I have flown through OR Tambo so many times over the last few years but had never previously had a reason to stay in the transit hotel. Upon arriving to OR Tambo via a connecting flight recently and learning that my next flight was delayed due to inclement weather at my destination, I was given a day room at the Protea Transit Hotel by the airline (shockingly generous!). Check in was easy but I was not given a code to the internet. In hindsight, I should have asked how to get on the wifi but most hotels have instructions in the room. When I got the room and could not find the instructions, I called the front desk and told to return to the desk for a code. I had to wait in a queue 15 minutes before someone finally offered to help me. I was given a code and it worked fine.
As other reviewers have stated, it is very easy to get through. You do a quick pass through transit immigration, stop at the ticket counter (if you don't have your next boarding pass), there is a brief security check then the hotel is just on the other side of security. You can roam the international terminal to do some shopping or grab a meal. You can check out and walk directly to your gate to get on the plane. Very convenient!
I was really impressed with the room itself. I have stayed in several transit hotels and this room might have been the most spacious. It was well appointed and had a TV with a good selection of channels. The room is windowless as many transit hotels are but had curtains to give the appearance of windows. If traveling with a non-intimate companion, you would not want to share a room as the shower is completely open to the rest of the room. I spent 8-10 hours in the room during the delay and was able to shower and rest before a long international flight. Like most intra-terminal transit hotels, the rates can be steep but it is well worth it for a weary traveler.
- 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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