Protea Hotel Balalaika


The Protea Hotel Balalaika on Maude Street, in Sandton, is located in Johannesburg’s economic heartland. The hotel’s charming colonial theme is accentuated with wooden elements and delicate floral accents. The resident pianist conjures images of the hotel’s history, which is celebrated through artwork, framed press clippings and memorabilia of bygone days.

Each of the 330 classically-styled rooms make guests feel as though they never left home – with a king-size bed, LCD television, electronic safe and a full en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Business executives are catered to with a desk, office chair and international plug points. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi accessible throughout the hotel, and the Wi-Fi station situated in the lobby provides convenience for guests requiring instant access to the internet. 

Being the first original business of Sandton, Balalaika was established in 1949 as a tea garden rest stop between Johannesburg and Pretoria. To this day, the hotel’s two sections overlook the luscious gardens and indigenous trees that enclose the two swimming pools. The English countryside atmosphere defines this four-star hotel as a little bit of country in the heart of Sandton. Birdsong makes guests forget that they are in a bustling metropolis.

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton Convention Centre and the city’s most exclusive shopping mall are a short stroll away. A complimentary shuttle to and from the Gautrain station makes the Balalaika easily accessible. The hotel is only a 15-minute train ride from O.R Tambo International Airport.

The Balalaika is also a popular choice for conferences and private banquets because of its spacious facilities that cater for up to 300 attendees. The hotel’s highly trained staff ensure successful, tailor-made functions.

Guests are spoiled for choice at the Colony Restaurant’s full buffet breakfast. The Oval Coffee Shop in the lobby is open throughout the day for snacks and refreshments. The award-winning Bull Run Restaurant, that adjoins the hotel, is best known for its in-house butchery that serves cuts of prime, aged beef alongside its extensive wine selection. After sundown, the Lord’s bar beckons with its array of imported cigars and a range of cognacs. The open hearth fireplace in the Crown Court Lounge gives the Balalaika a homely feel. It is ideal for early arrivals or late departures, who can freshen up in the adjacent changing room. The fitness centre and steam room are also open 24 hours a day.

Whether it is for business or leisure, the central location and warm hospitality of the Protea Hotel Balalaika are unrivalled, making it your first and only choice when staying in Johannesburg.

"a little bit of country in the heart of Sandton"


All 330 rooms at the Protea Hotel Balalaika are the epitome of relaxed, sophisticated English country elegance, and a home away from home for the discerning guest. The rooms are spread over two sections: the Balalaika and the Crown Court, with a total of 18 Crown Court Executive Suites, 4 Crown Court deluxe rooms, 8 Balalaika two-bedroomed family suites, 1 Balalaika one-bedroomed suite, 193 king-bedded rooms, 104 twin-bedded rooms and 2 rooms with special amenities for the comfort of physically challenged guests.

Each room is luxuriously carpeted and curtained, tastefully furnished in a classic yet comfortable style and beautifully appointed, containing: private bathrooms with separate showers (the Crown Court suites offer the additional luxury of private spa baths); individually controlled air-conditioning and heating; television with DSTV selection of local and international channels; radio; electronic safes; mini-bars available upon request; tea and coffee station and executive work-desks with multiple plugs and modem points.

Both the Balalaika and the Crown Court sections have their own lush, landscaped gardens and sparkling swimming pool where guests can relax, unwind and momentarily experience the timelessness and calm of a bygone era.

Balalaika Standard Room:

Our standard rooms are perfect for leisure or business stays. The rooms are well appointed and tastefully furnished.

  • Choice of king-size, twin-apart or twin-together beds

  • En suite bathroom with separate bath and shower

Balalaika Two – Bedroom Family Suite:

Our Balalaika suite makes a family stay comfortable, cosy and convenient. Parents and children can enjoy the privacy of their own bedrooms and the convenience of a small living room. The suites are well appointed and tastefully furnished.

  • 1 main bedroom with a king-size bed

  • 1 smaller bedroom with two ¾ beds

  • Lounge area

  • En suite bathroom with separate bath and shower

Crown Court Standard Room:

Our standard rooms are perfect for leisure or business stays. The rooms are well appointed and tastefully furnished.

  • Choice of king-size, twin-apart or twin-together beds

  • En suite bathroom with separate bath and shower

Crown Court Executive Suite:

Our Crown Court executive suite is perfectly appointed for business guests wishing to conduct small meetings in the convenience and privacy of their adjoining lounge area. Certain of the Executive Suites have an interleading door into a standard room.

  • Separate large bedroom with king-size bed

  • En suite bathroom with separate bath and shower

Crown Court Deluxe Suite:

Our Crown Court Deluxe suite is also known as the "Honeymoon Suite" and is perfectly appointed to turn your honeymoon into a memorable, happy one!

  • Large open room with king-size bed

  • En suite bathroom with separate Spa bath and shower

All rooms have:

  • Individually controlled air-conditioning and heating units

  • Private en suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower

  • International multi-plug

  • Executive work desk and chair

  • Free uncapped Wi-Fi

  • T.V. with a select DSTV bouquet

  • Tea and coffee making facilities

  • Electronic laptop safe

  • Mini-bars, stocked on request

  • All rooms are non-smoking

Additional Services Offered:

  • Outsourced laundry

  • Extra pillows

  • Bed board, baby cots, baby high chairs

  • 24 Hour room service

  • Full concierge facilities

  • Free parking available on Stella Street Entrance

  • Valet parking service

General Information

  • Dinner - Yes

  • Wi-Fi - Yes

  • Shuttles to Gallagher - No

  • Distance from Gallagher - Approx 18 km

  • Distance from Gautrain Station - Approx 0.2 km

  • Closest Gautrain Station is Sandton

  • Complimentary shuttle to Sandton Gautrain station

  • Uncapped WiFi Central Reservations

Phone:  +27 724465644


Contact Person:  Christelle Koekemoer