I had a overnight layover in the airport, and somehow decided I'd be fine just wandering around the airport the entire time (that was not the case, as the airline wouldn't check my luggage in until the next day). I also thought people in official airport outfits were official airport people. They were not. I had a lot of jet lag. Anyways, after being basically robbed, it was very nice to find an open room at this hotel, especially as my flight out was so early. The room was great, the bathroom wonderful, I felt completely safe while there (I'm a female, typically travel alone, and after unpleasant airport experience, was nice to feel like I was in a little oasis). I enjoyed the restaurant/bar- took my kindle, had some wine, and while the menu was limited, I did find something to suit me (I'm usually vegan). I had no problem with check in or check out, even though it was at peak times, they seemed to understand everyone had a flight to catch, and the staff was incredibly efficient in processing people. I would definitely stay here again, or recommend it for anyone in transit. If you are unfamiliar with the airport, there are large painted arrows pointing the way to hotel, so it's very close to the terminals. Definitely take advantage of this. True, it's more expensive than most South African prices, but definitely worth it for easiness and peace of mind, and the ability to be less than 5 minutes from check in for your flight the next morning. Plus, my bathroom was really really nice- considering I was going on a camping safari, it was nice to have one last warm shower before embarking upon my quest! Would definitely recommend.
- 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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