#LoveSA: Check-in at these top airport hotels in SA

Catching a flight can be stressful.

Even if you check-in in advance and plan your trip to the airport accordingly, life happens and everything from traffic delays to last-minute packing in between a tight schedule can cause you to miss a flight.

One way to make the trip from your hotel to airport a little quicker and a little less stressful, is to book a stay at an airport hotel.

Whether you’re planning a holiday or travelling for work, there are airport hotels in SA to ensure you have a comfortable stay and memorable travels.

In fact, SA even boasts the Best Airport Hotel in Africa – Tsogo Sun’s InterContinental OR Tambo - according to the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018.

SEE: OR Tambo InterContinental joins gold list of airport hotels loved by travellers

These Awards are based on guest surveys which assess the overall experience at the hotel, access to/from airport to hotel, friendly and professional reception service, friendliness of hotel staff, being treated as a valued customer, cleanliness of rooms, in-room amenities, leisure, fitness and spa facilities, quality of food and restaurant staff service, and value for money.

Two Cairo airport hotels came in second and third as Best Airport Hotels in Africa 2018, an Addis Ababa hotel came fourth, and Hotel Verde Cape Town was placed fifth, while six SA airports made the top 10 in Africa in 2018.

Here’s a list of top hotels in SA worth checking-in to that are close to the airports:

Gauteng

InterContinental OR Tambo

Titled the Best Airport Hotel in Africa in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018, InterContinental OR Tambo is merely 1.9 km from OR Tambo airport.

This 5-star hotel offers free WiFi, parking, breakfast buffet, air conditioning, pool facilities a restaurant and more. However, travellers must take note that it’s a non-smoking hotel.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Transit OR Tambo Airport

This 4-star hotel is only 1 km from OR Tambo airport. With free WiFi, airport transfers, multilingual staff, facilities for disabled guests and a business centre, it’s an ideal place to stay for business or leisure travellers. This hotel is non-smoking.

Aviation-themed décor in rooms make it unique, and guests get to enjoy seeing planes land and take-off thanks to floor-to-ceiling airport views.

Premier Hotel OR Tambo

This non-smoking hotel is only 2.2 km from OR Tambo International Airport.

The 4-star hotel offers free WiFi, free parking, breakfast buffet, air conditioning, a pool and restaurant. It is 500m from the Rhodesfield Gautrain Station and offers a free shuttle service to and from the airport.

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Touch of Africa Lodge

Boasting a farm atmosphere with horses and geese, this lodge is situated 1km from Lanseria International Airport.

What makes it even more appealing is its close proximity to The Cradle of Humankind (9.7 km away) and other parks and game reserves. Guests can enjoy braai facilities, free WiFi, an in-house restaurant, and a pool.

Shumba Valley Lodge

The 4-star Shumba Valley Lodge is 2.6km from Lanseria airport, offering accommodation set in a spacious garden, giving off a tranquil ambience.

There’s also an outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre, restaurant, bar and conference centre.

Western Cape

Hotel Verde Cape Town International Airport

Hotel Verde, placed fifth Best Airport Hotel in Africa in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018, is a 4-star hotel situated 1.4 km from Cape Town International Airport. It has also been voted the global winner in the Urban Accommodation category during the 15th annual Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards in 2017.

It is the first hotel in the world to be certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum for both Design & Construction, as well as Operations & Maintenance, from the United States Green Building Council. This makes it not only the most conveniently located hotel to Cape Town’s airport, but also the most environmentally responsible hotel.

SEE: Hotel Verde, where you can earn currency for saving energy

Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

This classy hotel in Century City, 11.7 km from the airport, is close enough to Canal Walk and V&A Waterfront – among other Mother City attractions - all while boasting views of Table Mountain.

The 4-star hotel offers free WiFi and parking, breakfast buffet and restaurant, air conditioning and pool facilities, and is non-smoking.

The New National - Lodge & Conference

This 3.5-star hotel is 6.8 km from Cape Town Airport, boasting free internet and parking, breakfast and a restaurant, as well as airport transportation.

Centrally located in Parow, it offers comfortable accommodation for travellers, and even includes a hair salon.

Fancourt

Heading to the Garden Route? Then fly to George Airport and consider a stay at Fancourt. Just a few minutes away from George Airport, the lavish estate - predominantly renowned for its elite golf offering - is conveniently located at the start of the Garden Route.

SEE: Fancourt: A luxuriously romantic stay in the Garden Route

The opulent estate makes for the perfect romantic getaway while allowing a couple to explore the Garden Route.

KwaZulu-Natal

Protea Hotel Durban Umhlanga Ridge

Just 5.5 km from King Shaka International Airport in Durban, this 4-star hotel is located along Durban’s gorgeous coastline.

It exudes Zulu heritage and coastal charm of the area and is suited to business travellers, families on holidays and adventurer travellers will delight in activities along the coast.

Royal Palm Hotel

This upscale apartment style hotel, only 5.3 km from King Shaka airport, is a 4-star hotel boasting a state-of-the-art conference venue in addition to basic facilities.

At the hotel, guests can plan day trips in and around Durban and Umhlanga, including a safari, hiking and mountain biking trips, dolphin tours and sightseeing historical Zulu battlefields.

Riverside Hotel

A 4-star hotel only 4.5 km from King Shaka airport, this hotel offers guests views across the Indian Ocean and towards Durban’s golden mile beachfront.

In addition to offering basic services, the centrally-located hotel is renowned for its spectacular spa.

Eastern Cape

Amani Guest Lodge

This 4-star lodge is only a 2-minute drive from Port Elizabeth Airport and a 5-minute drive from Summerstrand and Humewood beaches.

“Amani” means ‘place of peace’ in Swahili and appropriately represents the sanctuary provided by the lodge. Guests can relax at the pool and terrace, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

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Heugh Road Guest House

This 4-star hotel is 1 km away from Port Elizabeth Airport and offers a free airport shuttle service. It is also close to the Boardwalk which can be reached within 10 minutes by car.

Featuring spacious rooms, each room has a patio or balcony with garden views.

A La Martha's Air-Port Guest House

Situated only 800m from the Port Elizabeth airport, this 4-star lodge is within walking distance to beaches, malls, restaurants and pubs, Boardwalk casino and entertainment centre, sport stadiums and golf courses.

It also provides easy access to Addo Elephant National Park and other game reserves, the Garden Route and Sunshine Coast.

Mpumalanga

Belgrace Boutique Hotel

This boutique hotel exudes opulence and romance – perfect for the couple embarking on an intimate safari getaway to Kruger National Park.

This 5-star hotel, only 2.7km away from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, offers all basic hotel amenities. Guests must take note that this is a boutique luxury stay and is more expensive than most hotels.

Premier Hotel The Winkler

This 4-star hotel is 9.3km from Kruger Mpumalanga airport, and close to renowned attractions such as God’s Window, Kruger National Park, Rocky’s Drift and the city of Mbombela (Nelspruit).

At Premier Hotel The Winkler, guests can enjoy meals at the Wakuja Restaurant with a backdrop of beautiful valley views.

Southern Sun Emnotweni

This 4-star hotel is close to the Kruger airport and Kruger National Park. It is 14.4km from the airport and in addition to offering basic amenities, it also boasts conference facilities and is next to the Emnotweni Casino and Entertainment Centre.

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