The Intercontinental is ludicrously convenient for the airport, literally opposite Arrivals by zebra crossing, but is surprisingly tranquil. It is elegant and stylish. Rack rates are high so you need to reserve in advance (including for part day stays if you want to use the facilities of the hotel to freshen up on a stopover or after a long flight).
The lobby and staff are very welcoming, and nothing seems too much trouble for the concierge staff. If you have not arranged tours in advance with our guides, you can choose something here, and get current advice on what’s good to see, eat and drink nearby.
On the ground floor, Quills restaurant is excellent and a real treat if you have been eating boerewors and pap after time in the bush. It specialises in South African produce, and always has some game options on the menu.
The bar is open continuously, specialising in South African wines and offering many different styles and varietals by the glass. There is an extensive range of malt whisky and cocktails as well as a selection of local beers. A light snack menu is available all day round.
Classic rooms have spacious showers and comfortable king beds. Blackout curtains and soundproofing ensure a night of relaxation. Wireless internet and ample natural light make it unnecessary to venture outside.
Twenty six executive rooms are massive and located on the corners of the building with views of the busy airport at work. Two suites nestle on the top floor.
SPA & TREATMENTS
There is a spa with masseuses, steam room and a variety of treatments. There is an excellent gym.
A business center is open round the clock, offering the usual services including computer hire, printing, scanning and fax. A doctor is on call too.
LATE CHECKOUT : REWARDS
Normal check in times are 2pm, with check out at 11am. Later check out is possible at a cost. It may be cheaper to buy the chain’s reward card if you intend to delay check out.
Grand Central and Lanseria airports are a short transfer away.