- friendly welcome
- convenient location for Sandton (just down the road from the absurdly overpriced Michaelangelo, where my colleagues stayed and failed to even get hot water... Ha...)
- good restaurant attached for dinner
- decent breakfast buffet
- fast internet access (not free though)
- was not impressed with my ground floor room, with patio doors opening out onto a secluded, sunken patio area that would have been ideal for an intruder to hide, had there been any
- slightly dated decor
- chaos out front with people parking cars in the limited turning area in front of the hotel.
Overall not a bad choice in an area that's full of overpriced tosh for hotels.
- 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