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City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo Airport
Ranked #6 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Indiana
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“Good for Overnight at Airport”
Reviewed July 17, 2011

We stayed in the City Lodge, connected to the airport, the night before flying to our game reserve. The rooms were clean, affordable, safe and convenient. That and a good price is all we were looking for. This is a place to stay over, but not a place to stay more than a night or two. If you are concerned about safety while connecting in Johannesburg, this is the place to stay as you will never need to leave the airport. Glad we stayed here.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

We (myself, wife and daughter) needed a place to stay after a long day of travel with arrival at JNB at 21:30. After collecting bags and clearing customs, we figured it would be close to 22:30--and we wanted to get to a hotel as quickly as possible. Fortunately, this hotel is located right at the airport (over the parking garage actually). You reach it by walking down a long corridor, but it's very safe. Many police and security guards around who were helpful in pointing us in the right direction. We had adjoining rooms as each room can only accommodate 2 people. Rooms were clean, convenient, and safe. Wi-Fi was available. We also had the buffet breakfast in the morning (extra cost for that). It, too, was very good. This is an ideal place to stay if you are arriving late at night or have an early flight in the morning out of Johannesburg. In our case, we were driving to Botswana and had easy access to the rental car area which is very near the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

I stayed at City Lodge for one night between flights on my honeymoon. During the planning, I worried that the InterContinental was the only option at OR Tambo. But I simply couldn't stomach the $500/night rate, and opted for the reasonable rate at the City Lodge.

The decision was, without a doubt, the right one. City Lodge is an eminently comfortable, nicely decorated, and friendly hotel. While brief, our stay was lovely and we couldn't ask more for a hotel that is literally inside the airport.

And if you're looking for a nicer meal, take the five minute walk to the InterCon, and enjoy a tasty meal.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

I needed a quick place to grab some sleep after arriving in South Africa from the United States and before the final leg of my journey to Botswana. Normally I shy away from airport hotels but glad I took a leap of faith with this one. It's located just minutes by foot through a walkway connected to the airport. Once you get on the hotel elevator you immediately forget you're at the airport. The lobby is inviting, with an open floor plan and high ceilings. The staff were all smiles and helpfulness.

The room was clean and spacious. Great hot shower, a must for me. And a bed so comfortable that I could have spent the day in it. The wireless Internet was really good. Was able to video skype back home to the United States without a problem.

The only complaint about this place is its restaurant. The dinner selection was limited and not especially interesting. Very typical hotel fair. The one time I was reminded that I was in an airport hotel. When we ordered, three of the items on the menu weren't available despite there only being three tables full in the restaurant. So we moved our dinner to Quill's, a restaurant at the other airport hotel, the Intercontinental. Quill's was incredible! Worth the five minute stroll to get there.

Overall, I'd definitely stay at this hotel again when needing a good night's sleep while transferring through Johannesburg.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

Signs to the hotel could be clearer, once pointed in the right direction an easy walk with all our luggage. Staff were very helpful and efficient, rooms clean and comfortable. We had breakfast in the airport as we had an early flight to Cape Town, wide variety of eateries and inexpensive.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Kampen
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

We arrived around 23:00 with the KLM flight from Amsterdam. We walked right in the hotel and felt safe as we did not have to leave the building. The desk personnel was very professional and the bell-boy brought our luggage to the room. The room was rather small and so was the bed. We had a good night rest and took the continental buffet breakfast next morning, which was excellent. We payed ZAR 1,700

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

I often overnight in Joburg and always look for a good deal. This hotel is perfect! Attached to the airport therefore no risky cab rides or dealing with shady operators. In my opinion, this hotel rating should be much higher then the 3*** it has. Rooms are very modern and spacious.
Breakfast and internet is a little pricy. Staff is good.

I will stay here again.

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Property: City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo Airport
Address: Above Multi-Storey Parkade 2, Level 5 | OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park 1620, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Kempton Park
#6 Family Hotel in Kempton Park
#6 Business Hotel in Kempton Park
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 303
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travellers with “home away from home” accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport. OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it’s a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport’s facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop. Rooms • Spacious air-conditioned room with queen or twin beds • Flat screen Television (MNet and DSTV) – Satellite channels offering exciting sport, breaking news and great movies. • En-Suite Bathroom with bath and separate shower. • Tea and coffee making facilities • Wireless Internet Access available in all rooms • Electronic safe large enough to accommodate a laptop • Desk with great lighting and plugs for easy connectivity • Telephone Breakfast: At City Lodge our breakfasts are legendary. Choose between a scrumptious Full English or Continental breakfast (buffet style) in the hotel’s spacious breakfast area. Coffee Shop: City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will have a coffee shop offering guests a comprehensive menu with hot and cold food choices ranging from salads, to wraps, to tremazzinis all the way to hearty soups. Bar: The hotel boasts a comfortable bar to enjoy the evening or wait for your next flight. Facilities • Boardroom Facilities – Roadlodge, our 8 Seater Meeting Room and Townlodge, our 12 seater Boardroom - includes flat screen television with laptop connectivity and wireless internet access. • Conference Facility – Courtyard A, seats 22 people. Courtyard B seats 24 people, combined with the option to be shared to create one room – seats up to 46 people. • Safe and secure underground parking. ... more   less 
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