Construction of the new concept Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City is nearing completion, and the 164-room hotel is set to open in the first quarter of 2021.  The hotel has ten storeys and will feature a rooftop function area as well as a 100-seater conference facility. In addition to 164 rooms (16 of which are interleading) there are four suites, meeting rooms, a swimming pool and gym. There is also a large, independent restaurant on the ground level.

The hotel’s décor will feature a natural palette with different shades of green splashed throughout – in fact, the hotel signage out front is set into a living wall made of recycled plastic planters and the hotel’s restaurant features protea wallpaper and green artwork. The rooftop restaurant and function area are designed to wow as one steps out of the elevator. A large, double-volume, modern space makes the most of its lofty position to maximise the views across the city and spectacular Highveld sunsets given the hotel’s western orientation.

The four suites are also on the top floor, through a security-controlled doorway off of the elevators. Each suite accommodates two people and feature a full bathroom with bath (the remainder of the hotel rooms have showers only), small kitchenette and lounge area, as well as private patio with unobstructed panoramic views across the manmade forest that is Johannesburg. Their bathrooms have large open showers, and the rooms feature controlled mood lighting.

For business meetings and events there are three dividable 30-seater meeting rooms, which when consolidated can accommodation 100 people, or 120 people when set up banquet-style with 15 eight-seater tables. There is fast, reliable WiFi throughout the property and plenty of secure parking in the basement.

Andrew Widegger, CEO of City Lodge Hotel Group says, “Research indicates that this new concept Courtyard Hotel will be popular with our core market. The hospitality landscape has changed dramatically since we first conceived of this hotel as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; however, the key offering remains in line with principal demand and trends, and we are looking forward to welcoming guests to this exciting new space.”

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