The contemporary Monarch Hotel specializes in superb hospitality with a unique personal touch. Once the old Saxonwold Post Office, this glamourous hotel is a transformed 1930's space. The Monarch Hotel plays with conventional old-world reserve by adding a fresh and contemporary twist to its décor style. Modern South African artworks have been introduced into classical period interiors to spice things up a little, as well as playing upbeat background music compiled by DJ Damian Armstrong.
The Monarch Hotel prides itself on providing guests with the best concierge service in the City of Gold, offering 12 suites with dedicated services. Business facilities at the hotel include a boardroom complete with an immaculately competent secretarial assistant. VIP entrances and reservations are made at approved establishments in the city, side-stepping the disappointment frequently suffered by visitors from out of town.
Amenities hail from Italy's Santa Maria Novella in Firenze, while Frette linen adorns the beds in the Monarch. All suites feature internet access, DSTV, DVD, CD and an impressive variety of electronics and gadgets. Seven-course tasting or à la carte meals are served at lunches and dinners in the main dining area, with the bar offering cocktails and tapas. Menus are regularly refreshed in keeping with seasonal produce. The wine list is very quaffable and also features a few rare finds.
All suites at the Monarch Hotel incorporate private dining facilities, with Apartment 300 seating up to eight guests serviced by a dedicated chef’s kitchen. This is the room to book if you want to avoid the paparazzi and fashion assassins alike, as it has its own celebrity entrance and private security, plus it features a grand piano. Security is of paramount importance, with staff dressed the part in African dictator style uniforms. The lightly hedonistic atmosphere, traced with touches of madness, makes a stay at the Monarch Hotel a distinctive and novel experience.