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“Great location. Fantastic breakfast!” 5 of 5 stars
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Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   20 Maude Street | Sandown, Sandton 2196, South Africa   |  
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Luanda, Angola
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great location. Fantastic breakfast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the hotel for one night at the beginning of March. We have stayed in several hotels in the same area and I like this one the best. The room was nice, the common areas of the hotel were well maintained, and the garden was beautiful. It is also within walking distance of the train station and Sandton mall. We especially liked the breakfast which was included in our package. Out of all the hotels we have visited in SA this breakfast was the best we have had. I am already planning on booking this hotel again for our next stop over in Sandton.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Dear ‘ShannonS1981’
Thank you for writing your positive feedback on ‘tripadvisor’ and for taking the time to do so. It is truly wonderful to read that your all round experience was such a great one. Yes, our Breakfast Buffet is mouth-watering and also very popular.
We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.
Kind regards,
Jörg Zwinscher
General Manager & Team
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I had 2 Nights in Jo'Burg and this was an excellent choice compared to other places I have stayed. it's a 5 minute walk to an excellent mall and restaurants and quite safe. the hotel is a bit unusual...it's like a garden in the middle of the city. it looks like 2 hotels which have been joined together. I stayed in the back and it was very quiet and comfortable. The outside is not much to look at but once inside it's a mix of old world decor and gardens. there are various places to relax outside in the fine weather. there are 2 small pools with bar service and fresh towels. the rooms aren't huge but very comfy. the concierge was wonderful and organized and recommended various trips. I would definitely go back.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Dear ‘ IntlTeacher’.
Your kind words on ‘tripadvisor’ are very much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to do so. We are delighted to read that your stay was so positive all round.
It would be wonderful to welcome you back again soon.
Kind regards,
Jörg Zwinscher
General Manager & Team
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Great cool atmosphere in Sandton to carry out your business and enjoy the Sandton ambiance. Visit Sandton City and Mandela Square for food and shopping. Take a brisk walk along the streets of Sandton and keep fit

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Dear ‘seme l’.
Thank you for taking the time to write your positive feedback on ‘tripadvisor’ This is greatly appreciated and we look forward in welcoming you back again soon.
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Jörg Zwinscher
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

My Husband and I stayed there for 3 nights while in Johannesburg on business.
We loved the fact that the hotel is within walking distance to the Santon convention centre as well as Mandela Square.
A complimentry bus is provided for transport to the Gautrain station so no need for the additional expense of hiring a car.
The room was spotless and well equiped with kettle, bar fridge, hairdrier, large flat screen TV, and wifi.
The staff was excellent and I was amazed at how quick the room service was.
Would happily stay again.

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear ‘Alexis D’.
Your kind words on ‘tripadvisor’ are much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to do so. It is wonderful to read that your all round experience was such a positive one.
We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.
Kind regards,
Jörg Zwinscher
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The room was lovely, the gardens and pool areas were stunning and the staff were incredibly helpful! We arrived at the hotel directly from the airport and stayed here for 1 night before we were picked up by family. Wonderful welcome to a beautiful country!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear ‘Ashley R’
Thank you for your kind words on ‘tripadvisor’ and for taking the time to do so. Your praise about our helpful STAFF and beautiful gardens are much appreciated. It is wonderful to read that your all round experience was such a positive one. We look forward in welcoming you back soon.
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Bath, United Kingdom
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54 hotel reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

I stayed here last in 1996 the day before I got the Blue Train to CT to get married. Guess what I am passing through on the 21 March for one night (Richard Williams) so can't wait to get back. Once you get into the hotel it's like stepping back in time. Lovely breakfast area looking out on the lush gardens. Central swimming pool and so homely - I recall the staff are amazing. I moved all the Lloyds Bank business here many years ago from the Sandton Towers because the service was just so good. For sure this is a great place to visit :)

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear ‘Bambino145’
How wonderful to read that you will be returning to us soon. Your kind feedback on ‘tripadvisor’ is greatly appreciated and we look forward in welcoming you back ‘home’. May this stay bring back lovely memories, but also add much more.
Wishing you a safe trip and see you soon.
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Jörg Zwinscher
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Farkeham
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I stayed in this excellently located hotel in 1997 and i would always stay here when in joburg. It has the best steak restuarant ever in the Bull Run and is located beside Mandela square and sandton city shops. It's an olde worlde hotel which was built in 1949, and is a bit frayed at the edges but much better than the clinical environment of a major chain hotel. Tours were easy to organise and we were picked up from the gautrain at sandton. The gardens are great.
Pools need some work but that apart a very good hotel that's different

Alan and Scott C

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear ‘Alan C’. Thank you for taking the time to write on ‘tripadvisor’ and for your kind feedback. Yes, our hotel is very unique and not at all like the modern high-rise hotels. We pride ourselves in having that ‘old world charm’ which still seems to appeal many of our valued GUESTS. We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.
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Jörg Zwinscher
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Address: 20 Maude Street | Sandown, Sandton 2196, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Sandton
#7 Romantic Hotel in Sandton
#10 Business Hotel in Sandton
#17 Luxury Hotel in Sandton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton 4*
Number of rooms: 330
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a tranquil oasis of country estate in the heart of the business and entertainment hub of Sandton, just outside Johannesburg, South Africa and approximately 30 minutes from O.R. Tambo International Airport. The Protea Hotel Balalaika is the perfect stopover for those doing business in the surrounding area, or as a central hub for the discerning tourist. The hotel comprises of two sections – the Balalaika and the Crown Court – and all rooms are air-conditioned and tastefully furnished in a classic, comfortable style with their own en-suite bathroom, with many of the Crown Court suites offering the additional luxury of a private spa bath. Both buildings of Protea Hotel Balalaika are set in their own lush, landscaped garden, each boasting a sparkling swimming pool, where GUESTs can relax, unwind and momentarily experience the timelessness and calm of a bygone era. At the Protea Hotel Balalaika, efficient, discreet and attentive service is a priority and our well-trained STAFF is always on hand to ensure that all of your needs are amply met. Guests are able to safely and easily use the link from the hotel lobby to the festive Village Walk Shopping Centre, which houses 15 restaurants, 70 shops selling a variety of wares, a main grocery store (Pick ‘n Pay), hair and beauty salons and the well-known African Craft market, where one will find African artifacts, curios and artworks from all over the continent. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Protea Hotel Johannesburg
Balalaika Hotel
Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton Greater Johannesburg
Sandton Hotel Balalaika

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