Tried and Tested

Ho­tel Check • In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal ORTIA Car Check • Se­cure Drive

Business Traveller (Africa) - - CONTENTS - ■ Kate Kennedy CON­TACT T: +27 11 286 1000 E: reser­va­tions@icair­port.com W: tso­go­sun.com

BACK­GROUND:

Tsogo Sun is a promi­nent ho­tel group with a port­fo­lio of 13 casi­nos and over 100 ho­tels across Africa and the Mid­dle East. The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal brand is a fives­tar of­fer­ing, of which there are two in South Africa – the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Jo­han­nes­burg O.R. Tambo Air­port and the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Jo­han­nes­burg Sand­ton Tow­ers. My overnight stay was a last minute ar­range­ment, booked while I was stuck at Paris Charles de Gaulle In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter my flight was de­layed. Since the flight moved from a night flight to a day flight, the Gau­train had stopped run­ning by the time I landed and my car was parked at the Gau­train Sand­ton sta­tion. As op­posed to ar­rang­ing a se­ries of lifts from the air­port and my home in or­der to re­trieve my car the fol­low­ing morn­ing, a stay at the air­port was an easy choice.

WHERE IS IT?

Con­ve­niently lo­cated at O.R. Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the ho­tel is a short and safe walk, fewer than 70 me­tres, from the in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals ter­mi­nal. This makes it a great choice for trav­ellers with early de­par­tures or a late ar­rival.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES:

There are a to­tal of 109 rooms, in­clud­ing two suites, dec­o­rated and fur­nished with lux­ury in mind. My deluxe room was an ab­so­lute plea­sure af­ter a 12-hour de­lay of my flight and a night spent on the floor of an air­port lounge in Paris. I checked in at 22h00, tired and grumpy, and had to wait in line be­hind a group of spritely Amer­i­cans on the first leg of their African ad­ven­ture. It seemed like an hour be­fore I en­tered the peace and quiet of my room, but it was prob­a­bly only five min­utes. Along with a king­size bed, there was a large work desk, a flat-screen TV with satel­lite channels, a cof­fee ma­chine, bot­tled wa­ter and even a plate of bite-sized desserts wait­ing for me. I took full ad­van­tage of the large shower in the en suite bath­room, the com­pli­men­tary toi­letries, and the fluffy tow­els. Once I cleaned up, I crawled into the king-size bed for a good night's sleep. The large win­dows are sound proof, so there were no dis­tur­bances to in­ter­rupt my rest.

RESTAU­RANTS & BARS:

Ex­hausted as I was, I didn't have din­ner at Quills, but I did or­der a very tasty ham­burger from room ser­vice. Quills is open 24 hours a day and has menus ap­pro­pri­ate for any time of the day. Break­fast din­ers can choose from an a la carte se­lec­tion of hot dishes, a con­ti­nen­tal buf­fet, or a com­bi­na­tion of the two. The all-day menu of­fers a few soups, sal­ads, pasta dishes, grills and desserts. Din­ner of­fers some­thing to suit most tastes, and al­though I didn't dine dur­ing my stay, I have eaten at Quills be­fore and can con­firm that the food is top notch.

BUSI­NESS & MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES:

The ho­tel has seven well-ap­pointed and flex­i­ble board­rooms, and its two con­fer­ence rooms can ac­com­mo­date up to 80 guests. If needed, the con­fer­ence cen­tre is open 24-hours a day, sev­en­days a week. A ded­i­cated con­fer­ence team will cus­tomise the venues for busi­ness meet­ings, con­fer­ences, cock­tail par­ties and even break­fast pre­sen­ta­tions.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES:

Th­ese can be found on the top floor of the ho­tel. Un­wind from the stresses of travel at the ho­tel's in­door heated pool or the fit­ness cen­tre with its tread­mills, el­lip­ti­cal trainer, ex­er­cise balls, ex­er­cise bikes, yoga mats and free weights. And for a real in­dul­gence, you can book a ses­sion at the Camelot Health Spa.

VER­DICT:

Ooz­ing style and lux­ury, the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Jo­han­nes­burg O.R. Tambo Air­port is a real gem. The staff are friendly and help­ful, and the con­ve­nience fac­tor for trav­ellers can't be over­stated. I was sad to leave af­ter such a short stay.

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