The Protea Hotel Victoria Junction in Cape Town has reopened after being closed for four months for refurbishment.
Owned by the Hospitality Property Fund, the hotel is on Somerset Road in an area known as the Pink Mile in Green Point and is said to be one of the greenest operations in the city.
The hotel closed in May for a four-month total make-over that has seen it say goodbye to the film nuances that were its hallmark since opening 15 years ago. In those days, its proximity to the offices of the Cape Town traffic department and the area’s reputation for prostitution had some referring to it as “die hotel tussen die hoere en die boere.”
The project has seen the refurbishment of all 148 standard rooms and 24 loft rooms, as well as an extensive refurbishment of the restaurant, reception and other public areas on the ground floor,” said GM Pieter Buitendag.
The revamp includes new walk-in “rain showers” and modern design trends.
Technology and environmental factors were included in the planning. Guests now have Bravia LCD screens, iPod docking stations, international adaptor installations and bathrooms that feature environmentally friendly fixtures.
Standard features include air-conditioning, a choice of pillows, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a digital safe.
The new restaurant and bar are expected to re-establish the location as a trend-setting style pioneer featuring a lighter open-plan, free-flowing space. The new F&B offering will also cater more for locals as the Tapas styled menu makes for social dining in an informal setting.
The wine-by-the-glass list will also find favour with Capetonians.
Danny Bryer, Protea Hospitality Group’s director of sales, marketing and revenue, said the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction had long been a Cape Town landmark because of its modern theme and location, which was within easy walking distance of the Cape Quarter, the Cape Town Stadium and the V&A Waterfront.
This is one of more than a dozen hotels in the Protea Hospitality Group portfolio that have undergone renovations in the past year and will bring it in line with modern design trends and guest expectations,” Bryer said.