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“Green island in the heart of Sandton”

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton
Ranked #16 of 46 Hotels in Sandton
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Pretty nice green hotel in the center of Sandton's downtown. Staying for 4 nights. We liked old style furnished foyer and restaurants. Fast checkin and checkout. Receptionists are very friendly hospitable and ready to assist you anytime. We've got a two bedroom suite that is actually a two connected rooms was very clean and convinient enough. Breakfast included was good enough. The only drawback was a pool bit dirty and causes no desire to swim despite the fact that it was constantly cleaned. Prices are resonable. Defenitely recomended!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2014

Dear ‘Alex2477’.
Your kind words on ‘tripadvisor’ are much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to do so. It is wonderful to read that your all round experience was such a positive one and that you find our prices to be reasonable.
We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.
Kind regards,
Jörg Zwinscher
General Manager & TEAM

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Not the most luxury place in town but the staff here is what makes the balalaika the place to go, Visit Hennie in the Bull Run for the best steak in town, Celicia in the lords bar makes you feel welcome just don't ask for water she will remind you it's a bar! Edith for a quick coffee on arrival in reception area.... And The guys & girls at reception will ensure you have all requested.
Perfectly situated to Nelson Madela square if you fancy a wonder round a mall & quick shop. Lots of alternative restaurants there as well. Easy access to the Gautrain to take you safely back out to the airport ( 15mins think R150)

Room Tip: Just ask to bed away from 4th floor conference suites just incase there is a late night function
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2014

Dear ‘Zapudje’.
Your kind words on ‘tripadvisor’ are much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to do so. Your praise in particular about Celicia, Edith, Hennie and the Reception TEAM is much appreciated. Please know that we have congratulated them for doing a great job!
We look forward in welcoming you back to our hotel.
Kind regards,
Jörg Zwinscher
General Manager & TEAM

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

The hotel is situated in Sandton and many restaurants safe and close to the hotel. The Bullrun a nice rstaurant convernient connected to the hotel. R450 by taxi from airport having 2 swimming pools and a nice garden. Room are comfortable and overall nice to stay there.
A BIG DISADVANTAGE is that one pool is hardly used due to the absence of any sunbed and table/chairs only. The second pool has limited sun areas as the sun will disappear for all areas after 16.00 and before limited areas which will be taken. As a result of the shadow in the area the pool is EXTREMELY cold and no heating used making it a true refreshing experience. Also poor drink/food service applies to the pool area.So if you like shadow and cold water ....no prob

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

A warm welcome on arrival at hotel. Quick check in. Staff very helpful and friendly. Rooms are clean, serviced every day. Personal touch made us feel special. It is the little things that count. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Eastgate2013
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Dear ‘Eastgate2013’.
Your kind words on ‘tripadvisor’ are much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to do so. It is wonderful to read that your all round experience was such a positive one.
We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.
Kind regards,
Jörg Zwinscher
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

I had Visited this hotel on a Business Trip & Yes I had a memorable Stay. I was travelling alone & they provided me with an amazing room with a Small Balcony. The Buffalo Restaurant if i've not mistaken or taken a wrong name for the same was BRILLIANT. The Service was truly amazing.

If I visit Sandown, Sandton then it is going to be Protea Hotel Balalaika for sure.

Room Tip: Pool Facing Rooms with Small Balconies
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Dear ‘DarshilJhaven’.
Thank you for taking the time to write your positive feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. How wonderful that you enjoyed one of our balcony rooms so much, which overlooks one of our beautiful gardens. Thank you also for your praise about the Bull Run Restaurant next to the hotel.
We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.
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Jörg Zwinscher
General Manager & TEAM

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Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here on a business trip last year. I found the hotel to be delightful. The staff were friendly and attentive. The rooms and bathrooms were clean. The breakfasts were scrumptious. Its very central in sandton so its easy to get around. Value for money.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Dear ‘Smaug_11’.
Your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’ is much appreciated and we thank you for taking the time to do so. How wonderful that you are amongst the many travelers that find our location convenient and our hotel value for money. Thank you for your praise about our friendly and attentive STAFF.
We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.
Kind regards,
Jörg Zwinscher
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We owned a townhouse in Sandton in the eighties emigrating to Canada in 1988. So it was an opportunity to re-visit Sandton. My spouse and I had originally booked for 2 nights but have now extended our stay for another 3. We could stay with family and friends but prefer the relax atmosphere here. It just feels right. You can open the sliding door and walk out to the garden and pool.

This hotel has an old world charm transporting us back to how things used to be. The breakfast was a magnificent feast with guavas, pears and canned peaches, fresh exotic fruits, etc.

This is not a high-rise hotel but a garden hotel. You can actually hear the birds singing in the morning. It's 5 minutes to the major shopping centre (the rodeo drive of SA) and 5 minutes to the ultra-modern Gautrain ( built by Bombardier of Canada for the World Cup). The train can take you to the airport as well.

For something different and a sense of what it used to be like, you can't go wrong. Oh they don't make bath tubs this long anymore and the bathroom is huge.

To be continued...


I am still staying at the hotel

Note the shuttle service could do with some improvement. Waited 30 minutes for a promised 3 minute drive.

Room Tip: Asked for a room that opens to one of the pools.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Dear ‘Edward H’.
We appreciate the time you took to review your stay with us. It is always satisfying receiving such amazing comments. Your feedback will be relayed to the Balalaika TEAM, who I am sure will be encouraged by your remarks. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope that the rest of your stay shall continue to be such a pleasant one.
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Additional Information about Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

Address: 20 Maude Street | Sandown, Sandton 2196, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Sandton
#10 Business Hotel in Sandton
#14 Luxury Hotel in Sandton
Price Range: $84 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton 4*
Number of rooms: 330
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton on Maude Street, in Sandton, is located in Johannesburg's economic heartland. The hotel's charming colonial theme is accentuated with wooden elements and delicate floral accents. Each of the 330 classically-styled rooms make guests feel as though they never left home - with a king-size bed, LCD television, electronic safe and a full en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Business executives are catered to with a desk, office chair and international plug points. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the hotel and the Wi-Fi station situated in the lobby provides convenience for guests requiring instant access to the internet. The English countryside atmosphere defines this four-star hotel as a little bit of country in the heart of Sandton. Birdsong makes guests forget that they are in a bustling metropolis. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton Convention Centre and the city's most exclusive shopping mall are a short stroll away. A complimentary shuttle to and from the Gautrain station makes the Balalaika easily accessible. Whether it is for business or leisure, the central location and warm hospitality of the Protea Hotel Balalaika are unrivalled, making it your first and only choice when staying in Johannesburg. ... more   less 
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