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I'm looking for recommendations for a day hotel at JNB.

I'm looking for recommendations for a day hotel at JNB.

Old Mar 16, 18, 11:50 am
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Question I'm looking for recommendations for a day hotel at JNB.

I am booked to arrive at JNB from Cape Town in a few weeks. My flight arrives in JNB at about 8am, and my flight home to the US departs about 8pm. I'm looking for any recommendations for a day hotel at (ideally) or close to the airport (with a shuttle). But I'm open to all suggestions. I just want to chill out for the day (this is the final leg of a two week+ trip).

However if there's someplace more remote which for some reason people can suggest I use (20-30 minutes Uber or taxi), I'd consider also.

I can't stay in Cape Town for the day unfortunately.

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Old Mar 17, 18, 1:02 am
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I don't have experience with day hotels, but there are some listed here.

There are other options to "chill out" if you don't need a room and bed. Will you have access to any lounges at JNB? You can purchase a pass to the Shongololo Lounge, for example (this would be after you've gone through security for your departing flight). If you're leaving the airport, you could take the Gautrain to Rosebank, a district with upscale shops and restaurants.
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Old Mar 17, 18, 7:58 am
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The logical options are the IC and City Lodge, both directly opposite from the terminals, a few minutes' walk away. No need to take a shuttle anywhere. To catch a shuttle you anyway have to walk right past the IC to the shuttle bus station at its back. Makes no sense.

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I second the suggestion for the Intercontinental , it’s less than a 5 minute walk from the airport terminal. I’ve stayed there overnight several times between arriving on the long ATL-JNB flight and heading out on early morning safari flights.

The rooms are soundproofed from airplane noise and there are blackout curtains which would make for an ideal day room experience.
The hotel’s restaurant “ Quills” offers a varied menu . It also has a nice outdoor patio where you can eat or chill with a drink.
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We usually stay at the Peermont d'Oreale Grande a couple of miles from the airport. It's in a gated complex with several hotels, nice grounds and attached to a casino which also includes a nice selection of restaurants. Although the casino area is tacky the hotel itself isn't and the restaurants are good. The grounds are nice and safe to wander through.

If you're planning to use one of the airline lounges remember you won't be able to check in until 3 or 4 hours before your flight actually leaves. From a security aspect I would avoid checking my bags through and collect them in JNB,
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Old Mar 18, 18, 9:48 am
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The Intercontinental is my go to hotel. It's an easy walk. I generally have a free credit card night that I use. Otherwise, it's a pricey place to stay. We didn't find the food good at Quills when we were there in December. There are Protea hotels (cheap with Marriott points) that are easy shuttle rides away. I have not stayed in them. There's also the Gautrain that you can take into town. We stayed at the Radisson Blu on one trip, immediately across from the station. If you will be rested when you arrive, I'd be inclined to do this as I think it is a more interesting area to walk around.
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Old Mar 18, 18, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
We didn't find the food good at Quills when we were there in December.
Quills has been in gentle but steady culinary decline for years now.I used to dine there before every evening longhaul flight I took out of JNB, but in recent years I've figured that I might as well have a bite at one of the many places in the terminal food court. Certainly no gourmet food, but some of them are pretty decent.


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Old Mar 18, 18, 4:11 pm
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Thanks for the feedback all. Very useful.

I don't really want to go too far so by consensus it looks like the Intercon. Especially as they seem to have a day rate 9-5, which will fit well.

As pointed out, I won't be able to get into the (crappy, Air France) lounge until close to departure, so that's not an option. Different bookings also so I will have my bags with me.

Great advice as usual. Thanks FT!
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Originally Posted by dwugson View Post
If you're planning to use one of the airline lounges remember you won't be able to check in until 3 or 4 hours before your flight actually leaves.
A general comment: While this can indeed be an obstacle, there are some possible ways around it (some of the following assumes no checked bags, which is not OP's situation).
1. If your airline has more than one flight per day from this airport and you're not on the first one, you typically have the option to check in and enter the lounge earlier. (A slight reason for me to prefer a flight operated by an airline with a hub at the departure airport when possible -- e.g., QF for SYD-HKG but CX for HKG-SYD.)
2. You might be able to check in online or at a kiosk before the airline's check-in counter opens (but this isn't as likely for international flights).
3. A tactic that has worked for me: If you have access to a counter or lounge of the relevant airline before boarding the incoming flight, and within 24 hours of the outgoing flight, it may be possible to get your boarding pass issued then. (For example, in mileage runs where I -- much like OP -- have a day to kill at JNB, I can get my upcoming JNB-LHR pass printed in the LHR BA lounge at the 24-hour mark just before boarding LHR-JNB, and then can reenter JNB security at leisure.)
4. If you don't go through immigration but stay in transit (i.e., spend the whole layover in the airport), you can often get through transit security to the departing gates and lounges with just a printed itinerary/receipt showing your onward flight, if the airline's transfer desk isn't open or accessible.
5. If the problem is that the airline's own lounge is not open early enough (or not of good quality), there may be another lounge you have access to (including by paying).

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Old Mar 19, 18, 9:07 am
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As pointed out, I won't be able to get into the (crappy, Air France) lounge
That lounge close at least a year and a half ago.

KLAF pax can use the Slow Lounge, which is a vast improvement over that crappy one.

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Originally Posted by johan rebel View Post
That lounge close at least a year and a half ago.

KLAF pax can use the Slow Lounge, which is a vast improvement over that crappy one.

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Really? I thought I used it last April, but maybe I am mistaken - is the Slow lounge upstairs via an escalator? I recall having a problem finding a lounge somewhere last year and it might have been JNB. My brane is not too good these days!

Is the new lounge good for any SkyTeam pax? I'm on DL.
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Really? I thought I used it last April, but maybe I am mistaken - is the Slow lounge upstairs via an escalator?
You may be right.

I cannot recall exactly when it closed, for most of last year I used other airlines for my JNB flights, and thus other lounges.

Yes, the Slow Lounge is upstairs, as are almost all the other lounges.

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Originally Posted by johan rebel View Post
You may be right.

I cannot recall exactly when it closed, for most of last year I used other airlines for my JNB flights, and thus other lounges.

Yes, the Slow Lounge is upstairs, as are almost all the other lounges.

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No, you are correct. I remember trekking all the way to where the AF lounge was and having to turn back and find the new one.
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I stayed at the OR Tambo Protea coming in from CPT and departing to DXB the next morning. I actually found it to be a bit of trek considering it was the OR Tambo location. It was a short uber away but SUPER cheap with Marriott points. There was a free shuttle though I landed too late and departed too early to use it. The hotel was new-ish and close-ish and incredibly reasonable. Just in case for some reason the InterCon doesn't work out.
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Old Mar 27, 18, 12:21 pm
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Thanks D - I'm not going to use points though (business trip) so I'm likely to use the IC.
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