The location of this Hotel was my primary reason for trying it. I have previously stayed twice at the Holiday Inn close by, but was not entirely satisfied with it so sought a change.
The Hotel is opposite the Sandton Gautrain station making it ideal for me for traveling to/from the airport and also up to Midrand where my Distributor is located. It is also really close to Nelson Mandela Square and its associated shops and restaurants.
I am a Carlson (Radisson rewards program) member. I booked weeks in advance and told the hotel that I would be arriving at Midday and needed early check-in as I had an overnight flight. When I arrived at the hotel at midday, they said that my room was not ready. Just to put this in to context. My colleague arrived at the same time. He had not asked for early check-in nor was he a Carlson club member but he was given a room right away!!. So you can imagine I was pretty annoyed. However, recognizing that early rooms can be a challenge I patiently waited in the lobby. However after an hour, when there was still no room, I asked to see a Manager. He/She must be a pretty tough cookie because after I asked this, magically they found a room for me. So not a very promising start to my stay!!.
From this moment on though I have to say that I really enjoyed my stay. The room was really spacious, clean and well laid out. The Bathroom was a wet-room with walk-in 'rain' shower and plenty of hot water and pressure. My room had a great view and was quiet. So in the main this made up for the wait downstairs (just!).
There is a nice bar with a balcony overlooking Rivonia road.
The breakfast was great. fresh fruit, great cereals, good bread and quick service. It is served in a nice open environment on the Lobby level. I was glad about this since it was one of the factors I was really disappointed about during my previous stays at the Holiday Inn.
So after a shaky start I was really glad about moving my stay to this hotel and for future trips to JNB will stay here.
Manager - please note my point about the delayed check-in - look after your loyalty customers if you want us to stay loyal
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The rooms at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel overlook the beautiful Sandton Skyline, the epitome of South African opulence. This stylish hotel which is located a mere 55 steps from the Sandton Gautrain Station boasts 220 rooms and suites designed in varied moods and tones, ranging from warmth, earthy African tones to bold, contemporary splashes of colour. The rooms are spacious and modern with breath taking views of the city skyline. Each of our guest rooms offer satellite television with a large selection of channels to be enjoyed on a wall mounted flat screen television. Complimentary high speed wireless internet access helps guests stay connected whilst in Johannesburg for business or leisure. The Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel enjoys a premier location only 55 steps from the high speed Gautrain rapid rail station and has easy access to the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton City and all the major banking offices in Johannesburg. The Hotels conference facilities offer unique meeting spaces which include elegant meeting rooms as well as executive boardrooms catering for any size event from large banquets to intimate board meetings. The latest audiovisual equipment, climate control, complimentary high speed internet access and natural lighting make these some of the most enviable conference facilities in Johannesburg. The Award Winning Central One Restaurant and Bar offers a unique dining experience with a wide variety of award winning dishes as well as weekly specials to make every stay a memorable one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Sandton, Greater Johannesburg