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“Great Hotel, Sans Warmth”

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City Lodge Hotel Sandton Morningside
Ranked #29 of 48 Hotels in Sandton
Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel, Sans Warmth”
Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

I stayed in this hotel for 7 days during my business trip to Johannesburg and was intially exhilarated by the view of it, it has very clean & neat rooms, sandwich counter not a in house restaurant, buffet breakfast but the support staff lack warmth in service, some are sweet but over all they can improve by doing things as simple as smiling ! On one of the days we were standed without water but that was issue with entire Sandton not specific to hotel, and don't miss the small lovely pool at the back of hotel !

  • Stayed November 2012
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Chennai (Madras), India
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22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

I've stayed at City Lodges around South Africa many a time and with very positive experiences. Morningside is no different. Located on Rivonia is a big plus, as it gives one access to pretty much all of Sandton. The hotel has been refurbished - the dining area and rooms look a lot more lively than they previously did, but the "fitness room" as its called is still the same...perhaps more modern equipment could make a difference?

The staff at the hotel are warm and friendly and actually recognize repeat visitors - so that's a good thing! The rooms are clean, reasonably large and very functional. So if you're not looking for luxury but a place that gets the job done, look no further...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at City Lodge Hotel Sandton Morningside, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you for your comments about our hotel, We are glad that you enjoyed the faciliies and found the staff friendly. We hope to welcome you again at this hotel or one of our other hotels.
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Durban, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
251 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2012

I found the total experience good. The welcome was superb, the room was small but clean and functional. The breakfast spread was great although I found it expensive! I had a great experience with Nick in housekeeping when I needed to dry my gym clothes in the hotel tumble drier, He personally hand delivered my dry clothes back to my room! Unfortunately the stay was a little spoilt when the supplies were not replenished in my bathroom on a daily basis - this needs to be an area of training for the hotel. Overall though, I would stay there again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Jenny-Lee H
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Great stay in newly renovated hotel, tastefully done and the staff are superb!! Well done guys!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

I stayed at this City Lodge with my wife for 1 night. We drove through to Johannesburg to watch Madame Zingara at Montecasino. We booked online via Bid2Stay and got a really good deal as a last minute booking. The hotel is in an excellent location, one robot down from Grayston and Rivonia, easily accessible from the M1 (Grayston offramp), N1 (Rivonia offramp) and even William Nicol Drive. No GPS is needed if you are from a local tourist. The rooms were recently refurbished with excellent finishings and a generous King Size bed with cosy linen. The only negative about this hotel is that due to its location and popularity it was quite busy and I found the service at breakfast below standard as we waited an irritably long time for coffee and the queues at the buffet uncomfortably too long for my liking. However, this would certainly not stop me from checking in again or recommending the hotel to friends, family or colleagues.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2011

Average hotel
Average room
Very average breakfast (this is a pity and a City Lodge used to be something to look forward to)

The whole experience is very average. The rooms need a refresh.

Local B&B's offer better accomodation and personalised servie.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2011

Close to Jhb airport, this hotel offers good service at a reasonable price. Its not flashy, but the newer section of the hotel has nice rooms. The breakfast is great - lots of variety and healthy options. The lunch and dinner menu, however, is very poor. There are reasonable restaurants in the area though (Villa Bianca is great but always busy so you need to book in advance). Parking is free and there is ample. The internet is pricey but its not bad in terms of speed. It can get a little busy during the week due to the amount of business travellers, but weekends are very quiet. The reception staff are friendly, once you get to know them, and management are very quick to respond to any concerns that you might have. The pool area is beautiful but its not very private so no one ever seems to use it. The gym is small, but the equipment is modern and the area clean. We stay here frequently when on business in SA and we are happy with it.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about City Lodge Hotel Sandton Morningside

Property: City Lodge Hotel Sandton Morningside
Address: Corner Hill & Rivonia Roads | Morningside, Sandton 2146, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 48 Hotels in Sandton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — City Lodge Hotel Sandton Morningside 3*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hotel has a restaurant on the property and is across the road from Morningside Clinic. It is close to a gym and 3 minutes from the shopping centres of Village Walk, Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. The convenience of this hotel is reinforced by its close proximity to the M1 motorway and the 30 minute drive from the OR Tambo International airport. We are 2km from the Gautrain Station. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
City Lodge - Sandton/Morningside Hotel Sandton
City Hotel Sandton Morningside
City Lodge Hotel Sandton Morningside Greater Johannesburg

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