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“Great spot for a quick overnight.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel

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Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel
Ranked #10 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Alexandria, Virginia
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49 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great spot for a quick overnight.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

I stayed at the Southern Sun as a quick overnight spot on my way to Swaziland via Johannesburg. It was a very nice, well-kept, and friendly place with a great breakfast buffet and helpful staff. To be honest, I was so jetlagged after my eighteen hour flight from the U.S. east coast that I can't even remember what floor my room was on -- but it was modern, super-clean, and quiet. I usually refuse to stay at airport hotels (in the U.S., they always seem to smell of jet exhaust and are often noisy), but the Southern Sun was a pleasant exception to my rule.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RogerInNVA
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Louis-AndreBotha, Manager at Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you very much for the positive feedback on Trip Advisor.

I hope you'll be back in South Africa in the not to distant future.

Have a lovely day.

Louis-Andre
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Johannesburg
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Stayed over @ the hotel for one night on our way to London. It was a very good stay with a great room. We had a very nice meal and was well rested for the 10 hour flight to London the next day. Free shuttle service from the airport to hotel and back, very efficient. Thanks for a great visit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank leonmeyer
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Louis-AndreBotha, Manager at Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you very much for the positive feedback on Trip Advisor.

I hope you'll be back in South Africa in the not to distant future.

Have a lovely day.

Louis-Andre
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Ottawa, Canada
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85 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

Nice hotel very close to the airport. We arrived in Johannesburg late at night, so the shuttle that runs to the hotel every 15 minutes was lovely. It is very conveniently located, and its only about a 5 minute drive from the airport. The hotel itself is clean, comfortable, the rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are large. We never tried the food and there was nothing but coffee and some cookies in the room, no minibar. The staff were very friendly. There is a business centre in the lobby and the wi-fi is very reasonably priced. I would recommend this hotel for a short stay, especially because of the reasonable price compared to other hotels in the area. Overall, it was a good experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Louis-AndreBotha, Manager at Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you very much for the positive feedback on Trip Advisor.

I hope you'll be back in South Africa in the not to distant future.

Have a lovely day.

Louis-Andre
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Toronto, ON
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53 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stayed here for one night before starting a safari trip. We arrived earlier than expected but they gave us a room no problem even though it was well before check in - much appreciated. There are not really any restaurants around the hotel (other than the airport) but thankfully the restaurant at the hotel is buffet style and has a lot of variety. The room service is also good (we just got a sandwich and french fries). Room was clean - nothing fancy, but a fairly comfortable bed and fine for a one night stay. If you have a shorter stopover (late night to early morning), I may recommend the Intercontinental as it is across the street from the airport. But the short shuttle ride to this hotel is no big deal.

One word of caution: you have to purchase wireless internet. It is cheap (like $10 USD) but you can either purchase it yourself online or at the front desk. We did it online and something got screwed up so we didn't have the access code even though we had already paid for it. The hotel could not do anything to help unless we purchased it through them at the front desk, so we ended up paying twice. Save yourself the hassle and just purchase at the front desk when you check in.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Louis-AndreBotha, Manager at Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Good Afternoon

Thank you very much for the positive feedback on Trip Advisor.

I hope you'll visiting South Africa again in the not to distant future.

Have a loveloy day.

Louis-Andre
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Great Hotel, friendly staff, good food, clean and comfortable rooms. Free shuttle to airport every 15 min. Stayed over night as my flight was very early in the morning. Very convenient if you have a early morning flight.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rina Cross
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Louis-AndreBotha, Manager at Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Good Afternoon

Thank you very much for the positive feedback on Trip Advisor.

I hope you'll visiting South Africa again in the not to distant future.

Have a loveloy day.

Louis-Andre
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

South African Airlines put me up for one night at the Southern Sun hotel because they had an unexpected schedule change which meant that I had to wait 24hrs for my connection instead of 1 hr. This included breakfast, lunch, dinner (all buffet-style) and a 3min international call.

The hotel itself was everything you'd expect of an average business hotel. Check-in was efficient which was good because there were a lot of delayed passengers waiting to check-in! The rooms were spacious. The beds were comfortable. The bathrooms were clean with strong hot showers. The staff were friendly. There was a good selection of food.

They had a free shuttle that went to the airport every 15mins - the airport is not even a 5mins drive away, which is very convenient. It also was safe as you moved from door-to-door (I was a bit worried about a stopover in Johannesburg at first as a single female traveller arriving after sunset).

My flight was at 6pm the following evening, so I asked if I could get a late checkout. I was very grateful that they offered me a 4pm check-out, as it allowed me to leave my bags in my room, valuables in the room safe, and take a shower before my flight.

I had a great experience. No complaints. The unexpected stopover also allowed me to see some of Johannesburg's tourist attractions so I saw it as a bonus!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sapphire_26
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Louis-AndreBotha, Manager at Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2012
Thank you very much for the positive feedback on Trip Advisor.

I hope you'll visiting South Africa in the not to distant future.

Have a loveloy day.

Louis-Andre
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NYC
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

I was put up here by South African Airlines after missing a connecting flight. Friendly staff, decent food (buffet style) at the restaurant, and quiet, clean room. Free shuttle to and from the airport.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ac_mcg
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Louis-AndreBotha, Manager at Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2012
Thank you very much for the positive feedback on Trip Advisor.

I hope you'll visiting South Africa in the not to distant future.

Have a loveloy day.

Louis-Andre
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Property: Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel
Address: Jones Road, Kempton Park 1627, 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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 366
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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