Our tour group of 63 people stayed at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch in August for 3 nights during a 15 day tour with Gate1. Some of us left our bags in hotel storage after the first night for 3 days while touring Zimbabwe and all our belongings were kept safe. Fairly nice hotel located in a very safe gated community-rather pricey area of town. There is a mall and many restaurants in the vicinity. Check in was easy and the usual complimentary glass of juice offered. My first priority is always internet access which was fairly good at this hotel and free. You only get a certain amount of access per day so use it well. The staff was very friendly and helpful throughout our stay; probably the best hotel staff during our whole trip in terms of friendliness and service. They have a nice restaurant/bar/lounge area (Do try the Amarula and that Elephant trunk milkshake is to die for) that is fairly lively but not too noisy at nights. Our room was on the 2nd floor, you might have already read about the quirky décor (I thought there were different stars in each room but turns out all the same-Marilyn, Audrey and Naomi) and odd room setup- the toilet is in a separate area with door-ok with that. The shower, wash basin is right in the room with a curtain you pull across for separation. This curtain was right beside the bed I slept on. Not much privacy. For example if I wanted to brush my teeth I had to wait until roommate finished showering, or if walking to the toilet shut my eye. That proved to be a challenge for some travel members, not sure what the heck the designers were thinking-romance perhaps-I wouldn’t have mind if with spouse. Other than that strange bit I liked the hotel. Beds were comfy, very nice pillows. Complimentary water, coffee, tea and cookies provided in room each day. I could get to Sandton Mandela Square by a 15 minute cab ride and about 30 minutes from the airport. Great hotel choice Gate1!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The urban, experiential and edgy Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch is the hot-spot in the trendy Melrose Arch Precinct, a unique city within a city, which boasts a variety of trendy retail, gourmet restaurants & leisure amenities. This experiential hotel guarantees to spice-up any visit to Jozi and is aimed at the traveller who enjoys being amidst the energetic urban vibe of the cool city life. The hotel offers the ultimate convenience and accessibility to the M1 highway, Sandton business centre and OR Tambo International Airport. Shuttle transfers to and from the Sandton Gautrain Station are also available. Take full advantage of the innovative 24-hour internet station, to catch up on emails, social networking or perhaps a bit of work. Try our conference facilities and create an energetic 'out-of-office' experience that will definitely heighten the creative senses required in any boardroom or meeting situation. Old Hollywood glamour flows through to your dining experience, at the trendy in-house restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, with sumptuous cuisine in an intimate and relaxed dining environment. Return to your room, which offers an LCD television, open plan bathroom and an urban style that will take you back to a bygone era of old Hollywood glamour. And if it's too early for bed - the Bar, which is open from 10h00 until 04h00 serves specialty cocktails and gourmet milkshakes, in an energetic and lively setting. ... more less
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- Protea Hotel Fire And Ice! Melrose Arch