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“Nice resting spot between flights” 4 of 5 stars
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Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Jones Road, Kempton Park 1627, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #9 of 23 Hotels in Kempton Park
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21 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Nice resting spot between flights”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We stayed on 2 separate occasions during the same trip. Once on a layover between Kruger to Vic Falls and then on the return flight from Botswana.

Location is great. shuttle is also very convenient. Service is very well meaning, but not knowledgeable. Asked for toilet paper, only 1/2 roll in our room. Never came. Also our door would not open. We waited almost 1/2 hour for someone to come and open. They could not figure out what was wrong. Said they would send someone with a master, but that person never came. Finally the door opened on it's own.

Nice snacks and wine served in the lobby until 7 pm. Great place to relax. Dinner and breakfast was ok. Order off the menu for dinner.

We had a full day free until our evening flight. They were kind enough to let us stay in the room until 3 pm. We asked if there was a market close by or shopping area. They directed us to a market that had been closed for over a year. Then they took us to an mall that had over half the stores closed. Just like a mall in the us. Nothing African about it. So we lost the whole morning driving around since the information given to us was incorrect.

Rooms are in need of a makeover.. The bathroom does not have a wall between the bathroom and the room. Just a glass wall. So if you are using the bathroom, you are visible to anyone in the room and when you are in the shower, the same thing. Problem also is at night when you use the bathroom, the light will wake up the other person in the room. Don't know who would have designed something so silly.

They do have a shop in the hotel with great items. But the prices are almost 80% higher than what you would find else where. I bought a drum in Vic Falls for $8. Same drum was $80 at the store. You realize the hotel stores will be more, but that is a little too high. Do any last minute shipping at the airport. Great selection and great prices.

This hotel offered us what we needed most. Location. And friendly faces.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We spent a night here last month before flying home. The lobby is lovely with a piano player and complimentary drinks and cheese until 7 pm. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the airport shuttle runs every 15 minutes so that makes life easier.

The room we had (just a standard room) was quite old. It's been a long time since I've had to climb into a bath in order to have a shower, although the shower head was modern and worked really well. There is a hairdryer but it's not in the bathroom - it's cabled through the desk drawer.

I can't comment on the breakfast because at 190 rand per person we decided we'd rather head over to the Apartheid Museum sooner.

The hotel is convenient for the airport but to go anywhere else requires a taxi or a driver.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stayed here on two occasions each for one night.Perfect place to stay in between flights.The have free shuttle service to the JNB airport which is just 5 mins from the hotel.The breakfast spread was good and the staffs were very helpful.Wifi was of decent speed and its a very well maintained hotel.The check-in and check-out were also very smooth.On a whole it was very relaxing to stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Excellent accommodation, courteous staff and value for money. We arrived in Joburg late from Hong Kong and wanted a break before heading to Port Elizabeth. The hotel transport pulled up as we exited and we were met by a jovial driver who whizzed us around to the hotel, a 5-minute drive away. Check-in was efficient and we appreciated the welcome drink before heading to our room. We ordered room service and our burgers were delicious. Checked out at 5am the following morning. Everything smooth. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We stayed for one night only arriving late after exhausting flights and were very pleased with the rooms, the reception and the breakfast (somewhat pricey but well served, tasty and comprehensive) . The bar was open late which was appreciated. It was quick and easy to get to from the airport on the hotel shuttle when we arrived and to go back to the airport to pick up rental vehicle the following morning.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Super hotel, clean, modern, wifi, gym is good, salad bar is excellent, service is professional. A great place to stay in between flights! We've stayed there several times and it's consistently professional and easy checkin and out. Free shuttle to and from airport.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maastricht
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

After a long flight, this is a good hotel to stay during your first night in SA. It is located near the airport, but nevertheless they have a frequent and free shuttle bus to get you there. The hotel is quite comfortable with good rooms and no airport noise inside. They have a great breakfast buffet. Staff is attentive and kind.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel

Address: Jones Road, Kempton Park 1627, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 23 Hotels in Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 366
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A world class International Airport Hotel 500m away from the Airport serviced by a complimentary 24 hour shuttle every 15 min and with complimentary capped Wifi. Exceptional dining both buffet and a la carte with 24 hour room service. 24 Hour bar for the thirsty traveller. ... more   less 
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