Protea OR Tambo is a short complimentary shuttle service from the airport and is ideal for an overnight between your connecting flights.
InterContinental O.R.Tambo International Airport
The InterContinental O.R.Tambo is a comfortable hotel with a contemporary style, located just a few metres from Johannesburg’s largest airport. Despite its proximity to the airport, soundproofing ensures peace and quiet, with the spacious, well-appointed rooms and suites making for a pleasant overnight stay for those arriving or departing this culture-rich city. While boasting a modern décor, the hotel reflects its traditional African heritage in the local artwork and tribal masks that adorn its walls, as well as in the local cuisine served in its on site restaurant, Quill. Staff are friendly and will be happy to point you in the direction of Johannesburg’s best attractions.
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Rooms are well-appointed and split into three categories. All feature spacious en suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, individually-controlled air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi access, while soundproofing ensures you’re not disturbed by any noise from the airport.
The entry-level Deluxe rooms are 32 square metres in size and sleep two guests in a large double bed. Executive rooms are more spacious at 44 square metres and feature an additional seating area, while the 68 square metre Suites offer further space and comfort, featuring a separate study, a lounge/dining area, an additional guest bathroom and a king sized bed.
The hotel is just a short walk from Johannesburg’s international airport, serving as a gateway to Johannesburg and elsewhere, with domestic flights also departing from the airport. It has easy access to rail transport, taxi services and car hire, as well as the cultural attractions of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, which also has an excellent range of bars and restaurants.
Food and drink
The main restaurant, Quill, offers authentic African cuisine alongside international dishes in an elegant setting, with an 18 metre porcupine quill mobile providing a focal point. Open 24 hours a day, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with much of the menu specialising in local delicacies such as springbok, crocodile and warthog. There’s a well-stocked bar serving cocktails, beers and local wines. Guests can also dine in their room.
Facilities and activities
Guests can unwind before or after a flight at the hotel’s Camelot Spa, which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments while overlooking the city. There’s also an indoor heated pool and a well-equipped gym. Staff will be happy to recommend places to visit or eat out in Johannesburg, which is well-known for its art and culture scene.
Wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request.
We think this is a very comfortable, convenient and surprisingly peaceful place to overnight at Johannesburg, especially if you have an early connection the following morning, with the international and domestic arrivals and departures just metres away.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa is an absolutely fantastic property offering standards and service that few can surpass as well as offering a retreat from bustling Johannesburg.
A beautifully renovated colonial home dating back to the 1950s, this is an owner-run boutique hotel in an upmarket area of Johannesburg. It’s a quiet retreat within a busy city and is ideal for a stopover or an extended stay.
The Southern Sun is a convenient hotel if you are catching early flights due to its proximity to the airport.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The tour begins in the affluent, leafy suburb of Houghton before making its way to Hillbrow, a jarring contrast in living conditions, before arriving in downtown Johannesburg - the historical heart of Johannesburg.