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Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton
Ranked #15 of 48 Hotels in Sandton
Birmingham, Alabama
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good old Bal”
Reviewed January 13, 2009

Just spent 7 nights at the Bal.
It has a few quirks that come with an older hotel but the rooms and facilities are very acceptable especially if you get the $70 rate.
The Bull Run Steakhouse and Lords Bar made easy work of 7 nights away from home.
wi-fi rates are too high.
Easy access to Village walk mall (more restaurants) and 5 min walk to Sandton Square.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2008

I went to check-in with my confirmed voucher at 4PM and they told me sorry I would need to wait until 5:30 or longer.

Of course I cussed the guy out and told them that was impossible.

So they magically found me a room and maybe they knew the air-conditioner in the room that goes on and off throughout the night sounds like a small 'lawn mower' (pricks)

The room decor is from the early 1970's and you need to have a rat-like brain to navigate the labyrinthine hallways.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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Oxfordshire, UK
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2008

Stayed over at the Balalaika before and after a safari. On the first night had a whole suite which was fantastic, but even the room on the return was excellent. Good deep carpets and a great shower.

Friendly staff and a nice breakfast. We noted lots of airline people stay, which must be some form of recommendation. It's about 40 mins to the airport.

Good restaurant attached, the Bull Run, and a few others in the shopping centre next door.

Sandton City claims to have a zero-tolerance policy on crime. If you need presents or stuff, leave the hotel and turn left. Walk straight ahead for under ten minutes to find the Sandton City Shopping centre which is enormous. Great view of Joburg from the rooftop parking.

I'll stay there again.

  • Liked — The attention to detail
  • Disliked — In a business area
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2008

Did not stay at the Protea hotel but ate next door at the Bull Run restaurant. A great steakhouse. Everything was excellent, from service (our waiter Lucky was very sweet) to the cocktails, and of course the steaks. A great place we would not mind going back to as it is a short walking distance to Sandton City Mall, where we usually stay.

Stayed August 2008
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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2008

Bar - don't order anything but well drinks - they don't know how to make them. But you can smoke Cuban.

Room - nice - but don't count on being able to iron shirts or hanging slacks out long - the hangers are basic and there's no iron. The shower works to steam things though.

Breakfast - think UK - heavy on the meat and eggs and tomatoes.

Lobby - includes a coffee bar and internet. Lattes are layered - not like Starbucks.

Internet - Costs extra money - not free.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
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hong kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2008

We just needed a convenient hotel to stay for a night in Johannesburg before we catch our flight out. Having heard all about the problems about the city, we wanted to make sure that we are in a safe neighbourhood.

The location of this hotel is pretty good and we felt safe. However, the building is getting old. For some reason, we had a lot of flies (I killed 5 in total) in the room. The best part is the door lock. It has a huge gap such that you can easily open the door by inserting any card through it. I have uploaded the movie to youtube. search: Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton break-in

Otherwise, the Bulls Run steakhouse is great. Great steak at a low, low price. Highly recommended. The breakfast included is also quite good.

But I won't recommend the hotel unless you need to get into your own room without a key-card.

  • Liked — The door lock (hilarious)
  • Disliked — The door lock (unsafe)
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Luton, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2008

Found this Hotel very comfortable, with good service. Nice Bar areas and good decor.

Had evening meal in restaurant next door which was connected to the hotel and this was excellent.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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
#11 Business Hotel in Sandton
#13 Luxury Hotel in Sandton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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Balalaika Hotel
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Sandton Hotel Balalaika
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