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Review: Protea Hotel by Marriott Nelspruit

To the point The Protea Hotel by Marriott Nelspruit is a category 1 hotel in South Africa, accessible from just 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

An affordable hotel with Marriott Bonvoy points

The hotel Protea Hotel by Marriott Nelspruit is category 1 (December 2019).

It costs between 5,000 and 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a free night.

Rates Protea Nelspruit

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Location

We chose to stay at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Nelspruit car:

  • It’s a good stopover hotel on the way to Johannesburg.
  • it cost us only 5,000 points (category 1 during the off-peak season)

His address: 30 Jerepico Street, Orchards, Nelspruit 1200 South Africa

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

Arrival

When we check in, the reception informs us of our advantages with the Titanium Elite status of Marriott Bonvoy: a free drink at the bar and breakfast.

No upgrade since we already have the highest room category (which was available with points like all other rooms).

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

In the reception area, the Christmas decorations were in place.

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

Several small posters were even displayed to thank the loyalty of some Marriott Bonvoy members!

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

The hotel has 2 floors. If your room is on the second floor, you will have to go up the stairs as there is no elevator.

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

The bedroom

The room is of a suitable size.

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

On the bed is a “VIP” banner, as well as a word of welcome.

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

And on the desk, little snacks (peanuts, throughdriednde, candy).

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Facing the bed, a small television… well framed!

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

The hair dryer is next to the desk.

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

Always appreciable, especially for families: a fridge.

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

In the large wardrobe, bathrobes, an iron and a safe.

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

A coffee maker is placed on the desk, as well as a bottle of water.

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The bathroom

The bathroom has a bathtub and a separate shower, as well as hygiene products.

Note that the handkerchiefs are for men only 😀

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit
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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

Hotel amenities

The bar

On the central level of the hotel is a bar/lounge.

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit
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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

The pool

The hotel has a nice outdoor swimming pool (unheated).

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Protea Hotel By Marriott Nelspruit

Breakfast

Breakfast is in the hotel restaurant and in the form of a buffet.

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Here are the different dishes:

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Really a lot of choice in this Category 1 hotel!

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The cold drink:

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It is possible to have eggs served as you wish.

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And the omelette all garnished was EXCELLENT!

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An excellent breakfast that will allow us to skip lunch! A it was free, thanks to our Titanium status (also complimentary to Platinum members).

Conclusion

The hotel Protea Hotel by Marriott Nelspruit is excellent, especially considering the rate paid: 5,000 points per night (in low season). It was especially the Protea Hotel where we received the best service: from the reception, to the dinner staff, to the breakfast staff, everyone was ready to help us!

A simple example: when I got up around 4:30 a.m. to work on the bar’s couches, a member of the staff who had served us the night before at the restaurant came to see me at his 5:00 a.m. shift and said to me in English:

Mr. Neighbor must need a good cup of coffee? Could I offer you a cappuccino?

5-star service in a hotel… category 1! BRAVO.

We therefore highly recommend this hotel if you are passing through the area.

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