Catalyst Hotel


This week marks the opening of the latest stylish 206-bedroom apartment The Catalyst Hotel in Sandton. The Sandton Times took a first look at this new property back in April 2021.


  • The Catalyst Hotel was constructed and furnished at a cost of R175-million.
  • The hotel is the latest addition to the NEWMARK Hotels, Reserves, Lodges & Residences portfolio.
  • The hotel’s Sanctuary Spa is offering a 40-minute Hot Stone Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage for only R250 per person.
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Set in a tree-lined suburban sanctuary in the heart of Johannesburg’s residential Sandton, the new urban hotel looks to cater for those visiting Sandton for a quick business visit or a long-term stay. The serviced apartments hope to recreate the ‘home from home’ experience, offering convenience and space, in equal measure for visitors spending an extended period in Sandton.


Catalyst Hotel Hotel Room
Interleading units comprise a Premium Suite – with spacious lounge, kitchenette, full bathroom and a king bedroom with minibar and satellite TV – and adjacent Deluxe Rooms, featuring either king or convertible twin beds and bathroom with shower. Image: The Sandton Times

My team and I are delighted to finally be opening the doors to The Catalyst Hotel. It certainly is still a very challenging time to be launching a new hotel property, however we believe that our offering holds a strong and authentic mixed-use experience of South African hospitality that residents of Johannesburg will enjoy, as well as visitors to the country’s financial capital, be it for business or leisure.

// General Manager of The Catalyst Hotel, Robert Chifunyise


All rooms are furnished with plush Restonic mattresses and cossetted in 300-thread count linen whilst the bathrooms include the exclusive Ben Sherman bath & shower products range.


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A two-bedroom Executive Suite crowns the property for those desiring more space during their stay. Image: The Sandton Times

A mere 700m from the Sandton Gautrain Station, Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, 1 kilometre away from the Sandton Convention Centre and a short hop down Katherine Street & Grayston Drive, to the M1 highway, The Catalyst Hotel is looking to offer a live in the city experience, at a convenient distance from its bustling energy.


Catalyst Hotel
Under strict COVID-19 protocols between 50 to 100 of the 206 rooms at any given time will be occupied and guests separated between the floors and tower blocks. Image: The Sandton Times

The hotel is decorated throughout in greys, blacks and whites, accented with warm wood and sleek, white-veined black natural stone.


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The Catalyst Hotel also boasts significant green credentials, with 90% of its power supplied by roof-mounted solar panels and backed up by a generator that can manage 100% of electrical requirements in the event of load shedding. Image: The Sandton Times

A well-equipped gym is complemented by a full-service Sanctuary Spa on the floor above and there’s ample space for conferencing with three fully equipped, divisible spaces that seat a total of 120 in a cinema configuration, with underground parking catering for both guests and visitors.


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Ground floor restaurant, Kashew, looks to become a destination dining experience for Johannesburg foodies as much as it meets the needs of The Catalyst Hotel’s in-house guests. Image: The Sandton Times

Chef Justin Jonah brings his fine dining experience at both huge chain hotels and luxury boutique properties to bear on an unpretentious menu that delivers bold, layered flavours without a hint of pretence.


I dislike the term ‘fine dining’ and my team and I are looking forward to delivering authentic, honest food with a mix of all-day dining, small plates and hearty main & dessert options. We want to smash the expectation that food in hotel-based restaurants is either over-fussy or unimaginative – at Kashew we deliver honest food that gives guests the option to linger over a coffee or cocktail with friends or enjoy a multi-course menu that speaks to rustic, home-style – but quality – cuisine.

// The Catalyst Hotel, Chef Justin Jonah


Kashew brings a double shot of coffee culture to the Joburg caffeine scene by partnering with Cape Town-based Camissa Coffee and using their Dark House Blend for an array of drinks. Cape Brewing Company (CBC) Beers are on tap at the 360-degree bar, alongside a wide selection of bespoke cocktails and accessible wines. The restaurant seats 120 comfortably inside, with a small deck alongside a plunge pool offering space for 30 diners who prefer an al fresco experience.


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Under strict COVID-19 protocols, Kashew Restaurant will only accept 60 guests at any given time within the 120-seater eatery. Image: The Sandton Times

The travel industry has definitely been one of the hardest-hit by the pandemic, but the opening of The Catalyst Hotel is a symbol of our commitment to helping revitalise and support the local market. The property is destined to be a home away from home for our guests and long-stay visitors, offering easy access to – but also respite from – the beating heart of South Africa’s business hub.

// NEWMARK Hotels, Reserves, Lodges & Residences CEO, Neil Markovitz


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