Tsogo Sun’s new dual-brand 19-storey hotel in the Cape Town’s flourishing and vibrant City Bowl celebrated its opening on 28 September with a glittering launch attended by celebrities and national, provincial and municipal dignitaries in attendance, including the Director General of Tourism, Mr Victor Tharage, Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille and Premier Helen Zille.
The R700-million development incorporates two economy hotels, the select service SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl with 202 bedrooms and StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl with 302 bedrooms, and represents Tsogo Sun’s continued commitment to the city of Cape Town, bringing the total number of rooms operated by the group in the city centre to over 2 000, spread across six hotels. In addition to the two new hotels, Tsogo Sun’s other hotels in the greater Cape Town area include Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront, Southern Sun Cape Sun, Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard, SunSquare Cape Town Gardens, Southern Sun Newlands, StayEasy Century City, and three SUN1 properties. In addition, the Tsogo Sun Group owns the Westin at the CTICC, Radisson Blu Waterfront and Protea Victoria Junction through its controlling investment in the Hospitality Property Fund.
The Cape Town City Bowl is an ideal location for easy access to innumerable attractions, as well as the now world-renowned Bree Street, which has overtaken other areas as Cape Town’s “coolest strip when it comes to eating opportunities” according EatOut.co.za. The new dual-brand hotel is located on the corners of Bree, Strand and Buitengracht, offering convenient access to the beautiful surroundings, the vibrant restaurant district, Table Mountain Cable Way, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, and Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Jacques Booysen, Group CEO of Tsogo Sun, says, “These two hotels have been developed in response to a growth trend in the mid-market hotel sector in South Africa and offer excellent style and functionality, representing the next generation of room design in this category for Tsogo and offering superb accommodation, great location and good pricing. We are committed to delivering what customers want in style and product”.
The SunSquare hotel has five banqueting and conference venues, the largest of which caterers for up to 140 delegates; the 14 Stories Rooftop Bar and pool, with a spectacular vista of almost 300o panoramic views that include the harbour, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Table Mountain, and the stadium; retail space; a fitness centre; and a trendy Vigour & Verve casual dining offering.
Apart from the traditional popular and varied offering in Tsogo Sun’s Vigour & Verve restaurants around the country, a special section has been developed especially for the new SunSquare City Bowl restaurant, featuring authentic specialities from the region “the way they were prepared by our ancestors” such as Uitpak Slaai, with layered salad, bacon, cheese, and soft egg; Pickled Fish, a local classic served with mosbolletjie bread; Traditional Cape Malay Lamb Bobotie, the local icon, with braised minced lamb, fragrant spices, yellow rice, and sambals; a vegetarian Cape Malay Bobotie option; Wood-fired Peri-peri Chicken featuring Portuguese and African flavours; classic Fish & Chips; Butter Chicken, with rice, roti, and sambals; Lamb Shank, slow roasted Ouma’s way, with rosemary mash and citrus gremolata; and Pan-fried Line Fish (from the Sustainable Seafood green list).
The StayEasy hotel has a dedicated breakfast restaurant and offers access to all the facilities on the complex. The project also includes undercover parking for 300 vehicles.
The new GM of the two hotels is Chandreshwar Singh, who started in the hospitality industry in 2000 and joined Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront hotel in 2009. He has gained valuable experience in many departments within various Tsogo Sun hotels in Cape Town and Johannesburg over the years.
Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes over 100 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.