Greatest hotels near OR Tambo airport terminal in Johannesburg

Hotels near OR Tambo

Jetting into Johannesburg? Kate Ferreira rates the best hotels near OR Tambo airport.

Hotels near OR Tambo Hotels near OR Tambo


Budget hotels near OR EVEN Tambo airport

Even if your budget doesn’t extend past R600, you can find comfortable choices near OR Tambo. Sunrock Guesthouse within Kempton Park about four kms from the airport, has en-suite areas from R595 a person. www.sunrock.co.za.

Four-star Aero Guest Lodge , also within Kempton Park and just under 3 kilometres from the airport, has rich gardens, shuttle options and solitary rooms from R495. www.aeroguestlodge.co.za.

Alternatively, find affordable accommodation near OR Tambo airport here

City Lodge Hotel on OR Tambo

* Affordable convenience *

The establishing
Accessed via the airport terminal parkade, you can’t get closer in this particular price range. The trade-off is the naturally limited grounds, swapping strolling area for proximity.

The vibe
The three-star City Lodge has the look we’ve come to expect of a contemporary hotel: elegant in a neutral method. This one – with its sunken dining area and curved feature wall space – makes the most of the limited area available within the airport parking complex.

The crowd
Families and travelling people will feel right at home. There’s a mix of international and local accents in the communal areas, giving the space a cosmopolitan air.

The rooms
The 303 rooms include a mix of king and twin beds, as well as interleading rooms for families. White bed linen and dark wood add heat and the thoughtful use of space – deep drawers and narrow hanging space – makes for quick unpacking.

The food
The breakfast area doubles as a dining room. The menu can be geared towards light bites, but delicious daily dinner options are available. The airport food court is a wander away, so there’s a large selection available for room service.

Highlights
Arrivals and departures info is shown in real time at reception, so you can reduce time spent in the terminal if your flights are delayed. Rather get a coffee and relax throughout the pool in the central courtyard.

Need to know
Although the Wi-Fi is fast and ubiquitous, you only get 15 minutes free, which is less than that offered by competition. Luckily, because it’s provided by AlwaysOn, you can always buy more, or sign in using a linked account.

Contact
Tel 011-552-7600, www.citylodge.co.za.

Sunrock Hotel and City Lodge Hotel Sunrock Hotel and Town Lodge Hotel

The Birchwood Resort & OR Tambo Conference Centre

* Constructed for business *

The setting
Ten minutes from the airport terminal on the N12, the three-star Birchwood Hotel is in busy Boksburg, giving easy access to the many factories in the surrounding area.

The vibe
Regardless of its proximity to industry, the particular sprawling hotel is leafy and quiet. The main building houses a central reception and conference area, while rooms are spread out within separate sections. Design is simple yet comfortable, with a nod to doing business throughout.

The crowd
Groups of conference-goers stand out in branded shirts, as the coiffed, suited and booted people enjoy breakfast, smartphones in hand.

The rooms
The 665 nicely size rooms have generous bathrooms, including a large bath and separate shower. The decor is comfortable and simple, but without any dramatic sparkle.

The food
A Local Grill restaurant in the complex is a fun alternative to regular, dull dining-room fare. The hamburger is excellent, but there could be a bit of a await a table as the restaurant caters to both guests and the public.

Highlights
Business-inclined guests will approve of free Wi-Fi and the full-sized ironing table and iron in each space. The mini-mall next door – with quick pedestrian access – indicates there’s time to shop on however, snappiest stopover.

Need to know
It understands its market and caters to this, but this does mean the complicated can feel a little corporate.

Contact
Tel 011-897-0000, www.birchwoodhotel.co.za.


African Rock Hotel in Kempton Park

2. Boutique bliss *

The setting
In suburban Kempton Recreation area and 11 km from OR EVEN Tambo, African Rock is close enough to be easily accessible but not in the flight path. Take advantage of the shuttle or even dig out the GPS.

The vibe
A converted private home, this five-star African-inspired hotel takes its motivation from local rock such as amazingly quartz and incorporates it in to the room design. It has the really feel of an exclusive lodge but with hotel amenities, including 24-hour reception.

The crowd
American and European honeymooners use it as a comfortable base between flights to safaris or tropical isle holidays. Occasional local guests, usually businessmen, come here for an exclusive, customised hotel experience.

The rooms
You will find just nine large rooms, with generous beds and swimming-pool-sized bath tubs taking centre stage. The design can be minimal but warm, nuanced and charming.

The meals
A small dining room and tiny bar overlook a backyard and pool, and an open patio for al fresco dining upon warm nights. The food is excellent and head chef Christine Agumba can be charming and knowledgeable.

Highlights
Attentive staff who know your name before you arrive and the chef’s flambe’ fillet.

Need to know
Its location within Kempton’s suburbia means you’re very isolated from outside entertainment.

Contact
Tel 011-976-3486, www.africanrockhotels.com.

The Birchwood Hotel and African Rock Hotel The Birchwood Resort and African Rock Hotel

Protea Hotel OR Tambo

* Urban cool 2.

The setting
The Protea Hotel OR Tambo is just throughout the highway from the airport, a 3 or more km drive to be precise.

The vibe
The design is a chic mix of industrial and aviation themes. Functions surprisingly well. Think double-volume ceilings with exposed light fixtures and faux-shipping-crate wall treatments. Bottom line: funky.

The group
American empty-nesters and regional business folk congregate only at that four-star establishment for the ease of access to flights and other transfers.

The rooms
The 213 rooms are embellished in warm neutrals – grey, cream and brown – with flight-themed art on the walls. I loved watching the bustle from the airport from the window, but take note you can also sometimes hear it. This particular became white noise to me, but it depends on your sensitivity.

The food
Visitors in the hotel restaurant can choose between a buffet or a’ la carte dinner. The chocolate brownie is a rare beast: a hotel dessert that lives up to – and exceeds – expectations.

Highlights
The quirky aviation theme, helpful staff … and that brownie!

Need to know
This hotel is not to be puzzled with the Protea Transit Hotel (set behind passport control in the airport terminal building itself). Skip the drive through industrial Kempton Park and walk 800 m from the Rhodesfield Gautrain Station.

Contact
Tel 011-977-2600, www.proteahotels.com.


Intercontinental OR EVEN Tambo

2. Lux lifestyle *

The setting
A 68, 7 m stone’s throw from the terminals.

The vibe
Classic with African components dotted throughout. The gold leaf pillars, glass facade and mindful doormen immediately set the five-star tone.

The crowd
International businesspeople, local CEOs and the elite – diplomats and occasional film celebrities. John Travolta, anyone?

The rooms
There are 138 deluxe (in twin- or king-bed configurations) and executive rooms, and two presidential suites. Rooms are opulent, offering separate bathrooms, desks, seating areas, and double-glazed windows for excellent sound control. Check your flight details from bed on a dedicated TV route.

The food
The 24-hour Quills eating place and bar is open to visitors and visitors, and the menu similar to any fine-dining experience. The chicken belly and salmon dish is excellent, and the deepfried caramel ice cream a real indulgence.

Highlights
The eighth-floor fitness center and indoor pool have an amazing view of the airport happenings, along with a branch of the Camelot Spa string is located in-house. The Nespresso device, with pods, in each space is an inspired touch.

Need to know
The cost, while justifiable given the amenities, excludes this gorgeous hotel through the reach of your average South Africa traveller.

Contact
Tel 011-961-5400, www.intercontinental.com.

Protea Hotel and Intercontinental Hotel at OR Tambo Protea Hotel and Intercontinental Hotel at OR Tambo

Shuttles from OR Tambo

Many hotels and B& Bs that market themselves as airport hotels offer free shuttles, so inquire before you book. If not, they should be able to provide the name of a preferred supplier.

There’s also frequently Airport Link which does pre-booked transfers to most areas of Joburg. www.airportlink.co.za.

This article, Greatest hotels near OR Tambo airport terminal in Johannesburg, was originally posted on the Getaway Blog by Getaway .

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Hotels near OR Tambo

Jetting into Johannesburg? Kate Ferreira rates the best hotels near OR Tambo airport.

Hotels near OR Tambo Hotels near OR Tambo


Budget hotels near OR EVEN Tambo airport

Even if your budget doesn’t extend past R600, you can find comfortable choices near OR Tambo. Sunrock Guesthouse within Kempton Park about four kms from the airport, has en-suite areas from R595 a person. www.sunrock.co.za.

Four-star Aero Guest Lodge , also within Kempton Park and just under 3 kilometres from the airport, has rich gardens, shuttle options and solitary rooms from R495. www.aeroguestlodge.co.za.

Alternatively, find affordable accommodation near OR Tambo airport here

City Lodge Hotel on OR Tambo

* Affordable convenience *

The establishing
Accessed via the airport terminal parkade, you can’t get closer in this particular price range. The trade-off is the naturally limited grounds, swapping strolling area for proximity.

The vibe
The three-star City Lodge has the look we’ve come to expect of a contemporary hotel: elegant in a neutral method. This one – with its sunken dining area and curved feature wall space – makes the most of the limited area available within the airport parking complex.

The crowd
Families and travelling people will feel right at home. There’s a mix of international and local accents in the communal areas, giving the space a cosmopolitan air.

The rooms
The 303 rooms include a mix of king and twin beds, as well as interleading rooms for families. White bed linen and dark wood add heat and the thoughtful use of space – deep drawers and narrow hanging space – makes for quick unpacking.

The food
The breakfast area doubles as a dining room. The menu can be geared towards light bites, but delicious daily dinner options are available. The airport food court is a wander away, so there’s a large selection available for room service.

Highlights
Arrivals and departures info is shown in real time at reception, so you can reduce time spent in the terminal if your flights are delayed. Rather get a coffee and relax throughout the pool in the central courtyard.

Need to know
Although the Wi-Fi is fast and ubiquitous, you only get 15 minutes free, which is less than that offered by competition. Luckily, because it’s provided by AlwaysOn, you can always buy more, or sign in using a linked account.

Contact
Tel 011-552-7600, www.citylodge.co.za.

Sunrock Hotel and City Lodge Hotel Sunrock Hotel and Town Lodge Hotel

The Birchwood Resort & OR Tambo Conference Centre

* Constructed for business *

The setting
Ten minutes from the airport terminal on the N12, the three-star Birchwood Hotel is in busy Boksburg, giving easy access to the many factories in the surrounding area.

The vibe
Regardless of its proximity to industry, the particular sprawling hotel is leafy and quiet. The main building houses a central reception and conference area, while rooms are spread out within separate sections. Design is simple yet comfortable, with a nod to doing business throughout.

The crowd
Groups of conference-goers stand out in branded shirts, as the coiffed, suited and booted people enjoy breakfast, smartphones in hand.

The rooms
The 665 nicely size rooms have generous bathrooms, including a large bath and separate shower. The decor is comfortable and simple, but without any dramatic sparkle.

The food
A Local Grill restaurant in the complex is a fun alternative to regular, dull dining-room fare. The hamburger is excellent, but there could be a bit of a await a table as the restaurant caters to both guests and the public.

Highlights
Business-inclined guests will approve of free Wi-Fi and the full-sized ironing table and iron in each space. The mini-mall next door – with quick pedestrian access – indicates there’s time to shop on however, snappiest stopover.

Need to know
It understands its market and caters to this, but this does mean the complicated can feel a little corporate.

Contact
Tel 011-897-0000, www.birchwoodhotel.co.za.


African Rock Hotel in Kempton Park

2. Boutique bliss *

The setting
In suburban Kempton Recreation area and 11 km from OR EVEN Tambo, African Rock is close enough to be easily accessible but not in the flight path. Take advantage of the shuttle or even dig out the GPS.

The vibe
A converted private home, this five-star African-inspired hotel takes its motivation from local rock such as amazingly quartz and incorporates it in to the room design. It has the really feel of an exclusive lodge but with hotel amenities, including 24-hour reception.

The crowd
American and European honeymooners use it as a comfortable base between flights to safaris or tropical isle holidays. Occasional local guests, usually businessmen, come here for an exclusive, customised hotel experience.

The rooms
You will find just nine large rooms, with generous beds and swimming-pool-sized bath tubs taking centre stage. The design can be minimal but warm, nuanced and charming.

The meals
A small dining room and tiny bar overlook a backyard and pool, and an open patio for al fresco dining upon warm nights. The food is excellent and head chef Christine Agumba can be charming and knowledgeable.

Highlights
Attentive staff who know your name before you arrive and the chef’s flambe’ fillet.

Need to know
Its location within Kempton’s suburbia means you’re very isolated from outside entertainment.

Contact
Tel 011-976-3486, www.africanrockhotels.com.

The Birchwood Hotel and African Rock Hotel The Birchwood Resort and African Rock Hotel

Protea Hotel OR Tambo

* Urban cool 2.

The setting
The Protea Hotel OR Tambo is just throughout the highway from the airport, a 3 or more km drive to be precise.

The vibe
The design is a chic mix of industrial and aviation themes. Functions surprisingly well. Think double-volume ceilings with exposed light fixtures and faux-shipping-crate wall treatments. Bottom line: funky.

The group
American empty-nesters and regional business folk congregate only at that four-star establishment for the ease of access to flights and other transfers.

The rooms
The 213 rooms are embellished in warm neutrals – grey, cream and brown – with flight-themed art on the walls. I loved watching the bustle from the airport from the window, but take note you can also sometimes hear it. This particular became white noise to me, but it depends on your sensitivity.

The food
Visitors in the hotel restaurant can choose between a buffet or a’ la carte dinner. The chocolate brownie is a rare beast: a hotel dessert that lives up to – and exceeds – expectations.

Highlights
The quirky aviation theme, helpful staff … and that brownie!

Need to know
This hotel is not to be puzzled with the Protea Transit Hotel (set behind passport control in the airport terminal building itself). Skip the drive through industrial Kempton Park and walk 800 m from the Rhodesfield Gautrain Station.

Contact
Tel 011-977-2600, www.proteahotels.com.


Intercontinental OR EVEN Tambo

2. Lux lifestyle *

The setting
A 68, 7 m stone’s throw from the terminals.

The vibe
Classic with African components dotted throughout. The gold leaf pillars, glass facade and mindful doormen immediately set the five-star tone.

The crowd
International businesspeople, local CEOs and the elite – diplomats and occasional film celebrities. John Travolta, anyone?

The rooms
There are 138 deluxe (in twin- or king-bed configurations) and executive rooms, and two presidential suites. Rooms are opulent, offering separate bathrooms, desks, seating areas, and double-glazed windows for excellent sound control. Check your flight details from bed on a dedicated TV route.

The food
The 24-hour Quills eating place and bar is open to visitors and visitors, and the menu similar to any fine-dining experience. The chicken belly and salmon dish is excellent, and the deepfried caramel ice cream a real indulgence.

Highlights
The eighth-floor fitness center and indoor pool have an amazing view of the airport happenings, along with a branch of the Camelot Spa string is located in-house. The Nespresso device, with pods, in each space is an inspired touch.

Need to know
The cost, while justifiable given the amenities, excludes this gorgeous hotel through the reach of your average South Africa traveller.

Contact
Tel 011-961-5400, www.intercontinental.com.

Protea Hotel and Intercontinental Hotel at OR Tambo Protea Hotel and Intercontinental Hotel at OR Tambo

Shuttles from OR Tambo

Many hotels and B& Bs that market themselves as airport hotels offer free shuttles, so inquire before you book. If not, they should be able to provide the name of a preferred supplier.

There’s also frequently Airport Link which does pre-booked transfers to most areas of Joburg. www.airportlink.co.za.

This article, Greatest hotels near OR Tambo airport terminal in Johannesburg, was originally posted on the Getaway Blog by Getaway .

Related Articles

  • Reconnecting with Africa at Mavela Game Lodge
  • Off-the-grid accommodation in Zoetendalsvlei, Overberg
  • Nibela River Lodge – Lake St . Lucia’s little hidden paradise

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