Africa’s first voco hotel opens in Johannesburg


The Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank is now the location for the continent’s newest voco hotel.

The 131-room voco The Bank Johannesburg opened its doors on 1 February.

“Originating from Latin, the name ‘voco’ means ‘to invite’ or ‘call together’ and that is exactly what we offer guests with access to work and meeting spaces and an array of onsite facilities and amenities,” said Haitham Mattar, Managing Director, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG. “As part of our growth strategy in Africa we have partnered with Valor to expand our footprint on the continent. Valor has been our long-term partner in the United States and the United Kingdom.”

All rooms have large workspaces with international adaptors, USB ports, fast wi-fi and Chromecast televisions. The Bank has an in-house co-working, office, meeting and event space, the award-winning Workshop17, which is available for bookings in advance. Dining preferences are catered for either with a choice in-room selection and boutique wine-list, or all-day service at the Proud Mary Modern Eatery and Wine Bar. The day can be rounded off in the fully-equipped gym. The Gautrain (Johannesburg’s Metro) is a two-minute walk away with an optional concierge assistance.

Guests can be reassured that the hotel follows global sustainable practices, including using mainly renewable energy, plant-based luxury bathroom amenities by Antipodes, BCI linen and observing various recycling guidelines.