On our way to Botswana we had one night in Johannesburg and I spent a while trying to find somewhere that was both affordable and nice. Hotel rooms seemed to be going for mad prices, and after a few days of looking around, I branched out to B&Bs with the brilliant result of finding 28A On Oxford.
28A On Oxford is in Sandhurst, which is next to Sandton - Sandton is a great safe area with a lovely big mall (Sandton City) and entertaining area in it (Mandela Square etc.). You can walk to the Sandton Mall from 28A On Oxford, though I probably would just ask them to call you a taxi - it's not far, and it can be hot walking there.
I contacted 28A On Oxford via email and had an almost immediate response which was incredibly helpful. 28A On Oxford offers 8 suites situated in a lovely garden setting, surrounding an outdoor pool with loungers.
After a bit of back and forward via email, we booked one of the junior suites for a very reasonable price and advised that we would be arriving early after a 10 hour overnight flight from Zurich. The staff immediately offered to have a car meet us on arrival at the airport and promised to have fresh coffee waiting for us at the property. Talk about customer service!
Our transfer to the property from the airport was smooth, and we sat in the glorious open seating area having a coffee (much needed!) whilst they finished cleaning our room and we were escorted across the grounds well before check-in time to the surprise that we'd been upgraded to one of the most beautiful suites available. Fabulous!
Staff were amazing, coffee was amazing, room was amazing (beautifully decorated L-shaped room with king sized bed, sofas, coffee table, coffee making machine etc.), shower was fabulous (very important!) and we spent some time at Sandton City before crashing out on the loungers by the pool in the sun. Dinner was offered at the property, but we went back to Mandela Square for dinner and people watching in the evening. Breakfast the next morning was scrumptious (wide selection) and the helpful staff then organised an airport transfer for us.
Oh, and like any good hotel should, WIFI was provided for FREE - yippee!
Instead of a standard hotel room, try 28A On Oxford - it's so much more personable, friendly, and affordable. You'll be glad you did!
28A On Oxford
Boutique Bed & Breakfast
28A Oxford Avenue
South Africa 2196
Phone:- +27 0 11 783 0492