Now, you may or may not have heard of that term before, so for those of you that haven’t, an Aparthotel is basically a residential space with all the perks of a hotel (sounds perfect, doesn’t it?). But what is it like to actually stay in one of them? Well, we decided to check out a recently-established Aparthotel in Sandton – MAX Executive Apartments.
The moment my husband, Brenden, and I walked through the door, we got that heartening, ‘hotel vibe’ – you know, that feeling you get when you book a getaway because you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation, and you just know that all your needs will be taken care of. Anyway, the staff at the front desk are well-equipped and ready to assist you with any request that you may have – and yes, it gets better.
The two-bedroom rooms (or rather apartments) are spacious with modern furnishings – think a kitchen with all the amenities, a lovely lounge area, and enough space for a simple dining room set. The toilet is separate from the shower and bathroom (and did I mention how spacious the shower is – it’s true, size does matter!). The rooms are luxurious and contemporary, and a dream to sleep in (trust me).
One of the things that I love about MAX Executive Apartments is its proximity to shops and eateries in the surrounding areas. That is, perhaps, why we decided to indulge in a dinner at Sophia’s Bistro in Illovo Square (which is literally a hop and a skip away from them). The short walk there in the early evening was utterly romantic, and the restaurant itself mirrored that feel. Sophia’s almost feels like a hidden gem to me, and is perfect for a fancy dinner (or even lunch) for two.
As tough as it was to decide, I went with the Baked Camembert, which is topped with marmalade and comes with a side of ciabatta toast as a starter (so good!), and Brenden opted for the Calamari Greco, which was equally tasty (I may have picked a few off of his plate)! For the mains, I had the creamy Ravioli Salmone, and Brenden had the Stolen Lamb (Kleftiko), which was super tender. To round off a hearty dinner, we indulged in a refreshing Lemon Sorbet – it was just yummy!
Once we rolled (yes, rolled!) ourselves out of Sophia’s and back to MAX Executive Apartments, it was off to bed for a much-needed night’s rest!
You may be happy to know that this Aparthotel offers a buffet breakfast (for those of you that like to fill up your tummies before work), as well as a lovely pool area, Wi-Fi, and daily cleaning and servicing.
All in all, in our stay there was truly enjoyable and is something I would recommend for those that are visiting our lovely city, as well as those that are looking for a home away from home, for a night or two. Enjoy!
By Nicole Naidoo