 2003. The unveiling also served as a celebration of 10 years of democracy in South Africa as well as the renaming of the centre from Sandton Square to Nelson Mandela Square.
The Sandton Library and the 5-star Michelangelo Hotel are both located adjoining Nelson Mandela Square. Trading hours Mondays to Saturdays: 9am – 6pm Sundays and Public Holidays: 10am – 4pm.
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