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Sunnyside Park Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Prince of Wales Terrace, Parktown | 2 York Road, Johannesburg, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #37 of 71 Hotels in Johannesburg
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8 hotel reviews
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“Long time since this has even been average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

It's a real pity. It's a shame. The Sunnyside Park Hotel has history and grace, a useful location and doesn't have the soulless polish of a modern hotel.

However, the age shows. The rooms are old and tired, internet connectivity is basically non-existent and the rickety lifts and staircases one needs to traverse to get to far-flung rooms inspire concern.

The staff are pleasant and helpful and, for some, the location and price are a winner. If you don't expect too much or like the idea of staying in a building with history, it might still be worth trying.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Well, it was mt first time in SA, we were booked in this hotel to be near our ofc in SA where training was taking place. To me, it was a great place to stay, new experience, new food though too much sea food, friendly people though with high need for tips in every thing, it was clean, we were in the new wing and it was spacious though it got very cold in the night. I would recommend it for whoever is visiting SA.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Bela Bela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I was in Johannesburg to do a music and lighting show for Rennies Travel year end function and was booked into Sunnyside Park Hotel, I was pleasantly supprised, on arrival we were met by friendly, well spoken and helpfull staff, the grounds are stunning as are the rooms. The only thing I found a bit annoying is the supply of coffee and sugar in the rooms, when one has been on the road all day and done a show at night it would be nice to have coffee before bed time and in the morning but when 2 or more stay in the room one can not.
Other than that, a wonderfill experiance and I will certainly be back, well done.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hartbeespoort, South Africa
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27 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This hotel is very conveniently situated and offers good service, comfortable rooms, pleasant staff and excellent breakfasts in a great atmosphere. I have stayed there many times now and I am always happy to return. The hotel building is a national monument, and visitors should be aware of that: many parts of it cannot be changed - and should not be changed! That does mean there are some challenges and there are parts that are in need of refurbishment. Getting to some parts of the hotel does require the use of stairs. The Wi-Fi network does not consistently reach all parts of the hotel. There are no bar fridges in the rooms.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tumkur, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We had a very pleasent stay.The rooms were clean and well maintained.The staff were very friendly.The breakfast was great.The swimming pool was great.Pound and penny pub was good.A display board says it is a National monument 1895.The garden was good.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East London
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This hotel has lost the plot!! I do not have any nice things to say about it. I stayed in the old part and I had to walk 2 flight of stairs!! The hotel needs a revamp, it should not be allowed to classify itself as a 4-star, there is nothing 4-star about it. It is very popular as a meeting venue and I think they are quite happy to provide for this group of traveller, at the expense of those who are not there as a group.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
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236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Hotel has old and new parts. I stayed in the new part. Room standard with firm bed, windows that open or heat/air although it shut itself off at times, flat screen tv with limited channels, coffee/tea, safe, odd cabinets, large enough closet with hangers and shelves, duvet or blanket Plastic edge of shower door falling off, some discoloration of grout, toilet in small space, sufficient counter space, separate tub and shower, laundry line, hair dryer.

Inconsistent service. All hotel personnel polite and tried to help when asked.
Some towels were frayed. Housekeeping uneven--sometimes received face cloth, sometimes not; once received shower cap; sometimes bath floor swept, sometimes not; twice entered room and serviced despite Do Not Disturb sign on door.

Front desk staff always on phone, but would eventually hang up to help in person guest. Sometimes bellman overwhelmed with daily bus tour group.

Lots of staff standing at attention at breakfast until on unspoken command they would collect their own breakfast and disappear into the kitchen leaving only 1 or 2 staff. Plenty of room except 7:30-8:30 weekdays.

I saw several irons/boards sitting outside doors for delivery/pick up.

Housekeeping and grounds maintenance (leaf blower) begin promptly and noisily at 8am each day.

Several machines not working in exercise room, but there was one treadmill, bicycle, crosstrainer, and step machine working as well as weights available. The controls for the ceiling fans are sort of hidden. TV turned on/off by standing on stool. Door does not close/lock.

Tour company staff friendly and helpful.

Small garden pleasant. Many benches covered with bird droppings. Can sit at outdoor restaurant.

Internet inconsistent and low bandwidth. Occasional short power interruption at night.

Same large selection at breakfast each day. I had a citrus salad in the dining room that was great and a beef burger in the pub that was inedible. Can dine/drink outdoors.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sunnyside Park Hotel

Address: Prince of Wales Terrace, Parktown | 2 York Road, Johannesburg, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunnyside Park Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historically restored Johannesburg hotel, the Sunnyside Park Hotel has been completely refurbished to capture the elegance and charm of a by-gone era. Built in 1895 in a Victorian-style, the hotel is centrally located providing the business executive and the leisure traveller with easy access to the Johannesburg CBD, Rosebank, Sandton and the Johannesburg International Airport ... more   less 
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Sunnyside Park Johannesburg
Hotel Sunnyside Park

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