Based on Tripadvisor reviews, I settled on this hotel for my one night stay in Johannesburg. Overall, I am pleased with my choice. The Gautrain is a fast, safe and economical mode of transportation from the airport. As of late August, Sandton (where this hotel is located) is the last stop. The hotel is only about a 5 minute walk from the train station.
The area is a nice, buzzing metropolis. Nelson Mandela Square (upscale mall) is a short walk away and beside the train station. There is another mall actually attached to the hotel along with several dining options. The rooms are a nice size. It is a combination hotel/motel with some rooms on the interior and some rooms that face an open hallway. Check in and check out was easy. Free internet would have been nice. I really have no complaints about the hotel. It has seen better days and could use some new carpet and paint but for the price (~$160US/night for me) I could not complain, especially knowing the rates of nearby hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton on Maude Street, in Sandton, is located in Johannesburg's economic heartland. The hotel's charming colonial theme is accentuated with wooden elements and delicate floral accents. Each of the 330 classically-styled rooms make guests feel as though they never left home - with a king-size bed, LCD television, electronic safe and a full en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Business executives are catered to with a desk, office chair and international plug points. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the hotel and the Wi-Fi station situated in the lobby provides convenience for guests requiring instant access to the internet. The English countryside atmosphere defines this four-star hotel as a little bit of country in the heart of Sandton. Birdsong makes guests forget that they are in a bustling metropolis. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton Convention Centre and the city's most exclusive shopping mall are a short stroll away. A complimentary shuttle to and from the Gautrain station makes the Balalaika easily accessible. Whether it is for business or leisure, the central location and warm hospitality of the Protea Hotel Balalaika are unrivalled, making it your first and only choice when staying in Johannesburg. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Protea Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
- Balalaika Hotel
- Protea Hotel Balalaika
- Sandton Hotel Balalaika