Arriving at 01.20 in the morning was guaranteed to be a bad start to my stay. Having eventually found the hotel bus stop the promised 24 hour shuttle service did not materialize and on getting through on the phone to the hotel was told I would have to find a taxi as there was no shuttle.
Once at the hotel the decor was somewhat disconcerting, I felt as though I was in a warehouseI The night staff was not overly friendly and I was given a room on the smoking floor (having requested non-smoking). The corridors are off-putting, that said the rooms themselves are very pleasant. Spacious, modern and clean.
Breakfast was a standard buffet. The dining room was exceptionally busy at 07.30 and at ZAR155, its not a cheap option!
Time your shuttle transfers carefully, as they only run every half hour and at peak hours the shuttle bus fills up very quickly. Transfer time is about 10 minutes and fortunately when departing you are dropped right outside the terminal doors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo Airport - Best Location, Ultimate Convenience. The pristine four-star Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport is set in the heart of Kempton Park, minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa's largest airport. An aviation enthusiast's paradise, the hotel is themed around an aircraft hangar. The industrial ambiance of the hotel is felt in the polished concrete floors, steel finishes, chrome lighting and top to bottom windows. Order a cocktail at the long, steel aircraft wing that is the bar, sink into a comfortable couch and relax as you watch the aero planes cruise to the landing strip. The lounge provides a peaceful setting with WiFi access where business travellers can conduct informal meetings. Time-conscious local and international business travellers can enjoy a convenient location 35 minutes from Sandton and Pretoria and is situated 800m from the Rhodesfield Gautrain Station. Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport offers complimentary shuttles to and from OR Tambo International Airport between 06h15 and 22h45 daily, as well as a shuttle to and from Rhodesfield Gautrain station on request. Whether you're stopping over or have an extended business stay ahead, Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport has it all - trendy pool area, funky bar and The Warehouse restaurant. ... more less
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