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  • Anonymous

    Home@FL350
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    Good morning all.

    Having spent the majority of the past decade focused on (and traveling to) the Middle East and Asia, my professional mandate now has me doing the same in Africa.

    I’m a bit out-of-touch with the continent, having not travelled there lately and no doubt much has changed during that time.

    I plan to be in Johannesburg for nearly a week towards the end of August and would greatly appreciate any tips or suggestions for a hotel (I’m not adverse to a nice guest house either); areas to stay (most of my work will be near the airport) – I remember fondly the vibe of Melville; and restaurants. While ‘clean and safe’ are of course prerequisites, I tend to value ‘atmosphere’ over ‘luxury.’

    Am flying Qatar Airways to JNB (B787 on all sectors, which I’ve enjoyed before) and anxious to see the new ‘premium’ lounge at the new aiport.

    Many thanks to all that contributed with wonderful suggestions on my recent trip to KL; the stay was made memorable with your inputs!

    Very best wishes and thank you!


    neilsoaj
    Participant

    You should try Emperors Caesers hotel near the airport . Las Vegas styled hotel with great atmosphere as opposed to a typical business style hotel


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    I’ve been there but not stayed in the hotel. The place is certainly full of atmosphere. It’s called Emperors Palace and is a casino, cinema etc and incorporating 4 hotels each of different standing, 3/4/5 stars. I’ll be staying there in October when I pass through.


    SimonS1
    Participant

    I’m in Johannesburg at the moment.

    Staying at the Michelangelo, right on top of Mandela Square, Sandton City etc. Ideal for what I need.

    The Protea at Melrose Arch is good as well.


    maxgeorge
    Participant

    Protea Hotels are a safe bet in SA. There’s one near O.R.Tambo (JNB). They’re soon to join the very reliable Marriott chain, and can be found throughout the republic.

    You say it’s a while since you’ve been to Jo’burg, but no doubt you know the Sandton area is the place to go nowadays, which is why the Gautrain goes there instead of downtown. The old city centre is best avoided.

    JNB is a spiffy new airport, and the BA/Comair domestic “Slow” lounge is great. The one at King Shaka (DUR) is bloody marvellous, as good as the Concorde lounge in T5.

    Lekker verblyf!

    Just watch out for those pushy airport porters…


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    Welcome to SA Simon. If you’re near Knysna this weekend (the Whales have just arrived) let me know and it would be a pleasure to invite you for a lunch or dinner.

    The Michelangelo is a great hotel as is the Intercontinental next door and each have direct access to Sandton City (The Butchers Grill have great steaks btw) but my reason for agreeing with the Emperors is Home will be working near the airport and he has a myriad of restaurants to choose from as well, though I’d certainly recommend a visit to Sandton if he has time.

    As Maxgeorge suggests Protea are also fine and I’ve stayed in quite a few and I have in mind there are two (certainly one) near the airport.


    Home@FL350
    Participant

    Many thanks; all great information! Will be making my reservations early next week and will let you know what I decide.

    MaxGeorge, may also be making a quick day jaunt to DUR so will certainly have to try the lounge there as you suggest.

    Very best for now.


    maxgeorge
    Participant

    Plenty of flights – and BA subsidiary Kulula has some very cheap fares.{ But no tier points if you’re BAEC ).

    The new airport in Durban is a LONG way north of the city – with a toll en-route – so if you’re just planning a day at the beach, you’d be better off nipping across to somewhere nearby, say Salt Rock or Ballito, or down to Umhlanga.

    Ocean view restaurant, grilled kingklip, a glass of Franschoek’s finest:
    a perfect “jol”, as they say. that side!


    SimonS1
    Participant

    Thanks LP for the offer- very thoughtful.

    Just come back from three great days in Pilanesberg and sadly after meetings tomorrow and Tues I’m heading off.

    Great to see Johannesburg again after three great years living here. Luckily have just changed jobs so should be coming back more regularly.


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    Thanks Simon and best wishes in the new position. Perhaps another time?


    Home@FL350
    Participant

    I’ve booked into the Intercontinental in Sandton (the Michelangelo was fully booked, SimonS1 but looked very nice). Looks convenient enough for my work at Tambo with the Gautrain connection and also has the benefit of the restaurants at Mandela Square. Any other recommendations for dinners in the area also appreicated!

    Will be at the new QR lounge in Doha this weekend; having enjoyed the Premium terminal in DOH for many years, expectations are high.

    Thank you again for all of your help!


    SimonS1
    Participant

    Just got back from Johannesburg. The Intercon is good as well and the Gautrain is excellent.

    For dinners there are several good restaurants on the square. The a Butchers Shop is a favourite (best to book earlier in the day), Bukhara (inside) if you like Indian food. Heard mixed reviews of the Thai place but haven’t eaten there myself.

    As a bonus there is an interesting little museum near the entrance to Michelangelo from the square, worth a look if you have 30 mins to spare.


    MartynSinclair
    Participant

    Just saw an Andrew Zimmern review of Bukhara Delhi on his travel show. Apparently its constantly in the worlds top 50 restaurants… looks very interesting…


    Home@FL350
    Participant

    Martyn, Bukhara is one of my 2 favourite restaurants in India (the other being Trishna in Mumbai) and the reason I stay at the ITC Maurya (where Bukhara’s is located) when visiting Delhi!

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