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18 Sep 2017 Tags: hotels accommodation development

In the past year, two major developments have brought over 700 beds to the Central City. We have also seen upgrades in existing accommodation. Here’s the inside scoop.

SunSquare and StayEasy
Tsogo Sun’s new 19-storey R680 million hotel development on the city block of Buitengracht and Bree & Strand streets launched this month. Comprising two mid-tier brands, SunSquare (202 rooms) and StayEasy (302 rooms), it provides both business and leisure travellers with affordable options.

The slightly more upscale SunSquare also has five conference venues, the largest of which caters for up to 140 delegates, as well as a restaurant, a rooftop pool and bar, and a fitness centre.

SunSquare: 23 Buitengracht
StayEasy: 54 Bree St
021 492 0404

Did you know Tsogo Sun operates three of its four tiers in the CBD? In addition to SunSquare and StayEasy, there’s the budget Sun 1 Foreshore  (cnr Jan Smuts Street & Martin Hammerschlag Way) and three full-service Southern Suns: The Cullinan  (1 Cullinan St), Waterfront (1 Lower Buitengracht) and Cape Sun (23 Strand St).

According to the group’s director of operations for the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mossel Bay, John van Rooyen, Tsogo Sun has reduced water usage by 20% in its hotels since restrictions came into place.

It uses a state-of-the-art monitoring system combined with various interventions to achieve this. For example, towel and linen replacement no longer occurs every day, unless guests insist. This reduces the frequency of washing.

Taps have flow restrictors, which save 35% of water, and shower heads have low pressure. The group has also removed the bath plugs from bathrooms, meaning guests can only shower.

Additionally, all front-line staff communicate the water situation to guests when they arrive.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence
Along with 169 residential apartments on site, the centrepiece of the R1 billion Triangle House redevelopment is a 214-room upscale, full-service hotel. It has a restaurant, two bars, a pool, a fitness centre, a business lounge and extensive conference facilities.

The Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence (and the Radisson Blu brand in general) is part of the Rezidor Hotel Group, which also operates the midscale Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore at 29 Heerengracht.

22 Riebeek St
021 467 4000

InnsCape on Castle
This luxury boutique hotel has funky loft-style rooms. It is also family friendly: kids under three stay free, and you pay 50% for kids aged four to 12.
53 Castle St
021 815 9600

The Capetonian
Raya Hotels recently purchased this 170-bedroom hotel, which has a halaal restaurant. It is undergoing a R200 million upgrade.
Pier Place
021 405 5670

ONOMO Cape Town Inn on the Square
This 165-bedroom hotel relaunched in May. It is also popular with families, and its Cobble & Stone Pub opens onto historic Greenmarket Square.
10 Greenmarket Square
021 423 2050

Coming soon

The Modern
This R1.5 billion development by Ingenuity Property Investments Ltd on the city block of Hans Strijdom Avenue and Bree, Loop & Mechau streets will include a hotel.

60 Queen Victoria St
RDC Properties South Africa has proposed a 12-floor hotel at this address.

Strand on Bree Street
Land Equity Group has proposed a 15-floor hotel for this site opposite SunSquare and StayEasy City Bowl.

Zero-2-One Tower
This proposed R1.5 billion development by FWJK will also feature a hotel component.

Southern Sun Cape Sun
The iconic Strand Street hotel is undergoing a R250 million refurbishment.