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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 June 2015

I would like to say thank you for the excellent service and experience we received from the Balalaika hotel in Sandton. We had an amazing time and what a beautiful place. The staff was so professional and friendly. I will definitely come back. Again thank you.

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘awillemse’. Thank you for your kind feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. This is very much appreciated. We are very pleased to read that your all round experience was such a positive one and we were able to contribute towards making your stay special. We look forward in welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Jörg Zwinscher General Manager & TEAM

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 June 2015

My wife and I booked in for an over night stay at the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton, where we were greeted at the front door with smiles and enthusiasm. Paula, at the front desk made us feel at home from the start, wishing my wife and I a happy anniversary. We were escorted to our room and to our surprise...

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘PKnoechl’. Thank you for taking the time to write on ‘tripadvisor’. It is wonderful to read that you enjoyed your all round stay with us and that you found the STAFF so friendly. Your praise about Paula, Craig and Christine in particular is much appreciated! It is wonderful that the TEAM was able to assist in making your stay...

Chorley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 May 2015

Just like to update my review, I have been staying with business. As always I was made to feel like I was part of the family. The hotel and bedrooms are very clean, breakfast excellent. The location is perfect for Sandton City. The bedrooms are all being refurbished , I got a chance to look at one with the new...

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Mike H’ Thank you for your kind words on ‘tripadvisor’ and for taking the time to do so. It is wonderful to read that your all round experience was such a positive one and that you feel like you are ‘part of the Balalaika family ‘. We are all very excited about the refurbishment of our rooms. We thank...

Bellville, South Africa
Reviewed 27 May 2015

By all accounts this hotel is convinient and well run. Nothing to write home about but all the basicsare in place and it's a block or two away fromMandela Square and the Sandton shopping plaza. It has an amazing restuarant ajoining the property that allows you to not need transport to get to a very upmarket eatery

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Baz055’. Thank you for your kind feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. How wonderful that you found our location to be beneficial to you and that you enjoyed the Bull Run Restaurant adjacent to us. Kind regards, Jörg Zwinscher General Manager & TEAM

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 25 May 2015

I can't recommend it considering all the other hotel options in the area. I booked at the hotel because of it's great location to the Convention Centre and Sandton City. I had a 3 day conference so booked 3 nights from Friday to Sunday. The dinner at the Bull Run was great, so was the service. We didn't have breakfast...

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Carolmacc’ Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. Your kind words about our friendly shuttle service, the Bull Run restaurant and our Concierge TEAM, are greatly appreciated. – However it is most concerning for us to read that it seemed your experience with our Housekeeping TEAM & with our Reception TEAM when checking out,...

Kaiserslautern, Germany
Reviewed 20 May 2015

18 years that I am coming to Johannesburg and I refrain from searching for better value for money; the Balalaika was my first stay (a fri!!ing cold May in 1997) and I will choose it again and again... Conveniently located across the JSE and 300 m from Mandela Square and its attractions, I can recommend it for your business stay,...

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Pargoman’. Thank you very much for taking the time to write your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. We are delighted that your overall stay was a memorable one with us. We thank you for your loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Jörg Zwinscher General Manager & TEAM

Cape Town
Reviewed 19 May 2015

I have enjoyed staying at Protea Hotels and signed up for their Gold card and approached my stay at the Balalaika with some anticipation. Lets start with the Good. The dinner at the Bull Run was great with a good vibe and I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast - top class. The Concierge was also very helpful. However, apart from the...

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Andre H’. Your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’ is appreciated. Thank you for your kind words about our Concierge TEAM, our breakfast and the Bull Run Restaurant. - Please accept our sincere apologies for the fact that your experience otherwise seemed to have been such a disappointing one. May we ask if you brought any of your concerns to the attention...

Lusaka, Zambia
Reviewed 19 May 2015

Stayed in Protea Balalaika for one night on a business trip, the location is great within walking distance of Nelson Mandela Square and the convention center, but the rooms are small and old! Functional, and reasonably comfortable. Overpriced for the quality of the place. Breakfast could be better especially for what they charge!

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘ ManfrediPB’. Thank you for your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. As you can understand, it is concerning for us to read that we did not exceed your expectations and that you found us to be overpriced. We pride ourselves in being a unique hotel, which is not the typical modern-styled, high rise hotel. Our décor theme throughout the hotel is...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 May 2015

I found the location absolutely brilliant to be able to walk to shopping at Nelson Mandela Square. It is also very close and conveniently runs shuttle buses from the Gautrain which comes directly from the airport. There are pools at the hotel as well as a gym and steam room. Concierge helpful but not friendly. Taxi service is quick.

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘Claudia P’. Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. How wonderful that you are one of our many valued GUESTS that find our location to be so beneficial. - However it is concerning to read that you found our Concierge TEAM to be helpful, yet unfriendly? Please feel free to contact Christine, our GUEST...

Salt Lake City, Utah
Reviewed 15 May 2015

Protea Hotel Balalaika is a nice hotel but it is old. It is clean but with the age and the color scheme it doesn't appear to be as clean as you it really is. The towels aren't the softest and neither is the feel of this hotel. I had to have my bed sheets changed the first night as there...

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Balalaika_Management, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, responded to this review

Dear ‘isikSLC’. Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback on ‘tripadvisor’. We are not the typical modern, high-rise hotel, so we would have to disagree that we are ‘somewhat dated’- our décor style is Colonial/English, which we believe, creates a more welcoming/homely ambience; not to forget our 2 beautiful gardens. Many of our valued GUESTS enjoy walking...

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  • Pool
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  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton on Maude Street, in Sandton, is located in Johannesburg's economic heartland. The hotel's charming colonial theme is accentuated with wooden elements and delicate floral accents. Each of the 330 classically-styled rooms make guests feel as though they never left home - with a king-size bed, LCD television, electronic safe and a full en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Business executives are catered to with a desk, office chair and international plug points. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the hotel and the Wi-Fi station situated in the lobby provides convenience for guests requiring instant access to the internet. The English countryside atmosphere defines this four-star hotel as a little bit of country in the heart of Sandton. Birdsong makes guests forget that they are in a bustling metropolis. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton Convention Centre and the city's most exclusive shopping mall are a short stroll away. A complimentary shuttle to and from the Gautrain station makes the Balalaika easily accessible. Whether it is for business or leisure, the central location and warm hospitality of the Protea Hotel Balalaika are unrivalled, making it your first and only choice when staying in Johannesburg. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

Address: 20 Maude Street | Sandown, Sandton 2196, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Price Range: €86 - €207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton 4*
Number of rooms: 330
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Also Known As:
Protea Hotel Johannesburg
Balalaika Hotel
Protea Hotel Balalaika
Sandton Hotel Balalaika
Protea Hotel By Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Sandton
#11 Business Hotel in Sandton
#12 Luxury Hotel in Sandton
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