$86 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Nov 29, 2014 Check-out: Nov 30, 2014

Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

4 stars
20 Maude Street Sandown Sandton, SANDOWN SANDTON 2146 :SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg, 2196
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
12 reviews
Overnight for airport travel

Hotel was great. About $50 metered taxi from airport, $60 for return to airport. They let us stay... See full review

  • JudyAK
  • May 2, 2012
Great hotel in a great location

I booked this hotel online because it was close to a meeting I had scheduled. There were several... See full review

  • 2204rob
  • Nov 21, 2011
For those who seek quality and elegance, the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is the distinctively superior choice. Established in 1949, Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a privately owned hotel, set in the heart of Sandton, South Africa.The two sections of this stylish 330-bedroom property each have their own private garden and swimming pool, lending a distinctive atmosphere of luxurious tranquility to the hectic schedule of business people and tourists alike. Each of the rooms is tastefully furnished to portray the ultimate in comfort and style, with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. Most of the Crown Court suites sport their own spa-baths.The personalized service of the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a quality not easily matched and extends a welcoming hand to you, the busy traveler. The hotel offers airport shuttle, business centre, concierge, conference facilities, handicap rooms, high speed Internet, pool, restaurant, room service, wireless Internet, and somke free property.

Hotel Map

-26.1042 28.0582
Area served
Johannesburg.
Nearby airports
Tambo International Airport.
Area description
Located in the Heart of the Sandton Central Business District this hotel that celebrates is 60th birthday this year is at the core of the corporate mecca. With world class shopping and business services at everyone’s fingertips, the hotel is only minutes away from the world renown Sandton City Shopping centre and is centrally located to all other services and facilities that may ever be required.

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Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton Rooms

STANDARD - SUITE
This room offers one king bed or one twin bed. tastefully decorated to match the needs and desires of the discerning traveler. The room has in room safe as well as individually controlled air conditioners. The room boasts relaxing colors and tones, the perfect place to call home at the end of a hard day at the office or the ideal place to celebrate your wedding night or any other special event.
STANDARD - ROOM
This room offers one king bed or one twin bed. tastefully decorated to match the needs and desires of the discerning traveler. The room has in room safes as well as individually controlled air conditioners. The room boasts relaxing colors and tones, the perfect place to call home at the end of a hard day at the office or the ideal place to celebrate your wedding night or any other special event.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Pool
General
Air conditioned
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Exercise gym
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Room
Satellite TV

Nearby points of interest

  • Ellis Park Stadium: 6.5 mi
  • Soccer City Stadium: 10.2 mi

Dining

The Colony Restaurant
Located in the heart of the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, and overlooking the beautiful gardens and swimming pool, lies The Colony restaurant. The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast from 06h30 to 10h00, serves a lavish full English and Continental breakfast buffet. The restaurant is closed for lunch and dinner. Prokard Gold is accepted.
Lords Cigar Bar
A sophisticated Lounge bar, decorated in luxurious solid wood furnishings, chandeliers, and rich plush upholstery. A vast variety of specialty cocktails are available. Hot savories are served daily at 17h00. International cigars from all over the world are available to the guests.
The Pool Bar and Terrace
Two sparkling swimming pools surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. The terrace overlooks the main swimming pool, and offers a delectable light menu, which is available between 11h00 and 18h00. The gardens create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, certainly "A lovely bit of country in the heart of Sandton".
The Bull Run Restaurant
a premier establishment famed for it’s prime cuts of exquisite South African beef - stored and served via it’s own in-house butchery – and an extensive selection of the finest Cape wines. Situated opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and near popular nightspots in the up market suburb of Sandton, the pulse, energy and vibe of the Bull Run caters for any occasion – be it a business lunch to close that power-deal, dinner before a night on the town, a catered corporate function or exclusive private party.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (12)

Ratings and reviews for Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
12 out of 12
Amenities:
4.2
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.5

83% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Peter vdh
Business
Brussels abelgium
Mar 17, 2014

Don't come here to rest

Bull Run restaurant super, the food as well as the service, Hennie has it all under control. Hotel Staff nice and friendly but if you try to rest, forget it. You hang "do not disturb" on the door, so they phone you for all kinds of nonsense. If you complain nothing changes. At 10:30 PM they are cleaning the rooms next to you because the next Airline crew is coming in. Talking to Manager Mattew certainly didn't solve the problems. Pity could have been a nice place for our sales to saty 5 weeks per year but my advise is negative.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
M1D1R1
Business
Canada
Apr 8, 2013

A good hotel for Joburg

The hotel is nice and 10 minutes from Standton station and the shopping centres. The room was well appointed, comfortable and cosy. Breakfast was also great. No complaints, and for the price, I would book again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
BioPower Traveller
Business
Lusaka, Zambia
Mar 2, 2013

Good conference venue

It was very convenient to attend the Methane Power Conference and stay at the same place. The room was nice and relaxing, and the food was good, also for the breaks at the conference, including cappuccino. Next time, I would go to the same place. Good value for money.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Geol
Business
Johannesburg
Aug 6, 2012

Convenient Location!

I enjoyed my stay....convenient location to many J'burg areas and shopping. 5 minutes walk from the Gautrain Sandton Station. Advise, from the OR Tambo Airport, get on a Gautrain, its cheaper faster and less hustles.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Mandela Square, Gautrain Station, Micheal Angelo Mall

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JudyAK
Business
Upstate New York
May 2, 2012

Overnight for airport travel

Hotel was great. About $50 metered taxi from airport, $60 for return to airport. They let us stay until 4 pm at no extra charge! Dean in the restaurant was a dear, friendly and accommodating. Pools & gardens were lovely. Shopping next door mostly gone as hotel is expanding into that area. Food was fantastic.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Fantastic. Bull Run for dinner was great. Breakfast buffet very good.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
2204rob
Business
Lumberton, NC, USA
Nov 21, 2011

Great hotel in a great location

I booked this hotel online because it was close to a meeting I had scheduled. There were several much more expensive hotels nearby, but I opted for this one. I was very impressed with this boutique-like hotel. It reminded me o fhte Four Seasons in Santa Barbara. Lush gardens and pools, a very pleasant staff, excellent restaurant on site, 5 minute walking distance to Sandton City (shopping and office complex) and 10 minutes to the Gautrain Station (which can be got to direct from the airport for 120ZAR. I have another meeting in a few months in the same place, I will definitely rebook here and highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Great steaks and great red wines.. very affordable. Also, room service was excellent and very affordable.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
GGail
Business
Connecticut
Aug 15, 2011

Jo-burg hotel

Good hotel - very far from airport. Available shuttle is not free. Good restaurants nearby. Blueprint of hotel very confusing! Power strip use shut down power; phone access not working, but repaired quickly. Staff very helpful and pleasant.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Pittsburgh, PA
May 23, 2011

The shuttle to and from the airport is v

The hotel is very nice and secure, but nobody told me that I would pay $150 USD round trip for the airport shuttle to the hotel. Look for a cheaper alternative closer to the JNB airport!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Find a hotel closer to the airport that costs less than $225 per night that has a free shuttle to the airport! I paid $237 total for hotel and shuttle for ONE night's stay!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
peru
Mar 31, 2011

unforgettable holidays

I traveled alone to South Africa and my stay was good because the hotel staff helped me a lot to choose where I should go and how.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

You have to be sure of the length of your stay because there are many places to visit.

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Review of Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Philadelphia, PA
Mar 14, 2011

Nice modest rooms, beautiful grounds

Great location and beautiful, ornate lobby, restaurant, and other main areas. The outdoor grounds are also gorgeous. The rooms, however, are just fine. Nothing wrong with them, just a little modest and dated. The bathrooms do seem to have been renovated recently and are very modern and well-appointed. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel a 10-minute walk or 3-minute drive (free shuttle!) from the Gautrain Sandton station. It is conveniently attached to a shopping center with a car rental company, a supermarket, and a number of other retail/service shops (luggage, spa, clothing, etc.).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: In Hotel

If you're staying here and will need a car during your stay in Johannesburg, don't rent at the airport - instead take the train to Sandton and rent from the place adjacent to the hotel (Tempest, I think, but the concierge will direct you to them).

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