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“Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Shaft 14 Northern Parkway, 2159 | Ormond, Johannesburg 2159, South Africa (Formerly Southern Sun Gold Reef City Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 71 Hotels in Johannesburg
Johannesburg
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“Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We stayed in a family room for a weekend. Nice hotel - good buffet breakfast. Room was spacious, but not the cleanest. Other than that, all in all a nice hotel

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

There are 2 hotels, one above the casino and the other is inside the theme park. I stayed at the theme park hotel for 3 weeks. Living inside the theme park was a cool thing, always a festive mood. It was just a bit awkward for me then being alone, walking around the theme park on weekends or holidays. But definitely for family trips, this is a good place. The stay at thehotel includes theme park entrance (and rides). My room was spacious and felt really comfortable during my stay. The staff are friendly and the manager is very accommodating. There's a lot restaurants to choose from. The only problem I had then was the key card, kept going back to the reception located in the other building to make it function... And it was winter then....and another thing, the screams in the theme park might wake you on weekend mornings. : )

Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

I stayed here in an executive room for four nights during a conference which was held on site. The room was spacious and wonderfully decorated with all of the facilities you would expect. The place itself is the site of an original gold mine which has been restored or re-created to give an historic atmosphere. The room was quiet but during the day there was some noise from the theme park rides which are nearby. It is an ideal location for a conference or meeting since there are facilities on site. It would be good for families too since the kids could roam around in safety. It is a 10 minute drive to downtown Johannesburg but there are things to do within the walls of the Gold Reef complex including the theme park, a casino, and the nearby must-see Apartheid Museum. There is security control on all the entrance gates to the theme park/hotel area.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Chose this hotel above the casino hotel,what a disappointment.At check in, my wife was told that there is no toilette at reception and she had to use one in the park.Asked for a iron and board only to receive a dirty iron which was replaced with a broken one.The dust bin still filled with litter from the previous guest.The phone in our room was broken,had to use my cellphone to make contact with reception.Was only fixed after complaining about it the second time.The room door had a huge gap between the floor and the door it self visible from the inside.Didn't get much sleep due to a baby crying through the night.The front desk staff not very help full and informative,they can learn a lot from the friendly and helpful porters.In general,the highlight of our over night stay was the Theme Park and the breakfast buffet.Would not recommend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed at the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel, as I had planned a surprise party for my husband's birthday, and had booked the venue at Gold Reef City. We had booked a number of rooms for family members.

The hotel setup was a bit strange, as I was expecting a hotel building. But the reception area is in one building with the hotel rooms scatered across the theme park. The hotel rooms were recently refurbished and were very comfortable. The evening we had the party at the venue, and then returned to our hotel room, the only thing that was disappointing was that the hotel had said they would help us with all the gifts etc from the venue, but after the party, we could not get anyone to help us, so had to walk up and down through the themepark to take the goodies, back to our room.

The breakfast the next morning was really good, it had everything you could want for breakfast, full english, cereals, cheeses etc.

The themepark is a bit eery at night as everything is closed and quiet, so a better choice may be the casino hotel.

But everyone had a good time and we went on all the rides in the morning, which was really fun.

The walk from the carpark to the hotel is a bit long, so I would defenitely waite for a shuttle to pick you up.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

what better fantasy for younfg kids then lving in a theme park!gold reef city hotel offers that.
i stayed here a few years ago when it was a protea hotel..well its been tken over by southern sun..so its been modernised extensively,rooms are completely different to how they used to be,and in some ways a lot better,in some ways they have lost the character they used to have..
they are clean,very modern,and somewhat clinical.
with good amenities,lovely flat scren tvs,and all the mod cons you would expect in a good 4 star hotel.
one negative is barneys restaurant..defintiely make aplan to eat anywhere but there for lunch and dinner..but the breakfast is reasoable (and included int he room rate)

the theme park is very good by SA standards,and if you are coming with kids,this is a terrific holiday for a couple of days.
The aprtheid museum next door is a must see as well.
for eating out at night you will do a lot better going over the bridge to the casino complex.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel

Address: Shaft 14 Northern Parkway, 2159 | Ormond, Johannesburg 2159, South Africa (Formerly Southern Sun Gold Reef City Hotel)
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Johannesburg
#12 Romantic Hotel in Johannesburg
#15 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to an age of elegance and grandeur at the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel. Located within Africa's biggest theme park hotel is reminiscent of an authentic turn-of-the-century mining town. Staying at the hotel also gives you free access to a multitude of fun filled attractions and entertainment in the Theme Park. Please note the Theme Park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.The adjacent Gold Reef City Casino complex offers a variety of dining and other entertainment options. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Protea Hotel Johannesburg

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