• The Maslow's Lacuna Bar  
  • The Africology Spa's relaxation deck

11/21/14 The Maslow Hotel, Johannesburg

Words by Marga Buenaventura

Work and play come together quite easily at The Maslow, a business hotel situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s financial district.

Done up in masculine grays and slick steel fixtures, The Maslow is fashioned for the traveler with little time and loads of taste. The hotel makes the most out of Johannesburg’s year-round mild climate through an open-faced first floor. From the lobby to the bar, guests are treated to South Africa’s great outdoors.

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Sitting by the lobby is The Maslow’s Wayfarer Lounge, a sort of halfway house for departing or newly checked-in guests. Furnished as a business class lounge, transient guests waiting for red-eye flights or made up rooms can take naps, even freshen up in the showers, and enjoy some nosh over the day’s Times.

Those raring for more potent refreshments ought to head to the Lacuna Bar. Equal parts hip and suave, the Lacuna is a favorite of city suits who look more like GQ models than stuffy executives.

In the last few years, The Lacuna has been ranked as one of the best bars in Johannesburg, if not South Africa. Enjoy the bar’s extensive cocktail offerings: signature drinks include the Cape Berry Mule, a concoction of Primitiv vodka, cape berry purée, lime juice, and ginger beer. Guests can also choose from the well-curated cigar selection and enjoy a cigarillo or two with a new friend on the deck.

For more reflective (not to mention relaxing) pursuits, slacken up at the Maslow’s Africology Spa. Suits and shoes are checked at the door so bodies can surrender to The Maslow Journey, the spa’s signature massage, where one’s therapist will adapt her therapeutic approach to one’s stress levels and general disposition.

In case you haven’t realized, a traditional business hotel this is not. From rest to its restaurant, however, the Maslow certainly means business.

Neighborhood Recommendations: The Theatre on the Square near Nelson Mandela Square is a great place to take in a show. A visit to Amatuli in nearby Kramerville shouldn’t be missed—it arguably has the best collection of African objets d’art in the world.