We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

Hotel website
Hotel deals
Hotel packages
20 Maude Street | Sandown, Sandton 2196, South Africa
Special Offer
FREE Wi-Fi For Members
Book on
TripAdvisor
in partnership with
Trusted partner. We work with Tingo to make your booking as easy as possible.
1 room 1 adult
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton
View Map
Add Photo Write a Review

723 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely peaceful hotel in the concrete jungle of Sandton. This hotel is low rise with beautiful gardens and has a quaint feel to it. There is also an excellent restaurant attached The Bull Run. Staff are friendly, service is good, rooms are clean. Prices are reasonable.

Helpful?
Thank 77gillybilly
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I always enjoy staying at the Balalaika. Excellent service. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I loved my room that had a little lounge separate. The hotel is in a perfect position in Sandton and I love their breakfast. I Will definitely stay their again.

Helpful?
Thank Linda P
Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great experience, very attentive staff and beautiful surroundings. The rooms are perfect for long business stays with large desks and comfy chairs, working overtime in my room was a breeze. The gardens are relaxing and you can forget about the city while in the city. Will highly recommend this hotel.

Helpful?
Thank Adel98
Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Adel98’. Thank you for taking the time to write your positive feedback. It is wonderful to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found our beautiful gardens so relaxing. Your praise about our STAFF in particular is much appreciated. Please feel free to contact Christine, our GUEST Relations Manager (christine@balalaika.co.za) for any future assistance. We... More 

Frankfurt, Germany
Level Contributor
82 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

2 night stay while in Johannesburg on business - checkin was good, although the staff seemed a little confused by my Marriott Rewards information and took time to add it to my booking (not the end of the world, but worth noting for rewards obsessives). Check-in was otherwise simple, although the area around the checkin desk was clogged up quickly... More 

Helpful?
Thank joegold80
Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘joegold80’. Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. How wonderful that your all round stay was such an enjoyable one for you and that you found our hotel gardens beautiful. Our décor style is Colonial/English, which we believe, creates a more welcoming/homely ambience; not to forget our 2 beautiful gardens. Many of our valued... More 

Panama City, Panama
Level Contributor
60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well located on the outskirts of Johannesburg which is ideal if you're being picked up to go off on a safari or excursion. The hotel is a bit dated but is comfortable. It has a nice old estate feeling to it and offers several restaurant options on the property itself. It is within walking distance to Nelson Mandela Square where... More 

Helpful?
Thank Julio507
Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Julio507’. Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback. It is great to read that you found our locatin to be beneficial to your travel needs. - We pride ourselves in being a unique hotel. As you might know our hotel was established in 1948 and in keeping with the ‘little bit of country in the heart... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a week at the Balalaika for the third cricket test between South Africa and England. Its a really nice hotel and dates from an era before Sandton gained the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (right opposite) and a host of financial businesses. It is a low-rise hotel and sprawls a bit but that gives it character. Our room was located... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bob R
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
134 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for 3 nights on a recent visit to Johannesburg. The hotel is "Ye Olde World" and is very welcoming. It is also a short walk to Mandela Square and in a very safe area. The recption and check-in was fine and no problems at all. We had a two bedrooom suite on the ground floor. The room was... More 

Helpful?
Thank HS300
Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘HS300’. Thank you for taking the time to write on ‘tripadvisor’. It is wonderful to read that you enjoyed our hospitality and that you enjoyed our more traditional décor throughout the hotel, creating the ‘country’ style we believe sets us apart from the more modern high rise hotels. – Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience of the... More 

Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed her for 12 nights during the England cricket test series in South Africa in Jan 2016 and was perfect for what we needed. A fantastic base and location for access to the cricket ground and a 5 minute walk to Mandela Sq with all its shops, bars and eateries. Hotel was clean, staff were fantastic and the food good... More 

Helpful?
Thank Christopher W
Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Christopher W’. Your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’ is much appreciated. It is wonderful to read that you are one of the many valued GUESTS that you found our location beneficial to your travel needs. We are pleased that we were able to offer you quick, friendly & efficient service all round. We look forward in welcoming you back soon. Kind... More 

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Level Contributor
78 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

with plenty rooms mine was comfortable and very functional, bars and restaurants on site are great, breakfast room can be a bit busy. staff were great and very friendly. with 2 pools to cool off in after a long day, it is a great place to relax. an oasis in the middle of all the concrete

Helpful?
Thank David M
Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘David M’. Your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’ is much appreciated. We are delighted about your compliments and we will certainly congratulate our STAFF you commended for their exemplary service. How wonderful that you enjoyed our lovely gardens; especially to relax athere after a hectic day. We look forward to welcoming you back to our ‘little oasis’ again soon. Kind regards,... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
158 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a one night stay here, the rooms were clean and well presented though a little on the small side. Wifi was free and a good speed. All the staff we came in contact with were very friendly and helpful. The bar area was very pleasing to the eye though we were surprised to fine smoking was allowed and this... More 

Helpful?
Thank karl024
Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘karl024’. Your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’ is much appreciated. We thank you for your praise about our STAFF and that you found the WIFI of a good speed. - Please be assured that your constructive feedback about the pool cleaning vacuum ( Kreepy Krauly ) has been addressed. Please accept our sincere apology for the inconvenience caused. We look forward... More 

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

168 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (155)
Viewed
Room/suite (31)
Viewed
View from room (7)
Viewed
Bathroom (13)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (40)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (19)
Viewed
Business center/function rooms (3)
Viewed
Family/play areas (1)
Viewed
Other (38)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (13)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (3)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Room/suite (1)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Business center/function rooms (1)
Viewed
Other (5)
Check In Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Sandton hotels
0.3 mi away
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
0.2 mi away
Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg
0.3 mi away
Garden Court Sandton City
Garden Court Sandton City
#12 of 48 in Sandton
4.0 of 5 stars 812 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
Michelangelo Hotel
Michelangelo Hotel
#3 of 48 in Sandton
4.5 of 5 stars 671 reviews
0.1 mi away
Holiday Inn Sandton - Rivonia Road
0.3 mi away
The Maslow
The Maslow
#5 of 48 in Sandton
4.5 of 5 stars 568 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay