This Hotel is an intimate, professionally run four-star boutique hotel. Experience a quiet, private and peaceful setting: for lease

This Hotel is an intimate, professionally run four-star boutique hotel. Experience a quiet, private and peaceful setting

Rivonia, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa


Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
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Type: Boutique Hotel & Restaurant
Bedrooms: 21
Bathrooms: 21
Showers: 21
Parking: 30
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 4 Star


Rivonia is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Sandton area. It is located in Region E of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Rivonia is one of the most affluent residential and business suburbs of Johannesburg, and is regarded as the hub of upstart and established I.T. companies. The main retail thoroughfare in the area, Rivonia Boulevard, is the location of several shopping complexes as well as many other shops and restaurants. The area known as Rivonia includes the original township of Edenburg, Edenburg Extension 1, and 19 smaller extensions designated 'Rivonia Extension ...', numbered from 0 to 25. There is no designated township (in the legal sense) called Rivonia. The postcode for Rivonia is 2128.


Rivonia lies between the Braamfontein Spruit and the Sandspruit, and was the location of Liliesleaf Farm (26°2′36″S 28°3′15″E), where in 1963 many of the accused in the Rivonia Treason Trial were arrested. The earliest public transport into Johannesburg was by donkey cart, later by bus.

A Carmelite Convent, accommodating Discalced Carmelite Nuns, sat in the centre of the village until displaced by commercial pressures. (They moved to Benoni.) In a commemorative move, the large shopping centre first built on the site was named The Cloisters. The earlier village lay on the direct path of access along Rivonia Road to the south to the new 'concrete' highway, with a nasty dogleg in the road at 12th Avenue. When it was decided to redesign and improve Rivonia Road through to the highway, the bowling greens and tennis courts of the Rivonia Recreation Club were in the way, and the Club relocated to a handsome new site in Achter Road in Paulshof, leaving only the Rivonia Hall and Library on the original site. Rivonia Produce, a landmark and long-established family business, supplying inter alia hay to the many local horse owners, was also forced to move from the dogleg on 12th Avenue to a new building on 11th Avenue. It has since been swallowed into a national hardware chain and disappeared.


Hewlett-Packard's main Southern Africa and South Africa office and the registered office of Fujitsu in South Africa are in Rivonia. Before Rivonia was incorporated into the new town of Sandton, along with Bryanston, Sandown and Morningside, it was administered by the Peri-Urban Areas Health Board.


Sandton is an affluent area in the Gauteng ProvinceSouth Africa and forms part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. The name of the town came from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and BryanstonIn 1969 Sandton was promulgated as a municipality in its own right, but lost its status as an independent town after the re-organisation of South African local governments after Apartheid ended.


Early settlers

Archaeological findings suggest the area, which Sandton comprises today, had originally been occupied by various indigenous groups, before European settlement, most notably the Tswana and, to a lesser extent, Sotho people. The remains of an Iron Age smelter was discovered in Lone Hill, a suburb of northern Sandton. One of the first Voortrekker parties to settle in the area were the Esterhuysen family on the farm Zandfontein (Afrikaans and Dutch for Sandy Spring or Sand Fountain). A monument to commemorate them may be found just off Adrienne Street in Sandown where the family cemetery is located. Zandfontein, Driefontein (Afrikaans and Dutch for Three Springs/Fountains) and Rietfontein (Afrikaans and Dutch for Reed Spring or Fountain of Reeds) encumbered what was to become Sandton. The municipal coat of arms of Sandton pays homage to the three farms with three round fountain barrels on its chevron. In the late 19th-century the Wilhelmi family of Hannover, Germany acquired the farm Driefontein No. 3 while Rietfontein was owned by the Ehler family. The original Driefontein homestead, now within the confines of the Field & Study Centre, was looted during the Anglo-Boer War. The ruins are visible on the northern bank of the Klein Jukskei River. The Wilhemi family, upon return from Germany built the 'new' 1906 Driefontein Farmhouse on what is present-day Fifteenth Street, Parkmore cum Riverclub. The farmhouse served as the icon and headquarters for the now-defunct Sandton Historical Foundation and is listed as a City of Johannesburg Owned Heritage Site.The 

1960s and 1970s

Sandton was established as a separate municipality in 1969 by the office of the Administrator of the Transvaal. It had formerly not formed part of Johannesburg but was managed, in part by the 'parent city' and Pretoria through the North Eastern Peri-Urban Land administration. Initially, it was very much a residential area consisting mostly of small holdings with a rural "horsey" lifestyle attracting many of the upper-middle classes and Johannesburg elites. It was subsequently dubbed the "mink and manure" belt.The Rivonia Trial derives its name from the locality of Liliesleaf Farm within the Sandton suburb where many of the Black freedom fighters such as Nelson Mandela were captured by the South African state and subsequently tried for treason. Rivonia had previously been known as Edenburg and was changed to make itself distinct from Edenburg, Free State. It was named for the surname Riven. Sandton and its constituencies were traditionally relatively more liberal than surrounds. For example, the motion which never materialised by residents in favour of the inclusion of Alexandra, Gauteng then a demarcated black township in terms of the Group Areas Act, into Sandton's jurisdiction proved troublesome for the National Party government which had a strong constituency in the adjacent town of Randburg.

1980s and 1990s

The construction of Sandton City by Rapp & Maister (which was eventually taken over by the Liberty Group which still retains 75% of the complex) marked a significant change for the Sandton area. It created rapid commercialisation and industrialisation. Sandton came to symbolise the White Flight movement of Johannesburg and secured itself as Johannesburg's second Central Business District. After the demise of Apartheid, by 1996, Sandton initially formed part of the interim Eastern Metropolitan Substructure, and in 2000 came to be included, along with the former towns of Randburg and Roodepoort, as part of the newly demarcated City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality thus losing its separate municipal government and town status. Despite this, Sandton is still unofficially earmarked as a distinct region of the city and operates as a macro-suburb.

Role in 21st century Johannesburg

Financial and business centre

Urban decay in downtown Johannesburg caused many corporate offices to move from the Johannesburg Central Business District to Sandton in the 1990s. It has become the new financial district of South Africa and Johannesburg's premier business centre. Much of the financial focus of Johannesburg has shifted from the Central Business District to Sandton. However, three of South Africa's four largest banks have kept their head offices in downtown Johannesburg, along with Transnet, the transport parastatal. The other bank, Nedbank, has its headquarters in Sandton. A considerable amount of the city's A-grade office space is to be found in Sandton. The JSE Securities Exchange, Johannesburg's stock exchange, relocated its offices to Sandton from the central business district in the late 1990s. Sandton's gain was the central business district's loss: it resulted from urban blight of the downtown Johannesburg area.

Sandton is home to the Sandton Convention Centre, one of the largest convention centres on the continent and the primary site of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (also known as "Rio + 10"), which Johannesburg hosted. The convention centre also hosted the African National Congress' victory celebrations after the party was re-elected at the 2004 election.

Massmart has its head office in the Massmart House in Sandton. Ster-Kinekor has its head office in the Ster-Kinekor Office Park in Eastgate, Sandton. IBM's and Hewlett Packard's main Southern Africa and South Africa offices are in Sandhurst and Rivonia respectively. In 2013, petrochemical giant Sasol announced the development of their new headquarters in Wierda Valley, Sandton.

The Sandton Central commercial node, centred on the suburbs of Sandown and Sandhurst has some of the best and most expensive commercial properties and offices in South Africa. A number of new developments are underway including 6 Benmore (Capital Hill),[14] Atrium on 5th, Alice Lane and Katherine and West which is situated directly opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station. One of the highest-rated Green buildings in South Africa, the Upper Grayston Office Park, is located in Sandton.

Industrial areas situated in Sandton are Wynberg and Kramerville. Kramerville, once a run-down area, is now trendy and is the centre of the design and textiles industry in Sandton.

Tourism and retail hub

One of the main attractions in Sandton is Sandton City, which ranks among the largest shopping centres in Africa. The completion of this precinct by the Liberty Group was the catalyst for the subsequent development of this entire area. Together with Nelson Mandela Square, the centre, with some 144,000 m2 of shopping space, is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere (behind Chadstone Shopping Centre). Much of Johannesburg's business tourism is centred on Sandton, which has various 5-star hotels under the Southern Sun, Hilton, Radisson and Protea brands.

Liberty Group announced in 2008 that Sandton City will receive a R 1,77-billion upgrade. Nelson Mandela Square, formerly known as Sandton Square, was renamed in March 2004, after the unveiling of a 6-metre bronze statue of the former South African president. Liliesleaf Farm, where Nelson Mandela lived in the early 1960s and where many leading political activists were arrested in 1963 and tried as part of the now-infamous Rivonia Trial, is just north of Nelson Mandela Square, close to the N1 Highway, off Rivonia Road. Discovery Holdings has, in 2018, completed a large new head office along with a shopping mall in the area.

Old Mutual South Africa's head office, as of 2018, is being constructed. A 55-floor mixed-use building, The Leonardo, became the tallest building in all of Africa at 234 metres (768 ft) following its topping out in 2018.

Concerns have been raised as to whether Sandton has the necessary road and water infrastructure to sustain the massive development that is characteristic of Johannesburg in the 21st century (since the demise of Apartheid and the Group Areas Act).

Sandton Central Management District

The central business area of Sandton is divided into three City Improvement Districts, which have a unified identity called the Sandton Central Management District, branded as Sandton Central. This district is responsible, using additional funds levied on its behalf by the municipality, for the provision of additional services. The Sandton Central Management district provides additional cleaning, law enforcement, beautification and planning services to the area it services.

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Key features

About Us

Exceptional hotel rooms and facilities

There is no other comparable boutique hotel within the Rivonia and Sandton area. We have 21 executive rooms, all offering an exceptional experience for both business and leisure. Work from the comfort of your spacious room with access to complimentary Wi-Fi (fiber connection). Work out at our on-site gym or relax by the pool. Our rooms are all NON-SMOKING. There are however designated smoking areas on our premises.

To our guests, we are here to make your stay as comfortable and easy as we can. From great wi-fi connection to a good meal and a warm, comfortable room space.

Our Restaurant

Our Restaurant is set in a beautiful courtyard under a magnificent old Elm tree. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alternatively, there are numerous restaurants and coffee shops in Rivonia.

All our dishes are prepared from scratch. The finest & freshest ingredients are selected and sourced daily by Tony Finney, our host and chef. Our Elm Tree a-la-Carte menu is perfect for a romantic meal out, a relaxing meal with an intimate group of friends, to get out of the office for a quick but peaceful lunch, coffee with the girls, or just to pop in for a delicious breakfast on a weekend.

What does our Restaurant offer?

The Elm Tree Restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast & lunch. Opening time for the public is 6.30am-6pm.

Enjoy a coffee and cake with friends

Or if you are looking for a peaceful place to work, come and have a cup of coffee and enjoy free Wi-Fi on our patio or indoors in the lounge or comfortable seating area in the restaurant.

The Restaurant Hosts Special Occasions

  • We host all kinds of special occasions, including baby showers, birthday celebrations and romantic date night dinners – book a table and let us know if there are any personal touches you would like to add
  • Our hotel is perfectly set up to host intimate weddings (we can accommodate up to 45 guests)
  • The Restaurant caters for our conference venue

Excellent location (business and leisure)

The Boutique Hotel is situated in Rivonia, Sandton. It is central to Johannesburg’s largest shopping malls including Sandton City, Mall of Africa or Monte Casino. These are only 7km away. Our superior 4-star accommodation is perfectly located 6.8km from Sandton Central. It is also close to Woodmead (5km), Sunninghill (2.8km), and Waterfall (5.5km). Surrounding business hubs include Morningside, Bryanston, Paulshof and Rivonia.

The hotel has its own personal gym facilities but is also in close proximity to Virgin Active (2.9km), spa facilities (700m), local shopping (700m) and the Rivonia N1 motorway interchange (1km).

There is a Gautrain bus stop 50m from our gate that will transport you to the Sandton rail station (6.8km) where you can catch the Gautrain to OR Tambo International Airport, the Johannesburg CBD (estimated 25km), Midrand (12km) and Pretoria (40km).

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • On-site Gym & Outdoor Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Conference rooms

Environmentally Friendly 

It is the policy of The Boutique Hotel to carry out all activities in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts, conserves natural resources and provides effective solutions to protect the environment.

ECO FRIENDLY: We focus on converting as many of our consumables into eco-friendly products. WATER SAVING: Our showers are fitted with water-saving showerheads. We encourage guests to be conscious of our diminishing resources. We bottle our own filtered water. RECYCLING: We are always looking at minimizing our use of paper and plastic.

The story of how The hotel came to be…

A long time ago…. 2008 to be exact, is where it all began. From a small business idea at first and a lot of passion steering the way, we began our hotel journey. The hotel construction and transformation started in 2009 and officially opened its doors in 2011. As with all things, there are many joys, and challenges along the way. But 11 years down the line The Syrene has grown and anchored itself to become, as the name suggests “a serene place to be”.

Happiness is the space where you get to take a breath and soak in life.

Gratitude is realising that there are eternal treasures all around us no matter even when life treats you hard.

You don’t have to go far to feel renewed. Step out of routine and visit the restaurant or stay a night with us.

Stay in our hotel

Should you need to travel over this time and are looking for a smaller, uncrowded accommodation option, The hotel is a great option. 

  • No contact booking process
  • High level of sanitized rooms and general areas
  • Our rooms are designed with open-air walkways reducing contained public spaces
  • Room service available – dine in your own space
  • Our rooms have high ceilings and are light and airy
  • We have open-air seating in our restaurant and well-spaced seating to ensure personal space
  • Great place to work out of, our rooms are spacious and are equipped with a business desk and high-speed Wi-fi
  • A small team of staff

Nearby surrounding areas: Sandton Central (6.8 km),  Woodmead (5km),  Sunninghill (2.8km),  Waterfall (5km),  Bryanston (5km).

Other Services: Virgin Active Gym (2.9km),  Sunninghill Hospital (2.8km),  Spa Facilities (700m).

Nearby Shopping Centers: (All 7km from Syrene):  Sandton City,  Mall of Africa,  Monte Casino,  Fourways Mall.

Transport: GuaBus stop (50m), M1 Motorway (1km).


Conferencing, meeting spaces, enhanced virtual conferencing set-up available for a hybrid event. To our business guests, our calm and serene, open and spacious meeting rooms are the perfect place for the team to meet, think and conference without distraction.

Relax with your team after your day with snacks and drinks or dinner.

Enhanced Virtual Tech

Enhance your meeting with our video-sound bar for connecting the part of the team who need to attend virtually. Additional charges apply.

Enjoy the comfort and quiet of this room and our executive furnishings. This is the larger of our two rooms.

  • Seating: Standard spacing up to 26 U shape, 36 Schoolroom/banquet, up to 40 in cinema style
  • Seating: Social distancing up to 16 U shape, 22 Schoolroom/banquet, up to 36 in cinema style
  • Size: 6 x 12 m2
  • Equipment available: Screen, projector, flipchart/whiteboard, free Wi-fi, an amplifier for sound

The Perfect Quiet Space for a Conference

Enjoy a quiet informal meeting space in the Elm Tree Restaurant or our lounge. Our quiet and intimate setting makes for a great escape from the distraction of the office. 

We have two executive conference rooms. Our conference rooms offer a quality meeting room space for local Sandton and Johannesburg clients that are looking for an executive conference experience.

  • Half-Day or Full-Day conference 
  • Breakfast presentations
  • Executive meetings
  • Intimate Product launches
  • Team getaway, stay, conference and dining

Equipment available: Flip chart / whiteboard, screen & projector, Free Wi-fi.

This is a great conference room for a strategy planning session, a quiet and intimate room.

  • Seating: up to 12 in a U-shape.
  • Equipment available: Screen, projector, flipchart/whiteboard, free Wi-fi, Bluetooth speaker for sound

Great to end off a long day with the team and best of all miss the traffic.

  • Stay for drinks and snacks with your team
  • Or something more formal, sit down dinner at The restaurant

Specialised Management Training hosted at our boutique hotel. Join us for a Change Management Training Course hosted a the hotel

Prosci® Fundamentals of Change Management: Understand the main concepts and organizational benefits of Change Management through a one-day experiential learning program. or

Prosci® Change Management Certification Program: The Certification Program is an immersion in the methodology, applied to your own project. After the course, you’ll be able to take the work you have completed on your own change project back to the workplace.

Stay with us during this course and get a special rate on your accommodation booking. 


To our beautiful brides, the Syrene is a place for love and joy. We will be here to make your day as special as we can. We love, love.

The hotel is an intimate wedding venue in Sandton, hosting a maximum of 36 guests. From your dressing day, ceremony and elegant dinner-party reception to your honeymoon night. Perfect for a micro wedding or elopement.

There is no other wedding venue quite like our hotel to get married. We host intimate, special wedding occasions which will create a lasting memory for you and your guests.

Your dressing day 

Your day has finally arrived. Need a place to relax and get ready? Our spacious rooms make for a comfortable setting to dress with your special girls before your big moment.

Your Ceremony 

Get married under the arch and blue sky or inside in our Gallery Room.

Your Photos

Our landscaped gardens, archways and staircase are ideal for a photoshoot of before, and on-the-day photos. The Syrene has a beautiful, romantic backdrop. Perfect for a pre-wedding or engagement photo moment or on your day after getting ready with the girls.

Your Reception 

The restaurant hosts the reception meal. Enjoy our elegant and exquisite menu in your own private space and just enjoy the evening. Ideal for a small, intimate reception. Up to 36 guests seated, dinner party style in our restaurant.

Your Honeymoon night 

Spend the night in our Presidential Suite, decorated with touches of end off your perfect day. After the excitement of your wedding day stay a night or two at the hotel. End off your magical day with champagne on ice, and a trail of rosebuds.

Just remember, keep your focus on love and the unity of you and your partner and everything else will fall into place. Our professional staff and personal care will make your day extra special.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283

Skype: cliff.jacobs


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