Multi-Million Rand Refurb Marks The Start Of New Era For Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg
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Multi-Million Rand Refurb Marks The Start Of New Era For Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg

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The multi-million rand upgrade and refurbishment of the Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, now part of the Golden Horse Casino complex and the prestigious Tsogo Sun stable, is complete – marking a new era for the hotel as a four star Southern Sun property.

Together, the Golden Horse Casino, the only casino in South Africa with its own horse race course, Scottsville, and Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, provide a seamless entertainment, leisure and hospitality destination in Pietermaritzburg. A highlight of the refurbishment project is the hotel’s new, upmarket restaurant and coffee shop, Vigour & Verve,situated at the entrance to the hotel adjacent to the reception. The 110-seat restaurant boasts a contemporary and inviting interior which invites customers to meet, eat, and stay for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.

Open daily from 06h30 to 23h00, Vigour & Verve features a simple menu of tempting light meals and dinners. On the menu is a range of mouthwatering fresh salads, scrumptious sandwiches with delectable fillings, spruced-up burgers, pizzas, succulent steaks and fish dishes. The juicy pulled lamb sandwich, bolstered with feta, caramelized onion, and tzaziki, is sure to be a hit with lunchtime diners, while the signature butter chicken, with papadam, pickles and cucumber raita, is the ultimate in comfort food. Vigour & Verve also features a Harvest Table, decked with tantalizing selection of freshly-baked breads, muffins, cakes and desserts.

The refurbishments completed at the hotel include the installation of free WiFi; a new guest business centre, a new entrance and aesthetic changes to the rooms. Every room is equipped with a mini bar fridge, a safe, 26 TV channel line-up, and complimentary tea/coffee making facilities. The conference centre has also undergone minor changes.

Arisha Stanley, general manager of the Golden Horse Hotel, says: “A refreshed, cosmopolitan experience awaits guests at our hotel, with a new look and feel, a new welcoming and convenient restaurant, and all the modern amenities that business and leisure visitors expect from a four star hotel.

“This is of course combined with the high standard of hospitality and quality accommodation that is renowned at all Southern Sun Hotels. As part of Tsogo Sun’s family we can provide greater benefits, and ensure that we offer the premium level of service expected by discerning guests.

“With the refurbishment complete, we can take Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg into its new era, and we look forward to the journey ahead,” says Stanley.

The hotel, conveniently situated en route to Durban in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, is an ideal destination for holidaymakers as well as a convenient stop-over for business travellers. It features 96 rooms, including a presidential suite, three suites, and two disabled rooms; conference facilities for 300 people and an outdoor swimming pool.

Like all the properties in Tsogo Sun’s portfolio, Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg is marketed under the group’s Sun Burst brand. With this comes Southern Sun’s host of benefits, such as the Frequent Guest programme, which gives members instant access to substantial accommodation discounts and the ability to earn and spend Sun Rands whenever staying at one of our participating hotels.

One of the leading and largest hotel and entertainment groups in southern Africa, Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes 14 casinos and over 90 hotels incorporating the Deluxe, Southern Sun Hotels, SunSquare, Garden Court, StayEasyand Southern Sun Resorts hotels.

For more information about the hotel, please contact 033 395 8500. For bookings please contact 033 395 8500 or email For more information go to

About Tsogo Sun
Tsogo Sun is the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a vast variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, and Seychelles. The company’s hospitality interests offer the widest distribution of hotels in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all markets, including elegant, individually-branded deluxe hotels and well-known trusted market leaders in the premier through budget segments, including Southern Sun Hotels, Garden Court,SunSquare, StayEasy and Formula 1 hotels.

The exciting urban and resort casino portfolio includes the most popular entertainment destinations, strategically located throughout South Africa. In the Gauteng province, Tsogo Sun owns the group’s flagship property, Montecasino in Fourways, which features, amongst other attractions, the award-winning Teatro, the Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park in southern Johannesburg, and Silverstar Casino to the west in Krugersdorp. Additional properties are owned and operated in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, including the jewel on Durban’s Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.

Tsogo Sun (“TSH”) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The key shareholders of Tsogo Sun are HoskenConsolidated Investments Limited (“HCI”), a JSE listed investment holding company, and SABMiller PLC (“SABM”), the London listed brewing company. The remaining shareholding is held by various financial institutions and the general public.

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