Absolutely shocking experience when I was unceremoniously ejected from the hotel so that they could charge a premium rate to all the dignitaries pouring into Johannesburg to take selfies of themselves at Nelson Mandela's funeral. I thought that this lack of any care to a paying customer and frequent user of this chain of hotels was apalling.
The staff made no effort to help find alternative accommodation and made up lies about the situation in Sandton over the weekend. They informed me that all hotels would be booked up and that all hotels were obliged to make their rooms available, on top of this they told me that the area would be in 'lock down'. None of the above was true, I was able to travel freely around Sandton and quickly found a much nicer hotel. This was proof enough to me that they were simply making a fast buck.
Aside from this the hotel was formulaic and stale. There is little character and, as I mentioned, the staff were not welcoming.
- 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