Layover in Johannesburg

Feb 15th, 2007, 01:35 AM
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Layover in Johannesburg

Hi, all,

Four of us have a layover in Johannesburg for one night in June, arriving from Cape Town at 6:00pm at leaving the next morning for Botswana around 10am. What airport hotel(s) would you recommend? Is the Hyatt there worth staying off airport for (I could stay there for free)? Are there any good restaurants at or near the airport (friends are celebrating wedding anniversary that night)? If not, is it worth going in to town and what restaurant would u recommend? (We will not be bringing suits or sport coats, so would have to be nice but with busines casual or casual dress).

Thanks very much in advance.

John H.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 05:51 AM
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I stayed at the airport intercontinental last August. Was decent enough...they have a decent restaurant called,"quills".....service slow..... they have one by the airport? i dont know.....there are other options that have been posted in recent months...none that come to mind right now.......

Feb 15th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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I stayed at the InterContinental at the airport and it was quite comfortable and convenient. Had dinner at Quills and it was very good.
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We stayed at the Park Hyatt for our one night in JNB and it was a good 45min drive min.-it was attached to a so-so mall-I'd advise just staying at the airport hotel.
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Southern Sun has a couple of hotels near the airport: Southern Sun OR Tambo Intl Airport Hotel and Southern Sun Garden Court OR Tambo Intl Airport Hotel. They have vans that run regularly from just outside the international terminal. These properties would be less expensive than the Intercontinental, which is also owned by Southern Sun.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 01:06 PM
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Thanks for your responses.

John H.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 10:45 PM
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There is no Hyatt near the airport, the only one I know of in the Jo'burg area is in Rosebank. I think (without checking) that there is also one in Pretoria.

I'll c&p some info that I did for another forum, so some of it will be a repetition of some of the other posts:

The Southern Sun group has three hotels that are very close. Closest is the 5* InterContinental Airport Sun (, right in the grounds of the airport. Also very nearby is what was originally a Holiday Inn (which in S.A. was a more "up market" brand than in most other countries). It is one of those that has had a recent rebranding and is now called "Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport" ( It is visible from the terminal areas, but will need their shuttle. The third is Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport (, a slightly lower price bracket I think.

If you want even lower cost, take a look at the nearby City Lodge. A clean and comfortable "business-type" hotel, about 3* standard I think. (Which in S.A. is reasonably high.) They have a shuttle, at a low cost. See That site will also list the Town Lodges, and there is one of those almost next door to that City Lodge. They are separated by the independent “steakhouse” that is in lieu of an in-house hotel restaurant. (Although they both offer breakfast.) It is many years since I have stayed in either a City or Town Lodge. But I used to prefer the smaller Town Lodge, not because it is less expensive (which it is) but because they have a decent shower (no bath) instead of a bath/shower.

If you want less expensive than that, there's even a "Formula 1" in the area, a bit further away and you'd need to catch a taxi to get there. But just R249 per room, for up to 3 people! See

There are also two hotels at the nearby Emperor's Palace casino complex. The 5* D'oreale Grande ( and the 3* Metcourt Laurel Hotel. ( A very short shuttle ride to either, both websites give directions to where to catch the Emperors Palace bus.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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I have stayed at both the Intercontinental and the D'Oreale Grand which attaches to the casino as does the Metcourt Luarel.

I like that you can just walk to and from the Intercontinental -- very convenient. Quills was good but was slow service.

The advantage to the D'Oreale Grande and Metcourt Luarel is there are a number of restaurants to choose from offering different types of fare so you will have a lot more choice. The shuttle ride is only about 5-10 minutes, it is pretty close to the airport. Be warned that everybody at the airport still calls it Ceasar's, the original owner of the complex, no one seemed to know the new hotel names.

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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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There had to be a major rebranding (at a claimed cost of R26m) because after a buyout of Caesars Entertainment Inc's interests in Caesars Gauteng, the owners were not permitted to use the name Caesar's from June 2005.

Everything with a logo, even chips, had to be replaced. (
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If your friends want a special place to celebrate their anniversary, I'd recommend going into town -- the restaurants at the airport hotels are okay but nothing special. It's about 40 minutes to the norrthern suburbs where the best restaurants are located. Depending on what you like, there is a huge range of options, from more traditional South African food to French, Asian, and various forms of fusion. If you let me know what you'd like I'd be happy to recommend a place. Alternatively, you could head out to Melville or Greenside and just take a wander around, though personally I'd prefer to have a reservation for a special occasion Iike an anniversary.

Sadly my favourite place, Yum, has closed, or it would be my top recommendation.

One place I've heard a lot about but was not overly impressed by was Linger Longer. The food was good but not exceptional, and the atmosphere rather stuffy. I also found that I knew more about the wine list than the sommelier did which is always a bad sign -- I do a lot of wine tasting but I'm definitely not an expert, and any restaurant worth its salt should have someone who knows more than I do. I didn't really feel much like lingering, longer or otherwise...

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Feb 18th, 2007, 01:25 PM
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Thanks so much for your additional recommendations.

Julian, do the northern suburbs include Rosebank (which is where the Hyatt is located)? Whether or not that is part of the northern suburbs, what would a taxi likely cost from the airport to a restaurant in the northern suburbs? In terms of restaurants, I think we'd probably opt for continental (esp French) or South African. A few recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks to everyone.

John H.
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