Saturday, April 12, 2014

A tourist in my own city...we stay at the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank



The outside bar area...
In summer, a great venue.
In winter, there are HUGE gas heaters that keep the area toasty warm


The kitchen at oneNINEone...
No place to hide.
James, the chef on the left, and I had an interesting conversation about his "mash".
Most unusual and something I intend to try and replicate.
I did promise that I would take my version for him to taste.


The wine cellar at the entrance to the restaurant


My "office"...
A proper desk and fast Internet connectivity.
What more could a travel writer ask for?


I had though of trying the gym,
However, I decided to do a long run instead.
And it was a new route which included hills that I have not run in more than five years


We had spent yesterday at the Recency Club as it serves afternoon cakes and coffee.
In the early evening it also offers certain guests, drinks and snacks

In the morning it is used to serve continental breakfasts


As there is no hot option, I had to choose healthy.
This was my "starter"...


Followed by this...YUM!


Most of our final afternoon was spent at their on-site Spa


There are several waiting areas available to guests.
This one offers water, tea, juice and fresh fruit.


My wife waiting for her treatment.
She is seated on the other side of a water feature


Some of the wall decor in the Spa


These were in the mens changing room.
I was reliably informed that the women have the same facilities.
There is also a sauna and steam room


At last the gown fits.
Losing nearly 17kg's has paid off and I could actually fit into this
"one-size-fits-all" gown


Now if only they would do man size footwear.
There has to be a niche market supplier willing to look into this.


Both my wife and I had massages followed by a facial for me,
and a manicure for her.
The nail polish colours on offer were VERY bright, and she (with my help)
chose this green "for fun"...
I can't wait to hear what her work colleagues have to say.


We found an outdoor seating area to spend the last few hours of our stay.
We had been given a late check out which meant that we only had to leave after our spa treatments


And what a way to leave...
with the BIGGEST, best presented cappuccino I have ever seen.
And at the same price that we had paid for a much smaller version in Australia in 2013


If you are a tourist you have to wander...
and we did.
We found it different accessing Rosebank from a different direction.
In the process we discovered Motherland Coffee Co.
Well worth a visit.




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Travel & Things, the broadcast. 12/04/2014



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy at the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank


How many of you have ever been a
"tourist-in-your-own-city"?
My wife and I recently got that opportunity when we stayed at this hotel.
Although it is less than 6km's from our home,
we felt that we were in another town
And it has been a while since we stayed in such a plush hotel.
Usually our holidays are spent at bush lodges or something similar


When the building first went up,
locals compared the exterior to a prison.
But, over the years it has become one of the landmarks in Rosebank


The lobby...empty when I arrived.
My timing was perfect because as I finished checking in
a LARGE tour group arrived.
I smiled as I left the staff to deal with non-English speaking guests


The view from the Regency Club lounge on the eighth floor.
Only by looking out of the windows were we reminded that we were STILL in Johannesburg


The Recency Club lounge...
with a Nespresso machine...but no George Clooney.


Reflections...


I found this interesting decor feature in the passage that leads to the gym
and Phumula Spa


A lap pool on the roof?
Not quite, as this is only the sixth floor...


While my wife curled up in this chair,
I took the opportunity to look through the Spa and gym


Part of the Spa reception area


The gym is bright, with all the usual machines and weights...
A too many mirrors!
The gym that I regularly frequent has NO mirrors in the areas that I train in


oneNINEone...Where we had dinner.
Great staff, an interesting menu and good cappuccino to finish off with.
It might seem pricey by South African standards,
HOWEVER it is a "special" occasion eating destination.


Part of the water feature in the garden on the back patio


Our room...
With a VERY comfortable bed and a proper desk for me to work at.


It has been a LONG while since I found one of these in a hotel bathroom.
I will put it (and me) to the test after my run in the morning...
Which I did and it was VERY kind to me.


Reflections 2


The original art work in the passages in a welcome change
from the usual prints that tend to grace hotel walls


Plenty of comfy furniture to sit in


An interesting decor feature...
These can be found throughout the hotel


I managed to grab one shot of the sunset over the western corner of the hotel.
Time for bed...not quite


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