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City Lodge Airport Hotel in Johannesburg South Africa

City Lodge Airport Hotel in Johannesburg South AfricaOn a recent trip to South Africa, we had a night to kill in Johannesburg because of an awkward connecting flight time. This could be a common problem when the World Cup hits South Africa in 2010.

We decided to stay that the City Lodge Airport Hotel in Johannesburg, here is my review:

Price: About £40 per night
The City Lodge Airport Hotel in Johannesburg, is as the name suggests conveniently located near the Johannesburg International Airport. There is a transfer shuttle bus from the Airport to the hotel every half-hour, which takes about 5 minutes.

We arrived at around 6am and found the shuttle bus waiting at the “public transport” area located outside the hotel, the driver was courteous and helpful and we were soon at the check in desk. This service is very convenient, but the hotel does charge an nominal 44 rand fee (about £3) per person.

The hotel is also not far from the giant Eastgate shopping center in Johannesburg. We organised a taxi to take us there from the reception and it cost us 90 rand (£6) and there are taxis available from the center to take you back to the hotel.

Our room was clean and tidy and came with the usual including air-conditioning and a nice flat screen TV. The bathroom had a fantastic shower, which was very welcome after the 10 hour flight from London Heathrow Airport.

Outside there is a nice pool area and peaceful garden, at the end of which is a small gym that guests can use free of charge. That afternoon, we sat and enjoyed a sun-downer in the garden and watched the local bird life that included a Hadada Ibis that came down onto the lawn just in front of us.

Meals were interesting as you can either order for the small hotel menu, or as we did go to the reception and order a “delivery service” from a number of local restaurants that will deliver the food to the hotel, who then will set up a table for you in the dinning area for you to eat your meal. I think this is a fantastic way of helping local businesses as well as allowing you the guest a greater choice of food.

If I had one bad thing to say about the City Lodge Airport Hotel, it would be that the area surrounding the hotel is not that scenic, but being near to the airport, I guess you should kind of expect it.

Safari-Guide Opinion
Overall the hotel is excellent for the price and is very conveniently located to the airport and is perfect should you need a one night stay-over. Highly recommended.

City Lodge Airport Hotel
, 1610


At the Barbara Rd exit off the R24
4km from O.R.Tambo International Airport
3km from Edenvale or 8km from Eastgate for shopping & dining out

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