Palazzo Montecasino

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Private Bag X125, Bryanston, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2021, S Africa

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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 30% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • Couples87
  • Solo83
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  • johnaalex's Profile Photo

    Great hotel close to casino and restaurants


    I booked on line diect with the hotel picking the lowest price for one night. I did not realise that the rate included 2 free passes to the Bird Centre next to the hotel (well worth a visit), 25% of food in the Medeo restaurant and a 50 Rand "double up" voucher for the casino next door. So when I checked in it was nice to get all these little extras and as a standard offering, 2 pieces of pressing for free! Also the check in team were one of the best I have experienced anywhere. Indeed all of the staff seemed top class.

    Great swimming pool area.

    Another nice touch was that on checking out they offer you a small bottle of water for your trip.

    Top class friendly service all round!

    Unique Quality: The location next to the Montecasino entertainment complex with a casino, cinema and a lot of bars and restaturants all under one roof.

    It is about a 30 minute drive from JNB.

    Directions: To the north of the city off of William Nicol Drive.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo

    5 Star Northern Suburbs Jhb Hotel


    Palazzo Hotel is a 5 star hotel

    Unique Quality: A lot of entertainment around the hotel.
    Movies, restaurants, Casino and theatres.

  • joseanes's Profile Photo

    Convenient Location, Superb Service


    Been there on three ocassions, and always received great service. The Hotel has a great restaurant with a good wine list, and a great breakfast in the morning. Nice bar upstairs for coffee or drinks. Spacious rooms.

    Unique Quality: Pool, fitness center, great restaurant, next door to a casino / shopping / restaurant / cinema complex that will keep you entertained on your off-hours. Great access to N-1 and other mayor routes. Wireless internet available but pricey and slow.

    Directions: Fourways, William Nicol and N-1

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Montecasino entertainment complex

by CatherineReichardt

Montecasino is a casino, hotel, leisure complex and general den of iniquity masquerading as a fake Tuscan village off William Nicol Drive in Fourways, just north of the highway. It is indeed bizarre to see a pretend Italian hilltop village rearing from the depths of cluster complex suburbia, and the entire architectural confection is a cultural abomination that you can only hope was conceived as 'tongue in cheek' (because otherwise it would be too depressing to believe that anyone could actually believe that this is in good taste!)
Having said that, Montecasino is a really fun place to spend time. The interior of the entertainment complex is possibly even more bizarre than the exterior, as they have reconstructed the twisting streets of a village at dust (complete with stars twinkling on the painted ceiling and fake storks roosting on window sills) - you just have to admire the outlandishness of the place, which is utterly fascinating in an over-the-top Liberace sort of way!
The quality of entertainment offered at Montecasino is outstanding. There is an excellent cinema complex and two theatres - one smaller one, which is more focused on local content and comedy, and the Teatro, which is a brand spanking new, out-of-the-box, state-of-the-art theatre. Theatro productions are predominantly musicals (the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast have shown in recent years, and Grease is coming in April 2010, followed by Mamma Mia towards the end of the year) and the quality of sets, costumes and performances is the rival of the West End or Broadway at a fraction of the price (and amid newer, nicer surroundings). Shows often open here and then progress on to Cape Town and Durban (or vice versa).
There is also a wide range of restaurants to suit most palates and pockets - including outdoor venues around the Piazza (overlooked by faux campanile, of course). And of course there is the casino (which I can't comment on, as gambling bores me rigid).
The adjacent Montecasino bird park is also a must, particularly (but not only) if you have children. It showcases a great selection of birds - mostly but not exclusively African - as well as some reptiles, and the grounds are very well laid out. The bird show - which happens several times a day and is included in the admission price - is really excellent, and although my daughter has persuaded me to sit through it several times, I always find it fresh and enjoyable. There is also a moored hot air balloon close to the entrance of the bird park which you can go up in, although I haven't done this as I can't quite see the point of paying to look down on soulless suburban sprawl!
Security at Montecasino is excellent, and of course there is the option of staying at the over-the-top fake Tuscan hotel, which then means that you can walk under cover to the entertainment complex, restaurants and bird park. There are often good packages advertised which include accommodation, a show (and sometimes even a meal) - not sure how you'd find out about these, as I hear them advertised on the radio, but either the Montecasino Hotel website or perhaps would be a good place to start?
Montecasino is also a short drive (less than 2km) from the Fourways Mall, which is a good mid-range shopping complex that offers the standard South African chain stores. Although it is close, I would suggest either driving or getting the hotel to organise a cab (worth checking to see whether there is a shuttle bus?) rather than walking as it would be silly to spoil the experience by putting yourself at unnecessary risk).


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Address: Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Private Bag X125, Bryanston, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2021, S Africa