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Room Report: Premier Hotel OR Tambo Airport

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Arrival Experience: Guests arrive at the Premier Hotel OR Tambo via complimentary shuttle, which is easily found from the airport's hotel transfer station. All hotel shuttles are located there, and direct signage leads guests there without concern. The regular hourly schedule means that most guests need not wait long before arriving at the pleasant reception area. A soothing fountain at the hotel's driveway entrance is a pleasant first greeting. Service is swift, and tired arrivals are happy to find the complimentary coffee and tea station open at all hours located just next to the check-in area.

Dining: The hotel's main restaurant serves three meals a day with views of the hotel's courtyard. Breakfast buffet selections include numerous hot items and a customizable omelet station. Throughout the day, an international menu is on offer, which is especially popular with conference guests or jetlagged travelers on an alternate meal schedule than the average South African.

Accommodations: This is the hotel's best asset providing modern sleeping quarters at a fraction of the price of most other hotels. Higher floors have great views of the active runway although soundproofing is excellent. Many of the suites feature balconies. Bathrooms are packed with environmentally friendly toiletries and stacks of terrycloth towels. Suites feature deep soaking tubs, and all rooms have spacious closets with full-length mirrors and topped with free bottled water. Large work desks have rolling desk chairs with free wireless high speed Internet, adjustable work lamps, and plentiful work space. Electronic do not disturb signs are a modern touch, and all rooms offer flat-screen cable TVs. Air conditioning units are adjusted via convenient remote controls.

Conclusion: A swimming pool and fitness center provide fine alternatives for those that want to work out. The full conference center does a solid business for events that need quick proximity to the airport. A huge advantage of the hotel is its convenience to flights without having to weather the traffic into town. Complimentary wireless high speed Internet throughout the property is a major asset too. The staff is extremely friendly, quite unique for a busy airport hotel, and the short ride to the airport puts this value-oriented hotel at the top of the value-focused list for an OR Tambo layover or quick meeting on the outskirts of Jozi. The new Gautrain system whisks guests into the central business district and Sandton on a regular schedule.

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