The 5 Best Hotels in or near Johannesburg International Airport

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If your flight arrives late at night in Johannesburg, South Africa, or if you have an early morning flight out of Johannesburg International Airport, or Oliver Tambo Airport, you may want to spend a night at a hotel in or near Johannesburg Airport instead of travelling to elsewhere in Johannesburg. You may wonder where to stay near the Johannesburg airport – let’s look at your options for hotels in or near Johannesburg Airport.

map of the 5 best hotels near johannesburg international airport
Map of the 5 best hotels near Johannesburg International Airport

Is there a hotel at the Johannesburg International Airport?

Yes, there are two hotels in the Johannesburg Airport area, but neither is in the Johannesburg Airport’s terminal areas. These are the InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel and the City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport.

According to the Skytrax World Airport Awards. Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo) is the third-best airport in Africa.

The InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel

The InterContinental Hotel is the nearest hotel to the Johannesburg Airport. The hotel is less than 70 meters from the international arrival hall, making it an excellent location as you can easily walk there. The hotel has soundproof rooms, and you can choose from twin/double rooms or suites. If you are hungry, have a meal or snack at the Quills Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. The hotel serves various breakfasts, including continental, American, vegetarian, and full English/Irish breakfasts. If you are too tired to go out for a meal, there is room service and each room has a Nespresso coffee/tea maker.

The Intercontinental Hotel OR Tambo has won an award for the best airport hotel in Africa – Skytrax World Airport Awards.

The hotel has several things to do, including an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, a spa and wellness centre, and a steam room. To contact the hotel, you can email the InterContinental hotel at the Johannesburg Airport at their email address:

The TripAdvisor reviews for the InterContinental Hotel at the Johannesburg Airport are excellent at an average of 4.5 out of 5. Guests rate the hotel highly for its location, cleanliness, and value for money. In addition, several guests mentioned that the staff at this hotel knows what it means to be an airport hotel. 

The City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

The City Lodge Hotel at the Johannesburg Airport is the second-closest hotel to the OR Tambo Airport. It is in the Northern Parkade, and you can easily walk there in less than 7 minutes. The hotel’s average rating is 4 out of 5. You can book a twin or double room at this hotel. It serves a highly-rated breakfast buffet, but if your flight is super early, they can prepare a breakfast pack for you. The hotel has a swimming pool and fitness centre on-site. A coffee shop at the hotel offers a range of hot and cold food options, including wraps and soups, but if you want a stronger drink, there is an on-site bar. In addition, there is a vending machine in the reception area and a water station to fill your bottles with free still or sparkling water.

Other hotels near Johannesburg International Airport

Now we will consider hotels that are near the Johannesburg Airport but not inside the Airport area.

There is a wide variety of hotels around Johannesburg airport, but we will first consider the hostels closest to the airport.

The Peermont D’oreale Grande at Emperors Palace

The Peermont D’oreale Grande at Emperors Palace is 2,3 km from the Johannesburg International Airport and offers a free airport shuttle between the airport and the hotel. This hotel offers two swimming pools, a fitness centre, and a spa and wellness centre. You can book a single, twin, double or various suits at this hotel. The hotel is next door to a casino that offers a variety of restaurants. 

The 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande at Emperors Palace has an average rating of 4 out of 5 on TripAdvisor. Many guests mentioned that the rooms were small but sufficient for an overnight stay.

Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo Airport

The Protea Hotel by Marriott O R Tambo Airport is less than 3.5 km from the Johannesburg International Airport, making it a perfect transit hotel. They offer a complimentary airport shuttle. This hotel has an aeroplane hanger theme with an industrial feel, white floors, chrome lighting, and steel fishes. The bottom windows of the hotel overlook the aeroplanes docking and taking off from the airport. Each room has an aviation theme. There is a restaurant on-site, the Warehouse Restaurant, that serves breakfast and other meals. You can also order room service. The hotel offers a fitness centre and outdoor pool. Something special offered by the hotel is a flight simulator. 

Guests rated this hotel 4 out 5. The TripAdvisor reviews highlighted the aviation theme as being unique. In addition, the airport shuttle runs every 30 minutes, making it convenient as a transit hotel. Something to note is that the bathroom is in the room, but a privacy curtain is available if you prefer privacy.

The Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport

The Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport is 2,9 km from the Johannesburg International Airport. As with the other hotels near OR Tambo Airport, it offers a complimentary shuttle between the hotel and the airport. You can book double and king rooms at the hotel. The Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport also offers pools and a fitness centre. The hotel offers a restaurant and an on-site bar. There are vending machines and even a barbershop. 

On TripAdvisor, guests rated the hotel 4 out of 5. Guests mentioned that the hotel rooms were outdated, but the friendly staff made up for it. There is a popular Irish pub and other options for breakfast and dinner. Guests also rated the breakfast highly.

These are the 5 best hotels in or near the Johannesburg International Airport. You can choose any of these hotels for a comfortable stay and a painless experience getting to the airport for your flight. But if none of these is to your liking, why not see other hotels near the OR Tambo Airport by clicking on the map below?

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5 best hotels in or near johannesburg international airport
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