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The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo
Ranked #12 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Jamaica
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36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Bring your own wash cloths, shower curtain and wifi”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Everything you need to know about this hotel you can learn from Tripadvisor reviews. I had no problem with check-in or the restaurant. In fact, dinner was good. The problems are mainly in the bathroom. They don't provide guests with wash cloths. Bring your own. They have no shower curtains. Bring your own. They have a fixed glass door that covers half of the shower. That would be ok, except that the shower head is in the middle of the shower, right in line with the glass door. The entire bathroom gets flooded!
And the wifi signal as a problem making it past the door, so you need to stand in the hall to get a signal where we were placed.
Perfect airport hotel, so long as you don't need to shower or get online!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Reasonably priced overnight hotel/motel only 4 Kim's from ORT airport. The airports located at the airport are grossly overpriced. They provide a good, reliable, regular shuttle service to and from the airport and Gautrain, which was a huge plus for me as it meant I didn't need a car while I was there. However, find out exactly where they will pick you up at the airport, because it is NOT at arrivals. I expected someone with a plackard showing my name, but I waited for nearly 30 minutes before having to hire a taxi. Apparently I was expected to know that they were waiting somewhere else.... I didn't have breakfast on either morning, but they did provide a breakfast pack on the second morning which I didn't need. The restaurant on site is open till fairly late so I had supper there one night. Approx R150 for 3 course buffet, drinks and tip. Above average, but not an outstanding meal. Biggest drawback was the lack of sound-proofing in the rooms. Location is not for tourists. Don't stay here if you want a base to see Johannesburg. It seems very much a transit hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room, if there is such a thing.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Hilden, Germany
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Unfortunately we can´t recommend this hotel although the equipment of the hotel and the room is quite nice. When you take a shower, the bathroom is flooded as the shower is half-open. But even worse the service was not good at all. When we arrived in the early evening, there wasn´t any internet connection as the system broke down. Also the next day the problem wasn´t solved which is especially for an airport hotel very bad. We really needed the internet in order to make important calls and internet researches as our luggage was stolen the day before. One manager (Daniel) was very kind and tried to support us but the rest of the team unfortunately not.They recommended us to go to the airport to use the Wifi there which was unsatisfying due to our big time pressure. In addition we had to pay not less for an international call in spite of our bad situation. The food was totally ok - nevertheless we wouldn´t come back once again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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129 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

The hotel is in a bit of an unsafe area but has excellent security. Its about 5 minutes away from the airport and offers a complementary transfer service.

Check in was quick and efficient, staff were friendly and knew exactly how to manage guests.

The rooms are average in size, modern and well equiped. Bathrooms are decent in size - showers only. The only downside, the shower does not have a door and water goes everywhere!

Food was great and the hotel has nice aviation themed resturant and bar.

All in all I would recommend the hotel for a cost efffective short stay when one needs to be close to the airport.

Room Tip: Get a room away from the roadside
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

A at check-in the receptionist - Faith, acted unintrested, unhelpful, & dissmissove. She lacled interest and could not find the reservation because she did not know how to change the date of arrival on there systems. Housekeeping was a mess. They were conicuos. No guest wants to see forty linen, bowls, & cleaning equipment in the corrodoors. The hotel had a stench to it. The area is unsafe for tourists. Dissointing hotel, and poorly managed. The on-line photos are diseaving. This hotel should be foreclosed.

  • Stayed October 2012
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CAPE TOWN
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

Please, please do not use this Hotel of Nightmare. It looks fine and rosey on their web site but once I booked in it all started going wrong. Firstly no professional staff members, the room had no towels which I then rerported to reception and never got, no security on the Hotel site all the doors where open, shouting and screaming either by staff or clients in the passages and on and on........

I then reported this to so called management which, I as a paying client, should have been heard and not laughed at, as he said is " joke" that I am complaining. I asked for a refund and moved.

Please do not use this so called Hotel it is a NIGHTMARE OF NOTE.

Room Tip: None in this place.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Funchal, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

Stayed here one night on a budget and struck gold! The location is industrial - it's an airport hotel after all but once you're inside, the decor is very original with a more than a passing nod to1950's aviation - the reception desk is an airplane wing.

The staff were delightful, the food was great and the rooms of a very high standard. The only thing I would have changed would be better lighting in the bedrooms and double-glazing at the window - the freeway just outside was very noisy.

I noticed they had good facilities for small conferences or seminars - perfect venue for such a convenient travel location.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the road until they get the double glazing sorted.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Property: The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo
Address: Corner of Kempton and Bosch Street, Kempton Park 1620, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo 3*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featuring a free airport shuttle to OR Tambo International Airport (4 km), The Aviator offers stylish rooms with a satellite TV. Hotel facilities include outdoor pool and restaurant with terrace. All air-conditioned rooms at the Life Hotels. The Aviator come with a private bathroom and have a tea/coffee maker. Guests may make use of the safety deposit box at reception. ... more   less 
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