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The Protea Hotel Balalaika 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. The resident pianist conjures images of the hotel’s history, which is celebrated through artwork, framed press clippings and memorabilia of bygone days.
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 accessible throughout the hotel, and the Wi-Fi station situated in the lobby provides convenience for guests requiring instant access to the internet.
Being the first original business of Sandton, Balalaika was established in 1949 as a tea garden rest stop between Johannesburg and Pretoria. To this day, the hotel’s two sections overlook the luscious gardens and indigenous trees that enclose the two swimming pools. 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. The hotel is only a 15-minute train ride from O.R Tambo International Airport.
The Balalaika is also a popular choice for conferences and private banquets because of its spacious facilities that cater for up to 300 attendees. The hotel’s highly trained staff ensure successful, tailor-made functions.
Guests are spoiled for choice at the Colony Restaurant’s full buffet breakfast. The Oval Coffee Shop in the lobby is open throughout the day for snacks and refreshments. The award-winning Bull Run Restaurant, that adjoins the hotel, is best known for its in-house butchery that serves cuts of prime, aged beef alongside its extensive wine selection. After sundown, the Lord’s bar beckons with its array of imported cigars and a range of cognacs. The open hearth fireplace in the Crown Court Lounge gives the Balalaika a homely feel. It is ideal for early arrivals or late departures, who can freshen up in the adjacent changing room. The fitness centre and steam room are also open 24 hours a day.
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.
"a little bit of country in the heart of Sandton".