InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers
What We Love
- A skybridge walkway to the Sandton City Shopping Centre
- Live jazz music at the Atrium Lounge every night
- A nine-room spa and fitness club with personal training services
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Pets are not allowed at this hotel
- In-room dining is available 24 hours a day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With an above-it-all vantage point of Johannesburg’s cityscape, the Intercontinental Sandton Towers is a commanding figure in the South African metropolis. Nightly jazz music mingles with simply-prepared international fare at the Atrium restaurant and bar. Nine rooms and a host of treatments fill out the spa’s service list, and a mezzanine fitness center offers personal training options. Rooms lack design pizazz but feel inviting with a muted color palette of cream and beige, pillowy beds, DVD players and coffee makers.
In the Area
North of Johannesburg proper, Sandton is a high-class district with the best of both worlds: the slower pace of suburbia with downtown vibes. Start the day peacefully with a walk at Innesfree Farm Park, and head into town to browse the boutiques at Nelson Mandela Square, a European-style piazza with live entertainment. Gallery 2 highlights almost 50 local artists with rotating exhibits and a multi-cultural collection that’s as hip as it is diverse. For dinner, head to The Butcher Shop & Grill to sample South African fare.
How to Get There
We stayed at this hotel during a recent business trip to Africa with a colleague. When we arrived at the hotel we were informed that the hotel had no record of a booking for us, and that they were fully booked, the was despite the fact that we had all the necessary paperwork from booking.com to support our booking. Rather than acknowledging that there must have been some mistake of some sorts between Intercontinental and booking.com, the front desk staff proceeded to argue with us that we did not have a booking, and refused to acknowledge the booking receipt we had, simply telling us to go away and contact booking.com. After a very heated exchange we eventually managed to get them to call booking.com who acknowledged the mistake and between them resolved the issue. Miraculously despite being fully booked they managed to provide our two rooms.....
The hotel is conveniently linked to the Sandton shopping mall which is a safe and fun place to spend your time whilst in Johanasburg, there are lots of great shops and restaurants to eat, particularly in Nelson Mandela square.
The hotel inself is clean and comfortable, the hotel gym is well equipped. I feel that the rooms are quite dated and in need of a re-fit.
Based on our treatment by the front desk staff it is unlikely I would return to this hotel, it is what I expect when travelling in Africa, but certainly not in an Intercontinental hotel.
The Intercontinental hotel is a class apart and is probably the best hotel in Johannesburg. The quality of everything is 5*. The staff are both very welcoming and efficient.
We will always stay there when on a stopover in Johannesburg.
By world standards, this is a genuine bargain - five star accommodation with knowledgeable staff and many conveniences at a great location for 1/3 of what you'd pay in Europe or the USA.
OK, in South Africa, a huge, beautiful, clean room, with a view and a walking ramp to Sandton City seems pricey compared to neighboring options, but, to me, the shuttle to the Gautrain, reliable fast wifi, convenience to shopping and dining were worth the extra rands. The check in staff could, without any hesitation, give me detailed directions to everyplace I wanted to visit.
30 years ago, all South Africans were surly and suspicious of strangers, due to the perversion of apartheid. How nice to be in a facility which takes its rainbow nation responsibilities seriously and treats visitors so well.
Stayed here for two nights, its close to the Sandton shops and eateries. The hotel has a nice bar and meal area. The rooms are well appointed. The gym is well equiped with plenty of treadmill and stand alone weight stations. Very friendly staff.
First time to Jburg and Sandton. Hailed as the richest square mile in all of Africa (which felt kind of odd that they promote this so much) the Intercontinental is a fantastic hotel. Staff are extremely helpful (tipping is expected here), the club room floors offer a smaller restaurant area and happy hour. Rooms are spacious and elegant. It’s a big hotel so can get pretty busy, a body building exhibition was on at the nearly by conference centre (Arnold Schwarzenegger was apparently attending) so plenty of sights to be seen in the hotel lobby...