We used this hotel before beginning a safari vacation in South Africa and Zambia. It was exactly right for the purpose. There is a free shuttle that runs back and forth from the airport and the drive is only about 5 minutes. The hotel is very modern, it is clean and the rooms had all of the conveniences one would expect of an airport hotel. There was an excellent buffet breakfast and, while I wouldn't call dinner "fine dining" it was certainly good with plenty of selection. The shower stall is glass and part of the room, not part of the washroom. My wife and I didn't have a problem with it but I read a couple of comments from others who didn't like it. I guess you do need to be a couple. This location, beside the airport, isn't what you want for visiting Jo'burg, but it was great for a short stay en route to other places. The hotel activities desk did put together an excellent Soweto tour for us during our one afternoon of free time. We booked this hotel on line from Canada and the price was excellent. We chose Protea because we were familiar with the name, having stayed in others throughout South Africa and because we had used other airport hotels in Jo'burg that were far less satisfactory.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport - Best Location, Ultimate Convenience. The pristine four-star airport hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa is set in the heart of Kempton Park, minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa's largest airport. The industrial aviation 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. 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. ... more less
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