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“Everything you need, lots that you want, and a bit more” 4 of 5 stars
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The Reef Hotel
Ranked #24 of 73 Hotels in Johannesburg
The Plains, VA
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Everything you need, lots that you want, and a bit more”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

The food is good, the rooms modern, the baths smartly attired, and even my standard room had six nice pillows. The free internet is OK, but the facility must certainly improve the bandwidth during peak times. A desk with three varieties of plug (UK, EU and SoAfrica). Breakfast buffet is as good as anyplace I've eaten: Custom eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, tomatos, potatos, cereal, yogurt, fruit and fresh juices (not bottled or canned). And you can rely upon them for efficient airport transfers at a fair price, or even a ride anywhere else you might need. Location is urban OK, neither dangerous nor especially impressive, but on the edge of the city center.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Nice modern chic hotel
Well located to do business in he city. Warm and efficient service; fast Internet service, good food

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

joburg inner city is vibey and regenerating fast and this hotel is excitingly located in the middle of it all. the rooms are comfortable and stylish, the staff are very helpful and the location, contrary to popular belief, is great. i stayed fo a weekend during which i walked around the city, shopped and partied. had a fantastic time.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank muddyminute
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East London
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139 reviews
106 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

The conferencing rooms are spacious, the food platters amazing. The rooms are a bit different and not really my style. I do like a door between my sleeping space and the bathroom. The electricity conservation methods used in the hallways and corridors are really interesting. Its a really interesting hotel if you are visiting Jo'burg city on business, worth experimenting with. The parking garage is really tricky and not for your special car, its difficult to get in as it is difficult to get out of the parking space.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank liyabee
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

Location: Downtown Johannesburg; the neighborhood doesn't seem to be as dangerous as one may initially think. No matter what their website would lead you to think, it is NOT within walking distance of the Apartheid Museum. Transportation: They have their own transportation service, which charges ~ $45 for pick up from the airport; not sure how reliable they are since they were 40 minutes late to pick me up from the Apartheid Museum (they agreed to a partial refund). Decor: Stylish and contemporary. Rooms: Spacious, decent lighting, very comfortable bed, standard room amenities (including safe, fridge, coffee maker). Street noise could be heard even from 15th floor. Bathroom has no door and shower is small. Internet: 20MB/day included after which you have to purchase a voucher. There are two computers in the lobby area which frequently didn't work. Service: Very inconsistent, some staff are very helpful while others have a "could care less" attitude.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank cqfp123
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Munich, Germany
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

I stayed at the Reef Hotel for one night last week together with a friend. The hotel is primarily suitable for business travellers. The CBD is not an advisable location for Johannesburg tourists for various reasons. The building is an old office building that was converted to a hotel recently. It is quite stylish. The downsides of the rooms are the inferior insulation of the windows. The kept the old ones with single glazing, meaning that we could hear each car passing by below even though we were on the 12th floor. Also, the bathroom (including toilet) is only seperated from the room by a 2/3 wall. The shower is facing the bed. No privacy whatsoever. The buffet breakfast is quite comprehensive and tasty. The service was quite good overall.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank starbelle_munich
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Österreich
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30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2010

this is an extremely stylish hotel. it is built in a renewed old building, paying tribute to the "golden" age of the city.
the lobby, restaurant (good food) and rooms are great looking. the wall at the top end of the bed was decorated with a huge picture related to mining and they partly left the old concrete of the building blank. furthermore there was a great hd-tv-set with several multimedia functions (ok, it partly did not work ...)
there was actually nothing to complain about, except for one thing: the ensuite bathroom was not serparated by a door or something. this is no problem with the basin or the shower ... but with the toilet ...especially when you are not alone in the room.
how can you not put a toilet in a separate room??
i don't know if every room is built like that, but ours was.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank w0rldadvis0r
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Property: The Reef Hotel
Address: 58 Anderson Street | Marshalltown, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 73 Hotels in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reef Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4-star Reef Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Johannesburg's City Hall. It has an on-site restaurant and modern guest rooms with satellite TV and individual decor. Rooms at Reef Hotel feature floor-to-ceiling black and white photos. Each has a sitting area with a large satellite TV. The private bathroom offers a separate bathtub and shower in a deluxe room and a shower only in a standard room. Reef Hotel's restaurant uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to prepare both South African and international cuisine. The hotel's in-house bar offers South African wine, international champagne and has panoramic views of Johannesburg. The Apartheid Museum is a 5 minute drive from Reef Hotel. Many of Johannesburg's art galleries are also nearby. Complimentary shuttle is available within a 5KM radius subject to availability. ... more   less 
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