New function venue opens at the Palazzo

Palazzo at Montecasino
Palazzo at Montecasino

Rosa is the new intimate function venue in the Palazzo at Montecasino, forming part of the recently completed R60-million refurbishment of the hotel.

Says general manager Robert Jasper: “Extending the Palazzo’s event and banqueting offering with Rosa is in response to requests by our clientele for this type of facility, together with our wholehearted commitment to excellence in food and beverage. Food & beverage is, after all, the heart and soul of the hotel – the touch-point,” he explains. “If you go somewhere and have a good meal you’ll remember it. It’s the one aspect of a hotel, other than sleeping in a bed, that’s based on an experience and not a process. It’s where the guest unwinds, relaxes, lingers and engages with the property.”

Rosa, so named because it overlooks the rose garden, is enhancing the Palazzo with a tranquil and unique venue for small events, special occasions and intimate functions. “I believe it will soon become one of the most sought-after small function venues in Jo’burg. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the hotel’s food and beverage delivery through various special offerings, giving our guests a different experience of the hotel,” says Mr Jasper.

The design of Rosa is in keeping with the Tuscan theme of the hotel. Rosa is located adjacent to the walkway that leads guests out of the hotel into the Montecasino complex, with an existing stone boundary wall clad in ivy forming the back wall of the restaurant. This lends a garden ambience to the restaurant, while tables and chairs in the walkway add to the venue’s typical European café style.

The interior of the restaurant is airy and Italian, yet with a slightly Provençal feel. The design integrates with the garden, while the exposed ceilings feature beautiful timber beams from which chandeliers and fans are suspended, co-ordinating with the timber frame glass doors and timber floors. “The restaurant features a deep rich wallpaper with a striking red flower running through it. The red is extended through to the new show kitchen and onto the linen on the tables. The chairs are a combination of some formal, deep button-back upholstered dining chairs and some casual black-and-white outdoor wicker café style chairs.

“We pride ourselves on our reputation for providing ‘the velvet touch’ to guests,” comments Jasper. “This entire refurbishment, and in particular Rosa, has ensured that we maintain the high standard of refined elegance and opulence that have been the hallmarks of this property since we opened in November 2000.”

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