This hotel (part hostel) is located right by the airport, which is very helpful, and there is a nice shopping center withing walking distance. It's in a gated community and surrounded by a high wall, so it is very secure. There is a pool and bar and cabana, and the breakfast is quite good. They also serve other meals, although not on a large scale (ie: they have a decent menu but you have to wait a while for your food). The rooms are smaller but clean and nice. They do have several dorm rooms that really pack in the bunk beds, leaving very little space for suitcases and such. The staff have been excellent. For example, we had several suitcases not make our flight, and the staff worked hard to track them down for us, going so far as to call a personal friend, who went into the KLM storage room, and then drove the luggage to us after midnight one night. It was unbelievable and very very wonderful. The students with whom I was traveling greatly appreciated the good-looking and charming bartender (this must be a hallmark of this hotel, because they had a different bartender several years ago who was also good-looking and charming...perhaps to sell more drinks?) In any case, while not a luxury place, it certainly works well as a solid place to stay while in JoBurg, and I'll come back again the next time.
One thing: while they have internet, it is expensive!
- Also Known As:
- Africa Centre Backpacker Guest Lodge Benoni