First, let me tell you that after the brutal 15-16 hour flight from Atlanta to Jo'berg, it doesn't take much to impress, but, having stayed in the Southern Sun at OR Tambo numerous times for overnight layovers, I feel they are well beyond your average airport hotel!
For starters, as others have said, the airport transfer service is punctual, regular, and easy to find, it goes and comes every 15 minutes, which is great, and allows for alot of flexibility, very little waiting!
Second in line, especially for me, is the welcome glass of wine, great touch, and the easily accessible bar, which, for us smokers is great as it has an included glass walled smoking lounge area, which allows us smokers to sit and smoke without being banished outdoors, or in a back corner, and at the same time protects the non-smokers among us from the smell, etc.... mostly...
Third of course would be the food, after 2 days of airport/airline food, the southern suns buffet is a welcome joy, and of surprisingly good quality! I have also tested many of the items available from the room service menu as well, and have been equally pleased with them! I have to say though, the best part is the breakfast, a full buffet, complete with a made to order omelet station!
Rooms are comfortable, and staff is accommodating and friendly in my experiences!
Kudos to the southern sun, which in my opinion is much more than a simple overnight/layover hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A world class International Airport Hotel 500m away from the Airport serviced by a complimentary 24 hour shuttle every 15 min and with complimentary capped Wifi. Exceptional dining both buffet and a la carte with 24 hour room service. 24 Hour bar for the thirsty traveller. ... more less
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