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At fifty stories tall and four blocks long, this mixed-use urban landmark is the city’s largest commerce center.
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150 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg 2094, South Africa
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Reviewed April 6, 2019 via mobile

My second time at Carlton Centre in Johannesburg. The cost of admission is about R30 rands, about $15 USD or little less. There are 50 floors and the elevator takes you straight to the fifth floor. You have the best view of the entire city....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank wilsonjones81
Reviewed March 26, 2019

Apart from being a shopping center the top floor of the building is also an observatory deck to look at the wide expanse of Joberg with impressive illustrations on the history of South Africa.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank bandip
Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

Once a jewel in Johannesburg it is sad to see this place also going downhill. Nothing really special anymore, no restaurant to sit and enjoy the views. The once fancy hotel is also now just another building vacant.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank dbeerp
Reviewed March 23, 2019

The Carlton Centre had been on my Joburg bucket list for some time, however, after visiting the site today, it wasn't a great experience at all. You pay an entrance fee to visit the top floor, which is quite run down. The views of the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lara-Lee R
Reviewed March 19, 2019

You have a very nice view of Johannesburg on the highest floor. But the tower is run down and I didn't feel very safe in the tower and its surroundings.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nosferatu77
Reviewed February 28, 2019 via mobile

The Carlton Centre is a skyscraper and shopping centre located in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. At 223 metres (732 ft), it has been the tallest office building in Africa since 1973. The Carlton Centre has 50 floors. The building houses both offices and shops, and has over 46 per...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Funke G
Reviewed February 10, 2019

Disinvestment from the CBD may have resulted in the Carlton Centre being in less than pristine condition, but the views from the top are amazing and the area is perfectly safe. There are also many stores and eateries in the building. Don't let fear of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 5779now
Reviewed February 5, 2019 via mobile

Not sure how much more I can say. A lot of shops selling sneakers, a food court and a few clothes shops. The observation deck is poorly maintained and falling apart.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dnaray
Reviewed January 24, 2019 via mobile

The view of Johannesburg from the Carlton Centre was amazing, however, the visit was marred by the constant pressure of our guides to stay inside the building and near security or a staff member at all times due to the crime in the area. At...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank TravelsbyTonia
Reviewed January 21, 2019 via mobile

Strictly not recommended. Area is unsafe even the security officer told us so. Building in very very bad condition. Very difficult to get uber to go back to our hotel. Fortunately the people at woolworth were very friendly and helped us. If u really want...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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February 22, 2019|
Response from Sachin0408 | Reviewed this property |
No the bus does not stop. You have to wait for the next bus that comes in 30 mins.
April 6, 2018|
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Response from AfricanZombieHunter | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Yes, it is possible to take the stairs, but it's a loooooooooong way up. (Firemen in the 70's and 80's used to train up those stairs) Also, I agree that you should speak with center management before you do it... just... More
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Response from Mermaid_Nix_ZA | Reviewed this property |
A good suggestion is to visit the Carlton on the Johannesburg Hop on Hop off bus which has really excellent recorded commentary about the areas you travel through and is trouble free. Not all the stops are good though... More