Recent increases in tourism to South Africa are bringing large numbers of visitors to the beautiful Garden Route area, creating a need for more and improved accommodation options for the traveller market. Marked by its spectacular coastal and forested mountainous areas, the region also boasts the vibrant town of George.
Since George is both a large urban centre and the location of the region’s airport, it has developed into a town offering many features for travellers – visiting for both leisure and business purposes.
Catering for both kinds of travellers is the Protea Hotel by Marriott® George Outeniqua, located in the centre of the town but in close proximity to forests, mountains and the sparkling coastline characteristic of this area. This quaint 3-star hotel with its Cape Dutch façade highlights the history of the town. Built in the early 1800s, the building was the home of the first magistrate of George, Adrian van Kervel, an important figure in the town’s history who also oversaw the building of the Drostdy in 1812.
To highlight the historic architecture of the building, the hotel’s recent refurbishment includes repainting to provide a focus on the Cape Dutch gable and parapets. “The refresh of the property has been taken through from the outside to the interiors, too,” says general manager of the hotel, Jenny Jordaan. “To create an ambience of warmth and depth, we’ve also pulled up carpeting in the bedrooms and installed laminated wood flooring, which we extended to some of the public areas too.”
This charming old-world hotel, now revitalised and refreshed, and located in one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, is well-positioned to welcome guests from all over to enjoy its facilities and location.