Is the OR Tambo Southern Sun the Best Hotel in Johannesburg?

That is an unbiased evaluation of a  Johannesburg  lodge. The writer has no hyperlinks and acquired no incentive to write down this assessment.

Travelling to  Johannesburg  is a frequent prevalence for me so it helps to discover a luxurious lodge in shut proximity to the airport.

Through the years the OR Tambo Southern Solar lodge has all the time been my base apart from one event. In truth I'm now registered with their Southern Solar frequent visitor card. Nevertheless, I've no affiliation to the lodge apart from the frequent visitor card. That is solely my second time in utilizing the cardboard.

The lodge, fondly referred to as "The Glass Home" by locals because of its exterior look was a part of the Vacation Inn chain. At the moment the lodge was common however since being re-branded a number of years in the past, the decor and repair has improved a good bit.


In case you are lucky to have somebody decide you up from the airport then your driver will respect the comparatively brief drive. The lodge is located near the doorway street to the airport, perhaps 2 minutes away.

My arrival time was not fitted to colleagues to gather me so I availed myself of the complimentary lodge shuttle bus. As you cross by way of Arrivals within the airport simply stroll in the direction of the indicators labelled as "Bus Terminal" and wait there for the bus.

Warning: Ensure you get on the right bus! Sounds apparent however a few of the individuals loitering round this space will attempt to persuade you that their bus is heading that method. Do not do it!

The bus is clearly labelled as "Southern Solar" and can both be all black or a white one with a black label.

Examine in

On arriving on the lodge you might come throughout over keen porters looking for to assist together with your baggage. Even when your baggage is minimal they might love to assist, for a tip on the finish.

At check-in I notified the receptionist man of my surname beneath which the reserving was made and confirmed my frequent visitor card. He did not come throughout as the neatest since he requested me to put in writing down my handle particulars despite the fact that I might see them seem on the reserving particulars on his display.

There was additionally a problem I had with him over web entry which I am going to talk about under.

Examine in did not take too lengthy and fortunately there have been sufficient employees on reception to keep away from queuing. This isn't all the time the case.

The foyer space was very spacious and cozy to maneuver round with some gentle seats unfold throughout the world. From the foyer you've speedy entry to an appropriate fitness center/health room, the restaurant, Bernoulli's bar and Caroline's (which is a magnificence salon).


The room is cheap while not overly beneficiant in measurement. Mine had a cushty double mattress with a choice of 4 pillows. Regardless of this I discovered not one of the pillows agency sufficient for my liking. They have been additionally fairly flat one I rested my head.

There's a affordable measurement work desk with energy sockets. Clearly catering to worldwide guests there was a multi-plug socket which might settle for UK, European, American and Australian plugs.

There's an air con unit by the window which you'll be able to management by a dial on the unit.

Tea and occasional making amenities are current. A number of Nescafe immediate coffees plus one "Inexperienced Tea & Mint" tea bag, one Rooibos (which I actually do not like however South Africans love) plus 2 Ceylon tea luggage.

The Southern Solar has spoilt the celebration a bit of bit by eradicating the fridge/mini bar so there's a massive hole behind the door on the TV cupboard.

The TV is an effective measurement (I assume at 40") digital wide-screen TV. I think it isn't cable as there are frequent "No or weak sign" messages when channel hoping. This even occurs while watching a channel.

The TV choice on the OR Tambo lodge is different with film, information and the seven Tremendous Sport channels (which function Premier League soccer). I used to be annoyed to return again to my room as we speak to seek out the channels had been retuned. I might not discover Sky Information (sure information from the UK) so ended up watching RT (Russia At this time) information channel earlier than it misplaced the sign.

After this frustration I discovered one thing referred to as BBC Way of life which was displaying the UK model of "Come Dine with Me". (Do you know there's a Come Dine with Me South Africa?). While watching this, to my amazement a bar appeared throughout the underside of the display displaying the channel identify. Then somebody centrally instantly began altering the channel while I used to be watching it! Not a great signal should you ask me.

My room within the Southern Solar lodge additionally lacked the customary iron and ironing board. This needed to be borrowed on request. This can be a nice disgrace for what pitches to be a excessive class lodge but with out this primary accent.

The toilet is nice in decor with a light-weight cream color. There's a bathe solely however that is highly effective and sufficient. The complimentary toiletries do odor fairly good.

The room is sort of small so do not be too wild in towelling your self off!

The bathroom appeared absolutely practical and the sink had a great measurement mirror above it.

I used to be additional dissatisfied although as there was no socket to plug in an electrical razor while within the toilet.

Room Service

I used the room service a couple of occasions, while writing for my weblog. The meals was fairly priced for a lodge, round £10 for an sufficient foremost dish and a juice drink. (I stayed in October 2012 while writing this text.)

Supply was typically promised inside half an hour and this promise was stored. The meals typically arrived earlier. The supply employees have been nice and courteous.

The room service did let itself down at 2:25 this morning. I used to be awoken by a persistent knocking on the door solely to seek out room service have been making an attempt to ship an order to my room. The waitress with tray in hand queries me once I defined that I used to be making an attempt to sleep and I hadn't ordered something. After a little bit of mild persuasion she left and I attempted to return to sleep.

Restaurant and Bar

The restaurant is of an excellent measurement, it needs to be since in the course of the week the OR Tambo Southern Solar is a busy lodge with enterprise and frequent travellers, not identical to myself.

Complimentary papers may be discovered right here throughout breakfast time.

The breakfast is an all you'll be able to eat buffet which has slightly one thing for everybody. The juices are recent and the cold and hot meals choices are in depth.

There's additionally a large ranging night buffet choice. An A-La-Carte menu does exist but ready employees attempt to urge you to take the buffet. Both they're being lazy or simply need to give the kitchen a relaxation.

Ready employees are usually excessive in quantity and appear very desperate to take away any plate as quickly as you end consuming from it.

The bar is nicely introduced and cozy with an honest drinks choice. There's additionally a TV displaying a information channel (when they don't seem to be flipping channels!).


Sadly a totally complimentary web service isn't obtainable on the airport lodge. Frequent friends can achieve a voucher for two hours a day. Everybody should buy a variety of vouchers relying upon their wants.

On verify in I requested a voucher at some stage in my keep and indicated to cost it to my room. The man on verify in stated that they solely situation day by day vouchers. Regardless that I queried it initially based mostly on my earlier visits I accepted the voucher and headed to the room.

I then checked the voucher and located it was for two hours solely moderately than a day by day one which he indicated. On complaining and explaining that he hadn't listened to what I requested for he apologised.

A extra senior receptionist resolved the matter and issued me a voucher all through my keep.

The web connection, just like the TV in South Africa is unreliable. Typically good, someday not. One night it went down at round eight:30 and did not work once more till the subsequent day.

Different options

The Southern Solar has an outside small swimming pool. It doesn't seem for use a lot so that you may get it to your self.

The fitness center could be very trendy and nicely outfitted. There are additionally a variety of TV screens to maintain you intrigued while pounding the treadmill.

The foyer space has a store with overpriced souvenirs. There's fairly an excellent vary to discover.

I did not use any of those different options on this journey however have up to now.

Remaining impression

Tomorrow I take a look at from the lodge with combined views.

The lodge could be very properly adorned and employees are nice and usually in glad spirits. Amenities are usually wonderful and the situation is right for the airport.

The enhancements I might make on the OR Tambo airport lodge are:-

  • higher web connection which is absolutely complimentary
  • mini bar/fridge within the room
  • iron and ironing board as normal in all rooms
  • electrical socket for shavers within the rest room

I might additionally respect some extra attentive employees and never being woken at 2:25am!

Have you ever stayed in a lodge with comparable points? Be happy to share your expertise within the feedback field.

General I might price the OR Tambo Southern Solar lodge  in   Johannesburg  as 6 out of 10. It's snug however the OR Tambo Southern Solar is just not one of the best lodge  in   Johannesburg  by a great distance.

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