Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

After our wonderful stay at the African Pride in Melrose Arch, we decided to switch it up a bit and go more into downtown Joburg. Next stop, the Protea Parktonian All-Suite!

While in Johannesburg we used Uber almost exclusively. It was fast, cheap, safe and convenient. The Uber from Melrose Arch to the Parktonian cost us $14.50 total. And with the exchange rate even better now, it’d be closer to $13. Can’t be that for a 7 mile trip into downtown.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Entrance

Immediately we could tell this hotel had a very different feel – but not necessarily in a bad way! Just being in the middle of the city not being the posh getaway like the last hotel.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Huge entrance signage.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Little smoking area behind the flag poles (taken from the around the front door)

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

The hotel is a tall, circular building!

The hotel is technically located in Braamfontein, located just north of the downtown city center.

It has a gated entrance manned by security and a welcoming and friendly front desk.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Front Desk!

Lobby/Food/Bar

We arrived in the late afternoon on a Sunday and the hotel was pretty quiet. The bottom floor/lobby of the hotel consist of the on-site restaurant (The Orchard), a bar (Meridians Bar), another eating conference-type room (Meridian Room), two actual meeting/conference rooms and a souvenir shop.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

From the side of the lobby looking back toward the front entrance

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Souvenir store

We spent one of our evenings hitting up the Meridians Bar. When hotel bar beers aren’t even $2 a piece and the appetizers are only $4-5, you’re going to have a good night.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Yum.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Yum v_2

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

This means we get Marriott points! This is on the window looking into the bar area.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

The dining room in the Meridians Room

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Meridians Room

The first afternoon at the hotel we had the huge lunch buffet at The Orchard – it was solid. It was about $16 total, which, for a big buffet hotel lunch with seafood, pasta and meats, is awesome. We also had breakfast there another day. The words “chicken dish” stick in my mind, because that was the main dish, but it was actually pretty tasty and cheap.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

The Orchard

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Pat striking the pose

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

View of the gated entrance from our table on the outside deck at The Orchard!

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

View of the hotel entrance door from The Orchard deck.

Room

Check in was a breeze with the help from Lydia at the front desk. We were given room 2310 on the 23rd floor.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Now, the room is very, very bare bones. There’s not a ton going on in the room and there were very little amenities. But honestly, we weren’t in the room much other than to sleep.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Kitchenette? Not really anything going on here.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Somehow I missed a picture of the tiny bedroom. My bad.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

The room had a big deck with nice views looking to the west/southwest.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Deck city

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Pano!

Rest of the hotel

Pat and I played the elevator game here a couple times – it was awesome! Basically what you do is wait in the elevator lobby and hope that one of the 3 half-broken elevators decide to work and take you down 23 floors to the lobby. Sometimes we got to play the game for up to 10 minutes! I’d highly recommend it if you get the chance.

Anyway, the hotel is 24 floors, so other than the elevator issues (which was a huge pain in the ass), being on the 23rd floor was pretty awesome because it made for good views and was only one quick flight of stairs from the 24th floor, where there was the rooftop pool, outdoor bar, gym and meeting rooms.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

24th floor hallway

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Gym. Treadmills with a view!

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Gym

The rooftop was pretty cool. It had a little bar there that they’d set up in the evenings right next to the pool, which boasted pretty awesome views of Joburg.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Rooftop bar!

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Rooftop bar seating

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Bar all set up!

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

View from the bar to the pool

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Pool (it was freezing).

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Sun deck next to the pool

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Shower next to the pool

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

View from the pool

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

The rest of the 24th floor actually has some really nice meeting rooms.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Good to see they are taking this acquisition seriously!

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Really nice meeting room

They also had a open room that you could only enter from the outside. Not sure what it was, looked like another meeting room.

Hotel Review: Protea Parktonian All-Suite Johannesburg

Service

As I mentioned earlier, the front desk staff were fantastic, specifically Lydia. She helped arrange a tour for us into JoBurg and Soweto and was always there at the desk should we have any questions. As a Marriott Platinum member, I got free unlimited internet, which is a luxury there. However, the internet would run out or not work, etc., and the front desk was always there to assist or troubleshoot the issue.

One word of caution, however. Room service seems to come in every morning at 8 am….and they don’t knock….and there’s not ‘privacy’ sign available. So be prepared for that!

Conclusion:

Overall, I really enjoyed the hotel. It was like being in a different world from Melrose Arch, but it felt more “real” and you definitely got a feel for being in the city. Both of the hotels were definitely geared towards business travelers and hosting meetings/conferences, but other than that the hotels were very, very different. A lot of people, including my family, were/have been worried about safety and security in JoBurg. I can honestly say we had zero problem with crime or danger, and the hotel felt very safe. Really a non-issue if you stick to the parts of town you should at the correct times.

If you’re looking for a hotel with a more central location close to downtown JoBurg, I would absolutely recommend!

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