SA’s airport hotels

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What could be more convenient for a business traveller than to stay at a hotel near the airport of the city they are visiting. If they only need to be in the city for meetings, they can arrange to meet at the hotel, so they won’t have to travel very far or navigate a new city. Business Traveller looks at some of the hotels located near South Africa’s major airports.

Airport Grand Hotel & Conference Centre

The Airport Grand Hotel & Conference Centre comprises 151 luxury rooms with en suite bathrooms, TV s, digital safes and direct-dialling telephones. There is a conference centre that can host up to 200 delegates, and guests will also find a restaurant (although 24-hour room service is available), a swimming pool, and foreign exchange facilities.  Distance from airport: 5 km.

Garden Court OR Tambo

Garden Court OR Tambo is ideal for business travellers because of its location and the 253 spacious en suite rooms that leave guests feeling at home and well rested. The rooms have a shower/ bath combination, direct-dial telephone, wireless Internet connectivity, television with enhanced DStv and other facilities. Self-service workstations and copy/fax facilities are available, as well as boardrooms that accommodate up to 16 people and conference facilities for up to 260 people. Distance from airport: 2,6 km. Airport shuttle: A complimentary shuttle service to the airport is provided for guests.

Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport

Offering a total of 366 rooms, the Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport provides a range of services and facilities. Guest rooms are spacious and offer every modern comfort. Guests can choose from a selection of rooms including luxurious Executive Suites. The hotel guarantees high-speed Internet access, local culinary delights and banqueting options for up to 550 guests. There is also a full business centre available on site. Distance from airport: 500m. Airport shuttle: A shuttle service to the airport is available at no charge.

Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre

Offering the best to business and leisure travellers alike, the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre is located in the heart of the East Rand. It boasts 665 accommodation rooms and 50 conference rooms. The hotel offers a selection of five dining options. Other facilities include a swimming pool, gym, squash court, sauna, steam room, beach and field soccer, business lounge and Laundromat. Distance from airport: 7 km. Airport shuttle: A complimentary hourly shuttle service is available, provided scheduled times are adhered to.

City Lodge OR Tambo Terminal

The three-star City Lodge OR Tambo Terminal offers accommodation in 303 rooms. Conference room as well as boardroom facilities are available on the property. Other facilities available to travellers at the hotel include an outdoor pool, complimentary fitness room, sameday laundry service, and parking. The hotel also has a coffee shop and bar available. Distance from airport: The hotel is located above the Multi-Storey Parkade 2, Level 5

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

The InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport is South Africa’s first luxury hotel at an airport. The 138-room hotel is positioned to meet the needs of discerning business and leisure travellers requiring the ultimate comfort and personalised service. Special features include 24-hour usage, in-flight room information and a Camelot spa complemented by a fully equipped gym. There is a restaurant and bar called Quills on the property, but in-room dining is available. Meeting facilities include two meeting rooms and five boardrooms. Distance from the airport: Walking distance.

Premier Hotel OR Tambo

The 275-room Premier Hotel OR Tambo is a full service four-star-plus hotel. Of the rooms, 45 are suites with their own lounges. Free Wi-Fi Internet connections are available in the public areas. Other facilities include a wellness spa, swimming pool deck, gym, restaurant and two bars. The hotel also features a large conference centre able to host up to 800 delegates with nine conference rooms and boardrooms. Distance from airport: 1,2 km. Airport shuttle: A complimentary shuttle bus will be available for guests soon.

Town Lodge Airport Johannesburg

Offering 135 rooms, Town Lodge Airport Johannesburg is a modern hotel that offers comfort and convenience. The air-conditioned rooms are fully carpeted and spacious with double or twin beds. Interleading rooms are available. The hotel features a sundowner bar as well as a 24-hour vending machine for snacks and beverages. Wireless Internet access is available in all commercial areas. Distance from airport: 3 km. Airport shuttle: A shuttle bus service to and from the airport is available at a nominal fee.

Protea Hotel OR Tambo

The four-star Protea Hotel OR Tambo is set in the heart of Kempton Park and is themed around an aircraft hangar. The hotel comprises 213 air-conditioned rooms. Some of the facilities include a bar, restaurant, gym and swimming pool. Conference facilities for up to 130 delegates are available as is Wi-Fi connectivity. Distance from airport: 5 minutes. Airport shuttle: A complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport is available daily between 06h00 and 23h00.

Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort

Emperors Palace is a mega hotel and casino resort conveniently located next to the airport. Guests can choose between three, four and five-star accommodation as well as a variety of restaurants, theatres, sporting events, entertainment, gaming and business venues. Distance from airport: 3 km Airport shuttle: A complimentary shuttle service runs daily, every 20 minutes between 06h00 and 23h00.

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