This is a great hotel and a welcome respite after a long journey.
My flight to Johannesburg was 6.5 hours late, arriving at midnight instead of 5:30pm. I had long missed my connecting flight to Cape Town, was completely worn out, and just wanted to find someplace safe to catch a few hours of sleep before my flight the next morning. This was my first time in Joburg, and I had no idea where to go.
As I walked into the arrivals hall looking for an ATM, I saw the "hotel" sign, and literally just followed it in to the City Lodge. I was worried that the rate would be exorbitant since I had no reservation, but it was very reasonable. The room was small, but immaculately clean, with a large bathroom and a great shower that felt like heaven after 22 hours of hard traveling.
I asked for a quiet room, and was given one facing an inner courtyard. I never heard a sound. The room had plenty of plugs, with sockets for both European round pin and UK-style plugs. This was especially helpful, as I hadn't yet realized South Africa has a totally different plug that I didn't have an adapter for (but thankfully they are very easy to find). I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again, and am very grateful that there is an option like this right in the airport!
One word of caution: ATM thieves are working the Johannesburg airport - Never let anyone approach you while at an ATM! This is true anywhere in the world, but as I discovered especially true in South Africa, including right outside the secure international arrivals area, which is where I was. There are even messages on the welcome screen warning you about people offering help. If an ATM isn't acting right or gives you trouble, immediately get your card back and walk away.
The ATM I used was having trouble, and not responding quickly. That's when a very well-dressed, helpful person suddenly appeared and offered to show me what to do. I was just tired enough that I (very stupidly) let my guard down and paid attention to him. While momentarily distracted, he slipped a skimming device in the machine, which got my pin number. The next day he made 2 withdraws of 2,000 Rand each (just under US$500), which is the daily limit my bank allows. Thankfully I was suspicious afterwards and logged in to check my balance. I got the account shut down before he got any more money, but of course it was quite a hassle and I wasn't able to get cash for the rest of my stay. The thief was well-dressed, well-spoken, and very professional, which just proves the warning message is correct - Do not let anyone help you at an ATM!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- City Lodge Or Tambo Airport Hotel Kempton Park