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“Mixed bag” 4 of 5 stars
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The Reef Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   58 Anderson St | Marshalltown, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #33 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
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“Mixed bag”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

Location: Downtown Johannesburg; the neighborhood doesn't seem to be as dangerous as one may initially think. No matter what their website would lead you to think, it is NOT within walking distance of the Apartheid Museum. Transportation: They have their own transportation service, which charges ~ $45 for pick up from the airport; not sure how reliable they are since they were 40 minutes late to pick me up from the Apartheid Museum (they agreed to a partial refund). Decor: Stylish and contemporary. Rooms: Spacious, decent lighting, very comfortable bed, standard room amenities (including safe, fridge, coffee maker). Street noise could be heard even from 15th floor. Bathroom has no door and shower is small. Internet: 20MB/day included after which you have to purchase a voucher. There are two computers in the lobby area which frequently didn't work. Service: Very inconsistent, some staff are very helpful while others have a "could care less" attitude.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

I stayed at the Reef Hotel for one night last week together with a friend. The hotel is primarily suitable for business travellers. The CBD is not an advisable location for Johannesburg tourists for various reasons. The building is an old office building that was converted to a hotel recently. It is quite stylish. The downsides of the rooms are the inferior insulation of the windows. The kept the old ones with single glazing, meaning that we could hear each car passing by below even though we were on the 12th floor. Also, the bathroom (including toilet) is only seperated from the room by a 2/3 wall. The shower is facing the bed. No privacy whatsoever. The buffet breakfast is quite comprehensive and tasty. The service was quite good overall.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2010

this is an extremely stylish hotel. it is built in a renewed old building, paying tribute to the "golden" age of the city.
the lobby, restaurant (good food) and rooms are great looking. the wall at the top end of the bed was decorated with a huge picture related to mining and they partly left the old concrete of the building blank. furthermore there was a great hd-tv-set with several multimedia functions (ok, it partly did not work ...)
there was actually nothing to complain about, except for one thing: the ensuite bathroom was not serparated by a door or something. this is no problem with the basin or the shower ... but with the toilet ...especially when you are not alone in the room.
how can you not put a toilet in a separate room??
i don't know if every room is built like that, but ours was.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 58 Anderson St | Marshalltown, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #33 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reef Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4-star Reef Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Johannesburg’s City Hall. It has an on-site restaurant and modern guest rooms with satellite TV and individual decor. Rooms at Reef Hotel feature floor-to-ceiling black and white photos. Each has a sitting area with a large satellite TV. The private bathroom offers a separate bathtub and shower. Reef Hotel’s restaurant uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to prepare both South African and international cuisine. The hotel’s in-house bar offers South African wine, international champagne and has panoramic views of Johannesburg. The Apartheid Museum is a 5 minute drive from Reef Hotel. Many of Johannesburg’s art galleries are also nearby. Guests can reach the UNESCO World Heritage Cradle of Mankind Site in a 30 minute drive from the hotel. ... more   less 
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