When I checked in on the evening of 27/10/2013 I was told I could not pay in USD, so I paid with the only Rands I had left. I waited for what seemed an eternity to be checked in, and to pay the waiting cab driver with the change. Once I got to my room (240), the lady at reception called and asked for my passport, and then came up to collect it. When I asked her about dinner she told me the dining was closing at 10PM (in 15 minutes) and therefore I was too late, and that every other place in the area was closed except for Mcdonalds. However since I did not have transport, I passed. A few minutes later I asked reception for a laptop charger, but they did not have one. I then tried to call my family in Madagascar to let them know where I was, but I could not go through. Reception advised me to try a local number, and when I told the gentleman I could not get through either, he advised me to try a minute later. When I later tried, the local call went through, and the receptionist said he had authorised calls from room 240. However international calls kept giving me a long silence, then a local-sounding ringtone, and then a recorded message which did not make any sense to me, and ended with the repeated number 628126747436.
After several attempts, I requested if I could call from reception but they said sorry, I could not. Eventually I gave up and went to bed without having dinner, and having failed to call my family. So much for the form about the right kind of kind "going that bit further" in the room!
In the morning I offered to pay for my breakfast with USD, and as soon as the lady from the previous evening said I could not, her colleague said I could. So I paid with USD50, but not before It was photocopied against my details. I then left on the airport shuttle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated alongside the R24 airport freeway the hotel is easily accessible to all the main feeder motorways for the northern, eastern, western and central suburbs. A shuttle bus service is available for the short 10 minute trip to and from O.R.Tambo International Airport for a nominal fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Town Lodge Airport Johannesburg Hotel Germiston