I really liked the Protea Fire and Ice hotel in Melrose Arch - the only caveat being the open shower arrangement. The rooms are stylishly decorated, very clean and comfortable. They have free wireless internet in the rooms, which is a plus. The pool is very nice as well, and the milkshakes at the milkshake bar downstairs are amazing! The hotel doesn't have a gym, but you can buy vouchers for 120 rand for the nearby Virgin Active gym, which is beautiful (has an indoor pool and 2 full floors of cardio and weight machines, lots of classes, etc. - one of the nicest gyms I've ever seen). The Melrose Arch complex is also nice to walk around in (you definitely feel safe in the area) and has some good restaurants.
If you are a couple, the hotel has no drawbacks in my opinion, but the open shower can be awkward for friends traveling together (you are restricted to remaining in one side of the room while the other person is showering, since the curtain does not go all the way around).
- 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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