I am checking out tomorrow from the Protea Wanderers having spent 3 nights here. I am so impressed by the staff and facility that I decided to offer my review prior to my checkout.
Firstly, the facility itself is of the highest standards. The property is located close to the action but just far enough to give you an "exclusive" feeling. The grounds, featuring the historic Wanderers Club with squash, tennis, cricket and a sport for every enthusiast, are impeccably kept by the highly skilled staff. The attention to detail is evident in the lobby where tufted, high-backed chairs lounge beside an over-sized chaise lounge and a spiral staircase centerpiece.
But the Protea's biggest asset is their staff. Upon entering the facility, you are met by the friendly valets wearing black and red suits and boulder hats, offering a sophisticated flair and willingness to bare your baggage burdens. And if you arrive in the evening, you will find Benjamin or a front desk staffer greeting you at the door with a refreshing drink served in champagne flutes. At checkin, Nomhle and Lesley ensure your checkin is smooth, comfortable and with the greatest of ease.
My final night was made most special by Christie de la Porte, one of the top Protea staff. While I was enjoying a glass of wine at the restaurant, Christie stopped over to ensure I was taken being care of. After telling her that I am checking out tomorrow for a late international flight, Christie assessed my needs in advance, arranged for me to have my bags weighed and prepped me on the nuances of my departure from South Africa. My trepidation of preparing for tomorrow's flight was replaced with comfort and confidence in knowing that I had a "friend" looking out for me at Protea.
Protea Wanderers has the right formula for travelers looking for 5-star comfort and quality in Johannesburg. I look forward to staying at this "retreat" away from home on my next visit to Johannesburg.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the prestigious suburb of Illovo, Sandton, the hotel is ideal for both the leisure and business traveller. A mere 4 minutes’ drive away, the M1 Freeway allows for easy access to all business centres, the OR Tambo International Airport and various other attractions the great city of Johannesburg has to offer. Venture into Sandton, Rosebank or the Melrose Arch precinct, which are minutes away and offer some of the finest shopping and dining experiences on the continent. Alternatively enjoy fine cuisine in our upmarket restaurant, relax on the hotel’s poolside sundeck, enjoy a cocktail in our 24 hour coffee bar and deli or make use of the in-house FIT gym. Accommodation consists of superbly appointed bedrooms, all equipped with separate bath and shower, an executive work desk & wireless internet access. Our distinguished conference facilities and executive boardrooms encourage performance and productivity. Careful attention to detail is a hallmark of this hotel, from the striking, elegant décor, immaculate service, supremely comfortable rooms, to the fresh red apple placed in our guest's room every day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Protea Hotel Illovo
- Protea Wanderers Hotel