“Marabi” designed by Robyn Symes & Pierre Crocquet
The post-gold rush era in Johannesburg saw landowners transforming Doornfontein into subdivided living quarters for miners, making it a slum filled with corrugated iron shacks. Furniture designer, Robyn Symes, and photographer Pierre Crocquet, have chosen to focus the room on the Marabi Dance movement that was born of the crowded and dirty, yet vibrant and richly communal lifestyle.
After dark, the working class, rural immigrants, the unemployed and the unemployable congregated in the shebeens drinking lethal home-brews and moving to the rhythm of endlessly repetitive, but infectious music that came to be known as Marabi.
You will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist that will check you into your apartment, whilst giving you an orientation of the neighbourhood and the city.
Lobby areas, rooftop
*We provide 1.5gb free internet at check in. You can purchase more wifi bundles at your own cost if you need more internet at R40 for 1.5gb
*We offer FREE wifi at Curiocity Hostel, just up the road from the apartment
Maboneng, meaning ‘Place of Light’, is a fully integrated urban neighbourhood on the east side of Johannesburg CBD. Both a mixed-use development and urban community, Maboneng is home to several independent retail, restaurants and entertainment venues as well as loft apartments, offices, film and sound studios, a hotel, a museum and creative factory spaces. As such, the Maboneng Precinct offers a range of well-designed and affordable spaces within an urban landscape in Johannesburg. With all its offerings, Maboneng has proved to be a popular destination for both local and international tourists.