Following a major construction project worth approximately R120 million that started in May 2017, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Hatfield will be opening its additional facilities on 1 July 2018. The construction brings an entire new building to the hotel property, and incorporates a number of new amenities for guests to enjoy.

According to Volker Heiden, VP of Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa, “We have seen significant growth in Pretoria, which has created the demand for greater accommodation. This is particularly true of the suburb of Hatfield, a popular location for both business and residential reasons. Its location near to the University of Pretoria, the Loftus Versfeld Rugby Stadium, the city centre and the many embassies, makes this a suburb with plenty of traveller traffic.”

The hotel’s location is also particularly accessible to travellers – just a 35-minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport and equally close to Lanseria International Airport, it is also within walking distance of the Hatfield Gautrain Station.

After adding 85 bedrooms, the hotel now boasts a total of 204 bedrooms. Other new features are the African Restaurant and Bar, additional conference rooms, a gym and a games room. The conference facilities allow for the hotel to host up to 220 delegates.

“With this new building, the hotel has become even more attractive to both leisure and business travellers,” explains Danny Bryer, Area Director for Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management at Protea Hotels by Marriott and African Pride Hotels. “Not many people realise how significant the city of Pretoria is in terms of foreign representatives, such as embassies and consulates,” he explains.  “In fact, after Washington DC, it is the location of the second most foreign representative bodies, and many of them are to be found in Hatfield.  This is bound to continue to grow as a significant source of the hotel’s business.”

The opening of the new building will hopefully bring additional growth to the developing city of Pretoria.