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The Lakes Hotel and Conference Center
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Benoni
Reviewed 3 July 2013

Rather charming place although very Mr Price Decor throughout and rather reminiscent of the '80s. Nothing too exciting and more suited for business travel and conferences. The food is very standard fare and nothing really stands out. The setting next to the dam is attractive but the noise from the highway spoils any possible ambiance.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

I stayed in this hotel when it was still a Protea Hotel and had a good experience. Upon our arrival on 1st March at 22h00, we were told where to go look for our room and carry our own bags, lights was not working, pillow smeared from previous guests as well as dirty bedding, carpet full of holes, walls were being repaired (new unpainted plaster) bathroom shocking, complained and the manager was not on site, I relocated to another hotel that evening and they still processed my credit card. Was advertised as a 4 star hotel, this should not be a hotel at all. Have photos to proof all of this. They should be reported to the tourism board.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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3  Thank Riaan V
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Reviewed 19 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel. It was clean, the rooms good, staff friendly. Location is a little remote. Our problem was the manager who constantly pestered my girlfriend while I was at work. Touching her in appropriately and suggesting she should sleep with him.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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4  Thank Rapier12
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

The Best Hotel and more of a Holiday Resort in way in Town, it caters for every1, Politicians, Individuals, Couple, Friends and Family, it is a very friendly welcumin place with its staff who r always welcoming and its a great place if one is staying over with a child/kids.

I have been there wit friends, with business partners, on Social and Business Events, I've also been there with my son and I can tell U now dat its de best Hotel dat I've ever been to, it is so Stylish, very Clean, so much Tranquility, Safe and Beautiful Place... and I rate it the Best Hotel ever compare to other Hotels/Guests House I've been to arnd Jhb and they are Way Far than what I've experienced in The Lakes Hotel!!!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank Claudkg
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Meena R
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

My wife & I needed a hotel room in Benoni for Saturday night.
Having passed this hotel on the highway many times, and seen its lovely setting, we decided to try it.

It was a typical plastic, people processing palace. Very soulless.

Things needed for its '3 star rating' were there, but only just.

The flat screen TV was there, but so badly adjusted that it was unwatchable.

The bathroom with separate shower was there, but the shower door handles were broken, there was nowhere in the shower enclosure, such as a soap dish, to put the soap or shampoo.

The in room, tea and coffee making kit was there, but only powdered milk.

The only bedside light, had a power cord that was too short to reach any power point!!! So I assume that it was for purely decorative purpose. The lighting in general was very dim and inadequate.

Our room, 115, overlooked the pool area and lacked privacy and needed the blinds closed to achieve this during daylight hours.

We checked in after dark and the blinds were all ready down so we didn't realise this until morning.

This feature was further aggravated by the very poor lighting.

As a said, the place was run to meet the 3 star standards, not for the benefit of the customers.

Room Tip: Room facing away from the pool, might have privacy.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank ian16th
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

The location is superb, right next to a lake. The scenery is just CALM!
The meeting rooms are not well kept though and a lot needs to go into keeping them clean and comfortable.
The rooms are spacious and well designed but the heaters are erratic so during the cold season you could freeze in there!
No Wifi in the rooms and the internet charges are so high! Room phones are not well maintained, 3 of us had faulty room phones!
The food is good though.

Room Tip: If you want Wifi get the rooms closest to the reception :) If you want scenery, get the rooms faci...
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Thank BabaZedi
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Additional Information about The Lakes Hotel and Conference Center

Address: No 1 Country Lane | Lakefield, Benoni 1501, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Benoni
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Benoni
Price Range: £63 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lakes Hotel and Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre, only 10 kilometres from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, is on the banks of the Benoni Natural Lakes and adjacent to the Benoni Lakes Golf Club. It is a recent addition to the growing African Sun portfolio of hotels in South Africa.In an impressive setting, its 144 rooms and conferencing facilities (including wireless internet) for up to 500 delegates make it an ideal “escape” from the central business districts of Sandton and Johannesburg, only 40 kilometres away. On site tennis courts, swimming pool and, unusually, water skiing facilities, are complemented by the nearby golf course, bowling greens, squash courts and even horse-riding facilities. And the Emperor’s Palace Casino is only 8 kilometres away!The Lakes is now looking to capitalize on its unique location (a short drive from South Africa’s main gateway, O.R. Tambo International Airport, and in close proximity to the biggest commercial and business centre in Africa…Johannesburg) by attracting the tourist and leisure traveller.While not neglecting its main focus (an efficiently run conferencing facilities in a country setting) its location on the banks of Benoni’s natural lakes and, uniquely for a Johannesburg hotel, offering water skiing facilities makes it a natural playground for “get away from it all” urbanites and foreign visitors alike.Its 144 fully-serviced en-suite rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with satellite television and tea and coffee making facilities. The seven-days-a-week laundry service is a boon for guests arriving after overnight flights from all over the world, as is the 18-hours-a-day room service. A la carte dining and a traditional African Sun breakfast buffet cater to all tastes and the Sundowner Bar, overlooking the lake, is a popular spot for that pre-dinner cocktail or later nightcap. With airport transfers easily arranged, The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre is an ideal introduction for visitors to South Africa and an even more ideal location for a short or long weekend stay, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. ... more   less 
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