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 of the MAX Executive Apartments, 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. But, it got even better.
MAX Executive Apartments offer two-bedroom rooms, or rather apartments, that are spacious with modern furnishings, a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge area, large shower and the beds are 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. The short walk there in the early evening was utterly romantic, and the restaurant itself mirrored that atmosphere. Sophia’s almost feels like a hidden gem to me, and is perfect for a fancy dinner (or even lunch) for two.
As difficult as it was to decide on a starter, I went with the Baked Camembert topped with marmalade, which comes with a side of ciabatta toast (so good!). Brenden opted for the Calamari Greco, which was equally tasty (I may have picked a few off of his plate!). For mains, I had the creamy Ravioli Salmone and Brenden had the Stolen Lamb (Kleftiko), which was super-tender. To round off this hearty dinner, we indulged in a refreshing Lemon Sorbet.
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 who prefer not to have to slave in the kitchen at the start of your day. There’s also a lovely pool area, Wi-Fi and daily cleaning and servicing, not always offered at self-catering accommodation.
Our stay was truly enjoyable and I would recommend MAX Executive Apartments to visitors to Johannesburg, as well as locals who would like a short break and a home away from home for a night or two.
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By Nicole Naidoo