Hotels in South Africa

Hotels South Africa

When searching for hotels South Africa, you are likely to think of the most common names. Hotel groups such as Protea Hotels and their various brands, Tsogo Sun Hotels and its great abundance of hotel brands and City Lodge.  There are of course a host of international hotel groups that have set their sites on South Africa. Some larger names include Radisson Hotels, Hilton Hotels and The Leading Hotels of the World.

Protea Hotels South Africa

Protea Hotels has three brands that distinguish between its different offerings.

Protea Hotels South Africa

Protea Hotels was formed on 1 July 1984 with only four properties.  These were the Heerengracht and Capetonian Hotels in Cape Town, the Protea Gardens Hotel in Johannesburg and the San Lameer resort on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. From this somewhat humble beginning, Protea Hotels South Africa has grown to be the largest hotel group in terms of numbers of hotels in Africa. It has management and franchise agreements, as well as several joint ventures, with over 100 hotels. Book a Protea Hotel.

Protea Fire & Ice! Hotels South Africa

Protea Fire & Ice! is its young, vibrant and happening brand. The hotels have a three star rating, however this is not their selling point.

Currently, there are two Protea Fire & Ice! hotels. One in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town city centre (Tamboerskloof). These hotels are definitely worth a visit, even if you don’t feel that they are a good fit for you. They market themselves as extreme hotels and specialise in delectable milkshakes and unbelievable burgers. They offer a fantastic vibe for a great night out, however it’s likely to be their off-the-wall decor reputation that will draw you to these remarkable hotels.

The Cape Town Protea Fire & Ice! hotel has taken extreme decor to the next level. On entering their fab plush bar, you can’t help but notice their smoking room, which they’ve aptly named the “coughinroom”. The room is decorated in a rather morbid way with coffins as benches, a roof decal of a minister and loved ones looking down at you from 6 feet up and a great tomb stone (which is also a cigarette dispensing machine). As you walk through the bar, you’ll notice that there’s a terribly long queue towards the unisex bathroom. Whilst this may not be a terribly unique occurrence for a bar, the reason for the queue definitely is. Each bathroom is decorated with its own theme. From stage fright (which has a crowd staring at you) to Temptation (featuring a naked man standing behind a towel rail, when you pull the towel back to see what’s there…an alarm sounds). This wacky decor is extended throughout the hotel, making it a must-see even if it isn’t a must-stay. Book Now.

The Protea Fire & Ice! in Melrose Arch is themed to convey the romanticism and energy of hollywood. The hotel oozes glamour and style. The rooms have an edgy design with an open shower (if this freaks you out, you may want to look at a few other hotel options). The nightlife that comes with the Melrose Fire & Ice Hotel is surely its big draw card. Their “happenings” include: their every other Wednesday Taste Evenings (Whiskey tastings with Snacks and Canapés served to a maximum of 35 GUESTS, booking essential). High SocieTEA, a celebration of Sunday decadence and lavish feasting  in good company and DJ Nights featuring ,  DJ Misterio every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Protea Fire & Ice! Taste Evenings
The Whiskey Taste Evenings happen on selected Wednesday evenings in the Lobby Lounge at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch. Bookings are essential.
Duration: 2 hours:
Protea Fire & Ice! hotel
Melrose Arch
High SocieTEA
Sunday SocieTEA presents an afternoon feast at the hotel’s restaurant including scrumptious mini smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, chocolate pancakes stuffed with orange and mint syrup, cakes and cupcakes.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!
Melrose Arch
DJ Nights
Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night Felipe Diaz (@DJMisterio), with an occassional surprise DJ, keeps Melrose Arch vibrating with great music and electrifying atmosphere.
Duration: 4 hours:
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!
Melrose Arch

African Pride Hotels South Africa

African Pride Hotels is the luxury brand of Protea Hotels South Africa. Their location is second to none. Whilst these hotels are an obvious choice for business breaks (with 5 star opulence and service ensuring you have a successful stay), African Pride Hotels make for remarkable exclusive holiday experiences.

Offering luxury city retreats to Cape Town and Johannesburg at their African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel, African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa and African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, respectively. Their African Pride The Sands Arabella Hotel & Spa is hailed as one of the supreme golfing holidays that South Africa has to offer. With an international standard golf course just a stone’s throw from Hermanus and her majestic whales, it’s little wonder that this hotel has received such high accolade. Whilst the African Pride Irene Country Lodge is the ideal pamper and romance destination.

Other properties include:
African Pride Audacia Manor
African Pride Hacklewood Hill Country House
African Pride Mosselberg on Grotto Beach
African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve

Tsogo Sun Hotels South Africa

Tsogo Sun Hotels South Africa, previously the Southern Sun Hotel Group, is South Africa’s largest hotel chain and an operator of InterContinental Hotels. It was also the first large hotel group, started in 1969 by hotelier Sol Kerzner (of Sun City and The One fame) in partnership with South African Breweries.

Today Southern Sun has 90 hotels in South Africa and Africa(Kenya, Zambia, Seychelles, Tanzania and Mozambique). Its hotel brands include:
Southern Sun Hotels and Resorts
Garden Court
StayEasy by Southern Sun
Southern Sun Lifestyle Resorts
InterContinental Hotels
Holiday Inn
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Southern Sun is an African hotel group with a range of brands which provide accommodation across all markets and offer a distribution of hotels in South Africa in major urban centres and key destinations.

In 2005, the company moved from being a brand manager to a brand owner and is an umbrella for many brands that make up the hotel group. The group has also invested in expanding into Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles and the Middle East, adding to their portfolio.

Southern Sun is wholly owned by Tsogo Sun Holdings, a South African entertainment and hospitality group that also holds Tsogo Sun Gaming. Tsogo Sun Holdings concluded a merger with and reverse listing through Gold Reef Resorts with effect from 24 February 2011. Additional information on the Tsogo Sun / Gold Reef Group can be found via the external link below.

City Lodge Hotels South Africa


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Through the vision of founder, Swiss-born Hans Enderle, and the financial backing of the Mine Pension Funds, City Lodge Randburg became the catalyst for what today is South Africa’s leading selected hotel chain.

From the Start, emphasis was placed on quality accommodation, homely ambience and friendly service – and these are still hallmarks of the group today. After Pioneering the quality, selected services hotel concept in South Africa, the group was incorporated in July 1986 and has since substantially grown and diversified its product offering to meet different travellers’ needs.

In 1990, the second-tier Town Lodge concept was started and has proved highly popular. On 18 November 1992, the group successfully listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
In 1995, the group acquired a 50% interest in the companies associated with the upmarket Courtyard Suite Hotel chain and also opened its first Road Lodge, a concept aimed mainly at budget conscious travellers.

With 6 Courtyards (451 suites), 15 City Lodges (2 811 rooms), 10 Town Lodges (1 244 rooms) and 21 Road Lodges (1 969 rooms), the City Lodge group has 6 272 rooms and suites and ranks amongst the 250 largest hotel chains in the world.

On the Occasion of the group’s 10th anniversary on 1 August 1995, The City Lodge 10th Anniversary Employees Share Trust was launched which enabled all employees to become shareholders.

Commitment to Service excellence from a highly motivated and dedicated staff is a common thread throughout the group’s hotels which have developed a loyal clientele of both business and leisure travellers over the past years.


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