we are still in Jo'burg, this isn't NYC!
Look, this place is beautiful, it shows better a night like most nightclub/W-Hotel style places. The staff was helpful, young and not that experienced but very willing. The housekeeping staff worked so hard, the place is immaculate, so well kept.
The rooms aren't large but laid out in an open plan with a "shower curtain" like drape that separates the bathroom area from the sleeping area. A little "kitsch" but it works. The shower is a glass capsule so this isn't for the modest at heart.
Great sitting areas downstairs, beautiful bar areas and a very nice dining option. The Milkshake Bar is something I've not seen in my travels, definitely worth the trip.
Melrose Arch, I have to say, is very nice and very bizarre. Set amongst the highways and major thoroughfares, this is basically a mall with extremely high end stores (designers, clothing, some housewares). European sports cars zooming by at all hours and well-heeled locals and travelers all around the outdoor restaurants, and the restaurants are all packed. The juxtaposition of Melrose Arch and the surrounding areas is not lost on anyone which is why I say bizarre.
The hotel is quite nice, comfortable and has all the amenities.
- Also Known As:
- Protea Hotel Fire And Ice! Melrose Arch
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The urban, experiential and edgy Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch is the hot-spot in the trendy Melrose Arch Precinct, a unique city within a city, which boasts a variety of trendy retail, gourmet restaurants & leisure amenities. This experiential hotel guarantees to spice-up any visit to Jozi and is aimed at the traveller who enjoys being amidst the energetic urban vibe of the cool city life. The hotel offers the ultimate convenience and accessibility to the M1 highway, Sandton business centre and OR Tambo International Airport. Shuttle transfers to and from the Sandton Gautrain Station are also available. Take full advantage of the innovative 24-hour internet station, to catch up on emails, social networking or perhaps a bit of work. Try our conference facilities and create an energetic ‘out-of-office’ experience that will definitely heighten the creative senses required in any boardroom or meeting situation. Old Hollywood glamour flows through to your dining experience, at the trendy in-house restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, with sumptuous cuisine in an intimate and relaxed dining environment. Return to your room, which offers an LCD television, open plan bathroom and an urban style that will take you back to a bygone era of old Hollywood glamour. And if it’s too early for bed - the Bar, which is open from 10h00 until 04h00 serves specialty cocktails and gourmet milkshakes, in an energetic and lively setting. ... more less
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