Following a major construction project worth approximately R120m (€7.4m) that started in May 2017, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Hatfield will be opening its additional facilities on July 1.

The construction brings an entire new building to the hotel property, and incorporates a number of new amenities.

After adding 85 bedrooms, the hotel now boasts a total of 204 bedrooms. Other new features include 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.

Vice President of Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa, Volker Heiden says: “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 is a 35-minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport and is just as close to Lanseria International Airport. It is also within walking distance of the Hatfield Gautrain Station.

Area Director for Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management at Protea Hotels by Marriott and African Pride Hotels, Danny Bryer says: “With this new building, the hotel has become even more attractive to both leisure and business travellers.”

 “Not many people realise how significant the city of Pretoria is in terms of foreign representatives, such as embassies and consulates,” says Bryer, elaborating: “After Washington DC (US), 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.”

Protea Hotels by Marriott hopes that the opening of the new building will bring additional growth in the developing city of Pretoria.