One of the most underrated and often overlooked boutique hotels in Johannesburg has had a brand spanking new makeover. Set under the signature purple explosions of Rosebank’s radiant Jacaranda trees, Clico Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Conferencing is purely and simply a hidden gem. This intimate sanctuary acts as an escape from city life without stepping foot outside of the region’s business district. The refurb of its function venue and one of its hotel rooms, as well as the extension of its restaurant offering to an outside terrace area, offers a fresh retreat to both business and leisure travellers.
With design ideas from Merylle Legh of Align Designs – the design genius behind Pletenberg Bay’s Rectory Hotel – and furnishings and finishes by Johan Nel of Johann Nel Designs – the mad scientist of handmade furniture – the founder of Clico, Jeanette Schwegman, has managed to recreate a charming rendition of each of the spaces that make this hotel so special.
The function and events space, opened in 2010, is set in tranquil gardens flooded with natural light, making it the ideal venue for urban weddings, small conferences, group meetings and bespoke events. Jeanette wanted to enhance its nature-inspired offering by, quite literally, turning the room inside out.
She added more stacking doors to increase the sunlight and the view of the garden-facing terrace and adorned the walls with suspended planter boxes filled with foliage and greenery. The inspiration behind the design is that no matter where you sit in the room, you are able to immerse yourself in nature and break away from the hustle of the city.
Clico Restaurant launched in 2015 and has consistently provided refined food and wine for diners with impeccable taste. So much so, that Chef Marnus Scholly has managed to steadily keep Clico as one of the top-five Trip Advisor-rated restaurants in Johannesburg. The restaurant’s popularity inspired the team to add a garden terrace and bar, where guests can enjoy warm, summer days and cool, balmy nights, while sipping on bubbles and eating delicious food. Passers-by can also see into the Clico Restaurant through the new boundary wall window on Jellicoe, enticing them to come in! Surrounded by plants and set under a canopy of trees, the new terrace is the ideal place for guests to unwind.
Finally, to bring the freshness of spring into the hotel, Jeanette has begun a complete refresh of the accommodation, starting with Room 8. The room has been given an entire makeover; from floor to wall, bed to bath – it is a warm sanctuary, a place of tranquility and most-importantly, a bed away from home. It features a free-standing Victoria and Alfred bath as the perfect place to enjoy a glass of bubbles and relax after a long day. Ideal for honeymooners and large enough for a family, the space is undoubtedly Clico’s flagship suite.
“Clico is my way of giving travel-weary guests a place of comfort and rest, somewhere they can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of bubbles in the garden. Whether you’re in Johannesburg for business or leisure, part of a conference or looking for a refined meal; Clico welcomes you to take a deep breath and leave your stress behind” says Jeanette Schwegman, founder and owner.
Established by Jeanette Schwegman in 2006, Clico is a five-star Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Conferencing venue that combines understated luxury with the comforts of home. For more information on the hotel for business stopovers, romantic staycations and bespoke functions for business or leisure, click here.