I stayed two days following two weeks in the Kalahari and the Mpumalanga.
I had special needs to include the locked storage of Firearms. I E-mailed management two a months before the trip and subsequently the reservation.
The Manager and his front deck manager promptly responded with cordially and promptly providing the assurance I sought.
When I arrived there was a little confusion about the storage issues with the night staff, but it was resolved in about five minutes after shared the E-mails from the Management.
From then on, if a question or issues arouse the manager, one of his assistants and even one in training was there to respond.
The Room was very Nice and large. But the ambience of the hotel is stark. Most of the guest were Businesspersons or on Holiday from Europe and the USA. Most were cordial.
Restaurant was surprisingly good. The SA (ZA) Steak was delicious and prepared just right. And the Breakfast buffet, with cooked to order entrees and a myriad of buffet items, was exception and an exception value. The wait staff was pretty good. But seem disingenuous under the trained smiles.
Anyone traveling to South Africa is, however, forewarned that there is a culture of expected gratuities that is out of control. Every one the dose anything has there hand out and will try to imitate one in to a larger gratuity. If a person is mopping the rest room floor, driving the scuttle to the airport. If some one approaches you help you thought check, the airport personnel. And it goes on. And you are at risk of armed robbery any time at Nelson Mandela Square (shopping centre). I was warned not to ware my “expensive” watch or any jewelry there or on city trains.
The biggest story in the Sunday paper was how much it costing the taxpayers to Support the Presidents four first ladies. So much for our problems.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport – Best Location, Ultimate Convenience. The pristine four-star Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport is set in the heart of Kempton Park, minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa’s largest airport. An aviation enthusiast’s paradise, the hotel is themed around an aircraft hangar. The industrial ambiance of the hotel is felt in the polished concrete floors, steel finishes, chrome lighting and top to bottom windows. Order a cocktail at the long, steel aircraft wing that is the bar, sink into a comfortable couch and relax as you watch the aero planes cruise to the landing strip. The lounge provides a peaceful setting with WiFi access where business travellers can conduct informal meetings. Time-conscious local and international business travellers can enjoy a convenient location 35 minutes from Sandton and Pretoria and is situated 800m from the Rhodesfield Gautrain Station. Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport offers complimentary shuttles to and from OR Tambo International Airport between 06h15 and 22h45 daily, as well as a shuttle to and from Rhodesfield Gautrain station on request. Whether you’re stopping over or have an extended business stay ahead, Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport has it all – trendy pool area, funky bar and The Warehouse restaurant. ... more less
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