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Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Exclusively for Guests in International Transit | Terminal A, O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg 1627, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #35 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
London
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“So worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

After a long flight from Sydney, this was a welcome, wonderfully comfortable break, before a flight to Namibia the next day. The hotel is just after the transit connection security checks, and so you have access to all the airport's shops and cafes/bars/restaurants (the hotel does not have a restaurant) directly from the hotel. The shower is wonderful, the bed incredibly comfortable, wi-fi fast and 100M included in the room rate, staff efficient and pleasant. It may be more expensive than some other airport hotels, but for the convenience of not having to leave the airport, and only leaving your hotel room an hour before the connecting flight time (no need to go through security again), it was definitely worth it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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HeatherPoulsen, Guest Relations Manager at Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport, responded to this review, August 3, 2012
Thank you for your words of recommendation on Trip Advisor after your recent stay at Protea Hotel Transit O R Tambo International Airport. We are delighted to receive your compliments and we will certainly congratulate the STAFF.

It was our pleasure to accommodate you, and your interest and loyalty are truly invaluable to us.
We look forward to welcoming you to Protea Hotel Transit O R Tambo International Airport and to hear from you again in future!

Kind Regards,

Renée Woods
Rooms Division Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

good hotel for airport transit connections, overpriced for quality offered.
convinient to walk from arrival area to hotel and stay but price definitely pinches a business
traveller on budget.
rooms were avarage and avergae quality of restaurant.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Like most of this hotel's clients, I used the Protea as a bolthole during a long connection, after a tiring journey from Australia (looks quite close on the map!). Open door, take shower, lie on bed, take another shower, go to gate, wait four hours for delayed aircraft.

This was the first time that I have stayed in a room with curtains but no windows and, as it was in the middle of the night, this cunning ploy nearly fooled me. Some might argue that this is Robben Island restyled by some boutique hotel chain. However, I don't think I have ever had a more rejuvenating hotel stay; excellent shower, really comfortable bed with crisp, clean sheets and a negotiated rate of USD80 for six hours.

Go on, you know you want to ...

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Americana, SP
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Travelling 12+12hours total it is simply impossible to wait 8 hours without having a good shower and sleeping, definitely beautiful, nice attendants and "reasonable price" if negotiable.
Good quality on soap, shampoo and bedclothes.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

The Protea Hotel at the International Airport in Johannesburg is located inside the international airport terminal, before immigration. The location is great for travellers in transit without a south african travel visa. The rooms are clean and of a 4-5 star standard. There is free Wifi in the rooms upto a limit of 100MB per night. The password is provided at the reception. Other than this, the facilities are very limited. There is no restaurant/cafe inside the hotel however food can be delivered from an airport restaurant to the room till 9 pm. We stayed here for a night and had an average experience. There were no toiletries(soap, shampoo etc) provided in the room when we checked in. We were asked to pay separately for a toothbrush and paste set. This when the room rate is USD300+!. When I called housekeeping for these simple amenities, i was told that someone will be coming over to deliver these to the room. After waiting for 30 minutes i had to go to the reception to get these myself. The staff was cold in general but not unfriendly. All in all the hotel stay was unsatisfactory given the price point and the level of service. One good thing about the room was the availability of square and round pin plug points for charging gadgets. Given the overall service experience not sure if this was by design or was incidentally available in our room.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

This hotel has no facilities (no bar, no restaurant, no breakfast) - you have to use the airside cafes. But the rooms are spacious and well-equipped, the bed is comfortable and they offer 100MB of free internet. If you have an early morning flight, the fact that you don't have to clear customs and security means you get an extra one and a half hours in bed - gold dust! So why only three stars? They were 15 minutes late with my alarm call. This is one service that an airport hotel just HAS to get right....

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ahmedabad, India
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Hotel rooms look nice but main problem is no windows, u feel like in prison.
ventilation system was not good, feeled suffocation while inside in room.
water was not provided by hotel...

Room Tip: Best hotel i seen so far for transit in aiports was Dubai international hotel at dubai airport...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Exclusively for Guests in International Transit | Terminal A, O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg 1627, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport 4*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PROTEA HOTEL TRANSIT O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR GUESTS IN INTERNATIONAL TRANSIT. Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport - A Classical African Experience for transient travellers. The Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport, situated behind Immigrations inside international departures at OR Tambo International Airport, offers a welcome opportunity for transient travellers to rejuvenate between international flights. As the only hotel in this location, we offer the utmost convenience to all international travellers in transit – catering to your specific needs. Be it a refreshing shower or a quick nap on our comfortable beds before you board your next long flight; Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport is the perfect choice for you! The classic and modern Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport ensures that you receive fast, efficient and friendly service, from express check in to check out. Our location also offers you the opportunity to roam the wide selection of retail shops and restaurants should you have the time. We have taken every measure to ensure that your stay with us is as convenient and enjoyable as possible. ... more   less 
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