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Johannesburg, South Africa

If you liked the 70's and cigarette smoke this hotel will work for you!

Review of Elgro Hotel
3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 Feb 2016
There is a large lounge where they serve tea and coffee for the conference rooms but they allow people to smoke in here. If you are a non smoker you cannot use this room comfortably as the smell of smoke hits you as you walk in. They did tell me this is a designated smoking area but it does not conform to the South African legislation about smoking areas. As the management all seem to smoke I don't think they care about the law! They also leave the doors open to the adjoining restaurant! The room was clean but very basic, no hairdryer and I had to crawl on the floor to reach a plug to plug in the kettle! Very old noisy air conditioner.
Date of stay: February 2016
Room Tip: In the middle of town. Very industrial area
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

I have a different experience than some of these other folks. Maybe my expectations
were lower but I found the place to be clean, the food good and the staff extremely friendly. Yes the rooms are old but I didn't have a hot water problem. I also was there for this World Powerlifting Competition and it was strange warming up in an area outside under tents but that's really not the hotels fault. I also find my room to be reasonably priced and so was the restaurant.

Date of stay: February 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

One good thing was that the rooms and bathrooms were clean however, the decor was extremely outdated. No safe in the room, if there was a safe there was no key available to use and we were told this was because they got stolen (!!!). The intermittent hot water and lack of water pressure was a common occurrence. The reason given by hotel staff was that this was because everyone was probably showering at the same time - its a hotel, wouldn't you expect people to want to shower in the morning??? When the hot water did eventually work it came out all brown.

No hairdryers in the rooms and I was told that there were in every room. If you wanted one you had to borrow it from reception, they only have 3 available.

Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Shocking. Hasn't been updated or worked on in decades. No hot water at first and when it did get fixed, it had no pressure so ..... no shower!
Dingy smokey bar!

Original bookings were messed up so some group members were moved out - lucky them!

Friendly staff - I think the place relies on them

Date of stay: August 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

I would not recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the Joburg, Potchefstroom area. It is very, very dated, old, dark and depressing. The only thing this hotel had going for it was the friendly staff in the dining room. We booked accommodation months in advance for a double room, upon arriving they were overbooked and after some complaining they finally got us a room with two twin beds...very disappointing. There were bugs in the bathroom and I mean like huge beetles, couldn't walk around bare foot.

The only reason we stayed here was to attend the world powerlifting competition. The facilities for the lifters were atrocious...a tent was set up outside as the warm up area, lifters were freezing and had to walk outside to get to the main lifting area. People in the audience could not see the lifting going on due to the number of obstacles in the way on and around the stage.

On checking it appeared that we were over charged for our stay - the room rate was doubled if two people stayed in the same room. Overall we will never return here even if the powerlifting was held here again, there are much nicer hotels within walking distance. we moved from here for the last three days of our trip to a hotel closer to Joburg in Sandton, what a beautiful hotel, clean, excellent service, warm, amazing breakfast buffet...Town Lodge...would definately stay here again and much cheaper for the quality.

If you're a vegetarian the choices are a cheese and tomato sandwich (if there's any left) or chips. Fish was too salty couldn't eat it.

Date of stay: June 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank J R
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

If you use Tripadvisor to find accommodation, chances are that you will be far from satisfied with the Elgro. It is dated and has definitely not aged gracefully. Long bland & cold passages, well-worn furnishings, cramped, spartan rooms, a dungeony, smoked-filled bar and a dark, depressing & worn dining room. The first room they put me in on the ground floor was white-breath cold and the little panel heater was broken. The 3rd floor room I was moved to was a little less depressing and at least warmer. The bathroom was also well-worn, which made the toilets especially, very gloom.
The hotel is probably best summarised in the fact that the build-in radio in the bed's headrest still gives "Springbok Radio" as a choice...

Room tip: Stay clear of the ground floor during winter!
Date of stay: May 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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