Most of the time we have to stay overnight in Johannesburg when we travel from Angola to anywhere, but this is the first time that we have stayed at the City Lodge. We have normally gone to one of the hotels at Emperor's Palace but this time we decided to try the City Lodge so that we didn't have to wait for a shuttle back and forth and I'm so glad we did! It's a short walk across to the hotel and you just need to follow the signs. There are always people around to help should you need it or are lost. You may use a luggage cart over to the elevators to the hotel, however you must leave the cart at the elevator doors and carry them the rest of the way. This was fine for us as we only had two safari duffle bags, but with much more luggage, this could be difficult. You could probably try and get one of the porters at reception to come and help, but someone would obviously need to stay with the luggage downstairs. It would also be very nice if the luggage carts that are left at the elevator could stay there for people who have checked out and are going back to the terminal. When we checked out the next morning, there were no carts in sight and we had to carry the bags some distance.
We had a double, non smoking room w/o the window to the bathroom. We asked for a quiet room and were given a room on the 3rd floor (top) overlooking the courtyard. The room was quiet and clean and had everything we needed for one night's stay. We had prepaid for breakfast the following morning since our flight wasn't until 11 am and it was a buffet with eggs to order. We left a small suitcase with the hotel to pick up on our return and I appreciated that service.
We also stayed on our return to Joburg and received a room on the 3rd floor. It was the same as the first room, however we purchased a 30 minute internet package and couldn't get decent enough wifi access to use it. It was very frustrating and not sure if it was due to the location of the room. The shower in the second room also leaked badly all over the floor, so some maintenance needs to be done to fix this.
So, will we return to this hotel? Yes, if we travel through Johannesburg again and we will recommend it to others.
- 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