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would we be okay just staying at the airport?

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would we be okay just staying at the airport?

another question as still undecided. Have 2 nights and one full day in Jo'burg before morning flight to Maun. Had thought to stay in either Sandton or Rosebank but now wondering if we'd be just as well staying at teh airport and simply taking the Gautrain to an area for some sightseeing/and or using a guide and driver for the day. There will be 4 of us. Am trying to get a sense of how long it will take to get to airport in the morning from Rosebank.. accommodation I'm thinking of is about 2 kms from Gautrain and then Gautrain is at least 30 minutes right? What is traffic in Jo'burg like in the mornings?

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1. Re: would we be okay just staying at the airport?

< What is traffic in Jo'burg like in the mornings? >

To give you an idea, a lot of people with any kind of a commute choose to start work at 6-6:30am in order to avoid the traffic - it's fairly horrendous.

The Gautrain trip from Rosebank to the airport probably would be around 30 minutes factoring in the change at Sandton.

What time is your check-in, though?

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2. Re: would we be okay just staying at the airport?

If you are coming in to JNB in the afternoon or evening that first night, then I say you have thought of something smart. There are several hotels on the airport grounds, ranging from a new one - the least expensive of all - over at the casino.. to the really posh and expensive Airport Sun Intercontinental across the driveway from the terminals. I use the City Lodge OR Tambo for clients - it is directly connected to the terminals, fairly priced. But I could add that there are four hotels at the casino - peermont.com/peermont/…peermont-homepage - is a place to start to find out more about them. Just add the Gautrain to your budget and be glad that you will be AT the airport to check in for the flight to Maun without having to worry about freeway tie-ups.

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bwanadave..thanks for the advice. We are arriving at 2 different times.. one couple will be in about 9 am so have almost 2 days ( but will be totally jet lagged I'm thinking I'd pay extra for the hotel for the day they arrive)..and we'll be arriving at about 7 pm from Dubai. Our flight out to Maun is around 10 am so as I'm a worry wart about airports I'd want to be there by 7 am...Will check out City Lodge.. don't need something fancy and would rather have the peace of mind and even spend more on gautrain or guide. We were in JNB in 2009 and I was totally impressed with the airport itself.

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"There are several hotels on the airport grounds, ranging from a new one - the least expensive of all - over at the casino."

bwanadave--which hotel is that, please?

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6. Re: would we be okay just staying at the airport?

thank you, Colin--but they are not offering that rate for end August-it's more like R2000 and you have to figure out which of the 4 hotels it is.

that website is a PITB

Do you have a better link, please?

Thanks again!

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Yes PITB is about right, they do make it quite difficult to book.

The hotels in the offer are the Metcourt and the Mondior

If your stay is on a Sunday there is another offer of R200 per room.

Try giving them a call +27 (0)11 928 1928 or +27 (0) 11 557 0777

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Kyshel

Would take Dave's advice and have a look at City Lodge.

It's a great option for a short stay, not posh but modern, clean and comfortable. Have stayed there three times and would not consider anywhere else, plus very reasonably priced.

You simply head straight there along a walkway from the terminal, it's all under the same roof and sits on top of the carpark.

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9. Re: would we be okay just staying at the airport?

I looked at city lodge and it seems just fine and reasonable. I didn't see an restaurant or bar facilities on the hotel website. Am I mistaken? I also saw CL Barbara Road--with shuttle (not free) and it has bar/coffee shop. Inquiring there, too.

Thanks for the info on Emp Palace. Will try again. We usually stay out in the country at Muldersdrift (and once at The Westcliff) but I think this will just be overnight.

Thanks again.

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10. Re: would we be okay just staying at the airport?

I got shuttle info from Barbara Road CL--R57 OWpp. Prices nearly same when you add shuttle factor. Now just a choice of convenience or sustenance?