FrontRunners April 2015: Pink Palace
In December, Johannesburg’s beloved Westcliff Hotel—known since 1998 for its rosy facade and African-inspired interiors—emerged from an 18-month renovation by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The resulting Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff, Johannesburg (fourseasons.com), is a sleek and modern rendering of its treasured predecessor, featuring 117 rooms adorned with chrome chandeliers and custom-made zebra-print wallpaper. Four Seasons’ contemporary spin also elevated the hotel’s culinary offerings, which—led by the German chef Dirk Gieselmann (formerly of the Michelin-three-star Auberge de l’Ill in Illhaeusern, France)—include a fine-dining restaurant and a casual venue serving classic South African braai. Remaining resolutely unchanged through the flurry of upgrades is the Westcliff’s magnificent hilltop perch overlooking the capital’s surprisingly verdant cityscape.