Spent one night at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg (also known as Tsogo Sun). Hotel gives direct access to the Golden Horse Casino.
Accessibility: Hotel was very easy to find, even without directions (off N3 onto New England drive, approx. 2 km down the road). Couldn't contact hotel telephonically though as they seem to not be listed in any South African electronic directory. Tsogo Sun/Southern Sun central customer services also seem to not be in existence.
Pro's: Reception staff was very welcoming and friendly. I was booked into a "deluxe" room which is supposedly bigger than the "standard room" and has a king bed. I was allocated a paraplegic fitted room with a walk-in shower, no bath. Room and bathroom were clean. Crisp linen on the bed. I found the bed to be very comfortable. Room was fitted with a bar fridge, sufficient tea/coffee making supplies as well as sufficient complimentary toiletry supplies. You have your pick of a few restaurants on the hotel premises which cater to a variety of tastes as well as ATM machines. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Open parking (to share with casino visitors) or hotel "guest only" basement parking available.
Cons: The location of my room (315) meant that I was constantly disturbed by the beeping of the lift bell?? I am a light sleeper so this was a disturbance, however as it was just for one night I tolerated it. Breakfast was served at the Vigour and Verve restaurant and was a rather dismal buffet selection in looks and taste. I was also not impressed with the lamb shank dinner I had at this restaurant the previous evening.
General: All in all, I believe that I received good value for money for the rate that I paid for the room and would definitely be back at the Tsogo Sun PMB.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg Boasting both a casino and a turf race course, Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg (previously known as the Golden Horse hotel) is the only hotel in Africa and one of a very few in the world that is a true punters' paradise. Situated in KwaZulu-Natal's capital city, Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg offers an exciting world of entertainment and gaming set against the rolling hills of the beautiful Natal Midlands. The hotel is only 45 minutes from Durban, home to some of South Africa's most spectacular beaches. A perfect destination for the leisure and business traveller, this upmarket hotel offers a world-class stay with unsurpassed hospitality. It has 96 spacious en-suite bedrooms all elegantly decorated to include plush furnishings, data lines for laptops, telephones, room safes and satellite TVs. With two versatile, state-of-the-art conference venues that can be modified into various configurations and cater for up to 500 delegates, Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg is also a distinguished conferences and special events hotel. And, with views over the race course, these facilities make a perfect setting for a classic wedding, social function, corporate banquet or a conference. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Horse Hotel Pietermaritzburg