Airport Inn B & B - Johannesburg
The best thing about the Airport Inn B & B is the free airport transfers. We returned to Johannesburg late in the afternoon and were flying out the next day and compared to other accommodation close to the airport it was seemed very reasonable, so it suited us to stay here. Besides, the photo’s didn’t look too bad at all. That’s the end of the good news.
I don’t know which room they took the interior photo’s of but it certainly wasn’t the one we were given. The accommodation is very shabby and definitely needs a makeover. Our room was very dated and in need of repairs. It is easy to imagine the section we were staying in was once a large house which was divided, very cheaply, into bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms.
On checking in we were told that the ceiling light doesn’t always work so we should use the bedside lamps if it doesn’t. The fluorescent ceiling light flickered on and off so we used the one working bedside lamp. The shower leaked onto the parquetry floor which was mouldy and rotting. Obviously the leak has been there for some time and most likely this is where the musty smell of the room comes from.
The guy that does the airport pickups is very cheerful and friendly. The rest of the staff act as though guests are a nuisance which must be tolerated, and everything is too much trouble. The breakfast cook looked at my husband as though he had gone mad when he had the audacity to ask her for 2 eggs with bacon, and then scowled at me because I only wanted a hash brown and bacon. To top it off you receive a note on your table saying “You may tip the chef”. What a joke. My tip is buy a cookbook and learn some people skills.
People reading this should also be aware that this accommodation is also known as Emerald Guest House.
The interesting thing is that there was only around AUD $10 difference between this accommodation and the luxurious accommodation with full buffet breakfast at the Protea Wanderers Hotel where we spent our first night in South Africa (although they are around 40 minutes drive from the airport and do not offer free transfers).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located less than a 5 minute drive from the international airport, our reasonably priced establishment is within easy reach of the motorways, providing swift access to the area. Despite such a strategic position, we include free transfers to and from the airport. Tours and other travel services are provided and inquiries can be made to the reception via email. Housing a range of en suite rooms, our property also features 2 swimming pools, a bar and a restaurant on our premises. Each of the room features a private entrance from the garden, creating a relaxing atmosphere and giving you freedom and independence. Our guest house has been in operation for 10 years and we have recently being awarded a 3-star status by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. ... more less
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