We recently stayed at the Protea Hotel OR Tambo on two occasions, both before and after a safari in Kruger Park. Our travel agent booked this hotel for us, and our safari guide, who was also familiar with the hotel and stayed there on our first night, said it was an excellent choice.
Looking at the street view in Google Maps, it didn't look to be in a particularly nice area, with an old, apparently abandoned caravan parked on the side street adjacent to the hotel; but upon arrival we found it to be much better than expected, and the caravan was no longer there.
It's a nice, moeden hotel, not too large or cavernous in size, positioned very conveniently. The rooms were small, but comfortable. We're not too fussy about room size, given we were there to rest overnight before and after our safari trip, and that hotel rooms are never intended to the highlight of our trips.
The interior is modern and funky, and as an aviation enthusiast, the aviation-themed decor was a nice touch. For plane lovers, there is a very nice view of large aircraft at the airport just across the R21.
The restaurant offered a nice selection of food and wines and the service was good. We ate breakfast and dinner at the restaurant on both stays. Service was prompt, friendly and good.
The bar area and outdoor pool and grassy areas were very pleasant and welcoming, and while we didn't use those facilities, they looked quite inviting.
For our plans, the Protea Hotel OR Tambo was a good choice, located very close to the airport, with nice decor, comfortable rooms and good service. The shuttle service to and from the airport was very frequent, and there were good amenities, including WiFi Internet access.
The only negative aspect was disturbed sleep on one night due to some noisy people in the corridors; but in all fairness, this was not a fault of the hotel.
Unless we were planning to spend any time in Jo'burg, we'd be more than happy to stay at the Protea Hotel OR Tambo again in transit during future visits to South Africa.
- 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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