Providing convenience, style and all the amenities you’d expect from an upmarket hotel, the InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel offers travellers a relaxing oasis in the center of one of the world’s busiest airports.
On the way to safari at andBeyond Kirkman's Kamp, Cathy and I overnighted at the InterContinental Hotel at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Having flown overnight from London, Cathy and I immediately headed out of the arrivals terminal towards this upmarket hotel.
I am not normally a fan of hotel airports but the InterContinental may have changed my mind. Check-in at this award-winning Art Deco style hotel was smooth and efficient, and we were assured that our room would be completely silent, despite the hustle and bustle of the nearby airport. This would indeed prove to be the case and we slept soundly through the night on pillowtop beds that were incredibly comfortable.
The food at the hotel’s restaurant, Quills, was reasonably priced and incredibly tasty. The restaurant features a bar/lounge, and serves up African cuisine as well as international favourites. The hotel also offers 24-hour room service, as well as minibars that are stocked with some complimentary items.
While we didn’t have the chance to use it I gave the hotel full marks for the on-site gym and indoor pool which had a great view (although the facilities were on the smaller side). There is also an on-site spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials—perfect for stressed-out or tired travellers.
Hotel staff were accommodating and friendly and went out of their way to make our stay special. We also appreciated the charging station next to the bed that did not require a converter to charge our North American electronics.
Other features the InterContinental offers include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and express check-in. Self parking is available onsite.
Africa’s second-busiest airport, the O.R. Tambo is extremely confusing, and one can quite easily get lost deciding to use terminal A or terminal B. The InterContinental is a breath of fresh air. It’s the perfect choice to ensure a good night’s sleep where you can awake refreshed and complete a quick three minute walk from the door of the hotel to the terminal. I would highly recommend the InterContinental to anyone who needs to transit on arrival or prior to departure from O.R. Tambo.
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