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The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo
Ranked #12 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Stockholm
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“Near airport, convenient, but be proactive on the shuttle”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

We needed a place near the airport to overnight twice in a week, and this was convenient. Not a great part of town, but 10 mins by shuttle. From the hotel, shuttle was fine, but waiting at the airport it took 20 mins the first time and over an hour the second. Best to call as soon as you have your bags and let the hotel know you're waiting. Food quite good, rooms fine. Bathroom has a see-through sliding door so if privacy is an issue, be aware.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Free shuttle which took hassle out of finding a taxi.
Room was large, clean, all things you need for a layover, without spending a fortune.
The restaurant also had great food choices at very affordable prices and breakfast included was also fabulous.
My only complaint was when i emailed about airport pick up, not knowing about shuttle bus, i got no response, but airport information was extremely helpful

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed here one night for transit. We were going to book at another airport hotel, but they increased their price for that night due so we decided to stay here instead. Wasn't a good choice.

We got picked up at the shuttle stop at the Airport. Got to the hotel, reception was nice, check-in was fast. There's a bit of walk to the elevator (unleveled flooring makes it hard to push luggage).

Room: its clear they renovated it, the bedroom is okay, but the bathroom was horrible. And I really don't get why they have a sink in the room as well (its not like they have a kitchen, and there's already one in the bathroom), they could have opened up that space for the luggage instead... The shower was broken, leaking everywhere. The toilet paper holder was falling. Everything in there was just poorly done. One good thing, wi-fi was complimentary and great speed

Restaurant: Food was pretty good. We had some wings for lunch. Pizza and pasta for dinner. Buffet breakfast for the next morning.

Service: We had an issue with the TV, called them and they said they would send someone up - we waited over an hour and still no one attended to our issue. Other than that, all other staffs were very friendly.

Overall, I would have given a "good" if not for the bathroom. It was just so run-down, so incomplete compared to the room itself.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

The Aviator was a very well priced, clean, comfortable overnight stay on our way through Johannesburg. The restaurant was great, good food and good prices. We only had a quick overnight stay between flights but they had shuttle service to the mall and the airport of course. Very efficient and well run, we didn't have to wait long at all for the shuttle, it left every 1/2 hour. I would stay again if passing through.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Bloubergstrand, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

If you're in transit and need to overnight in Johannesburg then the Aviator is great value! It's almost a boutique style hotel with free airport transfers. The price is not far off the guest houses in the area, but the standard of the accommodation is far higher. I can definitely recommend the place.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

As the other reviews have stated - this is a cheap airport hotel, nothing more and nothing less. They could really improve their shuttle service though, while it is great to have a free shuttle this is certainly not unique. As you wait the 50 minutes it takes for the shuttle to arrive, you see several competitiors' shuttles come and go regularly (and seriously start to doubt your choice!). However, it was a bed/shower/WiFi, which is what we all need after a long-haul trip.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2013

Ok great location, 7 mins on shuttle but 45 minute wait despite an email confirming times and a phone call from the terminal. Staff not very professional, dressed in casuals no standard dress, carry your own bags and find your own room. You get what you pay for and nothing more,Rooms clean and basic we only needed the bed as we were transient guests. The room was freshly painted and the fumes over powering.No air cond remote had to call reception and then battle to start the thing.
Won't rush back.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo
Address: Corner of Kempton and Bosch Street, Kempton Park 1620, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo 3*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featuring a free airport shuttle to OR Tambo International Airport (4 km), The Aviator offers stylish rooms with a satellite TV. Hotel facilities include outdoor pool and restaurant with terrace. All air-conditioned rooms at the Life Hotels. The Aviator come with a private bathroom and have a tea/coffee maker. Guests may make use of the safety deposit box at reception. ... more   less 
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