I made my reservation on line, looking for a hotel close to airport. I selected this hotel based on its name: Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport. Unfortunately the name is very misleading, since the hotel is not close to airport. There are at list a dozen of other hotels more close to airport and in better location. However due to misliding name, Protea is one of the first listed on Trip Advisor search.
Trying to find the hotel is a challenge. I enter in GPS the address from hotel website and I drove for 45 minutes trying to find the hotel. The official address is Corner York & Gladiator street, wich cannot be entered in GPS.
After few turns in dark streets trying to follow the GPS address, I returned back to airport and try to follow the street signs, which was quite dificult in a rainy evening. When I finally got to the hotel I had to rush to airport and return the rental car hoping that I will catch the hotel shuttle before 22.30 when is the last one.
The rooms are very basic with tiny windows, no full bathroom with shower and sink in the room.
Bottom line if you are looking for a hotel close to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, try other hotels that are much closer to the airport even if do not have word "airport" part of their name. My opinion is that the use of "O.R.Tambo Airport" by Protea Hotel is false advertising, used to mislead customer about real location.
- 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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