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If you are looking for a four-star hotel in Johannesburg that has the old-world charm of a continental hideaway with the modern comforts of a bed and bath in a prime location, then the Birchwood is your hotel. It is a place where old meets new, and both are winners.
My 12-year-old daughter and I spent the weekend at the hotel. She fell in love with it as soon as she laid her eyes on it. The Spur restaurant on the premises, with all the trappings that kids her age love, excited her most.
The finely-furnished bedroom had a homely feel. Sleeping time was happy time. The immaculate, cool room with its firm queen-size bed was thoroughly inviting. Usually hotel beds are a nightmare, but at the hotel the mattress supports you equally on every centimetre. We appreciated retiring to our lovely, sweet-scented room every time we were tired.
The relaxed ambience of the restaurant reflects the sophisticated feel of the hotel with a fresh, unpretentious approach to top quality dining. The staff were friendly and cheerful and they maintained a strict discipline and attitude.
Located 7km from OR Tambo International Airport and a step away from the East Rand Mall, the hotel is the ideal central location for visitors to shop. The idea of walking to a mall knocked me off my feet.
The hotel is easily accessible from the R24 and R21. As well as offering the ultimate in comfort, cuisine and leisure, the Birchwood Hotel provides the perfect venue for conferences, meetings or special occasions. It appeals to leisure enthusiasts and business travellers alike.
With 330 guest bedrooms, including 246 twin rooms, 46 standard queen rooms, 22 prestige rooms, 10 luxury suites, two honeymoon suites and four rooms for the disabled, a spa and a recreation centre, the hotel is set on 30 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
All the rooms offer the facilities you would expect from a four-star hotel such as en-suite bathrooms, television with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, safes and mini-bar fridges.
The prestige rooms are larger with a dedicated work desk to suit the needs of the corporate traveller. A kitchenette with limited cutlery and crockery is also available in all the prestige rooms.
The luxury suite consists of a bedroom comprising all of the above plus a lounge, a dining area and full kitchen facilities. The spacious bedrooms have been designed with the emphasis on comfort.