Why should you choose to stay near Rosebank? It's simple.
Easy access via Gautrain
Over the past few years Rosebank
has been transformed into a central upmarket hub where people live, work and play. The close proximity of the Gautrain Station
has boosted business and property development in the area, and you'll find international hotels, banks, shopping malls, boutiques, world-class restaurants and coffee shops. With the Gautrain there is fast, safe and easy access to OR Tambo Airport as well as Johannesburg Central, Sandton and Pretoria. Rosebank is only 40 minutes away from Lanseria Airport.
The Rosebank CBD is home to all our major banks - Standard Bank, Nedbank, FNB and Absa - as well as corporate headquarters for Sasol, Mercedes Benz, The South African Chamber of Commerce and many more.
There are many conference centres close to our guesthouses; Hacklebrooke
in Craighall Park; the Glenhove Conference Centre
in Melrose; and Astrotech
in Parktown. Some of our guest houses also offer conference facilities and smaller meeting rooms.
World Class Medical Facilities
The Netcare Rosebank Hospital
is a smaller, specialised hospital that offers a variety of disciplines with a niche in Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics as well as Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. The Sandton Mediclinic
, Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre
and Morningside Mediclinic
are all nearby too. The NetCare Milpark Hospital
is 6km from Rosebank and has a 24 hour major emergency department.
Most countries have embassies or consulates in South Africa. While most embassies are located in Pretoria, about 45 minutes' drive from Rosebank (or 15 minutes on the Gautrain), several consulates and trade commissions are found in Johannesburg. All these listed below are very conveniently located in and around the Rosebank Region.
- Australian Trade Commission - The Forum, cnr Maud and 5th Street, Sandton. Go to their website
- Austrian Visa Application - Corner Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road Sandton. Go to their website
- Belgian Consulate General - 158 Jan Smuts Building 9 Walters Ave Rosebank Go to their website
- Botswana Consulate - 66 Jorrisen St Braamfontein, Tel: (0) 11 403 3748; Fax: (0)11 403 1384/1286
- British Consulate General - 275 Jan Smuts Ave, Dunkeld West Go to their website
- Canadian High Commission Trade Office - 10 Arnold Road, Rosebank Go to their website
- Chinese Consulate - 25 Cleveland Road, Sandhurst Go to their website
- French Consulate - 191 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank Go to their website
- Greek Consulate - 261 Oxford Road, Illovo Go to their website
- Indian Consulate - 1 Eton Road, Parktown Go to their website
- Italian Consulate - 37, 1st Avenue, Houghton Estate Go to their website
- Mozambiquan Consulate General - 95 Oxford Road, Rosebank Go to their website
- Spanish Honorary Consulate - 7 Coronation Rd, Sandhurst Go to their website
- United States Consulate - 1 Sandton Drive, Sandton Go to their website
Shopping and Markets
You've probably heard of Joburg's reputation for being a shopper's paradise - it's quite true. From simple African curios and souvenirs to the world's top name brands, there is something for everyone. In the close vicinity of our establishments you'll find the following:
- The Rosebank Mall, The Zone and The Firs which are all interconnected with an almost unlimited choice of restaurants inside or on the pavements and major retailers such as Edgars, Stuttafords and Woolworths.
- Hyde Park - probably the most upmarket mall where you'll find many expensive boutiques.
- Melrose Arch - a trendy addition to the mall scene - with wide selection of shops and 2 piazzas surrounded by restaurants.
- Killarney Mall - a smaller mall close to Saxonwold but with all the major retailers.
- Parkview, Parkhurst, Norwood and Melville all have smaller shopping areas with a high street feel and a choice of quaint shops and restaurants.
- For something a little different you could try 44 Stanley or Bamboo Centre in Melville both of which have fun quirky different stores.
- Sandton City (with over 300 shops) is a one stop shopping experience that combines the world's most desirable brands with everyday leisure and entertainment.
- Nelson Mandela Square - adjoined to Sandton City and offers 93 exclusive shops and boutiques.
If shopping malls are not your thing and you prefer shopping at markets there is lots on offer:
Rosebank is a cultural hub renowned for some of the city's leading art galleries located on the Rosebank Art Mile or ROAM. Many of our guest houses are within walking distance of ROAM Since the first FNB Joburg Art Fair
in 2008, our guest houses have been hosting international guests because of the proximity to many of the cutting edge contemporary galleries such as:
- The Goodman Gallery at the forefront of SA contemporary art
- Kim Sacks showcasing contemporary hand-made objects and traditional artefacts and fine ceramics
- Lizamore and Associates which has an interesting stable of up-and-coming artists
- David Krut which features Arts Resource and Projects including an excellent collection of books on art
- Everard Read synonymous with more traditional South African art and one of Johannesburg's oldest art galleries
- Circa Gallery standing alongside the Everard Read headquarters, is concerned with exhibiting highly important works of art. The Circa building is recognized as one of Johannesburg's outstanding architectural landmarks.
- GalleryMOMO a contemporary art gallery in Parktown North
Parks and Open Spaces
As our suburb names indicate: Parkview, Parkhurst, Parktown North, Craighall Park, Orchards, Greenside the Rosebank Region is in the heart of 'the Parks', the major green belt of the city and part of the older more established suburbs of the city.
- The 54-acre Johannesburg Zoo is well worth a visit, offering day and occasionally night tours.
- Cross the road to the Zoo Lake - walk around the lake, picnic under the trees, feed the ducks or enjoy lunch and a glass of wine at Moyo Zoo Lake.
- Emmarentia Botanical Gardens is popular over weekends where locals come to canoe and sail on the dam, walk their dogs and enjoy the beautifully laid-out gardens.
- Delta Park has become well-known for hosting the first Johannesburg Park Run, a world-wide initiative of a 5km run (or walk or amble with dogs and children) at 8am every Saturday morning. It is not only runners who use this park - you'll find cyclists, bird watchers making the most of the bird hides, dog walkers and even horse riders (in the middle of an urban setting!)
- The James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose is a bird sanctuary and home to the new Acrobranch Adventure Zone.
- Take a longer trip further west to the spectacular Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens featuring indigenous gardens against a backdrop of the Witpoortjie Waterfall - and with luck you might spot the black eagles that have made their home there.
Night Life and Entertainment
Rosebank is no further than half an hour from any of the main entertainment centres in Joburg.
- The Market Theatre in Newtown, which has a long history as the 'theatre of the struggle', can be easily accessed from Rosebank via the Mandela Bridge. The Market Theatre cultural complex houses 3 venues for theatre, music, dance and the allied arts and there are great places to eat before the theatre.
- The Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein is a mere 15 minutes from Rosebank and stages excellent performances from musicals to ballet and opera.
- For more experimental theatre there are performances at Joburg's two university theatres: the Wits Theatre and the UJ Arts Centre as well as POPArt in Maboneng.
- The Theatre on the Square, sponsored by Old Mutual and located at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, presents a wide variety of theatre and music on a smaller scale.
- Further north of Rosebank is Montecasino which holds the reputation for the best entertainment, including the award for "Best destination to take out-of-towners". There is an array of shops, cinemas and a large variety of restaurants, either inside the complex or outside surrounding the piazza. Alongside the piazza is the Teatro which is home to large-scale musicals, whilst two smaller venues, Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre & the Studio, stage more commercial play and more intimate musicals and one-person shows.
Sports Venues and Outdoor Activities
Rosebank is spoilt for choice when it comes to sports venues:
It's a golfer's paradise here with 10 world class courses all within a 5 - 10 km radius of Rosebank. A number of these courses have hosted European PGA Tours and South African Sunshine Tour events. The most immediate ones are those at Wanderers, Killarney, Parkview, Houghton and Royal Johannesburg & Kensington in Linksfield.
There are gyms and smaller privately-owned fitness centres in nearly all our suburbs. Most offer temporary membership. The larger gyms have indoor (heated) swimming pools, squash courts and tennis courts. Virgin Active has premises at Melrose Arch, and Old Ed's in Houghton, whilst Planet Fitness has clubs at Craighall Park and Rosebank with a MegaClub based at Wanderers.
For those who prefer a more outdoor approach to their swimming there are two public pools in the area: one at Zoo Lake (closed from 1 April until 1 September) and a heated one in the north-western garden suburb of Linden.
- Walking and jogging:
You are almost spoilt for choice surrounded as we are by a number of jogger-friendly parks. But should you be staying in the Rosebank Region for some time and want to join a running club then contact Rand Athletic Club based at Old Parktonians Sports Club in Bordeaux. RAC caters for cross-country, short distance, marathon and ultra-marathon road running, as well as orienteering, cycling and walking. Runs are scheduled most Sundays.
- Cricket, Football & Rugby (mainly as a spectator sport):
The Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Corlett Drive, Melrose Arch, is a premier cricketing stadium with world class facilities (log on to their website for fixture dates for the upcoming season). The Stadium hosted what many cricket fans consider the greatest ever ODI match. It also hosts matches in the first class SuperSport Series, the one-day MTN Domestic Championship and the Twenty20 Standard Bank Pro 20 Series. The city has several football clubs in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the National First Division. Several large scale league and cup games are played at the FNB Stadium, the venue of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. Rugby fixtures are also played at the same venue as well as at Coca-Cola Park
A state-of-the-art 5-a-side-Football facility has been built on the grounds of the Wanderers Sports Club.
Adrenaline junkies can get their fix at Acrobranch in the James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose. This takes the form of an obstacle course through trees secured by cables and a harness. Rock-climbing, hiking, canoeing, mountain-biking, ballooning and similar pursuits can all be had within an hour's drive of Rosebank's surrounding suburbs.