We stayed overnight at the Protea Hotel as we were on our way to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
The hotel has recently been revamped and still needs attention regarding final maintenance and cleaning.
I was disappointed in the condition and size of our room - carpets and walls dirty, no view as the room was above the entrance to the hotel (which also proved to be noisy) and a tiny bathroom with a huge step at the entrance. However, our friends had a spacious room in comparison, so ensure that you know what you are paying for, and perhaps ask for a room with a view overlooking the pool or the river.
The new pool, fitness area and additional secure parking is a welcome improvement.
Be prepared to climb a few stairs from the parking area with your suitcases to get to the reception area (add to your fitness level).
The hotel offers a great breakfast. It also offers lunch and dinner, but we chose to eat at the local restaurants within walking distance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel Upington - Peace and Tranquillity on the banks of the Orange River. Set on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and overlooking the mighty Orange River, the Protea Hotel Upington is a welcome haven for weary travelers. Positioned in the heart of the CBD, this hotel is within walking distance of all the banks, shops and local restaurants. This hotel is an ideal base for exploring popular sites such as the Kgalagardi Trans frontier Park, Orange River Wine Cellars and the Augrabies Fall National Park. The Namibian border is a mere 120km from Upington making this hotel the ideal place to stay over. The hotel has well-appointed, fully air-conditioned rooms. Modern en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV with 16 channels, tea/coffee making facilities and mini-bar fridges are featured in all rooms. A modern cocktail bar and restaurant overlooks a courtyard with swimming pool. The hotel also has a fully kitted gym with state-of-the-art equipment and for those that want to stay in shape whilst away from home. The Courtyard Bar and Restaurant will fill your tanks at breakfast and they are open for lunch and dinner as well. You will need your energy for activities in the area like golf, canoeing, tennis, squash and watersports. Wireless connectivity is ensured throughout the hotel. ... more less
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