We stayed here one night after we flew in from Chicago. The lobby and rooms are mostly black and white with photos of Hollywood starlets scattered about. The room was clean and comfortable although the trend of having the shower in the main room and not in the same room as the toilet is not for me. There was a shower curtain that you could bring between the bed area and the shower area so it wasn't a problem for one night. We went to the Milk Shake Bar in the hotel. We are in our early 40's and had just finished a 17 hour plane ride so the music was too loud for us and I'm sure we were underdressed but no one made us feel like we shouldn't be there. There is an incredible variety of shakes. I had the Rocky Road which wasn't chocolate based but I'm glad I got it anyway, it was a great combination of flavors. Go have dinner in nearby Melrose Arch at Moyo, that was amazing. Melrose Arch has security so it is safe to walk to the restaurants after dark. Our package included breakfast but we had to leave before they started serving it so the front desk offered to have a boxed meal for us at the front desk when we left the next morning. It was an incredibly generous meal and we kept a few of the items and took them with us and ate them later in the day. The temperature was down about freezing and I didn't know at the time to appreciate this (an experience later in the week has made me appreciate it in hindsight) but you may note that the hotel room does have heat if needed.
- 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