This is part 16 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here.
A few weeks before my trip, IHG Rewards Club issued its list of “Pointbreaks” properties for spring 2017. For those who aren’t familiar, properties on the list have a limited number of rooms available for only 5,000 IHG points – which can basically be bought for about $35 – making this a pretty good value. Most of the properties on the lists are generally not very popular, though, with isolated locations, or of low quality. But the Holiday Inn Johannesburg-Rosebank had decent reviews, and was conveniently located, so when I saw it on the list I made sure to be at my computer when the Pointbreaks batch went live, and was able to secure a room for 2 nights for 10,000 points – which would normally be 40,000 points.
The hotel is attached to “The Zone” mall, and has direct mall access. The main entrance is on Oxford Road, about a half-block walk from the Gautrain station. It’s actually right next door to the Hyatt Regency. When you walk in on the ground level, there is just a small desk with security/porters depending on the time of the day, and two somewhat confusing elevators. The main lobby is two floors up, and was modern and clean, with a large check-in desk, and an open floor plan with seating, a restaurant, and a bar.
The check-in agents were friendly. They recognized my IHG status and gave me printouts with codes for wifi for each of my devices. I didn’t get any sort of upgrade, but the room was much nicer than my room at the Protea Balalaika Sandton. There was a queen bed, a desk and desk chair, and small side chair. There was a built-in cabinet with a fridge, which had a bottle of water in it, a coffee/tea kettle setup, and a wardrobe – which had a pair of black socks balled up in it from the previous occupant.
It wasn’t a huge room, but it was modern and largely well-maintained. The minor exceptions were the bathroom, which had some pretty badly stained tile/grout and a broken piece on the shower fixture, and a weird side panel next to the desk, which had a hair dryer and mirror oddly, and was significantly damaged. There were plenty of outlets, including a USB plug and a universal AC plug on the bedside.
The hotel isn’t very tall, but my room was on the 4th floor, and had a decent view of some of the leafier suburbs of the city.
The hotel has both a pool and a “minigym.” I didn’t try the outdoor pool, but I did look at it. It was a rooftop pool, though on the lobby level of the hotel, and had plenty of seating. There was also outdoor restaurant seating next to it. It was pretty nice.
The “minigym” wasn’t very clear, as my standard room key wouldn’t open the door. I had to get a second, special key card for access, which was weird, but the room itself, a half-floor below the lobby, was pretty good for a Holiday Inn gym. There were some free weights, a combination resistance machine, and a few cardio machines.
In all, I was fairly impressed with the property. The room was fine, and it had the amenities and features that I actually need. Its location means restaurants and grocery stores are minutes away on foot, and heading back to the airport was a breeze via the Gautrain. Even if not on Pointbreaks, the Holiday Inn Johannesburg- Rosebank is a property worth considering.