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The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo
Ranked #11 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Excellent value for money for convenient overnighter to catch a flight. Free shuttle transfer and cooked breakfast included. Decent room size, comfortable bed and free wifi. Hotel even has a gym and pool. Not great area but not an issue if using for proximity to airport a 5 minute transfer away.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

The Aviator is a nice hotel near Tambo airport. It has shuttle service every half an hour - witch is necessary because Johannesburg is not safe to walk around (trust me, I tried it). They drove us to the train station and later to the airport. The food was good (American style), breakfast is abundant and the rooms were clean and up to date. The only thing I didn't understand was glass see through doors of the toilet and showers - don't mined being naked in front of anybody but it's to much while using the toilet. The staff was great, very professional and helped us with everything. Good value for money.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We landed at OR Tambo after travelling from the New Jersey shore for over 24 hours. We did not want to go another 40 km. into the city. Our strategy is to experience huge cities at the end of our travels when we are more savvy about the country and, especially, the local scams. So, we were picked up by the shuttle which runs every 30 min., and we slept very well. The breakfast on the following day (included) was really excellent, even better than the Fruit Loop fare served in so many US hotels! That next day we caught the shuttle back to OR Tambo to pick up our rented auto. So, we saved a day of auto rental. The staff was very welcoming and helpful, and the room was very good. We did not use the pool, but the bar was pretty well stocked and reasonably priced.

Room Tip: Ask for a room where traffic noise is minimal.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

This was a budget hotel, it was never trying to be a 5 star hotel, and it wasn't but is was an excellent 3/4 start budget convenient hotel. The only major issue was the shuffle bus. Despite previously arranging a pick up time, myself and other guests waited over an hour and a Half, and made multiple phone calls before the bus finally arrived, but this was the only major issue during my stay. The other disappointing aspect was that the wi-fi was only available in public spaces, not in the rooms.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
Thank Sophie5019
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

The Aviator is a reasonable airport hotel, whic provides complimentary transfers to and from OR Tambo Airport. It is around a 10 minute drive to the hotel which is located in what seemed to a pretty run down area around the airport.

The hotel was gated and seemed very secure, although I wouldn't suggest taking a stroll outside. The rooms where comfortable and a good size. The staff in the reception, restaurant and bar area where all very friendly.

This hotel had a pool surrounded by a nice garden area with ample loungers, chairs and tables. The hotel seemed very quiet and relaxed (i'm not sure if this is the norm or if it was just a quiet time of year at the airport)

All in all I would stay here again as a day room or an overnight as the price was good and represented good value for money.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

We stayed here for two nights on the front and back end of our trip. When we arrived the first night, we waited in the lobby for over 25 minutes until someone could check us into our rooms (the person manning the front desk apparently could not do it). Once someone arrived, they didn't have our booking. Fortunately, we were still able to get our rooms, but it was a pain. The hotel is not in the best part of town...I would not recommend traveling there at night (as we did). Once in the rooms, we had hair in the shower and the bed, the air conditioning didn't work in one of the rooms, and the air was just damp...very uncomfortable for sleeping. It's fine for a quick overnight, but don't expect much.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

A cheap way to sleep in Johannesburg to take a flight in the other day. The lobby and transportation to airport is good and the restaurant is very nice, but the rooms are cold and very noisily by the other apartments. The neighboorhood is not good and if you to go to the city it's a lttle complicated,but the price to sleep one night is excelent. Safe hotel. Breakfast included in the rate.

Room Tip: Choose a room near the lobby
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #11 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Price Range: $53 - $97 (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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