This is the second time I stayed at this hotel; it wasn't by choice as my husband had to go to a conference held at the hotel's conference centre. The beds do not have either a mattress protector or and underblanket and the bottom sheet is not fitted so you wake up having slept on the mattress - hence my heading about Gordon Ramsay - as I remember watching one of his shows where he showed exactly how dirty mattresses can be. The pillows should have been consigned to the rubbish at least a year ago. My last visit I had pillow problems (only 2 pillows are provide per room) and battled to get extra pillows, so when I made the reservation I requested the extra pillows - only one extra pillow made and appearance. The towels are also due for retirement.
Breakfast is help yourself, and despite being under warming lights and in chafing dishes all items on offer were cold. So if you need to stay try an option without breakfast and visit the nearby Spar and buy yourself an muffin and some fruit. I also bought milk as only two portions of pod milk are provided in the rooms so if you have tea or coffee at night, there is nothing left for that early morning cuppa in bed.
Having said all that, the staff are friendly and helpful.
Would I go back, no doubt I will be forced to, as the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology insists on holding its annual conference there - maybe because it is close to OR Tambo Airport - I cannot think of any other reason.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre is South Africa's leading business-to-business conferencing facility, catering to hundreds of business travellers from all over the world each year. Over 17 years of experience in hospitality, and in understanding the needs of our guests, coupled with a location that is hard to beat, are the secrets to our success at the Birchwood Hotel. Added to our "success formula" is our staff who are highly trained and dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our guests. The Birchwood Hotel offers 665 accommodation rooms, 60 on-site venues, three restaurants, including a fine-dining steak-house, a café and wine bar for quick meals and drinks and our aviation bar, for relaxing after a hard day's business. Other facilities include the Mangwanani African Day Spa, a gym, pool and squash courts. We at the Birchwood Hotel pride ourselves on the exceptional service of our staff and their dedication to ensuring all our guests' needs and preferences are catered for. With our large range of venues and facilities which enables us to host any sized event, whether it be for two delegates or 3000 delegates, we guarantee the all-important personal touch, by ensuring flexibility and affordability for all event types and budgets. Let us at the Birchwood Hotel assist you with your next conference, banquet, product launch, exhibition, wedding or accommodation needs, because as Gauteng's premier hospitality hub we endeavour to make your occasion our occasion! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Birchwood Hotel Boksburg