The Houghton Hotel sets new standards in hospitality

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The launch of The Houghton Hotel is setting a new bar for Johannesburg’s hospitality industry, ensuring that the city will finally be able to offer travellers accommodation in an establishment with a variety of lifestyle amenities on par with the world’s most prestigious six- and- seven-star hotels.

 

Houghton Hotel

The Houghton Hotel, the latest planned addition to the successful residential development, will have a number of features that make this a remarkable destination, not least of which is its location overlooking a magnificent Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. This will be enhanced by landscaping designed with an eye to creating a lush, verdant environment, intended to bring to mind the meanderings of an African watercourse. The same attention to detail will ensure that the hotel’s interiors create a feeling of cossetted luxury, while a host of world-class facilities will guarantee that residents have everything they need under one roof.

It’s small wonder, then, that the hotel has been accepted as one of the Leading Hotels of the World. “We are excited to welcome The Houghton to our portfolio,” commented Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President Membership, The Leading Hotels of the World.  “The project truly is unique, with its comprehensive array of facilities, its enviable park-like setting in Johannesburg’s affluent green belt overlooking a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and its proximity to upscale shopping and prime business concerns make it especially attractive to sophisticated travellers.  Above all, we have been impressed with the developers’ embrace of the destination, their dedication to ensuring excellence of product, and their determination to maintain the individual identity of the property.   We believe the hotel will embody the dynamism of the Johannesburg area, and deliver an exceptional luxury experience to our guests.”

Much of the magic of The Houghton Hotel experience will be due to its singular design. Heleen Grimsehl, partner at Boogertman + Partners – the architects behind the project – explains that the firm is striving to ensure that the hotel will become the gem of the Houghton Estate and its surroundings. “The Houghton Hotel is located on the apex of the affluent residential suburb of Houghton. We’ve made use of refined precision design elements and materials – including concrete, steel and glass – to reflect this affluence. At the same time, we’ve introduced the location’s Highveld heritage by using natural elements and soft, sweeping lines in the aesthetic.”

The hotel’s interiors are being designed by Pellerade. CEO Stephen Pellerade says that, in creating The Houghton’s look and feel, he turned to iconic international hotels for inspiration, including Milan’s Armani Hotel, the Peninsula in Hong Kong and the Bulgari in London. “These establishments stand out because their furnishings are simplistic, but the use of layering and tailoring makes for an effect that is extremely luxurious; almost cocooning.” The same impression will be created at The Houghton Hotel through the use of texture. Wood cladding and textured fabrics create an almost tactile environment, so different from the sterility that seems to mark most modern hotels. The result is a place that will speak of easy comfort; a place which – in spite of its exclusive appeal – can rightly be described as a home from home.

In keeping with his effort to create a beautiful environment, Pellerade is intent on creating a living art exhibition throughout the hotel. Guests and residents will be greeted in reception by artworks and sculptures of staggering scale, all produced by upcoming artists as part of a carefully curated collection. This will add to the hotel’s sense of drama, he explains.

Inside the rooms, minute attention to detail will ensure that the accent on luxury is upheld. From cutting edge electronics (think automated curtains and touch sensitive light switches) to delicate touches such as purpose-made pouches for the fine crystal glasses, there is no aspect which may contribute to the user’s comfort that is being overlooked.

Impressive though the rooms and interiors will be, Andrew Morris, project manager, believes that the hotel’s most striking feature will be a cascading, terraced landscape which culminates in a waterfall, plunging several meters into the hotel’s large circular swimming pool. It’s a sight that wouldn’t seem out of place in Eden, and this image of paradise will be reinforced through the use of soft vegetation (imagine dense green ferns and suspended steel planters). A separate tidal pool will be created for children.

 Morris maintains that the views of the water features, and the oasis of tranquillity these create, will be one of the hotel’s most memorable highlights. But it will have much more to commend it, including a contemporary delicatessen (where residents of The Houghton apartments will be able to source fresh, locally inspired ingredients) and a 90-seater fine dining restaurant boasting three private dining rooms – ideal for intimate functions. Menus for both venues are being developed with input from renowned chef Billy Gallagher. Residents will also have a third option when it comes to refreshment: the Sky Bar, offering breathtaking views over the golf course’s third hole. 

Business travellers will be catered for with a range of amenities, including banqueting, a business centre offeringboardrooms with latest technology and a guest service offering. 

Meanwhile, in keeping with the hotel’s emphasis on creating a gracious lifestyle, guests and residents will find a host of facilities designed to make life a little easier, from a hair and nail bar to a spa, dry cleaner and gym. Those unwilling to face the treadmill can take in the views on jogging paths traversing the hotel’s 7.2km parkland surrounds or play a round of golf. 

The R870 million Houghton Hotel offers accommodation in three different room types, from 50 to 145 square metres. Apartments measuring 145 square meters feature all amenities one could desire for making this new destination the ideal ‘home away from home’ for the regular traveller. In addition to hotel rooms for guests, the Houghton Hotel offers a number of suites for sale from R3,9 million.  Completion is scheduled for December 2017.

 

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