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“Good apartments but internet woeful”
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The Capital Hydro
Ranked #33 of 48 Hotels in Sandton
Antigua
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Good apartments but internet woeful”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

I was staying here for business and the apartments are nice with all mod cons.
The maids are wonderful .
It is centrally located in sandton and 5 minutes from a wide range of restaurants and shops.
My main issue was with the internet.It was woeful.I upgraded to the paid secure internet but that was still slow and on and off all the time.Just couldn't do my business properly.
It would be nice if there was some on site restaurant as it was a bit of a drag having to go out for everything.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Lagos, Nigeria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2013

I stayed at Hydro Apartments during the last week of the just concluded CAF Cup aka Nations Cup where we won the gold.

We stayed here from Feb 04 - Feb 12, and booked for a 2 bedroom apartment with private lift, and 1 one bedroom apartment as we were 3 of us traveling together. The 1 bedroom apartment is nice and but only 1 room in the 2 bedroom apartment is worth it. The 2nd room doesn't have any windows, dark and no air conditioning. The 3rd person had to get a separate 1 bedroom.

Only book for the 1 bedroom apartment as the 2room isn't worth it.

The Apartment is like 20 minutes walk to the Nelson Mandela Square or by 50rand taxi. The apartment have no restaurant but a fully equipped kitchen with microwave and watching machine. Daily Cleaning services but sheets will not be changed except on Monday and Thursday.

Room Tip: Book only for the 1 bedroom apartment as the 2nd bedroom in the 2 bedroom is a rip-off. Except the r...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Portishead, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2012

On a recent business trip to JOBURG I decided to rent an apartment rather than stay in the normal hotels and selected a Penthouse apartment at Hydro. The apartment was superbly furnished and spotlessly clean. The location is ideal and close to the Benmore Mall if you've decided on self catering. The block is a mixture of privately owned and serviced apartments so it feels like a home. Laundry and Internet is included in the rate. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2012

My husband and I recently spent a night in the one bedroom penthouse suite.it is close to all amenities. The living area is well appointed and the kitchen is fully equipped with all mod cons. Unfortunately the bedroom is a disappointment, the aircon was noisy and didn't switch off, the sliding door was unable to be closed fully so the wind howled the entire night.
The bed was uncomfortable and the pillows were too hard. The bathroom is open plan.
The front door is frosted glass and the light front the corridor shines through so the apartment is not fully blacked out.
There is no one at the front desk if you need to check out before office hours.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Australia
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2012

Stayed here last month for a week as I was in Jo'burg for work, I'd previously stayed at the Westpoint Apartments across the road and was not prepared to go back, and a girlfriend had recommended Hydro. So glad I took her suggestion! I turned up without any notice, and they were able to put me into a 2-bed apartment the next day on the same rate as a 1-bed, thanks!

The 2-bed apartment was lovely - clean, spacious, with a well-equipped kitchen incl washing machine and dryer, plenty of cooking utensils which I appreciated given I like to cook. The bed was very comfortable, enjoyed the deep bath in the ensuite and taking my coffee on the balcony each morning. Parking downstairs is free and abundant and supervised by Security, they give you a pass key to the entrance when you check-in so once you've got that it's hassle-free. A maid comes in and cleans on a daily basis, and even did the ironing for me if I left out some bucks. there's a small shopping centre 5 mins walk away, wtih a couple of supermarkets to choose from, as well as a few cafes and restaurants, so plenty of local choice. Also close to Mandela Square where there are piles of cafes, huge shopping centre open 7 days a week etc etc.Small gym downstairs has a coupla machines and weights, and didn't appear to be busy. The apartment was also nice and quiet, very little noise from the busy road, and zero noise from other apartments.

All in all, would definitely recommend this as a great stay in Jo'burg.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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1 Thank DameDuFerAustralie
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2012

As a businessman, when I travel I want my accommodation to be sophisticated and convenient, which is exactly how I would describe Hydro. My room was spacious and had all the modern facilities I needed, including DSTV and a phone. I also had a private lift to my apartment which made a big difference. I made full use of the gym facilities and the hotel’s central location made getting to my conferences easy and stress-free.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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1 Thank Craig M
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stayed one night in the two bedroom apt. The apartment was clean and well appointed. The staff was friendly. Very close to Mandela Square for goods hopping and eating options. I would recommend this apt to other families.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: The Capital Hydro
Address: 86 Grayston Drive | Unit 102 Hydro Park, Sandton 2196, South Africa (Formerly Hydro Executive Apartments)
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Sandton
#24 Luxury Hotel in Sandton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Capital Hydro 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay where you're right on the money. Stay where you count. All 56 apartments are spacious and stylishly decorated with impressive attention to detail - and guests also enjoy the use of a pool and barbeque area and a gym. The Capital Hydro is hip, happening and hassle free. It's the perfect four-star rated choice - smart, fully furnished simplicity. For overnight or long-term stays; for single guests, families or groups, all our guests at The Capital Hydro enjoy complimentary parking, complimentary laundry, complimentary scheduled transfers to Sandton and complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout their stay. If you want to be in the hub of where it's happening, then staying at The Capital Hydro is spot on. ... more   less 
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