The Premier Hotel Pretoria
The Premier Hotel Pretoria is located opposite the Union Buildings, offering its guests some spectacular city views. Conveniently located in close proximity to a number of government, diplomatic and academic institutions, the Premier Hotel Pretoria is a favourite among business travellers. For those staying in the city for leisure, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre – to name only one of a number of tourist attractions – is less than 10km away.
This 118-room hotel has state-of-the-art conferencing facilities and a poolside restaurant, The Ambassador, on the ground floor. Room options include standard and executive rooms, as well as suites, all equipped with the usual mod-cons and inclusive of free Wi-Fi.
Details: 573 Stanza Bopape Street, Arcadia / 012 441 1400 / www.premierhotels.co.za
The Blades Hotel
The Blades Hotel is situated on a 10 hectare expanse of bushveld, on the banks of Roodeplaat Dam. Coupled with the surrounding Dinokeng Tourism region, guests can choose from an array of outdoor activities that include game viewing, birdwatching, rowing, canoeing and fishing. Keen birdwatchers are treated to around 230 different species of indigenous birds inhabiting the local area. The Blades Hotel also boasts a variety of in- and outdoor dining options.
All 46 earthy hotel rooms have views of the dam and surrounding flora. Guest can choose between an executive suite, luxury room or family room.
Details: Kameeldrift Road, Kameeldrift East / 012 808 9943 / theblades.co.za
Court Classique Suite Hotel
This hotel’s mission is to provide travellers with a new way of staying in the city: living like a local! Nestled in the upmarket, diplomatic suburb of Arcadia, Court Classique Suite Hotel has been serving the Pretoria travel market for 20 years and underwent a multi-million rand refurbishment in 2010.
Court Classique offers guests a choice between Classique Studios and Luxury One-Bedroom Apartments. All 58 suites include a fully equipped kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, dining area, lounge and workspace. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and transfers to and from the surrounding areas between 07:00 and 18:00 on weekdays.
Details: Corner of Francis Baard and Beckett Street, Arcadia / 012 344 4420 / www.courtclassique.co.za
Alpine Attitude Boutique Hotel and Conference Venue
Alpine Attitude Hotel offers the most discerning of travellers exceptional African hospitality. The novel design concept of this conveniently located boutique hotel sets it apart from other four-star hotels. The modern architecture of the hotel is underpinned by an array of locally inspired artwork. Renowned architect André Eksteen, from Earthworld Architects, designed the striking tree-inspired entrance façade.
Alpine Attitude Hotel has seven unique, designer hotel rooms, each with Wi-Fi access, DStv and a private patio. Guests can take a splash in the pool, have breakfast on the patio and enjoy a stellar dining experience from the CreATE Café. Alpine Attitude also has conferencing facilities and is a pet-friendly establishment.
Details: 522 Atterbury Road, Menlo Park / 012 348 6504 / alpineattitude.co.za
Southern Sun Pretoria
Located in the centre of the country’s administrative capital, Southern Sun Pretoria provides visitors an elegant stay and exceptional hospitality. Due to its central location, the hotel is a popular choice of accommodation among politicians, diplomats, business guests and officials. For holiday-goers, the Southern Sun Pretoria is located near the Pretoria Zoo, Botanical Gardens and Voortrekker Monument, to name just a few attractions.
Guests can choose from 240 contemporary decorated and equipped en-suite hotel rooms and are free to make use of the outdoor terraces, pool and fitness centre. Southern Sun Pretoria is renowned for outstanding levels of personalised customer service.
Details: Corner of Steve Biko and Pretorius Street, Arcadia / 012 444 5500 / www.tsogosun.com/southern-sun-pretoria
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
One of the highlights of a stay at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is having a drink on Union Terrace – a better view of the Union Buildings will be pretty hard to find. Located in a residential area of Arcadia, the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel has 175 modern rooms and suites, all designed to guarantee its guests maximum comfort.
The hotel also offers guests access to the Sheraton Health Club and saunas, an outdoor swimming pool and massage rooms. Dining options include the Magnolia Restaurant, offering an all-day buffet, and Tiffin’s Bar and Lounge.
Details: Corner of Stanza Bopape and Wessels Street, Arcadia / 012 429 9999 / www.sheratonpretoria.com
Protea Hotel Hatfield
The trendy Protea Hotel Hatfield offers sophisticated, upmarket accommodation. The 119 hotel rooms were designed to offer visitors a contemporary yet comfortable stay in a twin, queen, king or deluxe room. All rooms are en suite and equipped with air-conditioning and satellite TV. The modern hotel restaurant serves a buffet-style menu, from a full English breakfast to a five-course dinner.
If you’re not in the mood to dress up for dinner (as the restaurant’s dress code is smart casual), the hotel is within walking distance of Duncan Yard Shopping Centre and Hatfield Plaza. Other nearby attractions include the University of Pretoria Campus, Loftus Versveld Stadium and Hatfield Gautrain Station.
Details: 1141 Burnett Street, Hatfield / 012 364 0300 / www.marriott.com
By Jana van der Linde