Hallmark House, Johannesburg, South Africa

Hallmark House, Johannesburg, South Africa

Further reinforcing Maboneng’s reputation as Johannesburg’s precinct of urban cool, is the new 46-room Hallmark House, a hotel and residence that occupies a 17-storey former diamond factory, now reshaped by Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye to include a lobby café, a rooftop spa, pool and bar and a soon-to-open basement jazz club and speakeasy.

The interiors, by local outfit Malica Design, have an industrial ‘Jo’burg’ vibe in the public spaces, with exposed cement ceilings and low-slung furnishings in a moody dark grey and black palette, interspersed with pops of colour and local knickknacks including a display of colourful African baskets.

Upstairs in the guestrooms, bespoke blonde wood furniture and neutral walls allow the vibrant Shweshwe fabric-covered headboards to shine through, while the private terraces, each with its own swing chair, are perfect to escape to and take in widespread views of the City of Gold.