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The Michelangelo Hotel
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrMajestically erected in Sandton on West Street, the intimidating Michelangelo Hotel is one of the most spectacular views in Sandton. From a height of 146 meters, its prestigious appearance meets the demands and sophistication of its ever-increasing visitors. The hotel complex has hosted high-profiled guests like Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, and most recently, President Barack Obama.
HistoryBuilt in 2003, adjacent to Sandton Square, the Michelangelo was to add some renovations to the already impeccable reputation of the Sandton's hotels, restaurants, and stores. The concept behind the 5 star hotel came from Bart Dorrestein, Chairman and CEO of Legacy Hotels and Resorts International, and further developed by Bentel Associates International.
The colossal undertaking was to span over 8 years, but was already operable in 2005. The Michelangelo Towers are perhaps the tallest and most impressive buildings in the Sandton suburb, and are the third tallest buildings in Johannesburg.
ArchitectureIts architectural style ranges from the Renaissance style with a mixture of modernism, incorporating the latest building and material technology. Designed by Bentel Associates International, the undertaking took about 1,000 workers on site, cost over 66 million USD, and over 55 contractors were hired.
It was built not only to offer luxurious accommodations but also to serve as a luxury retail center. Its 35 stories are divided into 13 levels of apartments, 4 levels of penthouse suites, 2 levels of king penthouse suites, 3 levels of prestigious observation suites, allowing you to have a 360° view of Johannesburg's skyline.
Its most remarkable outside feature is its concrete structure, complemented by fiber glass, sliding aluminum glass doors and windows, stainless steel handrails, and glazed balustrades.
Another unique feature is the 4,500 m² Michelangelo Towers shopping mall, with modern showrooms and shops leading you directly to the two levels of the Nelson Mandela Square shopping mall.
The hotel complex has 4 underground parking levels and 4 more above ground, and was definitely designed with the concept of leisure in mind for their guests.
Hotel Features and amenitiesWith its 242 luxurious rooms consisting of superior rooms, premier suites, executive suites, and deluxe suites, the hotel's facilities offers to its visitors more than enough to keep them in the area. Spanning over 6 floors, there’s not only wireless internet access in all public areas, but also high speed internet access in all rooms. This full-service hotel also provides you with electronic safes in all its rooms, built-in adapters and a 24-hour room service 7 days a week. If you’re into working out, the hotel can provide you with a personal trainer, a sauna, and heated indoor and outdoor pools. You can also go and spend time on its grass-covered sundeck.
Most of the suites (like the presidential suites) have private dining room lounges with 24-hour butlers, a fully stocked mini bar, and individually controlled air conditioning. You can enjoy a long shower in their private and spacious bathrooms, equipped with bathrobes, designer cosmetics, a large bathtub, and a hairdryer.
One can’t help but notice the impeccable decoration of the rooms, reflecting the Renaissance style of the hotel. Other amenities include Satellite TV, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
Rooms start at $ 231 USD per person.
Where to DineIf you are looking for a good restaurant in Sandton, consider yourself lucky during your stay at the Michelangelo. It has the best ranked restaurant in the area called Piccolo Mondo, an Italian and Mediterranean specialty, which also serves contemporary and international dishes.
It is opened from breakfast until late, with a breakfast menu that makes you want to come back for more. The ambiance in the restaurant is sophisticated, with meals accompanied by a selection of the finest wines and classical music.
The other restaurant on site is the Il Ritiro Lounge; where an inviting environment awaits you with its pianist and its high tea in the afternoon.
The staff in both establishments is reputed for its politeness and professionalism.
How to Get ThereThe Sandton area is served by the same airport that serves Johannesburg, namely the OR Tambo International Airport. From the airport, drive towards the R24 leading to Johannesburg. At the Gillooly’s Interchange, take the N3 to Pretoria/Bryanston. Then take the Marlboro turn off and turn left; continue to the end of Marlboro and drive until you reach a T-junction. You must then turn left into Katherine Drive, just under the bridge. Travel through 2 traffic intersections and then turn right into West Street. Lastly, turn left into the Michelangelo Hotel entrance.
Other Interesting Sites NearbyYou’ll find some very interesting sites to visit near the hotel, namely museums or natural parks like:
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Author: Comasco. Last updated: Oct 06, 2014