I had to spend 5 weeks in the Protea Hotel, Samrand between January & February 2014. This hotel is great if you are only on business for a few days! but certainly not for any longer. It was fanastic for my office, only one junction down the N1.
The staff for thye most were great, apart the the receptionist when I checked out, she alone ruined my previous 5 week stay with her attitude when I checked out, so much so that I told her that I would never stay there again! I am pleased to say that I have not! So sad really as the staff were fantastic throughout my stay, every problem was fixed with the minimum of fuss, for example the toilet that started leaking every time I flushed it.
My biggest personal problem was the menu, I am sure that it is great, adequate if you are only staying a couple days but however 5 weeks and it was a drag!! There was only about 8-10 main courses, now don't get me wrong what was on the menu tasted great but after 5 weeks was "limited".
I cannot fault my room although they do appear not to all contain a fridge!! I had to request a fridge! My first room i changed as the internet was rubbish and they moved me that same eveing to another where the internet was better but they also had to take the fridge from my original room to my new room!
This brings me to my BIGGEST problem! As with all Ptotea Hotels you only get so much free wifi access (500mb a day, I am sorry but for a hotel chain that is targeting the business client this is unacceptable!!!! In the 21st century wifi in hotels should be free of charge! If you require any extra wifi access then Protea charge you an extortionate rate!!
And forget it if you want to see any where in the area, this is ahotel that is nowhere near anywhere interesting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel by Marriott Midrand Samrand - Affordable hotel between two cities. Protea Hotels Samrand, halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, offers unrivalled convenience and value for money. Strategically located near the airport and CBD, Protea Hotels Samrand is tailor-made for the executive and transit traveller. All rooms have air-conditioning, plug points for laptops and modems and deluxe en-suite bathrooms. The Residents' bar is open daily from 16h30 to 22h00, including Saturdays, while a cozy lounge facility off the reception area offers comfortable seating and a fireplace. Both are perfect for sundowners or informal gatherings. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner. If relaxation is what you are after, the hotel's swimming pool and sundeck is situated in the park-like surrounds near the restaurant. Disabled facilities are also available. ... more less
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