We stayed two different nights here as we were transiting through Jo-burg as our trip's "hub".
Note that the wash basin and shower are actually within the bedroom area (the toilet is enclosed in a small room). This layout means it’s impossible for one person to get up and get ready without disturbing the other person who may want to sleep longer. Similarly, this layout is not at all conducive to business colleagues who must bunk in the same room, since it allows for very little privacy.
Also, if you’re a non-smoker, ask for a room well away from the smoking rooms (which I was told were on the 3rd floor). The first night we stayed here, we were on the 2nd floor and could smell smoke coming from adjacent rooms, which was very bothersome and resulted in a poor night’s sleep. The second stay, I specifically asked for a room away from the smoking rooms and thankfully did not have that problem (we were on the 1st floor for the second night).
I have no idea why they falsely advertise on third party travel websites that they have Temperpedic beds. They do NOT. The hotel has nice, modern décor and the beds are suitably comfortable, but are definitely not Temperpedic.
We had breakfast at the restaurant, which was a little pricey, but the food was good with a decent variety (both the cold and hot options).
At Jo-burg airport, catch the hotel’s complimentary shuttle at the airport Bus Terminal (follow “Bus Terminal” signs in the airport), which comes every half hour at :00 and :30. Ignore all of the “helpful” shuttle porters who con their way into helping you find your way in expectation of a gratuity. Just tell them no thanks you know where you are going, because as soon as you tell them what hotel shuttle you’re waiting/looking for, they will “helpfully” escort you and/or wait for the shuttle with you and then expect a tip. (While I don’t mind advancing the country’s economy, I don’t like having to tip someone when they did nothing and I didn’t ask for their help.)
The hotel-to-airport shuttle leaves the hotel every half hour at :15 and :45.
The second night they required a 300 Rand deposit charged to our credit card, which was refunded (less the roughly 5 Rand tourism levy) upon check-out. For some reason, they didn’t do this when we stayed the first night.
We didn’t attempt to use the internet/Wifi, particularly since others had complained about the data restrictions and speed.
- 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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