The decor in this hotel reminds me a lot of The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas - and that is a big compliment. Its a funky design hotel with a really relaxed vibe, from the check-in staff's uniform & attitude, to the finishing touches in the room. Staff are warm, helpful & friendly. The room isn't massive, but has opening windows, an in-room shower and free wifi and is kept in an immaculate condition. Great location with lots of easy to walk to shops & restaurants.
Reception can get really busy, particularly when the Emirates crew arrive, but its quite efficient.
Didn't use the restaurant, but the bar was busy and fun, particularly late in the evening.
I stayed here because its a 2 minute walk from my office, but wouldn't hesitate to stay here again on business or leisure. It can get pricy though, as its very popular, so book in advance!
- 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