We stayed here on two different nights at the beginning and end of our visit to Kruger National Park, as we were flying in and out of JNB, mainly due to the hotel's proximity to the airport and good reviews here on TA. The location is a little tricky to find, due to the rather eccentric road layout in the local area, but there is reasonably good street signage within the last km or so. Once there, there's a large secure car park with free parking.
On our first visit, we arrived early ijn the morning (at approx 10:00) after an overnight flight from the UK. Although this was considerably earlier than the official check-in time, the front desk were able to get us a room with just a few minutes wait, which was much appreciated.
We really liked the quality and layout of the rooms, and the modern decor (even the "open plan" shower arrangement!). I would say that athough the rooms were very clean there were a few minor maintenance points that could/should be picked up (such as a toilet that was very reluctant to flush, loose towel rail and notice from the back of the door which had fallen off), however this did not detract too much from our stay.
The public areas of the hotel are quite a talking point - with the very innovative "aviation warehouse" theme on display throughout the lobby, corridors and restaurants. The gardens/pool area are surprisingly very pleasant to sit in with a cold drink, despite the proximity to the motorway and the airport on the other side of the fence. It's certainly an unusual experience to sit there watching the huge A380's maneuvering around their stands.
We ate in the restaurant twice and felt this was of mixed quality. The food was very good though prices are high by South African standards, no doubt reflecting the "captive market" among the hotel guests at this location (there's really nowhere else in the immediate vicinity). Service was variable to say the least. On our first night, the restaurant was quiet and we had a very friendly, knowledgable and attentive waiter who helped us choose an excellent bottle of wine to go with the meal. On the second visit, the restaurant was much busier and staff were also dealing with the tail end of a corporate function. Service on this occasion was sub-par, with our starters being "forgotten" and virtually all the wines on the menu out of stock - I just had the impression that the staff were overwhelmed. Our waiter was very apologetic however and we came to an amicable arrangement about these issues on the bill.
Overall we felt this hotel was fine for the price we paid and would certainly stay here again the next time we're passing through JNB.
- 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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