This will be my new second choice stopover hotel for when the City Lodge in the parking garage is full or too expensive.
It’s a 5 minute drive from the airport, not counting the wait for the shuttle bus which could be 29 minutes if you’ve timed it badly. It’s one of the closest hotels to the main take-off runway so if you’re looking for planespotting ask for an odd-numbered room above the 3rd floor. It’s also close to the highway and soundproofing is not brilliant. The neighbourhood is quiet so with an even-numbered room, the window closed and the quiet air-conditioning on you should be fine at night.
The rooms are still quite new with an interesting layout. Separate lavatory cubicle but otherwise completely open plan. You can watch TV from inside the shower. You can also watch your partner on the bed or at the small desk. Don’t plan on great privacy if sharing a room with a non-intimate. Not much room for unpacking or storage but enough floor space to pile a couple of suitcases.
Cleanliness is tolerable, the bed and linen lovely and shower excellent.
The staff were great, some friendly, all efficient and all fast. There’s a decent but dark gym and a reasonable restaurant which you’ll have to rely on as there is nothing else within safe walking distance.
- 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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