This hotel has everything going for it, and would have gotten a 4- or 5-star, IF ONLY THE WIFI WORKED properly. This is a business hotel, often used for conferences (as was the case in my visit), and it just boggles the mind that the wireless Internet service it provides is so poor:
First, it uses the annoying voucher system, so you have to keep typing some code to log in whenever you un-suspend or switch access point, and all your open tabs will reload to the voucher gateway and you'll lose your history. Secondly, the hotel staff refuses to give you more than one voucher at a time. Thirdly, each voucher is only good for up to 250MB of data. Fourthly, the connection keeps DROPPING, and access points keep DISAPPEARING. Fifthly, hotel staff refused to even SELL us additional vouchers(!).
Other than that, the rooms are clean, spacious, and pleasant. The in-hotel restaurant makes good food (though the waiters I encountered were underinformed about the menu and had poor comprehension of even simple requests in English), and the breakfast is quite generous and fulfilling. The fruit, as in most places in Africa, is just superb. The restrooms in the conference areas are consistently spotless!
The location is practical, in that it's minutes away from the OR Tambo airport. There is absolutely nothing within walking distance of the hotel, however.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport welcomes you to Johannesburg, the major international gateway into South Africa. Johannesburg, more commonly known as Jo'burg or Jozi, is a rapidly changing city and the vibrant heart of South Africa. Vibrant and dynamic, Jozi has a throbbing pulse, an awesome sense of rhythm and invites you to indulge in the extravagant comfort of the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport. Named for the O.R. Tambo International Airport which is situated a mere 1,2km away, Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo airport is the ideal destination for both the leisure and business traveller. Far from being just a stay-over, the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo provides all the services and style necessary to make for a comfortable travel experience.This pristine hotel offers 275 rooms (49 of which are suites with their own lounges), public areas offer free Wi-Fi internet connections, in-room dining, in-room safety deposit box, business centre, swimming pool deck, gymnasium, restaurant and two bars along with, room service and secure undercover parking.Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo also contains a large conference centre, with nine conference rooms and board-rooms, able to hold up to 800 delegates cinema-style along with state-of-the-art facilities. ... more less
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