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The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo
Ranked #11 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Aviator Hotel is a 5 minute shuttle ride from the airport. Our Family room was clean and consisted of two adjoining rooms. Floors are cold cement but clean. Room heater did not work in one room but fine in the other room. This is an isolated area and it would cost 600 rand to make a shuttle trip to the large mall if you wanted to shop. The breakfast buffet is decent. Staff are friendly. Area is unsafe for walking at night.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Perfect for a night over between flight from Tambo.
the rooms are great and very comfortable
breakfast is good (although the restaurant could be a little bit cleaner)
very good and free internet
Great value for money

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank melissapomeroy
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Within a few minutes' drive from the OR Tambo airport, shuttle bus between airport and hotel, fast checking in and out, pleasant restaurant and bar with tasty food, simple but functional room with a desk suitable for working on a computer. The rooms are spacious enough to feel comfortable, unlike some budget (and even not-so-budget) accommodation that makes you feel like a tinned sardine. The free WiFi worked at a reasonable speed. To relax when staying for longer than just overnight, they have a nice pool with deck chairs.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank gunterseydack
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

The service is great and the hotel neat and clean. It's really close to the airport and a good place to stay if you're just looking for a clean bed and neat bathroom with hot shower. We were impressed by the service and also the quick transfer from and to the airport. It's the only good priced hotel close to OR Tambo. Just what we were looking for. Unfotunately we had to leave so early the next morning to catch our flight to Zanzibar that we missed breakfast. The light in the room is not that great but the bathroom have suffiecent light for us ladies to put on some make-up. 8)

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Booked in for one night only en route to Singapore. The main reason we chose the Aviator was the offer of a free shuttle to and from the airport and also because it was reasonably priced. However , perhaps one should just spend a little more ! The restaurant was very ordinary and we used it both for dinner and breakfast. However the check in/out staff were helpful and friendly. The room was fine except the walls were like paper and very very thin. I could hear the woman next door on her cell phone for 2 solid hours. In all fairness you get what you pay for so if it up to you.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank YEBO
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

The hotel is in eye sight of the OR International Airport. The service is fantastic and a very neat clean hotel overall. I'll certainly recommend for those guest flying in or out of OR Tambo. Walking distance from the city and Supermarket.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank MarindaHaiti
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

My second time to The Aviator and the first complaint I seem to have is about the shuttle... but that is a glitch with hotels.com, I understand, so won't dwell on it. If you have to pay for a cab, they'll sting you for about $10 when it should really only cost about $3.

Front desk staff is friendly and helpful. I've really only had breakfast, wine, and an appetizer... all were fine.

Rooms are nothing spectacular but it's nice that you can get wifi in the room instead of piling into the lobby with everyone else who's trying to get online.

Speaking of rooms... there's a weird, narrow, little window in the bathroom that opens onto a vertical "chute" that's dark and filled with wires, which I find creepy. The other thing about the bathroom that's just a bit odd and uncomfortable is the door... instead of a pocket door or a regular swing door, it's a sliding door (like a pocket door) but it rolls outside the bathroom entry, so there's a gap. When sharing the room, one doesn't feel a great deal of privacy, even with the door closed.

Note: I'm in the travel industry but am committed to honest reviews of all properties, whether they like it or not!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo

Address: Corner of Kempton and Bosch Street, Kempton Park 1620, South Africa
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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 #11 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Price Range: $52 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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