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Our City Break At Clico Boutique Hotel In Johannesburg

Clico Boutique Hotel is the perfect Johannesburg hotel for people who love to eat well when they travel. In other words, it’s the perfect hotel in Johannesburg.

Clico Restaurant at Clico Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg South Africa
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For our first visit to Johannesburg, we wanted to stay in a hotel with certain features. Our top priority was safety since we had heard so many warnings about safety issues in the largest South African city.

Beyond safety, we wanted to stay in a hotel that was well-located, comfortable and stylish. And, since we travel for food, we also wanted the hotel to have a good restaurant.

Once we added affordable to our Joburg hotel wish list, we felt like we were searching for a unicorn … until we found Clico Boutique Hotel.

Clico Boutique Hotel Review

Breakfast - Clico Boutique Hotel
Eating a bountiful breakfast was the first thing we did during our stay at Clico Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg South Africa. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Clico Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Rosebank, one of Johannesburg’s best and safest neighborhoods filled with shopping, restaurants and art. With just nine rooms, the hotel has an intimate feeling and an emphasis on service.

The hotel staff warmly welcomed us and ushered us straight to a wonderful breakfast of fruit, eggs and croissants. This high level of customer service, where we didn’t have to lift a finger, continued throughout our stay.

Pro Tip
Clico Boutique Hotel is named after Veuve Cliquot, the popular French Champagne.

Our Room

Standard Room - Clico Boutique Hotel
The standard room at Clico Boutique Hotel is far from standard with its comfortable bed, poolside view and unlimited wi-fi. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Cozy and comfortable, our standard room had all of the key features that we enjoy in upscale hotels. Beyond necessities like a firm bed and ensuite bathroom with a strong shower, the room sported extras like Charlotte Rhys bath products, a minibar, a flat-screen television with satellite service and a view of the hotel pool.

Though we loved the view, our hands-down favorite room feature was the unlimited wi-fi internet. A typical activity in much of the world, being able to surf while lounging in a hotel bed was not a given in South Africa during our extended visit, even in luxury hotels.

Having excellent wi-fi in South Africa is one of those little things in life that make all the difference!


Pool at Clico Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg South Africa
The Clico Boutique Hotel pool, with its lush garden and art deco style, provides a green oasis in busy Johannesburg. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Beyond its nine comfortable rooms that cater to both business and leisure travelers, Clico Hotel has a private pool available to all guests as well as a secure parking lot and event space. Perhaps due to the hotel’s urban environment, the green oasis of a pool is rarely crowded.

However, in our opinion, Clico Restaurant is the hotel’s greatest asset…

Clico Restaurant

Popular with both hotel guests and local food lovers, Clico Restaurant is a gem of a restaurant conveniently adjacent to the Clico Boutique Hotel’s lobby. The restaurant serves three meals daily in its comfortable dining room. During our stay, we enjoyed three breakfasts and one dinner at the restaurant.


Impala Rump Tartare - Clico Boutique Hotel
This Impala Rump Tartare with Orange Puree, Confit Egg Yolk and Salsa Verde was our favorite course of an epic six-course meal. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Head Chef Marnus Scholly is doing exciting things in the kitchen at Clico Restaurant. Though Scholly and his team offer an a la carte dining option, the best way to experience Scholly’s inventive cuisine is with a six-course gastronomic dinner paired with local South African wines.

Pro Tip
Add a wine pairing to your dinner. Priced at ZAR 750 (approximately $60 USD) at the time of our visit, the total cost for a six-course meal with six glasses of wine is a bargain that shouldn’t be missed.

Mussel and Basil Risotto - Clico Boutique Hotel
We found great seafood in Johannesburg when we ate Chef Scholly’s Mussell and Basil Risotto with Basil Pesto and Seafood Tulle. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Scholly’s creativity shined brightest during our epic meal’s second course, a flavorful mound of impala rump tartare decorated with yellow egg yolk and green salsa verde. Each course, from the butternut agnolotti to the braised lamb shoulder, impressed us with its taste and presentation, not to mention the glasses of fruity, powerful South African wine that paired so well and tasted so good.

Chicken Roulade - Clico Boutique Hotel
Chicken can sometimes be boring. This was not the case with this Chicken Roulade served with Pearled Barley, Leeks, Asparagus and Jus Natural. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Did we mention that we love the wine in Stellenbosch? Apparently, Scholly shares this love with us.

Dark Chocolate Semifreddo - Clico Boutique Hotel
We somehow found room for the sixth course of our dinner – a decadent Dark Chocolate Semifreddo with Beetroot Rooibos Cake and Rosewater Pearls. | Image: ©2foodtrippers


Chef Scholly’s food philosophy continues during breakfast when the restaurant’s large windows add natural light and fresh air to the dining experience. As hotel guests, we started our morning meal with big cups of crafted coffee, fresh fruit and local cheese (pictured above).

Classic Breakfast - Clico Boutique Hotel
This Classic Breakfast was loaded with goodies like two scrambled eggs, tomato, mushrooms, caramelized onions, beef sausage and bacon. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

But we didn’t stop with the starters. Instead, we also ordered dishes like the Classic Breakfast, the restaurant’s take on English Breakfast with eggs, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, beef sausage and bacon.

Our favorite? It had to be the colorful Clico Healthy Breakfast with poached eggs, grilled halloumi cheese, confit tomatoes, basil pesto and olives.

Clico Healthy Breakfast - Clico Boutique Hotel
It’s difficult to imagine a more delicious start to the day that the Clico Healthy Breakfast with two poached eggs, grilled halloumi cheese, confit tomatoes, basil pesto and olives. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

If we had more time, perhaps we would have tried other breakfast dishes like French Toast served with peanut butter and bacon or pancakes served with fruit and crème fraiche. Then again, we probably would have ordered the healthy breakfast again and again for the grilled halloumi cheese alone.

Nearby Attractions

Rosebank Statue - Johannesburg South Africa Golden City
Take a stroll around Rosebank when you stay at Clico Boutique Hotel. You won’t be disappointed by the art along the Keyes Art Mile. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Due to its prime Rosebank location, Clico Boutique Hotel is steps away from some of the city’s best dining, art and shopping destinations. Here are the spots that we enjoyed during our visit:

Transportation And Logistics

Welcome Wine - Clico Boutique Hotel
Why not drink South African wine at Clico Boutique Hotel? | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Clico Boutique Hotel is ideal for both business travelers and tourists. Here’s what you need to know when you plan your Johannesburg hotel stay:

Getting To Clico Boutique Hotel

By Car

The drive from the airport is approximately 40 minutes. The hotel has a free, secure parking lot for guests.

By Train

Don’t worry if you’re not comfortable driving in South Africa where cars travel on the left side of the street. The hotel is less than a kilometer from the Rosebank Gautrain station – just a 13 minute walk away. Getting to the airport by train will take you under an hour, and you can also take the train to the Central Business District (CBD) or other Johannesburg neighborhoods.

Pro Tip
Skip driving at night in Joburg. Uber is a popular, inexpensive transit option that we highly recommend. In fact, it’s the city’s safest, most cost-effective transportation option.


Room costs started at ZAR 1,995 (approximately $155 USD) at the time of our visit and vary depending on room type and whether breakfast is included. Disclosure – rates are subject to change at any time.

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Johannesburg has a mild year-round climate. In other words, it’s always a good time to visit Johannesburg.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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Original Publication Date: September 5, 2017


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