We stayed here for one night as transit passengers to Namibia and were quite impressed by the hotel in general. The decor is funky, hip airplane hangar themed. The spotlessly clean rooms have the most incredibly comfortable beds and a very unique shower area that would probably be more suitable for couples as opposed to two friends or family members traveling, as it is all glass and right next to the bed. There is a White curtain to separate it, but the curtain is translucent when the room light is on. Thank goodness the toilet is separate and has an actual door. They provide nice amenities as well such as free wifi, flat screen tvs, room safes and coffee/tea makers.
The location is very close to the airport, about a 10 minute drive. There is not much around except for some car dealerships, but I wouldn't want to walk around there late at night anyway.
The restaurant food was tasty, plentiful, and very affordable, but the service was a bit slow. We waited over 20 minutes for our dinner entrees to arrive. The other issue we had was with our shuttle. Although they provide a free shuttle, there is no way to call the hotel and have them come to the airport. They are on a schedule (which is plastered on the wall near the pick-up area), but the shuttle didn't showed up on time. It is supposed to come every 15 minutes, but we waited over an hour. It finally showed up, and the driver made an excuse that he had to get gas. For an hour??? That made no sense to us. The return shuttle to the airport was fast and efficient though, so it made up for the night before.
Other than that shuttle issue, we loved the hotel. The service in the hotel itself was friendly, and our room was comfortable and clean. The price was under $100/night for us, so all in all it was a good value. If ever transiting in Joburg in the future, we would stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel 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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