New R700m dual-brand hotel on track to redefine Cape Town's budget stay offering

2017-03-06 15:55 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - Luxury, high-end accommodation can be found at the drop of a hat in Cape Town - you only need to mention the likes of the Westin, Mount Nelson, or One & Only to know what we're talking about. 

However Tsogo Sun’s new dual-brand 19-storey hotel development on the corner of Bree, Buitengracht and Strand streets in Cape Town is entering the final stages of development and hoping to open up the more affordable budget stay offerings in the city for the business and leisure traveller.

The hotel is expected to be completed by September 2017, with construction estimated at R700 million, says the group. 

SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl and StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl  

The two new hotels, consisting of the SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl and the StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl – will expand Tsogo Sun’s offering in Cape Town by 504 rooms.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to increase our presence in one of the most vibrant cities on the continent. We believe the continued development and rejuvenation of Cape Town’s city centre will cater to growing demand for hotel accommodation,” says Marcel von Aulock, Tsogo Sun’s CEO. 

The development consists of a 202-bedroom SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl hotel with five conference venues, the largest of which caterers for up to 140 delegates; Tsogo Sun’s trendy and fast growing Vigour & Verve casual dining offering; a rooftop pool and bar with panoramic views; retail space and a fitness centre.

The StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl hotel, offering 302 bedrooms with a dedicated breakfast restaurant and access to all the facilities on complex. The project also includes ample undercover parking for 300 vehicles.

(SunSquare - supplied

(StayEasy - supplied)

Tsogo Sun General Manager for the new hotels Chandresh Singh says guests can expect to pay between R1 000 to R1 299 (seasonal) per night at the StayEasy, while the SunSquare offering rate would be about R1 500 and R2 000 per night. 

Singh states the group is optimistic about this particular level of service offering as there is a need for it in the Mother City, stating that despite the hotel still being built, they've already seen inquires and a few group bookings for the 2018 upcoming holiday season.  

Tsogo Sun also operates three full service hotels in Cape Town’s CBD, namely Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront and Southern Sun Cape Sun, as well as the Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard and SunSquare Cape Town Gardens - with its total number of bedrooms operated in the Cape Town city centre to over 2 000. 

Ideally located on the corners of Bree, Buitengracht and Strand streets in the heart of Cape Town, the hotels offer convenient access for visitors to explore the trendy surroundings, vibrant restaurant district, Table Mountain Cable Way, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium and Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Other key Hotel developments happening in Cape Town:

The World's largest hotel group Marriott International has earmarked some R3bn investment into South Africa hospitality industry, with three new hotels being built in Cape Town at an estimated R2 billion and adding over 500 rooms to Cape Town’s hotel accommodation offering.

SEE: New R3bn SA hotels: Massive Marriott loyalty deals to benefit travellers

- The 200-room Cape Town Marriott Hotel Foreshore

- The 189-room AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, to be located at the Yacht Club in the Roggebaai precinct

- The 150-room Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Town Foreshore


The Silo Hotel at the V&A Waterfront 

The Silo, built in a historic grain silo complex above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA),  is set to be part of a new 'symbol of Africa' in Cape Town. The ultra-modern, industrial-style hotel, which has been taking bookings during the construction phases, officially opened on 1 March and has only 28 rooms, "each with whimsical interiors and dramatic waterfront views".

The hotel, part of The Royal Portfolio hotel collection, also has a restaurant overlooking Table Mountain, a spa and a rooftop pool and lounge.

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