An historic Cape Dutch manor house on a green estate that borders the Liesbeek River will open its doors as Protea Hotel Mowbray on 1 February 2015 – the first Protea Hotel ever to be situated in Cape Town’s bustling southern suburbs.
The hotel’s 70 elegant rooms and suites are spread through the manor house and the adjacent thatched building that used to service as the manor’s barn, now houses six luxury loft suites.
“Protea Hotels has, for several years, been seeking an opportunity to create a brand presence in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, but none of the previous prospects were exactly right. The signing of this new hotel under the Protea Hotels brand reinforces our focus on continuing to grow the footprint of the brand in South Africa and other strategic growth areas within Africa,” said Mark Satterfield, Marriott International business leader in South Africa.
“We knew it was the right place and the right time when the opportunity arose to take over this magnificent property, which is within walking distance of Black River Park, a vast commercial office complex that houses numerous national and multi-national companies.”
Mr Satterfield said the natural growth trajectory for the brand in Cape Town has been in the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard – which attract extensive corporate, leisure and business events business – as well as the northern suburbs where numerous large companies are headquartered. More recently, it has moved into the Century City lifestyle precinct with Cape Town’s premier five-star conferencing hotel, African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa.
“But we’re incredibly excited to have our first crack at the southern suburbs, which is as busy commercially as it is residentially, and this presents a wealth of opportunities from a hospitality point of view.”
Mr Satterfield said Protea Hotel Mowbray’s main target markets will be corporate travellers, the business events industry, domestic leisure travellers with a particular focus on families and the sports groups which play at the many surrounding fields and clubs.
The hotel will comprise 46 standard studio rooms (20 with twin beds and the remaining 26 with king-size beds), 12 one-bedroom suites with lounges and the option of king size or twin beds, six two-bedroom suites with lounges and the option of king size or twin beds and six barn lofts with lounges on the ground level and queen-size beds on the mezzanine.
And while the current manor house dates back to approximately 1880, records indicate that the site has been settled since the 1660s.
The hotel will offer guests a comfortable, period sensitive lounge in which to socialise or hold meetings, as well as breakfast and a swimming pool at which to relax.