5 Best Gay-Friendly Hotels In Johannesburg, South Africa - Updated 2024

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Johannesburg, the dynamic heart of South Africa, is a city where diverse cultures merge. Celebrating its LGBTQ+ community, the destination offers an array of gay-friendly hotels. Johannesburg also boasts an interesting tapestry of attractions. Immerse yourself in the city’s history at the iconic Apartheid Museum and embark on a poignant journey through South Africa’s past. Later, indulge in the vibrant arts scene of the Maboneng Precinct, home to art galleries, boutiques and a bustling nightlife. Nature enthusiasts can explore the lush landscapes of Johannesburg Botanical Gardens or take a drive to Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, while shoppers can indulge in retail therapy at Sandton City Mall.

If you’re travelling to Johannesburg and looking for accommodation options that are suitable for gay persons, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the best gay-friendly hotels in Johannesburg, South Africa!

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and the property's inclusivity for guests from all walks of life. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 02, 2024.

1. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff (from USD 477)

Surrounded by lush greenery, this 5-star hotel provides an idyllic setting for a vacation in Johannesburg. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff features a well-stocked fitness centre for those looking to stay active. You can also head on to the lovely on-site wellness centre and treat yourself and your partner to a luxurious couples massage.

Most rooms in the hotel have beautiful views of the area and their elegant decor adds to the inviting ambience of the property. The units also have amenities such as a refrigerator and coffee maker. The hotel is great for families travelling with children - there’s a playground on the property and you can also arrange for babysitting should you need it. Plus, you get to bring your furry friends along for no extra charge!

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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

Wifi Available

Address: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue
1.24 km (0.8 mi) from Zoo Lake

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

2. African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection (from USD 239)

African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection is a beautiful hotel that has trendy and stylish rooms with top-notch amenities. The hotel is situated close to Babylon The Joburg Bar, an LGBTQ-friendly bar, perfect for an evening filled with fun.

The property has a sparkling adults-only swimming pool where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and have a drink from the poolside bar. There’s also a hot tub where you can soak in. For entertainment, enjoy a game of billiards or rent a bike at the hotel and set out on an adventure.

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African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 1 Melrose Square
4.77 km (3.0 mi) from Zoo Lake

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

3. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch (from USD 148)

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott is an exquisite accommodation in the Melrose Arch area of Johannesburg. This hotel is a great option for those who want to add a little bling to their vacation or want to have a romantic getaway. It offers luxurious amenities and personalised services to ensure a memorable stay for all guests.

With its stylish and contemporary design, every corner of the hotel exudes sophistication. Its rooms are well-kept with daily housekeeping ensuring everything is up to the mark. The rooms also have views of the garden area and the pool.

The swimming pool here is an adults-only facility and is open year-round. For an additional fee, you can also enjoy stand-up comedy on the property. And when you’re ready to leave, book the shuttle service at the hotel to make your transfer to the airport hassle-free.

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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: Whitely Street; Melrose Arch Precinct; Melrose Arch
4.83 km (3.0 mi) from Zoo Lake

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

4. Bannister Hotel (from USD 41)

Bannister Hotel has a fun and youthful vibe and its rooms have a cute palette of pastel colours to cheer you up. The property prioritises your safety and has 24-hour security, in addition to security cameras outdoors and in the common areas inside. Plus, the front desk is open around the clock to take care of all your needs.

Start your day right at the on-site coffee shop, fueling up on your favourite brew before you set out to have a great time around the city. After a great time outdoors, retreat to the on-site bar to enjoy the happy hour at an additional charge.

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Bannister Hotel

6.9 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: 9 de beer street
3.79 km (2.4 mi) from Zoo Lake

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

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5. Arum Place Guest House (from USD 59)

Situated in the Melville area of Johannesburg, this accommodation provides a quiet and restful stay for its guests. Combining its gay-friendly policy with its close proximity to Ratz Bar Melville, a gay-friendly bar, it offers an excellent option for gay couples. There’s a seasonal outdoor pool if you want to enjoy a swim, and the hotel also provides spa packages should you need some pampering.

There’s complimentary WiFi available to help you stay connected. Additionally, each room comes with a patio or balcony where you can lounge in the fresh air. If you have any specific dietary needs, special diet menus are available upon request at the guest house. Plus, you can take advantage of the barbecue facilities and enjoy a cookout.

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Arum Place Guest House

Wifi Available

Address: 15 1st Street
3.81 km (2.4 mi) from Zoo Lake

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Dry cleaning

Discover the magic of Johannesburg

Johannesburg stands as a vibrant and lively destination for LGBTQ travellers. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, the city’s gay-friendly hotels not only provide exceptional amenities but also serve as safe havens where you can refresh and recharge each day. So, pack your bags, and immerse yourself in the rich culture and energy of this dynamic city!

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