Stunning 31-Room Park Hyatt Johannesburg Opening Soon

In June 2022, we learned how the Park Hyatt brand would be returning to South Africa, with the conversion of an existing property in the city. At the time, the plan was for the Park Hyatt to open in early 2023. While there has been a significant delay, it’s my understanding that this hotel is now getting close to opening, so I wanted to take an updated look at what we know.

The Winston Hotel becoming Park Hyatt Johannesburg

The Winston Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg, will be joining Hyatt’s portfolio. The hotel is in the process of undergoing an extensive renovation, and once that’s completed, it will be branded as the Park Hyatt Johannesburg. Clearly this renovation has taken longer than initially planned, and it’s my understanding that the current intent is for the property to be branded as a Park Hyatt as of Q3 2024. However, reservations aren’t yet open.

It’s interesting how the Park Hyatt brand has come full circle in Johannesburg. Back in the day, there was the Park Hyatt Johannesburg, but then in 2007 it was rebranded as the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg. Now a new property will carry the Park Hyatt branding, though it’ll be much more boutique.

The refurbishment of the hotel is being overseen by Yabu Pushelberg, a design firm that previously worked on properties like the Park Hyatt New York, Park Hyatt Shenzhen, and Park Hyatt Bangkok. As it’s described, the redesign will “revitalise the hotel while celebrating the heritage and craftsmanship of its locale.”

Personally I consider those properties to have pretty generic decor, so it’s interesting that this firm was chosen if the goal was to have a bit more personality in the property. However, the renderings of the Park Hyatt Johannesburg do look very nice — I like the details with the floor, ceiling, etc. (thanks to khabah on FlyerTalk for sharing these).

Park Hyatt Johannesburg room rendering
Park Hyatt Johannesburg room rendering
Park Hyatt Johannesburg room rendering
Park Hyatt Johannesburg room rendering

The Park Hyatt Johannesburg will have only 31 rooms. All 31 rooms at the property will feature king beds and workstations. The hotel will also have a restaurant with a dining room and outdoor terrace. Then there will be a bar, as well as an event space for conferences and meetings, which can accommodate up to 60 guests.

With just 31 rooms, this will be the world’s smallest Park Hyatt in terms of the number of keys. While the hotel isn’t yet bookable, it’s listed as being a Category 5 World of Hyatt property. That means once it is bookable, a free night redemption will cost 17,000 to 23,000 points per night.

My take on the Park Hyatt Johannesburg

First of all, I can’t believe there was a hotel named The Winston and I didn’t even know about it (Winston is also my dog’s name!). And I’m extremely disappointed that this will simply be rebranded as the Park Hyatt Johannesburg, rather than as The Winston Johannesburg, a Park Hyatt Hotel. Right, Winston? 😉

Winston strongly disagrees with the rebranding, wants to speak to the manager

One thing that I love about the concept of this hotel is how boutique it is, with just 31 rooms. I love a smaller hotel that has some character, while still letting you take advantage of the ability to earn and redeem points, etc. That sounds much better to me than so many of the other 200+ room Park Hyatt properties. When I next visit Johannesburg, I’ll definitely be staying here.

Clearly this hotel is undergoing a major overhaul, given what the property previously looked like (you can see the pictures below).

Room at The Winston
Restaurant at The Winston

This looks like it’ll probably be among Johannesburg’s best hotels when it opens. Otherwise, the Saxon Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg are probably the city’s best properties.

Bottom line

Later in 2024, we should see the opening of the Park Hyatt Johannesburg. Specifically, The Winston is an existing hotel in Johannesburg, which is undergoing a full renovation, before reopening as a Park Hyatt. With just 31 rooms, this will be the world’s smallest Park Hyatt. Based on the renderings, this is a hotel to look forward to.

What do you make of the new Park Hyatt Johannesburg?

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