The Winston Hotel

6 Tottenham Avenue, Melrose Estate, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
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  • Solo100
  • Business90

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Overnight in Johannesburg

by acprincess

I'm going to be in transit in Johannesburg for a day (noon one day until 7 PM the next) this summer. Where should I stay and what should I do? I like to wander around. Any shopping I do would be curios and souvenirs (not clothes I can get at home.) I won't have a car.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I want to stay somewhere halfway nice but not extravagant. I'd like to see a bit of the town without putting myself in harms way.

Re: Overnight in Johannesburg

by Josilver

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Re: Overnight in Johannesburg

by MichaelDovey

I would look at staying in the Sandton area of Johannesburg. That is the business centre, but with world class shopping centres, and good nightlife ( restuarnts and clubs)
The hotels would all have a variety of day trips they could offer, like a visit to the lion park, Gold Reef City etc.

Hope you have a great trip

Regards

Mike

Re: Overnight in Johannesburg

by junecorlett

Try the Garden Court Maude street in Sandton, it is part of the Southern Sun Hotel Group. The website www.southernsunhotels.co.za
Everything will be within walking distance of the hotel, and it is safe.
If you want to go to Gold Reef City ( not something I would do) you will need to get a taxi to take you.
Or you could stay at The Sun Square in Fourways at Montecasino. Lots to do and see there too. The Sun Square is also part of the Southern Sun Group, you will find on the same website as above.

Re: Overnight in Johannesburg

by Gerald_D

June, how is Rosebank these days? Is the Sunday market worth a visit?

(My wife will be with me for a weekend at the Balalaika Hotel, but we have overdone Sandton in the past)

Re: Overnight in Johannesburg

by junecorlett

Yes, the Rosebank Rooftop Market is still going strong.
Rosebank is fine if you're only overnighting.

Re: Overnight in Johannesburg

by junecorlett

Balalaika Hotel is a good place to stay, also in the heart of Sandton/ Just noticed you are from Cape Town and will be quite familiar with Jhb. Enjoy, I replied to your forum question thinking you were from out of SA.

Re: Overnight in Johannesburg

by Gerald_D

Thanks June

Re: Overnight in Johannesburg

by samka

hi
I was in JB 2 years agaon and sayed at boksburg at the Palm Court really nice and relaxing.

Travel Tips for Johannesburg

Johannesburg International Airport

by cokes

Johannesburg Airport is one very busy airport indeed. Its always a mission to get parking for one and when you have booked tickets online its sometimes really crazy standing in queues that takes forever to move. When I look at the airport I think the domestic section is much nicer than the international section as the domestic section has a nice section where you got all your restaurants , couple of shops and banks and its on a level of its own so its not so busy looking like the international section.

You still got to walk from the International Section to the Domestic Section , its not that far but trust me its always busy. If you picking up someone please make sure that they already waiting for you at the pickup point there as the metro police there can give you hell and they will fine you if your vehicle is parked there unattended. There is also alot of WIFI points so if you need to make use of it then you`ll clearly see the WIFI marked areas.

As far as getting around in the airport , its should`nt be a problem as there is over head signs all over that is of great help. There is alot of taxi`s there and trust me its expensive to take. I would say rather arrange with your hotel to pick you up at the airport.

Just check out this website www.acsa.co.za for more info regarding Johannesburg International Airport.

Ride the 94.7 Bicycle Race

by Eish

In November every year, 27000 cyclists take to the Joburg roads and ride 94.7 very tough kilometres. The race is sponsored by a local radio station, Highveld Radio, whose broadcast frequency is 94.7 MHz, as well as Pick 'n Pay, a national supermarket chain.

The route takes you from Woodmead onto the highway and a gradual uphill into the centre of town past the urban forest of Johannesburg's purple Jacaranda trees, to the highest point at the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Then you zoom downhill past the pink Westcliff hotel, the Zoo and the Zoo Lake, and then uphill again through the suburb of Randburg and on to Bryanston and Fourways. Here it starts to get a little more rural (although it can hardly be classified as such) and you have a great downhill and then a hectic uphill towards Honeydew. You drive past the Lion Park (no worries - the lions will be sleeping since it will be hot) and then back onto a highway where it is mostly uphill to the Diepsloot squatter camp. Then back to the finish, and believe me as you come over the hill just before the Kyalami Race Track, the feeling of "wow I've done it" is fantastic.

If you are a pro, or a seeded rider you will start earlier than unseeded riders. There are phased starts from 05h30 till 10h30, which puts you into the heat of the day. Complete within 6 hours to get a medal.

Entries open months before the event, and normally close later for international entries than they do for local cyclists. It is worth contacting the event organisers to investigate.

Some additional events have recently been introduced: a children's cycle challenge (reduced km), and a mountain bike race.

The funds raised benefit charity, including a creche set up for children of homeless people. These homeless people are drawn into a network that produces a newspaper that they sell at street corners, called "Homeless Talk". The homeless people are the journalists as well as the newspaper vendors and keep some of their profits. Although this is a road race, there are many thousands who cycle with mountain bikes. No helmet no ride.

All you could ever need!

by CheriseM about Sandton City Shopping Complex

Sandton City is probably the largest shopping mall that JHB has to offer. Its everything everybody wants ... The shops that can be found in the mall range from your typical large international franchises (e.g. Body Shop) to smaller more unique stores. Most of the large department stores are represented - TruWorths, Stuttafords, Edgars, Woolworths etc. as well as an entire floor just dedicated to homeware. An excellent movie complex, and great restaurants, as well as a food court with reasonable chain store take-away/fast food.
Avoid the tourist trap curio shops - trinkets can be found at a fraction of the price at the markets. Anything from Woolworths, Carrol Boyes items from Felicity's Gifts (but you will need a large budget - excellent and exclusive pewter items by a South African landmark designer), music from the CD Warehouse (great selection), linen from Loads of Linen, Homeware from @Home How much do you have ;-) ??

As this was a business trip I...

by biffer

As this was a business trip I flew BA business class from Heathrow. They have full length bed seats, just push a button and the whole seat reclines. There really aren't many seats up there in the top floor. It made the 12 hour flight so easy, definelty the best flight I ever took.
I was advised not to use any taxis whilst in SA. The Hotel arranged all my taxis whilst I was there. I didn't see any crime during my stay, apart from what was in the papers. On the way back to the airport my cab was stopped at a police road block and my bags were searched, but apart from that nothing happened to me :)

Sam's Cafe - Melville

by arzauk about Sam's Cafe - Melville

The patio at the back has been decorated as a tent. Very intimate in its minimalistic style.
Order only from the specials - they makes 6 or 7 portions of each dish, so get there early (book!), and go from starter to dessert. The warm olives they serve as an apetizer (they go incredibly well with a good glass of red wine)
The home-made chocolate mousse, served in an espresso cup... evil!

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