- Reviews: 673
Sathyagraha House: Gandhi House 1908-09 ~ Museum B&B 2010
I will be spending a full 48 hours there when I next visit Johannesburg, to be able
o draw the parallels to my indirect connections with what was the pastoral outskirts of the mining City/Town of 1908.
My links are indirect but they have left their imprint upon me.
When driving past Sita's little lone standing General Dealer, my father who visited him once weekly, always repeated the fact that he had been arrested a number of times for passive resistance .
My father's uncle who I remember vaguely, when visiting him, was also arrested for passive resistance.
Then in JoBurg was the United Club and Cantonese Club, the latter both my Grandfather and Father were members, the latter Drew is members from a broader cross tribal membership, publicly backed Gandhi's passive resistance principle .
Sonny Leon and I served on a public body, his father Leong Seen was an active supporter of Gandhi.
And the Dolls House around the corner on Louis Botha Avenue was where we snacked often for a Parfait or chicken mayonnaise panini, not forgetting the Kiki.challah bread from the Kosher deli, strange but I do not remember seeing or buying Bagels the
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suburban bus is only a block or two away, By car it is easily accessible, a Museum, but also a tranquil spot to reflect on Gandhi and his contribution to humanity.
It is in a tranquil suburb. Allowing one to try to visualize as it was way back
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- Reviews: 85
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers: Staying in Soweto
Lebo's is located close to a metro train stop and within easy walking distance of a range of Soweto sights - including the moving Hector Pietersen memorial and museum and both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu's houses. The hostel itself is friendly and has a great outdoors bar / lounge area. Tasty, cheap meals are available for those who don't want to take advantage of the self catering kitchen.
Quirky bar area.
- Reviews: 1640
Aloe Guesthouse: Just North of Johannesburg in Pretoria
About a month away before we went to South Africa. we had already made reservations to stay at an all inclusive game reserve for 4 days and 3 nights. But, our first and only night in town we need to book just 1 evening. I found it rather difficult because most places indicated they had nothing available. I suppose if we were to stay more than one night, we could be accommodated. Anyhow, I did find something in Pretoria and the reviews were very good. The rates were also very good. Staying in Pretoria cut our drive towards the game reserve by 1 hour. So, that was appealing as well.
This gem of a bed and breakfast was delightful. It was obvious we were in a well to do neighborhood. Kings size beds were very comfortable and quaint atmoshpere was appealing. These 180 degree views were just amazing from the back yard.
Breakfast was delicious, 70R per person. Internet Wi-Fi was 100R.
Jaccuzzi tub in our room was spacious. And, the quietness of the neighborhood was pleasant. Great location. I highly recommend staying here!
- Reviews: 1640
Nedile Lodge: Game Reserve and Plush Accommodations
Located Northwest of Johannesburg, it's about a 3 1/2 hours drive. Some of the game reserves are more like 6 hours of driving one way. The reviews on this reserve were glowing. What an absolutely wonderful and amazing experience it was. The lodge is located inside the Welgevonden Game Reserve without any protection from the animals. It's rather safe because most wild animals do not want to have a comfrontation.
This lodge only has 5 rooms. They are spacious with king size beds, Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served to you and two game drives of about 3 1/2 hours each day. Cell phone coverage or internet is not available. There is no television. The bed was comfortable and bathroom facilities include both a tub and shower. Bathrobes are provided for your use.
Because there is nothing that stops a wild animal from coming to the lodge, you are escorted at night to and from the main lodge to your room by a ranger.
The website directions were not too explicit. It's important to know you will park your car inside the Welgevonden West Main Gate. Do not try to drive further past the west main gate because the dirt road becomes very rocky and your car will have a hard time managing this unless it's a Land Rover.
It is also important to call the lodge and let them know you are in Vaalwater (30 minutes from the lodge). This is the last area you will have cell phone coverage and they can meet you at the gate and take you to the lodge without too much delay.
- Reviews: 2527
10 Bompas: Boutique hotel conveniently located in suburbia
Set in the leafy suburb of Dunkeld, 10 Bompas is a boutique hotel that's a welcome change from the larger and more impersonal hotels in the more touristed Sandton and Rosebank areas.
I should stress that I haven't stayed here, but I drive past it every day on my way to and from work, and I recently used it as the venue for a workshop.
The hotel has a modern design, which works particularly well in the open plan dining area that opens out onto an attractive terrace overlooking the tranquil garden. However, the post modern 'industrial concrete' design of the unisex toilets (complete with TVs sunken into the floor showing music videos) was a bit bewildering!
The conference room is nice but fairly small, and I wouldn't recommend it for groups of more than about a dozen, as our group of 16 was just a little too cramped. It would however be ideal for events spanning over a couple of days, or where attendees are coming in from out of town and need to stay over.
The definite highlight was the food, which was outstanding. The menu is fairly short and imaginative without being overly fussy. There is enough variety to cater both for the 'ladies who lunch' and more substantial classic dishes with a modern twist that will appeal to more conservative palates.
Security is good and there is off street parking. Another advantage is that the location is central and within easy range of both Sandton and Rosebank, as well as the Johannesburg CBD.
- Reviews: 244
Protea Hotel OR Tambo: Airplane Themed Hotel!!!!! YES!
I stayed for 3 nights at this OR Tambo Hotel as I was popping up to Botswana now and again. I love airplanes, and that was the reason I picked this business airport hotel. The theme is, have you guessed it - AIRPLANES!
There is a nice pool, a small gym and some of the rooms have views right over the runway, where you can see the Lufthansa A380 and other planes parked right up on stand. There is a buffet or menu option in the restaurant, which is ok for one or 2 nights.
Rooms were decent size and modern, the shower was see through, so if you're staying with a mate you'll have to ask them to leave the room if you're not into that kind of thing.....
What more do you want? There are oxygen masks hanging from the ceiling and the whole place is kitted out like an airplane hangar.
- Reviews: 2527
City Lodge - OR Tambo International Airport: Where to stay at the airport (Part 2)
Many tourists transit through Johannesburg and have neither the time and/or the inclination to explore the city. Which is a pity for them, but a reality nonetheless.
If you are just coming through Jo'burg to connect to another flight - especially one in the early morning - then it's probably not worth leaving the airport at all. If so, then you have several choices, your selection of which will largely depend on who's paying!
The City Lodge at the airport is the other end of the spectrum from the swanky InterContinental, and is the bargain basement option that you'll probably be inclined to explore if you're paying for your own trip!
The City Lodge group (incorporating the Courtyard chain, Town Lodges and Road Lodges) is a well established local chain of motels that offer basic but clean, comfortable and functional accommodation at a reasonable price. The rooms have en suite bathrooms, but costs are kept to a minimum by cutting all the 'frills' and additional services that higher range hotels are expected to extend. They are generally a good option for the budget-conscious traveller countrywide, and a particularly good deal at the airport, where accommodation is at a premium.
So, for example, the City Lodge has a coffee shop, but no other dining facilities. However, this is no hardship given that you have the option of many restaurants in the terminal building (the Spur, Mugg & Bean, Fournos Bakery, Nando's and the Ocean Basket are just some of the options) as well as the more upmarket restaurants in the adjacent InterContinental. For more details on these (and other services at the airport, such as Woolworths for last minute essential clothes and other purchases), see my O R Tambo travelogue.
Like the InterContinental, the City Lodge offers you the ultimate convenience of being able to walk across the road into the terminal building. You can also stroll to the Gautrain station in the terminal building, which will allow you to connect Sandton (Jo'burg's business and retail hub) in less than 15 minutes - soon to be supplemented when the whole Gautrain network opens in July 2011, linking the airport to the Jo'burg CBD, Rosebank, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria.
There are other lower end accommodation options in the vicinity of the airport - such as several hotels from the Holiday Inn stable - but these are not located at the airport itself. However, most of these hotels offer a shuttle service - contact the individual hotels for more details.
- Reviews: 37
Drifters Johannesburg Lodge: 'Homey' welcoming Inn
We stayed here for one night because this is the place where our Drifters Tour would depart from. It is a small Inn with around 12 rooms in total I think. It was a nice place to stay after a 2 long flights. We arrived when it was already late so we didn't go outside the lodge. We ate a lovely home cooked meal together with the other guests staying at the lodge. The other guests were mixed between those starting their tour (with us) and others who had just finished another tour. So it was nice to have dinner altogether and exchange stories.
Rooms were quite spacious with a comfortable bed and a nice bathroom with hot water.
Breakfast included a selection of cereals, bread (toast), fruit, cheeses and muffins.
There is also a garden and swimming pool at the back, however we didn't make use of them since we arrived late and left early the following morning.
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- Reviews: 244
Southern Sun Hyde Park: Swanky!
Love love love this hotel for business or pleasure. Great cocktail bar with a hip atmosphere - I've spotted quite a few local TV / radio presenters here. Roof terrace with fabulous sunsets looking over Sandton, smoking lounge, business suite.
Rooms are lush and the service is great. The restaurant does a good meal (if a little overpriced) and the breakfast included in the room rate is awesome.
The bar/roof terrace is buzzing at nights and weekends
Connected to the Hyde Park Shopping Mall - if you're too scared to brave the streets at night then simply head into the mall direct from the hotel with its own lift access for restaurants, beauticians and shops!
- Reviews: 144
Sandton Sun: Elegancy, The Sandton Sun
awsome by all means....
rooms are much newers than the hotel it self..... luxrious by all mean.... bathroom have no fault..... nutshell... perfect
breakfast was soooo good for us as honeymooners seeking unique experience
you dont need to go out side to do shopping or dinning.... you are internally connected to the Sandton City Shopping Centre & Nelson Mandela Square
thats if you are freaked about safety
- Reviews: 1
28 A on Oxford: Boutique B&B in Sandton
I came to Johannesburg to visit family. We spent just a few days in Johannesburg before flying down to Cape Town, and decided to stay somewhere near Sandton CBD. We found the most amazing boutique B&B in Sandton, Sandhurst, and it was just a WOW! What a stunning little intimate and elegant place! the place has unique luxurious suites, and a stunning garden, it felt like we were in a spoiling resort, yet we were 5 minutes from everything! We loved it and would definitely stay there again!! Here is their website: http://www.28aonoxford.co.za/
amazing garden, pool, library, dining area
- Reviews: 6
Balalaika (the group of Protea Hotels): A nice hotel with Russian name)
This recommendable hotel is not very far from the airport in the business center of Johannesburg city. Breakfast is astonishing, but rather expensive as for me. Rooms are clean. The swimming pool on the territory is small, but they clean it everyday. To some it up, we stayed there 3 nights (1 night before the trip to Kruger`s part, 2 nights after). Every one was happy. They even took less money 1 of the nights, as out checking in was late (after 8 pm)
Why it is named by a Russian musical instrument balalaika (instrument with three strings and a body shaped like a triangle) they dont know. The owners of the hotel refused to admit any connection of the hotel history with Russian one)
- Reviews: 283
Holiday Inn Express - Sandton/Woodmead: STAY FAR FAR AWAY
To be fair, I stayed here during the 2010 World Cup Final, which enveloped the entire city of Johannesburg into a mild chaos. That being said, this international event proved to be a good test of this hotel's capacity towards customer service and its overall ability to effectively accomodate its guest. They failed. Completely. Failed.
The staff at this three floor "hotel" seemed quite overwhelmed with their hotel at capacity, which is understandable. What is not understandable is having staff mislead its guests. In one case, when I asked to change USD into Rand, the woman at the front desk "suggested" I go somewhere else for a better rate. After pressing, she admitted that the reason I couldn't change money from the front desk was because Rand hadn't been delivered that day. On another occasion, the electricity in my tiny room wasn't working (something wrong with the system that uses my room key to engage the electricity). I called down to the front desk to report this and was informed that maintanence would be called. One hour later no one had bothered to visit or even follow-up. Exhausted, I sat in total darkness until I fell asleep.
On to the "breakfast." Being a Holiday Inn, I wasn't expecting much by way of breakfast, but the breakfast here was really much worse than my low expectations. Scrambled eggs and bacon were about it. Perhaps I've been spoiled, but I've grown to expect far better from African hotels.
Rooms are tiny and overlook the highway. The hotel is located in a remote business district, so walking anywhere is not possible.
Simply put, this place isn't worth it. It's overpriced and you can find far better elsewhere in Sandton.
Nothing. Totally bland. Terrible service.
- Reviews: 2527
Kloofzicht Lodge: Top of the range hotel at an affordable price
I stumbled across Kloofzicht when I had to attend a training course at short notice and found that the accommodation at the venue was full - and I have been looking for opportunities to return ever since!
Kloofzicht epitomises everything that is good about small hotels - tranquil comfort, attention to detail and wonderful, unobtrusive service, as well as brilliant, scrumptious food. It is also ideally located, less than an hours drive out of the Sandton/Johannesburg CBDs, and yet feels as though you are a million miles from the city. It is not cheap, but given the exceptional quality of both the accommodation and the food, I believe that if offers some of the best value around.
The hotel is located on the edge of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in the middle of a small private game reserve - as you drive from the entrance gate, you are likely to see giraffe, zebra, blesbok and other grazing animals. The hotel has a number of trout dams, and it is possible to hire a rod (although I understand that this is fairly expensive). The rooms and main hotel block are clustered around the dams and look out onto two picturesque koppies (small isolated hills). Rooms are quietly, elegantly, comfortably luxurious and decorated in a 'bush chic' style (lots of dark wood and stone) with nice touches such as outdoor showers and private balconies.
And oh, the food! Having used Kloofzicht for a couple of training sessions - it makes an excellent conference venue for small groups - I have yet to have even an average (let alone bad) meal there. The breakfast buffet is divine and caters for every imaginable palate, as does the lunch buffet. The evening meals are imaginative but not pretentious, with excellent use of ingredients and a well balanced choice from a small menu that changes nightly. Kloofzicht is also an increasingly popular venue for Sunday lunch and I would strongly suggest eating here rather than at the Maropeng Centre if you're visiting the Cradle of Humankind.
This is a very grown up hotel, and I would not suggest considering this for children (especially small ones).
The canny Australian soccer team is using Kloofzicht as its base for the 2010 World Cup - no flies on them!
- Reviews: 283
Quatermain Hotel: Good Business Hotel in Sandton
The Quatermain is a good business hotel option in Morningside-Sandton. This secure complex is home to 104 spacious rooms -- many of which have cathedral ceilings, which increases the feeling of space.
All the standard amenities are here -- a small outdoor pool, modern gym, laundry service, internet (included in room rate and comparatively fast) and car service/airport transfers. I have found the service here to be excellent. The staff seem to have a very accomodating spirit, which is especially appreciated for those who have extended stays here.
Though I initially found the layout of the hotel a bit confusing -- the complex is quite large and some of the rooms are quite a distance from reception -- I have grown to like the privacy that comes along with the floorplan. Additionally, the in-room half-sized refrigerator is easily stocked by the nearby Pick n Pay supermarket, which is walking distance from the hotel.
Bottom line - I would definately opt to stay here again!
Both breakfast and dinner is included in the roomrate! Both are very good and both are a good opportunity to meet others in the business community! Enjoy!
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