A year ago, in the vibrant suburb of Rosebank, Johannesburg, a hotel emerged, challenging the conventional notions of what a hotel should be. At voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank, the concept of a hotel extends far beyond being a comfortable place to rest. It has transformed into a dynamic space where guests can work, walk, play, and fully immerse themselves in the local experience. While providing the best sleep imaginable remains a top priority, this hotel has quickly established itself as the premier destination in Rosebank.
A MULTI-USE SPACE FOR LIVING, WORKING, AND PLAYING
The voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank experience is backed by the renowned IHG Hotels and Resorts, a trusted name in the hospitality industry. With over 6,000 hotels, 18 global brands, and the acclaimed IHG One Rewards loyalty program, guests can earn and redeem points across all IHG properties.
This state-of-the-art building, reminiscent of Manhattan’s art deco style infused with African flair, is ingeniously designed as a versatile space that caters to every need. It seamlessly integrates living, working, playing, and shopping, providing a holistic user experience. The hotel boasts an impressive collection of over 800 carefully curated original South African artworks, showcased as if in a prestigious gallery. Trained “Art Butlers” are available to guide guests on a captivating tour, offering a playful introduction to Rosebank’s vibrant art and design scene.
Contrary to the city’s norm, where walking is rare, Rosebank stands out as a lively exception. With its proximity to excellent shops, restaurants, and meeting spaces within a safe walking distance, voco The Bank positions itself as the preferred choice for those seeking a hotel that seamlessly combines work, walk, and play.
MEETING GUESTS’ DESIRES
At voco The Bank, guests arrive as strangers but depart feeling like true locals of Rosebank. Going beyond the trend of personalization, the hotel caters to the desires of the modern guest. It avoids the stuffy, overly formal approach and gimmicks in favor of exceptional service coupled with an atmosphere of genuine relaxation and comfort. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, guests can find the perfect space to recharge and indulge in some well-deserved “me-time.” Just like the hotel’s three signature bird mascots, particularly the flamingo, guests can socialize and enjoy throughout the night.
As an alluring lifestyle brand, voco The Bank forms partnerships that exemplify the notion of “birds of a feather flocking together.” The on-site Proud Mary restaurant, an all-day eatery and wine bar, attracts both hotel guests and local visitors alike. Its mid-century meets modern design creates an inviting ambiance complemented by small plates, café and bistro-style offerings. Guests fortunate enough to dine at Proud Mary may have the pleasure of meeting one of South Africa’s few Black female sommeliers, and Proud Mary’s first female sommelier. Jessica Redinger, the Hotel General Manager, also stands as a prominent example of female leadership in South Africa’s hospitality industry.
Just steps away from voco The Bank, guests can explore Mamasamba, a tantalizing Latin American restaurant, and the newly opened Fugazzi, an energetic Italian American dining establishment.
For those seeking a unique shopping experience, We Are Egg awaits. This multi-brand department store prioritizes customer experience. While it showcase a creative selection of local and international brands, emphasizing the elevation of top local and African designers.
AMPLE FACILITIES FOR WORKING AND EVENTS
Guests requiring productive workspaces will find their needs met at voco The Bank through an affiliate partnership with Workshop17. Workshop17 The Bank offers flexible co-working spaces and office solutions in an inspiring setting. Additionally, for guests in need of tailored MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) spaces, the hotel provides a refreshing alternative to mundane conference centers. The third floor of Workshop17 houses a fully-flexible, ergonomic 40-seater space with the capacity to accommodate 100 guests for cocktails and banquets.
A COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Today, hotels must prioritize sustainability, not merely paying lip service but taking tangible actions. Sustainability lies at the core of voco The Bank’s mission. The hotel was acknowledged for its many “firsts”. It was presented with the esteemed Impact Award for Best New Hotel Opening Team 2022 during the IHG Awards ceremony. Some notable sustainability initiatives include:
- A solar farm on the roof that powers a significant portion of the building.
- A heat recovery system that repurposes waste heat from the HVAC to warm water for the hotel.
- Bedding made from 100% recycled materials, with approximately 150 plastic bottles recycled per guest room through bedding alone.
- Glass water bottles that eliminate over 300 plastic bottles per guest room each year.
- Biodegradable straws available upon request.
- Minimized use of hard-to-recycle amenities, such as large-format Aveda products in the bathrooms, resulting in 80% less waste than miniature toiletries.
- Aerated shower heads that reduce water consumption and lower energy usage.
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, locally or internationally, voco The Bank in Johannesburg is the city’s ultimate address, representing a hotel and African brand poised for the future.
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