The 154-room Town Lodge Umhlanga in KwaZulu Natal has opened its doors.

Located on the corner of Umhlanga Ridge Boulevard and Meridian Drive, it is close to sister properties, the 168-room City Lodge Hotel Umhlanga Ridge and the 125-room Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge. The City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) now offers 447 rooms in the Umhlanga region and a combined 879 rooms across three-, two- and one-star properties in KZN.

The four-storey hotel has two well-equipped boardrooms, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, social deck, gardens and 110 parking bays. The restaurant serves three breakfast options, full English, Continental and light. The bar offers a full range of spirits, wine, a large selection of local and international beers and classic cocktails.

There is a selection of dining options nearby and the hotel also offers in-hotel dining brought to the property for guests to enjoy in the restaurant or in their room. A ‘feast table’ in the restaurant serves as a group or communal dining and work space, with plug points.

The commercial areas and first and second floors (76 guest rooms) are already open with the remainder of the rooms opening by the end of the month. The Umhlanga property brings to 14 the number of Town Lodges in the group – 11 in South Africa and three in the rest of Africa (Gaborone, Nairobi, Windhoek).

Divisional Director of Operations, Tony Balabanoff says: “Opening a new hotel is a major milestone and this property is particularly exciting as it expands our Town Lodge brand and features some of our new thinking towards environmental responsibility and guest experiences in the two-star category. These will include USB and international electrical points in all the right places, an after-breakfast food and healthy snack offering and our ‘Almost Friday, Thursday’ drinks and snack evenings which are hosted by the management team.”