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Johannesburg hotel advice needed - airport hotel v. going into city?

Johannesburg hotel advice needed - airport hotel v. going into city?

Nov 8th, 2006, 06:47 AM
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I just returned from traveling with my daughter for a month in southern africa. we passed thru JNB, now renamed, several times and wondered about your question -- flying in late and out early, safety and where to stay.

We live in the center of philadelphia and spend a lot of time in nyc, so we are city folks. I was quite alarmed by all that I heard about safety issues. From our experience, we had no problems with any of these issues and our flights went smoothly, better than here at home in some cases. That was just our experience.

I would stay at the airport. We did not, only because we were storing medical equipment and chose to use a small hotel in joburg as our base. We probably could have stored it at the airport hotel too, but I just felt more comfortable at a small place where they knew us.

Most importantly, if you are flying between any of the camps, they are possibly using cessnas which have a VERY limited storage space for bags. I am not known for traveling light, but if going just on holiday I would just bring a large gym duffel, bought ours at EMS, since that is what fit in the plane. If they are using larger planes, you have no problem here and could just wheel a large rolling duffel to the hotel. As 2 women we felt just as safe there as other airports here and abroad.

have fun. you will love the diversity of SA. if you are in capetown on a sunday, we thought that the flea market at the stadium was terrific, besides of course robben island (reserve ahead), cape point, table mountain and we even walked around the city.

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Nov 8th, 2006, 11:42 PM
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Just for the record, the "Johannesburg" airport (in quotes, because it's not really in the Jo'burg Metro) has had only two name changes in its history. So hardly several. It started as being named after Jan Smuts (the World War II Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa), was changed to Johannesburg International after the advent of democracy in 1994, and was last month renamed OR Tambo International Airport.

At present the airline code remains the same (JNB), and although I haven't been out that way since the new name change, I think the direction signs are sufficiently generic and clear.
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Nov 9th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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Arthur, I believe that Bonnie was saying that they passed through the airport several times--not that it had been renamed several times (the comma suggests that to me).
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Nov 9th, 2006, 03:21 PM
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I write this from the D'Oreale Grande in Johannesburg.

This place is unbelievably close to the airport and has a free shuttle running every 20 minutes. Moreover, they have a person with a sign awaiting international arrivals to quickly and easily take you to the area where the shuttle picks you up.

This is a very nice hotel that would be perfectly appropriate for a 1 night stay upon arrival or departure. There are also 4* and 3* hotel options on the same property.

I do prefer Sandton but it will be nice to wake up in a few hours and take the free shuttle back to the airport and be there in 5 minutes flat.
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Nov 9th, 2006, 04:38 PM
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Hi -- stayed at the Saxon last year and it is so beautiful. A converted mansion filled with the most amazing art. They have quite a good website. Nelson Mandela stayed there when he wrote his autobiography.
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Nov 9th, 2006, 04:40 PM
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Glad you made it safely, Rocco. By the way, for those staying at the Grace in Rosebank, you can go next door to the Rosebank Mall via a private bridge. If it's evening, there are several restaurants and a movie theater. For an American, it was odd to have assigned seating at the movies!
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Nov 9th, 2006, 10:36 PM
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Ah. (Thanks bat.) Of course. More haste, less speed. Or in this case, more read. Or more read more carefully!
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Nov 9th, 2006, 10:44 PM
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Should have added two things. An apology to Bonnie, and . . . #-o (That should translate to "doh"!)
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Nov 14th, 2006, 08:40 PM
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IC fine for us mid-october. Quills open late ( all night ). Great nyala burger ! Local beer ( Castle ). With construction a confusing walk from airport and you CAN take the cart with you. Nice room with mini-bar for 3am cocktail ( vacation right ! ) Quick ride to puddle jumper into the bush !
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Nov 15th, 2006, 10:03 AM
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We've always stayed at a hotel near the airport. I've been to Africa three times. Since you have such a brief time there, staying close to the aiport is a plus. The Best Western....was fine with a very good restaurant. Save your bucks for the bush.
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