5 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Wish we'd stayed longer at Sun City
"My 19 year old son and I went on a school trip to South Africa with around 25 teenagers and 14 adults for 2 weeks in September 2007. We stayed at Sun City outside Johannesburg, the Beach Hotel in Durban, and the Capetonian in Cape Town. Our first stop was 2 nights at Sun City, a resort about an hourâs drive from Johannesburg airport. It was a spectacular resort, all self-contained with nightclubs, pools, restaurants and casino. There is an elephant safari nearby (leaving from Sun City), which I highly recommend. You ride the elephants through the small game park, and feed the elephants (which appear to enjoy human interaction) afterwards. We stayed in the cabanas (twin share) and found them to be clean, very comfortable and nicely appointed. There was plenty of storage space and a decent sized bathroom. The buffet breakfast in the main dining area was enormous in terms of choice, and there were plenty of other choices for meals in the complex. My only regret is that we didnât stay longer."
- Travel date: 27th January 2008
Fantastic Hotel Fantastic Resort
"This hotel is absolutley fantastic. Upon arrival a porter met us at reception collecting our bags and taking them to our room on our behalf. Checkin staff were very friendly and efficient. We had two rooms between us which enabled us to open the door border in between to ensure a larger room. Complimentary chocolates and Red wine was in the room waiting for us. Bed sizes were massive and the level of comfort was out of this world. Rooms are beyond clean with not one bit of dirt in sight! Our room also had a balcony over looking the Sun City Hotel swimming pool and golf course. The hotel is located within the Sun City Resort, this enables you to use all facilities including all casinos and slot machines. Just within 3 mins walk of the hotel is the world famous man-made beach complete with wave machines, palm trees and sand! Waterslides are nearby also. For those who would like to there is the opportunity to have a tour of the neighbouring hotel Palace of the Lost City."
- Travel date: 7th January 2008
Great holiday but only average hotel
"Travelled early October from Scotland and stayed six nights with wife and child (9). Having spent first four nights in Southern Sun Grayston, Sandton (very good - review elsewhere) was looking forward to similar standard of hotel in Sun City. However, was bit disappointed with quality of hotel, although everything else about the holiday was very good. The main hotel was bit overpriced while the hotel itself is showing its age. Refurbishment was in evidence but it appeared to me that 'new build' is required - carpets (smell of smoke), fittings and furnishing worn; generally run-down feel to corridors and rooms. However, very clean. Maids work hard to please. Breakfast was OK. Service fine but as indicated elsewhere wild birds a bit of a problem. Yes I too would pick the Palaces (should look around - palatial) but have real-world budget to live within! Best past of holiday were activities in and around Sun City (that's why we went!). Very easy to get around and as whole area enclosed, entirely safe. Concierge was excellent. Stanleigh thanks for all your help. Undertook three game drive (morning, afternoon and night) - brilliant something families should do with kids. Aimed to go on balloon ride but cancelled because of windy weather but we went on elephant safari instead and thoroughly enjoyed. Tons of stuff to do in Sun City for kids - 'waterworld' (boats, etc.), Valley of Waves (water park), crocodile centre, outdoor adventure centre (Quad bikes, archery. etc.), entertainment centre (club, aracade, cinema, etc.) and very reasonably priced food courts for fussy kids as well as couple of good restaurants for discerning diners. Golf courses fantastic. Health and Beauty saloon very reasonable - wife enjoyed excellent massage. There were couple of shows on in main theatre but in Afrikaans - so if you like theatre / big stage find out before booking what's on and when. Overall, whole complex very safe and Sun City is worth a visit. Cascades is probably best option to stay."
- Travel date: 21st October 2006
Ok, but not good value
"A disappointing experience. The standard rooms are very basic. Clean and neat, but not good value. Felt like a 3 star experience. We ate breakfast at the hotel and found it to be very poor. A lot of the food was cold, somewhat stale and the quality of the breakfast in general seems to have slipped since our last visit to this hotel. The birds at the open eating area are a major problem and the near constant invasion / swooping was very unsettling. The staff was friendly and the hotel's central location makes access to Sun City's many activities easy. While more expensive, the Palace of the Lost City is most definitely in a completely different league."
- Travel date: 9th October 2006
Very busy, loud hotel
"We had a great time at Sun City - well worth the experience. The hotel is big and brash with plenty going on. It is also looking a little faded and wished that we had stayed at the Cascades next door which is quieter and about the same money. Actually I wish we had stayed at The Lost City but could not afford it - but make sure you visit it! The hotel is expensive but when you consider all the facilities and the experience, it is worth it."
- Travel date: 5th October 2004
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