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Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Fantastic stay with great hospitality. We were treated like royalty.
Always helpful and cheerful staff to attend to all our needs.
The rooms were immaculate and the beds with bedding complete comfort.
Its where we go to recharge our MOJO




  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mike S
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Arishas, General Manager at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2014

Dear Mike,

Thank you for taking the time to review Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg. We are delighted to hear that our staff took such good care of you! It was a pleasure having you with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

Warmest regards from the Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg Team

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Ground floor parking lifts need to be clear of cleaning trolleys etc. first impression when walking in.
Breakfast staff needs more training. Accomodation and Hotel facilities are excellent. Room standards are excellent. Should consider offering guest full DSTV packages or should be an option when checking in at additional charge. For a world class hotel, I think the reception should be built up more professionally rather than having a few desks stringed together - doesn't give it a good first impressions. Hotel should also consider offering a porter service - seen the trolley's in the reception area, but no porter.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank S S
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Arishas, General Manager at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2014

Dear S Sammy,

Thank you for taking the time to review Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg! We appreciate your feedback. Your comments have been noted and will be acctioned accordingly.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg!

Warmest regards from the Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg Team.

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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Excellent all round service. I was very impressed with the staff and service provided, especially when my dad was taken ill, all necessary care and support was provided and this really made our stay comfortable, well done to an outstanding staff and thank you for the hospitality.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Arishas, General Manager at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2014

Dear venesh d,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg. We are delighted that our staff took such good care of you during your stay with us!

It was a pleasure having you with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg!

Warmest regards from the Southern Sun Pietermartizburg Team

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Stay away from corner rooms next to the lift due to the lift noises.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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Thank SAdiva
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Arishas, General Manager at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg!

Your comments regarding your room and the restaurant has been noted and will be actioned accordingly. We appreciate your feedback. We are delighted that our front desk staff took such good care of you!

It was a pleasure having having you with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg!

Warmest regards from the team

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Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

Really hospitable and friendly staff....such a relaxing atmosphere and there's always something to keep u busy...casino and lovely restaurant...We are really impressed and feel right at home even though miles away...

Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Arishas, General Manager at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg!

We are delighted that your stay with us was enjoyable and that our staff took such good care of you.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future!

Warmest regards from the Southern Sun Pietermaritzurg Team

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Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled on business
Thank Tobias L
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Arishas, General Manager at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

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Reviewed June 6, 2014
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg

Address: 45 New England Road | Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3209, South Africa (Formerly Golden Horse Casino Hotel)
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Pietermaritzburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Pietermaritzbu...
Price Range: $67 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg 4*
Number of rooms: 96
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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Golden Horse Hotel Pietermaritzburg

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