Garden Court South Beach, one of Durban’s landmark beachfront hotels, has undergone a multi-million rand refurbishment- an investment which has revived the 42-year-old property.
The R22-million investment has made way for the remodelling of the hotel’s public areas including upgrades to elevators, public bathrooms and the reception area as well as a R12-million soft refurbishment of its 414 guest rooms.
“When planning this refurbishment, we focused on breathing new life into the property through modernisation and a fresh look while still building on the comfort and attention to detail that guests have come to value at the hotel,” said Garden Court South Beach general manager Wayne Smith.
As part of the project, the hotel acquired new furniture, artwork, soft furnishings and the addition of further cubicles in the downstairs public bathrooms.
In addition, the revamped rooms now boast 40” televisions, padded headboards and newly upholstered desk chairs.
The decor and colour palettes are a blend of muted tones reflective of the hotel’s scenic beach location, paired with elements of dark wood, ivory parchment and graphite aluminium.
“The redesign of the rooms was largely beach-inspired and we wanted the overall feel to translate into a blend of leisure and business,” said Mr Smith.
“Garden Court South Beach has earned a reputation for its service excellence and continued investment ensures that the hotel’s facilities are equally of the highest standard,” said Mike Jackson, Tsogo Sun operations director KZN.
“Tsogo Sun is constantly evolving and working to maintain quality hospitality and accommodation. This project re-inforces our commitment to investing in Durban as a world class destination and makes way for the hotel to meet the brand standards of newer properties in the group,” said Mr Jackson.