OR Tambo International Airport is the gateway to Africa for many foreign travellers who often find themselves stuck in the airport for several hours on end before boarding the next leg of their journey. To this end, Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre’s exclusive wing, Silverbirch, has launched a unique “recharge package” to cater especially for daytime clientele wanting to refresh and recharge in comfort for a few hours.
Being situated less than 10 minutes from the arrivals hall in OR Tambo International, and with an hourly complimentary shuttle bus service running between Birchwood Hotel and the airport, Silverbirch has launched its Recharge Package to both domestic and international travellers with lengthy day-time stop-overs in the airport, a place to relax, freshen up and rejuvenate before continuing on the next leg of their journey into Africa.
Silverbirch, a brand new concept of a fully upgraded “hotel within a hotel” catering for the exclusive needs of Birchwood Hotel’s discerning business clients, is situated in a discreet section of the hotel. The Recharge Package offers international travellers the opportunity to catch up on sleep or work on the large designated work stations with free and fast Internet in quiet surroundings. The package also gives clients’ access to the hotel’s restaurants, a R100 Mangwanani Spa voucher, the swimming pool, gym facilities and large gardens.
The Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre is the largest business-to-business conferencing facility in the southern hemisphere playing host to thousands of business travellers, conference delegates and guests a year. Situated only 7km from OR Tambo International Airport and set in 53ha of gardens with 665 hotel rooms, 60 business conferencing venues and a Mangwanani Spa, the Birchwood Hotel plays a pivotal role in the day-to-day business of Southern Africa.
Silverbirch @ Birchwood, which was launched in February, is situated in a quiet and tranquil area on the Birchwood property with separate controlled access away from the hustle and bustle of conferencing business. This new concept in hospitality boasts a dedicated check-in area within the main hotel reception. The 153 beautifully finished rooms are expressly designed to ensure a peaceful and comfortable night’s rest set apart from the main hotel.
Other little extras include larger workstations, unlimited and uninterrupted high speed Wi-Fi access and an elegant business centre all precisely designed to ensure the most comfortable stay possible for the busy corporate traveller. Silverbirch @ Birchwood also offers its clients a complimentary airport shuttle service, a dedicated porter facility, a turn-down service and a private breakfast room within close proximity.
Fine dining away from the crowds is available at the Grill at One Twenty – a modern grill house offering a variety of dishes to suit every palate – ensuring meals can be enjoyed in a quiet and relaxed environment. Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, chief executive officer of Birchwood, said: “Silverbirch affords our discerning guest looking for a more exclusive business stay the best of both worlds – they are still part of the business centre of Birchwood with all the facilities we provide, together with the privacy and those little extras to ensure our guests can relax and do business. And now with the Recharge Package, travellers-on-the-go can also make use of our top-class facilities – even if just for a few hours in the day.”