Sandton Staycation I

This is the first of the two posts on our Sandton Staycation. I am rather embarrassed to say that this post is about eight months overdue. At least, it is still relevant.

If you have some cash to spare, skip the Garden Court even just once and stay in Sandton Sun Hotel (and/or InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers). I had been to one of the rooms a few years back when one of my college best friends was here on a long flight. The Cathay Pacific crew stayed (stay?) in Sandton Sun. However, even before our staycation, I have always liked the look of the hotel, from the restaurant area, or from the escalators. It has one of the loveliest chandeliers I have seen.

Also, the hotel’s restaurant, specifically the outdoor one, San Deck, is pretty cool, especially on a beautiful summer’s day or night. Prior to our stay, we had visited San Deck for lunch, drinks and dinner.

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I was ravenous and devoured my salmon.

San Deck (12)
From this…
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…to this!

Clearly, I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed my chosen meal.

Then, this was last year’s Christmas Eve dinner, with hubby, son and daughter. This was during our stay in the hotel. I think I had pork belly. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was delicious!

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I was ill, and with fever, so all I could manage was dinner. I didn’t go to the reception to take pictures. You see, the hotel rooms/elevators can also be accessed via the mall, Sandton City, which is my perfect entry point, as I get to walk past (or stop by) Jimmy Choo.

Sandton Sun (1a)
Breakfast area

At least, I had kept these pics from when we had dinner with my father.

However you plan to get to your hotel room, I think you will appreciate the route.

Sandton Sun - Restaurant 01

Sandton Sun - Restaurant 02

Sandton Sun - Restaurant 03

Sandton Sun (1b)

Off we go to our room…

Sandton Sun (1c)

Sandton Sun (1d)

I have to say that Sandton Sun Hotel did not disappoint. We may not have had an impressive bathroom but I truly loved our room. Nature did help, too, as we had an amazing view of the sunset.

Sandton Sun (2)
Isn’t this pretty awesome?

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How’s this desk?

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I can’t dislike that headboard.
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The Nespresso machine is always a wonderful added bonus.

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So yeah, not a massive bathroom.
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But, it does have everything a traveler needs and then some.

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…a safe, a bathrobe (dressing gown)
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You can also keep your weight on check
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And, not only do you get a shampoo and conditioner (not a conditioning shampoo!), you get a foam bath AND a shower gel. Lotion, too.

To be expected, there is complimentary bottled/still water. Housekeeping isn’t stingy with ice, either.

 

The service is also excellent. It has to be. As I said, I was sick, so I got comfortable early, but I needed to swipe the credit card for dinner and other extras. I guess, they wouldn’t have me walking around in a robe so a reception staff came up with the card machine.

Unfortunately, I am unable to share any breakfast story as I did not make breakfast, but hubby sent me the picture below. He decided that all the hotels serve pretty much the same things. I am not a breakfast person so some fruits with pastries are perfect for me.

Sandton Sun (18)

Overall, I would highly recommend Sandton Sun Hotel. I would go back, too. And, I won’t be sick, although it was a perfectly good place to rest my ailing body.

Coincidentally, as majority of Filipinos would have it, considering that we are now in September, we can now get excited about Christmas. So, this was us checking out on Christmas day, on our way to walk over to Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers.

Tsogo Sun was running a SunBreaks promo and since Johannesburg is practically a ghost town during the Christmas holidays, we got the most reasonable rate for our stay in Sandton Sun Hotel. Otherwise, I would find it nonsensical to pay the regular rate when home is about fifteen minutes away. For more details, visit Tsogo Sun here and Sandton Sun here.


From the hotel website:

The Sandton Sun Hotel

A Top Traveller Ranked Hotel in Sandton

Integrated into Sandton City, connected to the Sandton Convention Centre and a 15-minute Gautrain journey from O.R. Tambo, the five-star Sandton Sun hotel offers an incomparable position in Sandton. A permanent fixture in the modern incarnation of the Sandton skyline, the Sandton Sun hotel has evolved to meet the needs of business guests and exceed expectations in relaxation and degustation for leisure escapes, weekend breaks and international arrivals. From startups to JSE stalwarts, Sandton Sun has remained the accommodation of choice at the centre of Sandton business.

326 rooms and suites at the Sandton Sun hotel are designed for business convenience and luxury living where every room has a Nespresso machine, USB plug-points, full mini-bar and 48โ€ flat-screen as standard. Standing in a class of its own, the Presidential Suites feature Bvlgari amenities, sound and vision from Bang & Olufsen and Bose, private Jacuzziโ€™s and sunken baths with skyline views. Whatever room or suite you choose, climate control, twice daily maid service, pillow choices and complimentary WiFi completes the experience.

San Restaurant is focused on sustainability and seasonality, showcasing fine ingredients like Wagyu short ribs and KZN grass fed lamb, poached oysters with saffron, citrus chiffon and brandied honeycomb. A show-kitchen encourages up-close chef interaction, while the bar and lounge is perfect for end-of-business drinks or new business beginnings. San Deck needs no introduction, a rooftop all-day bar destination unique in the city and synonymous with firepits, statement cocktails and a sophisticated clientele.

A dedicated business suite for VIP check-in or pre-meeting shower, high speed WiFi, chauffeurs and concierges, lounge areas for discreet meetings, a range of dedicated meeting spaces and a direct connection to the Sandton Convention Centreโ€™s 22,000mยฒ of flexible event space; Sandton Sun is built on business.

Step into Sandton serenity at the Spa where holistic wellbeing and undisturbed calm is on offer in eight treatment rooms. Inner city chill-outs in the rooftop pool are the perfect cool-down after diving into the best shopping and entertainment the city has to offer.

Wherever you are arriving from, The Sandton Sun hotel offers simple luxury Sandton accommodation, best-in-class business amenities and absolute city-central convenience.

Key Features

  • 326 business equipped rooms & suites [
  • Nespresso machines, 48โ€ flat-screen, WiFi, mini-bar as standard
  • At the heart of Sandton City and part of The Diamond Walk
  • Business suite, VIP check-in and lounge
  • Rooftop elegance at San Deck
  • Sustainable farm fresh focus at San Restaurant
  • 4 meeting rooms & 3 conference rooms
  • Rooftop pool and garden
  • 24-hour gym access
  • Connected to Sandton Convention Centre
  • The Spa for private, holistic wellness
  • TripAdvisor awarded hotel
  • Hotel check-out to airport check-in in 30 minutes
  • Dedicated concierge team

Check-in time is 14h00

Check-out time is 11h00


Enjoy your Sandton stay!

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