Hotel Review: The Maslow Sandton
The Maslow Sandton is one of many luxury hotels in the suburb of Johannesburg. Located in an area where you can mainly find office buildings, other hotels and malls, The Maslow Sandton neither has a great nor a bad location. In our hotel review, we found several good aspects like the modern design or the good breakfast, but also some weak spots like the room size.
When you are looking for a luxury hotel in Johannesburg, you’ll most likely find one in Sandton.
- Classification: Four Stars
- Room Category: Standard Room
- Month of Stay: August
The suburb of Johannesburg is the most important business district and is also known as the safest area in the whole city.
Well connected with the city center of both, Pretoria and Johannesburg, and the international airport, Sandton is the ideal spot for all kinds of activities. The Maslow Sandton is located in the heart of Sandton, just a few hundred meters away from the most important malls and the Gautrain station.
There’s even a complimentary SUV shuttle to the largest mall and the connected Gautrain station.
Standard Room at The Maslow Sandton
The Maslow itself is very stylish upon entering. This impression doesn’t fade when you’ll see your room.
As we booked a Standard Room and The Maslow Sandton isn’t part of any major group, we didn’t get upgraded. However, this didn’t bother us as the Standard Rooms at The Maslow offer pretty much everything we need.
There’s a comfortable Queen Bed, a good working table, a coffee machine, a flat-screen television and a comfortable armchair with an adjacent table.
Something worth mentioning is that due to the young age of the hotel, plugs are available on both sides of the bed as well as by the working desk.
The only really negative point may be the size of the room which is on the rather tiny size. As the windows have a decent size, the room feels rather airy anyway.
Bathroom of the Standard Room
The bathroom of the Standard Room we were assigned was small, too. Nevertheless, I found it to be very practical.
While small, the bathroom came with a nice rain shower, a sink with some storage space and even a seduced toilet. The design was even a little bit more modern and stylish than in the room itself.
Complemented by porcelain glasses and toiletries by Molton Brown, the bathroom of The Maslow Sandton definitely is worth mentioning positively.
Pool & Gym at The Maslow Sandton
Arriving in the afternoon, we decided to check out the pool which looked quite nice from our room.
Sadly, the water temperature is rather low which makes swimming in the South African winter a little uncomfortable. Besides that, the pool has a decent size and comes with some extras like relaxation chairs in the water.
The number of loungers around the pool is decent. The gym which I checked out the next morning is a little small when taking into account the high number of rooms at The Maslow Sandton.
Yet, it wasn’t any crowded at all during I was working out. There are some cardio and strength machines as well as free weights. Overall, a decent selection of modern equipment!
Dinner at The Maslow Sandton
As we didn’t plan on leaving the hotel for the night, we decided to have room service dinner at The Maslow Sandton.
The menu is rather extensive, but not very creative. We also found the prices to be relatively high for a South African hotel. We decided to order a Caesar Salad and a hamburger and were surprised about the weak presentation of the food.
Not only was the tablet itself not very nicely designed, but the food itself looked like in a fast food restaurant. The taste of both dishes was totally okay, yet nothing to write home about. Nevertheless, I kind of expect a nicer presentation of food in luxury hotels.
Breakfast at The Maslow Sandton
While our room service meal at The Maslow wasn’t anything to write home about, we found breakfast to be quite tasty. The restaurant where breakfast is served is on the big side and offers nice views of the garden.
While service is limited to coffee and tea service, you can help yourself on the buffet. This one is quite good at The Maslow Sandton. I especially liked the selection of fresh fruit which was better than at most other luxury hotels we stayed at during our journey through South Africa.
Other items on the buffet included mueslis, pastries, bread, rolls, yoghurts, cheeses, cold cuts and a selection of hot dishes including scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. Overall, a surprisingly good breakfast we didn’t really expect!
Bottom line The Maslow Sandton
After having stayed at Zulu Camp at Shambala Game Reserve, a true luxury resort, we didn’t expect too much from our night at The Maslow Sandton. However, we were surprised positively. The rooms are small, but offer everything you may need including a tiny, but very nice bathroom.
The pool and the gym are totally sufficient for a city hotel. The dinner we had through room service was acceptable and the breakfast was good. Overall, we’d definitely return to The Maslow if we happen to be in the Johannesburg area again!
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