Johannesburg O. R. Tambo Airport
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As South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel, the 5* Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport Hotel is a one of a kind, and a perfect base for exploring this area. The nearby Ukutula Wildlife Park gives guests the chance to see some incredible animals and the boutique shops and galleries are great for a luxury retail day out.
Each of the guest rooms at the Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport Hotel are well-appointed and very tastefully decorated with subtle influences from Africa. All rooms are fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable stay in South Africa, including blackout curtains, soundproofing, Wi-Fi, mini bar, satellite TV and electronic safe.
Guests dining at the Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport Hotel can enjoy delicious, authentic cuisine from one of the finest restaurants in the area. Offering up the likes of springbok and crocodile, you can experience a truly African meal in traditional surroundings. There’s also a health spa and heated pool area for you to enjoy.
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- Overall: based on 263 reviews
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Great Transit hotel, no visa needed for South Africa
Stay Date: 08/2017, shan9 wrote this review.
I used this hotel so I didn't have to get a visa for South Africa. The hotel is in the airport and really easy to find and well signed. Hotel is tidy and all you need after a long flight. Bed was comfy and and shower was good. Really convenient. Staf… See more
I used this hotel so I didn't have to get a visa for South Africa. The hotel is in the airport and really easy to find and well signed. Hotel is tidy and all you need after a long flight. Bed was comfy and and shower was good. Really convenient. Staff were friendly as well and helpful. Collapse
Pack your inhaler
Stay Date: 08/2017, Twinkle C wrote this review.
The service at reception was very good. The rooms were clean. But the first room we went to smelled 'musty' - like damp or drains. The staff were helpful and moved us. The next room was ok but when the air con went on, you could smell the musty, fun… See more
The service at reception was very good. The rooms were clean. But the first room we went to smelled 'musty' - like damp or drains. The staff were helpful and moved us. The next room was ok but when the air con went on, you could smell the musty, fungal undertones of a poorly ventilated hotel. Revolting. The only way to sleep was to bury yourself under the duvet and hope for dawn. Collapse
Stay Date: 07/2017, VioletPurpl wrote this review.
I stayed at the hotel for one night arriving from the U.S. and continuing the next morning to another country in Africa. It is convenient that you do not need to exit the airport, especially if you arrive late at night and have a short layover. The h… See more
I stayed at the hotel for one night arriving from the U.S. and continuing the next morning to another country in Africa. It is convenient that you do not need to exit the airport, especially if you arrive late at night and have a short layover. The hotel does not offer any amenities: no food, drinks, pool or a gym, but it is priced accordingly. You can take the elevator and eat and shop at the terminal. The room is small and dark, there is no view. I asked the receptionist for a converter to charge my phone, but she said that she ran out of them. There was no water in the room so I went to the terminal to buy water. I stayed in a building that was not where the reception is and I felt a bit uncomfortable because there was an empty reception desk and it looked like any person can enter that floor from the terminal, as a female guest it does not make you feel especially safe. I was told not to pick up my luggage because it will go directly to my final destination. The luggage arrived 5 days later and for this reason I would prefer to pick up my luggage and not stay at this hotel. I would stay there only if I had a very short layover and did not want to deal with the luggage, but then you take the risk of not getting the luggage on time. Collapse
Stay Date: 07/2017, Isa W wrote this review.
This was the worst experience that I have had in all my years of travelling and we have been to dodgy places. From misleading selling tactics online all the way to unwillingness to assist in our situation even though we have fully paid up front. But… See more
This was the worst experience that I have had in all my years of travelling and we have been to dodgy places. From misleading selling tactics online all the way to unwillingness to assist in our situation even though we have fully paid up front. But hey, had no problem taking and keeping my money. Fool I was to give your establishment a chance. We could not enter the hotel and no-one was willing to assist leaving us without a place to overnight in Johannesburg at night time. And at that point we have been traveling since 6am the morning. The only reply we got: "we can't help otherwise we will lose our commission". SHOCKING! And almost the most ironic, the reservation confirmation came on the day that we were supposed to check in – even though I have booked in more than a month in advance of our travels, and we have been travelling for a fortnight by that time. The absolute worst service (if once can call it service) in my entire travelling career (and we've been to dodgy places) and I am telling everyone. Mrs I. Wormsbaecher Collapse
The Perfect Specialized Airport Stay
Stay Date: 06/2017, BigP wrote this review.
At the end of June, my wife and I arrived at the Johannesburg airport after a flight from Zambia, faced with a wait of more than seven hours before our plane to the United States was due to board. Worn out, almost frazzled, after two weeks of travel… See more
At the end of June, my wife and I arrived at the Johannesburg airport after a flight from Zambia, faced with a wait of more than seven hours before our plane to the United States was due to board. Worn out, almost frazzled, after two weeks of travel, the thought of sitting at our gate for such a long time held no appeal whatsoever. Neither did the idea of shopping at the many otherwise upscale stores that line the halls of the international terminal. Thankfully we did not have to do either because there is a wonderful third option: the Protea Transit Hotel in the terminal itself, a place designed especially for weary folks such as us to be able to kick back, relax, and recuperate for as long as we might wish. It is possible to rent a room at the Protea for as little as an hour. We chose five and we will always remember that time as a literal lifesaver for both of us. We had never heard of the Protea or, for that matter, any similar hotel in any of the airports to which we had previously traveled but a friend had alerted us to search it out and we did even though not expecting much in the way of comfort or even convenience. If, we reasoned, we could just stretch out for awhile, it would be worth the price. To our great surprise, our room was exceptional, offering us an ultra-comfortable king-sized bed, a shower and a tub if we had wanted either, a large TV set, a desk with wi-fi connection, and more. Our room was extremely quiet and though there were many others around in the halls, we were insulated from any and all noise they might have made. Check-in and out was seamless and the price for our stay reasonable beyond anything that we were envisioning. It is obvious that there must be many other previous reviewers who would disagree with these comments but it is equally clear that, in this case, they are simply wrong! One complains that there are no windows or views from the room but why should there be? You go to a specialized hotel such as the Protea not to see the sights of the city but rather to freshen up or as we did, simply to sleep after a long and unpleasant series of previous flights. Another, for some reason, thinks there ought to be fancy meals served. Again, why? If one wants to eat, there are lots of places to dine within steps in the terminal itself, everything from fast food to the reasonably upscale. I will concede that our room was especially cool when we checked in, as yet a third person fusses, but unlike him/her, we had no problem adjusting the temperature and, even if we could not, our bed was fitted with one of the nicest comforters we have seen in any hotel. The Protea transit hotel does exactly what it was built to do: Provide travelers a place where, with virtually no hassle whatsoever, they can rest between flights in a quiet and comfortable setting. What more could one want? From our way of thinking, nothing at all. We readily give our praise for the Protea and recommend it without qualification. No-one who is tired and/or faced with more than a few moments to wait before transferring to another international flight ought to look anywhere else. Collapse
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