New upmarket hotel for Joburg

2 June 2008

Local hospitality chain Southern Sun and property developers Hyprop Investments are to build a four-star hotel at the Hyde Park Shopping Centre in Johannesburg, at a cost of R180-million, with the hotel set to open by June 2009.

In a statement released last month, Southern Sun said that the development of the 132-room hotel featuring a contemporary design would offer a welcome addition to the growing demand for upmarket accommodation in Hyde Park, one of the city’s more affluent suburbs.

Another motivator is the unprecedented rise in the demand for quality hotel rooms, particularly in the Sandton area, where occupancy is running high and the demand for more hotel beds is on the increase.

Southern Sun MD Helder Pereira said the group’s involvement with the development was a natural progression from the company’s growth and re-positioning strategy.

“Southern Sun has invested significantly in a refurbishment and expansion strategy over the past few years, and we believe that the hotel will be an exciting addition to our existing portfolio,” he said.

The Southern Sun Hyde Park hotel will be built on top of the existing parking garage of the Hyde Park shopping centre, with the 132 contemporary designed rooms being built over three floors.

The lifestyle area will consist of a reception area and a 60-seater restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, while a whiskey bar will provide for relaxation with friends or business associates with the finest selection of whiskeys and cigars on offer.

The hotel will also have two boardrooms and a generous function room to cater for business meetings and events, adding to the large portfolio of venues around the city.

An outside area will feature a pool, bar and seating for guest to relax and take in the beautiful views, while those wishing to enjoy some retail shopping will be able to use a walkway linking the hotel to the Hyde Park shopping centre.

For those concerned with their fitness while away from home, a gym on the top level of the hotel will provide the opportunity to work out while enjoying the beautiful views over the upmarket northern Johannesburg suburb.

“Typical of the upmarket Hyde Park area, Southern Sun Hyde Park is in the ideal location for the market category it will serve and is likely to become an upper four-star hotel of choice for many visitors to Johannesburg,” the statement read.

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