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Birchwood Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Boksburg
Kampala
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16 reviews
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“Wonderful Hotel to stay at again, again and again”
Reviewed February 8, 2011

Twice I have stayed at the Birchwood Hotel Boksburg ( 20d33) and recently with the Copa Coca-cola Youth teams from 31st May 2010 till second week of June 2010.
I found everything from staff, meals, room, amenities , atmosphere very pleasant. I wouldn't mind staying at this Hotel again, again and again.
Kennedy Mutenyo
Coca-Cola Sabco-Uganda

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

Not sure I need to add much to the title of this review!

There isn't any internet in the rooms due to IT problems. They directed me to the coffee shop which did have interent but then wanted me to pay 150 ZAR to access it. I pointed out that I could see paying for internet in the room - as advertised - but that camping out to work in a coffee shop with hip-hop blaring wasn't my idea of a good arrangement for a business hotel. When I pressured that we need a fix, the Manager attempted to scam me into paying for a "free" complimentary voucher.

The shower is simply horrible. It's one of those gigs where the water goes everywhere but down.

Room was clean and comfortable, but the tea kettle smelled as if the water sitting in it had been there for months.

Finally, DC9s are loud airplanes. You will know this staying here as your room will be under the airport approach.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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4 Thank therefromhere
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Linz, Austria
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Reviewed January 14, 2011

I´ve booked the Birchwood Boksburg hotel for my 4 days stay in Johannesburg in South Africa. A surprisingly large hotel area has many garden restaurants and bars also accompanied with interesting birds. My room was OK, not roomy but clean. I highly appreciate a very friendly concierge lady who has arranged a very edifying experience for us – the car trip to Soweto.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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1 Thank HeinzWH
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Frauenfeld, Schweiz
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Reviewed December 29, 2010

After arriving on a longhaul flight we usually stay one night in JNB before going on. We chose this hotel because it is close and has a shuttle to the airport and a shopping mall. The hotel served that purpose very well, it spreads over a large area an has a nice garden. Aircraft-fans will enjoy watching the planes approaching the nearby runway. The rooms were large and relatively nice although pretty simple, for those far away from the reception area, they have golf carts to take you. Breakfast in the restaurant was just okay, for dinner I strongly recommend the nearby Grill restaurant (on the compound) instead.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Carmel, Indiana
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

I thought the hotel was fine, the care for the rooms excellent (issues addressed within one hour), the food was wonderful, lots of fresh choices on the breakfast buffet (hot and cold!). They also know how to throw a good banquet.
The conference facilites were out of control. One never knew in what room one would be meeting from day to day. Technical requirements were not met (a projector to show documents under discussion) - indeed, two afternoons we were left in the lurch completely by the technical staff, although they were requested numerous times both days. A room shift required that we retrieve all our conference material and we only found out about it at 10 pm - it took until almost midnight (and six calls for assistance) for a person with a ladder to help rescue the 99-year-old organisational brocade banner. Internet availability was below standard - the three slow computers in the internet cafe were inadequate for the demands of an international organisation and its leading members. No wonder I, as Conference Secretary, was sick by the end of the week.
Facit - fine if you are spending a layover from the airport. OK for a relaxing weekend, but forget holding business meetings there.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2010

Convenient to the airport but it can be very loud at all hours of the day as the big jets landing at OR Tambo fly overhead.

The beds were adequate, nothing special but after a long flight we still were able to knock out and get a good night's sleep.

The bathroom was the best part of the room. It was large and the shower had great water pressure! A tub as well but we didn't use it.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Thank flem16
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Letchworth Garden City, U.K.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2010

Owing to ash cloud, Air France paid for the night, and the hotel complex has excellent security and quite pleasant grounds. But the noise from planes in the middle of the night was terrifying, especially when you see them low above you in the morning!! The staff are wonderful and friendly and genuinely seemed to care that we were stranded. Rooms are basic, and there is no double-glazing.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Elizabeth H
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Property: Birchwood Hotel
Address: Viewpoint Street | Bartlett, Boksburg 1459, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Boksburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Boksburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Birchwood Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 665
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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