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The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo
Ranked #11 of 26 Hotels in Kempton Park
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Adequate for a one-night stopover”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

For an overnight in Johannesburg, this hotel is adequate. Hot shower with good water pressure, brightly lit bathroom, heat in the room, fast WiFi. The big surprise (in a positive way) was the restaurant. I wasn't expecting much but they had wood fire pizza which was good.

My only issue was after I booked online, I immediately sent an email asking where the airport transfer pick up location was. I had to email them 4 times over the course of 2 weeks for them to respond with a jpeg map attached. To save future guests the grief:
The airport shuttle runs on a schedule. Head to the bus terminal outside the airport, across the road behind the Intercontinental. You should see a sign with the schedule, once every half hour.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

Thank you to Gwin and his professional team to make my stay another memorable one. The room was heated as I arrived, just very cozy to walk in again. Johannesburg can get very good in winter. Very thing was in working order and the staff very helpful and friendly as always. Traveling a lot on business throughout the year and staying in various hotels from 3* to 5* the small things in life make the difference. I am on a low carb diet and mentioned that to chef Silvester without any hesitation he prepared the most amazing dishes for me at lunch, dinner and breakfast. It was fine dining with the highest standard that is not even found in a 5* hotel. One amazing fish dish with nuts, an amazing salat, salsa and mustard infusion. Dinner was as fantastic too but to put the cherry on the top the Egg Benedict I had for breakfast...never was I served a better Egg Benedict in any hotel 5* or even elsewhere in top resort hotels that can't give 6 stars in South Africa. One says the eye eats with...that's what happened up to perfection...poached eggs on lean ham with an amazing salat infused with coriander and some chili to my likening. Thanks you Silvester and your kitchen team for sorting out my dietary requirements without any problems, going out of your way to make my stay another amazing one.

Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

I stayed over for two nights on business. The rooms are very basic and are clean, but bear in mind it is 3 star. The position is very convenient (area seems slightly dodgy but I had no issues) to the airport as is only 5minutes away and there is a free shuttle available. The airplane theme is rather quaint and the staff are friendly. Food is only served in the dining area and is mostly buffet (no room service), however there are a few menu items such as pizza or pasta or sandwiches. Definitely good value for money.

Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Excellent service staff. Despite the not so great finishes in the rooms, the staff make this place a pleasurable experience. Room rates are very affordable. Buffet breakfast lunch and dinner are also not bad. Highly recommended spot around international airport.

Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Linkoping, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We were two families staying here for a stop-over. Transfer and breakfast inclued. The two family rooms with a door in between the rooms were surprisingly fancy. Cool interior with brickwalls. Really comfortable beds. Breakfast was OK, but nothing special. Very nice and frindly staff.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Lagos, Nigeria
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86 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

My review on this hotel might be biased because I had spent a week in a more expensive hotel before moving down here but I'd try to be unbiased. Now if i had not stayed in a more expensive hotel prior to The Aviator, I'd have said i was a nice cosy hotel with beautiful bricks right inside your room and nice interiors. It had a pool and efficient airport shuttle service. They had login details for the internet and it restricts you to 180mb per day, the good thing however is that you can use as much of such pins as you can ask for, unfortunately, throughout the first day, the internet was down. I was also disappointed when I asked to visit the flight simulator in the hotel only to be told that it is actually the hotel's conference centre that was nicknamed 'Simulator'. The food is also good and the staff were quite friendly. In all, i think The aviator hotel is a good and economical hotel

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

Currently at the hotel as a stopover on my way to kenya.

The good- good location, feels safe and secure, only 5-10 min drive from airport, transfer service was good clear meeting place and they were ready waiting (offers 24 hour free airport shuttle), breakfast included, room is clean and functional with a great kingbed and good hot shower for after your fault

The bad- no real big faults, I was apprehensive being in South Africa as a young Aussie girl alone but the hotel staff were all friendly, efficient and welcoming and made me feel safe as the shuttle drove us to the hotel (through an apparently dodgyish area). Only complaint would be slightly noisy with some construction going on outside (??) and obviously the planes but the room is relatively sound proof and if you're tired from a flight you'll sleep great! I did about 7 hours straight ;)

All in all, a great, smoothly run safe hotel with nice decor, perfect for a stop over in johannesberg and a bargain i think as I paid around $60 aud (through Expedia) including breakfast and transfers!!!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Additional Information about The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo

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 #11 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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