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“The most convenient airport hotel in Johannesburg” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo Airport

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City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo Airport
Ranked #6 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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495 reviews
115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 570 helpful votes
“The most convenient airport hotel in Johannesburg”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2010

If you need to spend a night close to Johannesburg airport you have three viable options:
1) Pay an absolute fortune for the Intercontinental which is directly outside the arrivals hall.
2) Pay a bit less for one of the many hotels nearby and wait at best 5 minutes or at worst a lot longer for a shuttle bus, which you must check is complimentary as not all of them are, and then have a 5 to 25 minute ride to and from the airport or
3) Stay here. It is a well-signposted 5 minute walk through the parking garage, past the car rental counters beyond the Intercontinental. You can push your luggage trolley all the way to the dedicated hotel elevators and you will be in your hotel room before most people have even found the obscurely-placed hotel shuttle stop.
Service is fine, there is a decent restaurant and the 24-hour food shops of the hotel are just that short walk away. The rooms are excellent, still brand new and plenty of room for luggage. Even the most finicky traveller like me will be satisfied with the cleanliness of the bathroom. The value for the location and product is really spectacular and I only hope the prices don't escalate when people start to realise what a great prospect for a stopover hotel this is.
The only weakness is that there is no double-glazing but since there are very few flights to OR Tambo between 23h00 and 06h00 this is not terrible, and even then the runway is quite a way away. If you are concerned about this ask for an even-numbered room as these face the other way. If you are interested in plane spotting go for an odd-numbered room as high up as you can.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank BadgerCT
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2010

We stayed at this hotel the past weekend! We were in Jhb to go to the Springbok game at FNB stadium in Soweto! What a great hotel! When we arrived on Saturday morning at 10h15, we went straight to the hotel and our rooms were ready! We also needed transport to the game and back! Faith at the reception gave us excellentservice! She was so friendly and went out of her way to make sure everything is perfect! The rooms were tastefully decorated and clean and it was clear that this hotel was still quite new! Flat screen TV in the rooms were standard! After the game when we went back to the hotel, we had a light supper in the coffee shop which was great! Emperors Palace casino is a 5 min drive from the airport and hotel, should you wich for some entertainment! This is the perfect hotel for a stop-over in JHB!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ant1970
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Gran Canaria, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2010

If you have to spend a night at the airport, I think this is the hotel to go. It is IN the airport (no shuttle, just walk 500 meters inside the terminal and get a lift straight to the lobby of the hotel). It is new, neat, clean. Rooms are pretty good. Unfortunately, no free WiFi, which in such a hotel should be a must. Price is more than reasonable in comparison to other hotels in the airport area and in the city. Really, nothing significant to be criticized. It has a tiny gym which can be useful after a long flight.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank joabla
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

During the ash cloud disaster I was stranded for no less than 12 days at the airport but thank god I could stay at the new Citylodge. It is spacious, has a nice pool and lobby area and offers very good breakfast. The interior is in dark tones and overall feels very comfortable and modern but without the unnecessary glitz or dumb decoration one finds in some 'contemporary' hotels. It offers Wifi in the lobby; shuttle buses are 1 min away and the hotel is directly connected to the aiport, 4 min walking. Remarkably it was very quite indeed. Staff are very accommodating and friendly though sometime the pace is not as quick as in Hong Kong.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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3 Thank ManchesterRay
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Iceland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2010

Straight in front of the international arrival is a corridor leading to the hotel, which is the only hotel which I could enter without having to go outside or having to take a shuttle bus. The reception informed that I could sometimes get a better price at bid2stay.co.za, which I did (650 ZAR per night for 3 nights). The hotel was open about two months ago and is well designed. The room and the breakfast are was good. The hotel is in the same building as parking spaces. At the reception are screens that show departing times of airlines. In the morning are complementary different types of muffins and in the evening drinks. The staff is very helpful and friendly. It is very good to be able to walk straight into the terminals where there are many shops and restaurants. Next month the new Gautrain will start to running from the terminals building to different locations. I know many are worried about crimes in Johannesburg, but as a former police officer I consider it quite safe to stay at the hotel and go to the airport, because of the design and security measures.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Kristjan H K
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Additional Information about City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo Airport

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 Business Hotel in Kempton Park
#6 Family 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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