After investing approximately R120 million, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Hatfield has opened its additional facilities. The major construction project, which started a year ago, included adding an entire new wing to the hotel which houses new rooms and a number of new amenities.

According to Volker Heiden, Vice President of Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa, “We have seen significant growth in Pretoria, which has created a demand for increased quality accommodation. This is particularly true of the suburb of Hatfield, a popular location for both business and residential. Strategically located near the University of Pretoria, the Loftus Versfeld Rugby Stadium, the city centre and the many embassies, this suburb has attracted a lot of interest from travellers to the city recently. The new wing enhances our offering and caters to the new demand.”

The new wing adds 86 new rooms to the hotel, which now has a total of 205 guestrooms. New features include the African Restaurant and Bar, additional meeting rooms and conference facilities, a gym and a games room. The additional conference facilities allow for the hotel to host up to 220 delegates, with 6 additional breakaway meeting rooms.

“Our new offering positions us strongly in the market by making us even more attractive to both leisure and business travellers,” says Danny Bryer, Area Director for Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management at Protea Hotels by Marriott and African Pride, Autograph Collection Hotels. “Not many people know how significant the city of Pretoria is with the high density of embassies and consulates in the area,” he explains. “This is bound to generate increased demand for the hotel and its facilities.”