I really enjoyed staying at Protea Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch. The location was quite convenient, close enough to all the places I needed to be by Johannesburg standards, including the Melrose Arch Mall if a bit of shopping is required. The hotel itself is clean, fresh and fun in terms of the design, and the standard rooms are bigger than those of Fire & Ice in Cape Town and very tasteful. Best for singles and couples, as whilst the toilet is completely private the shower area is only separated from the rest of the room by a curtain. Friends staying together should opt for the only slightly more expensive deluxe rooms in order to get more shower privacy if this sort of thing is an issue for you.
The breakfast was delicious with lots of options and the milkshakes are legendary, don't forgo these when staying there...
Whilst the staff was pleasant and certainly not unfriendly they weren't very informative and we had to prompt and ask a lot of questions to get the info we needed when checking in.
If you are self driving and have a car/hire a car there is ample safe parking in the basement of the mall underneath for a mere ZAR 65 per stay.
One of the things I enjoyed most about the hotel was that it is frequented by all different kinds of people. Young and old, foreign and local, fancy and plain all made an appearance, and helped provide a really great & welcoming atmosphere.
- 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