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Emerald Resort & Casino
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Vanderbijlpark
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Lisbon, Portugal
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17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice place for a break”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Stayed for 3 days. weekend break with friends while travelling for business. Nice place with nature all around. Nice pools, lovely restaurants and service and a great casino!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is an excellent establishment and has something for everyone. There is a 4 star hotel, 4 star bush lodge area and chalets some distance away for people with a smaller budget. There are fabulous retaurants as well. There is a casino, heated pool area as well as a little zoo with endangered species. There is also a huge boat on which you can travel for 2 hours and have a meal and wine tasting. This is really a great place to visit.
I have stayed in the hotel rooms before but decided on the Bush Lodge this time. It was a great experience. Peaceful and the unit has great facilities. A kitchen area, bathroom, lounge and in-house dining facilities. There is a place for barbeque as well, on the outside.

I will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Both the Hotel and Bush Lodge are 4 star. Choose a room at the Bush Lodge for Peace and Tranquility
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Benoni, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in a 2 bed chalet. Clean & neat but perhaps a bit overpriced for what you get. Wildlife Park interesting & enjoyable. Aquadome is always fun early morning until the crowds rush in. Casino is terrible - can't believe they still use tokens and as luck would have it every slot machine cashout (even for R50) will result in a slot short for which an attendant must do a hand pay which can take up to half an hour.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2011

After hearing about Emerald Safari Resort and Casino through friends and media, decided to give it a try during the festive season. Surrounding area is beautiful (river and roads, etc) but extremely disappointed with the facilities (everything seems old and worn-out). Food options, during this festive season especially, were limited and unexciting. The worst part of the experience were the staff who were either unfriendly or unhelpful and some were even downright rude. Can safely say I will never return and will discourage anyone else from doing so either.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2011

They've switched to long-life bulbs, so the rooms are gloomy. I thought the service was picking up when the chef at breakfast asked if I'd be still there today, when I said yes, she said that she'd make sure that there were chillies to go in the omelette - sadly, this morning, no chillies.

What really shocked me was the wi-fi. I went partly because they had wi-fi, but it turns out that they charge for it!!! Amazing, you have to pay to connect, even in your room. How primitive. Expensive too, as is the hotel, for what you get. Actually the wi-fi reception seemed OK, but it too so long just to download the price sheet that I decided not to buy wi-fi reception anyway.

It would help if trip advisor had a box to say when a place doesn't have wi-fi (or, equivalently, when they charge for it).

I did enjoy watching the weaver birds outside the room....

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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1 Thank Fustbariclation
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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2011

Been staying here for years now and always look forward to come back. The hotel is actually part of a complete resort with wild park, casino, aquadome (waterpark) etc. So you'll never get bored.
The rooms are spacious and very nicely furnished in local style. Bathrooms have all the amenities.
Restaurant and bars are great. Sitting on the outside terrace at sunset enjoying a cold drink or a great latte is just magnificent and relaxing.
Staff is helpful and friendly.
The casino is just a 50 meter walk away from the hotel, although i went only once to check it out. Features the usual slot and table games, not much of a Las Vegas flair but OK.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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2 Thank Harald_BKK
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2009

We stayed here for two nights. Staff were very friendly & helpfull on our arrival. Hotel is situated in wonderful surroundings - river, lovely lawns, trees etc. The hotel room was neat but a bit small. We were two adults and one child but they gave us only two pillows. We had free access to the zoo and small waterpark which our boy enjoyed. The Boma restaurant is one of the best buffet restaurants I've seen - a large variety of food - you don't know what to leave and what to take. Great hotel - they will defenitely see me again.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Emerald Resort & Casino
Address: 777 Frikkie Meyer Blvd, Vanderbijlpark 1900, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Vanderbijlpark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Vanderbijlpark
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Emerald Resort & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When you come to the Emerald Resort & Casino - part of the world famous Caesars Entertainment Group based in Las Vegas - you come on an adventure. Situated on a lush private estate on the banks of the Vaal River, just 45 minutes drive from OR Tambo International Airport, perfect for short breaks, finest dining and the up-close drama of a game drive at our Animal World. Our conference facility is the only venue in the area with the ability to seamlessly host sessions for anywhere between 3 and 3000, the only venue to be trusted to host an event for the United Nations. Our magnificent estate gives us the ability to offer and deliver an unrivalled range of three and four star accommodation and teambuilding activities. We are your premier entertainment and business destination in the Vaal. ... more   less 
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