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Soho Hotel
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Sun City
Reviewed June 19, 2013

It is a beautiful hotel with nice scenic views from the rooms. The only problem was, most of the rooms are based on the lower floors. (The reception/lobby is on the third floor considered as ground, while most of the rooms are lower on the first & second). The breakfast spread was not interesting to me as most of it was meat & i am a vegetarian.
The rooms are quite spacious, having good ammentites. The staff was very friendly & prompt.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Julius R, Manager at Soho Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2013

Dear Rushik

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your recent visit to Sun City and your stay at fun CityHotel and Casino. we appreciate your time and I trust we will get another opportunity to Service your lodging needs again.

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Julius Ramotse
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

The Sun City Hotel is one of four hotels located in the Sun City Resort in the North West Province of South Africa. It is part of Sun International Group which operates hotels and resorts in Africa and Chile. The Sun City Hotel encompasses the gambling casino in the Sun City Resort having several slot machines and gaming tables.
This review focuses on the Sun City Hotel and not the resort.
On arriving at the entrance to the Sun City Resort as an independent traveller we were directed into a traffic lane reserved for residents. The guard, after cursory questioning, issued a receipt and told us to “follow the road” and we would arrive at the hotel. We actually arrived at two different hotels before locating Sun City hotel.
The car park was several hundred metres from the entrance to the hotel so leaving our luggage in the car we decided to check in first. When we went to do this we were told by the male receptionist that check in time was 02.00 pm and as it was only midday we should return at 02.00 pm. He then went to attend to other matters. This on a mid-week day.
At 01.00 pm we went back to the reception desk and this time a different male receptionist checked us in without any fuss. However when we asked where the room was he pointed and said “this side” and indicated if we needed any further information to ask the concierge. Not a great start to our stay at this hotel.
When we got out of the lift at our floor we were surprised to find what looked like crushed egg shells on the carpet at the lift lobby. It was still there three days later.
Our room, a “luxury” room, was relatively small with an en suite bathroom containing a separate bath tub and shower. An arrangement of artificial flowers was displayed in the bathroom and there was a cake of used soap, new soap and some vials of shampoo and conditioner and body gel provided. A fully stocked mini bar, referred to by the hotel as an “in room bar” was in the room. An indication of prices charged for the items can be obtained from the following examples: a 375ml bottle of white wine was Rands 90.00, a can of Coca Cola was Rands 16.00, a 50ml bottle of Bells Whisky was Rands 37.00 and a 340ml can of Millers beer was Rands 22.50. (US$1=Rands 9.50 approx.) There was a menu provided in the room which indicated that 24 hour room service was available.
Broadband is available but at a cost. The hotel charges Rands 40.00 for 30 minutes, Rands 60.00 for 1 hour and a one day access costs Rands 205.00.
The room and en suite were clean, however the carpet had stains on it and some of the furniture, and particularly the desk had seen better days. There was a flat screen TV with a wide range of TV channels including some in French, German, Portuguese languages as well as English.
In the evening a bed turn-down service was provided, rubbish bins emptied, fresh towels provided and a chocolate placed on the pillows.
When we went to use the hand basin we found that the plug did not work. We contacted housekeeping and after two reminders a maintenance man came and fixed it by replacing the mechanism. The reading light over the bed, which was also broken, could not be repaired because we were told a new fitting was needed and none was available at the time.
As it was our first time at this hotel we looked for a guide to facilities available at the hotel. We could not find one. I then went to the concierge to ask if he had one. The answer was “no”. I went to reception and was told to ask the concierge again. This time he provided me with a guide entitled “A Bird’s Eye View of Sun City”. Just what we needed. Later, when flicking through the TV channels we discovered that this information was available on the in-room TV set but no one thought to tell us this.
A buffet breakfast was served at the Sun Terrace, an outside dining area. At 7.30 am it was quite cold and the staff was rugged up with scarves and coats. Heaters were provided but only one was turned on. There was an ample supply and range of food to satisfy the most discerning. What made breakfast entertaining was the efforts of a troop of Ververt monkeys to steal food off the table. To discourage the monkeys a security guard armed with a pellet rifle to shoot the monkeys when they came too close was present. (See photo) But the monkeys were quite cunning, seemed to be aware what his role was and avoided being shot but at the same time while he was diverted by some of the troop another was able to gather some sugar off empty tables. It should be mentioned that feeding the monkeys and baboons is strictly prohibited by the hotel.
The grounds of the hotel are neatly manicured and there is a large swimming pool. However during our stay after the first day it was closed and being drained for maintenance. Some of the gaming tables were also closed as was the Chinese restaurant on the Monday night.
There were a number of fast food restaurants in the nearby entertainment centre, a short walk from the hotel.
At the rate we paid, Rands 3 406 per night (approx. US$358.50), in our opinion, the hotel is definitely overpriced and does not represent fair value for what is provided. The services and room facilities fall well short of what is provided by other international hotels. Would we stay at this hotel again? The answer is a definite “No!” Would we visit Sun City Resort again? Yes, but we would probably stay at the Cascades.
As an aside we hired a car from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport to drive to the Resort. Being new to South Africa we expected to find at least one or two petrol stations along the 185 km (approx.) route. Once out of Pretoria we did not find any until we reached the resort. Ensure you have enough fuel in your car before setting out to reach your destination.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Julius R, Manager at Soho Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2013

Dear Crocnsw
Thank you for the feedback on your recent visit to Sun City resort, and your stay at Sun City Hotel. We appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback, as this is the only way we can improve our service to you our valued client. We strive to Thrill our guests at all times, and I apologize that in this regard we failed to meet your expectation.

I am personally addressing all the concerns that you mentioned, and I can assure you, a different experience on your next visit.

I trust you will give us an opportunity to service your lodging needs again.

sincerely
Julius Ramotse
Hotel Manager, SCH and Casino.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

my family and i started our south africa tour at sun city for 3 nights.the sun city hotel is right in the centre of all the entertainment.there is a small food court in the main entertainment area for those on a bodget is near hotel just 5 minutes by walk.i think the main issue is that the rooms are so expensive we paid 400 us dollars per night and this is just an average room.lovely view from the room.breakfast is excellent ,included in room rate and you are allowed eat your breakfast in other 2 hotels(cascades and cabanas if you are staying at resort.worth a try breakfast in cascades.pool area is lovely and we loved the small zoo and the play ground garden in the back of the hotel.the staff were ignorant and service is totally missing at breakfast.the staff generally have not been well trained.my mother asked a glass of water for her medicine and waitress show the other side and said the water is there!!!!!unfortunately wifi is not included room rate and it,s really expensive.the water park is free if you are staying in one of the resorts.the valley takes one day at most but it is man made and gets boring you can wander to the other hotels but this does not take up much time.i would only recommend if you are into gambling otherwise spend your time visiting real south africa not this man made so called sun city.if you are a natural lover and like to wonder around this is not the place for you.i would not come here again,although we had an enjoyable time here.3 days was more than enough and i would not recommend this place(the whole sun city)to stay but to those whowant to spend time at casino

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Julius R, Manager at Soho Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Dear hamidrezamonshizadeh

Thank for the review on your recent visit to Sun City and your stay at Sun City Hotel. We value your feedback and we will definitely look in to all the concerns you raised. I am sorry that we failed to meet your expectation on some of the areas, but I am confident that there is a lot more within Sun City that you did not experience i.e. water world, Elephant ride, Sag way tour and the hot air balloon ride. This are some of the activities on offer when you visit Sun City.

Thank you kindly
Julius Ramotse
Hotel Manager SCH and Casino

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This was a wonderful stay we had in the Sun City Hotel. We had a ground floor room which opened out onto a patio with peacocks strolling past. The room was beautiful with big comfy beds.

Steps from our room and we were in a casino. It was great fun, but I think the Cabanas is better if you are staying with children. However, Sun City Hotel is nearer to the amazing swimming complex at this place.

We love Sun City, all on site accommodation is really good, its just a case of getting the right price for your visit.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Julius R, Manager at Soho Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2013

Dear Flowerbird
Thank you for the wonderful feedback on your previous visit to Sun City. We appreciate you taking the time to write to us and if there is any further that we can do to improve our service to you, please feel free to share with us.

thank you in advance
Julius Ramotse
Hotel Manager
Sun City Hotel and Casino

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

A quick weekend getaway, in The Sun CIty Hotel, and found it quite basic but pleasant and affordable the hotel service was very helpful, and I found the rooms a bit small but was adequate for my hubby and me, the bathrooms need a upgrade as well as the towels I found a bit old and hard.....but the rooms and bathrooms were clean. The resort offers plenty of entertainment and it is very relaxing, recommend Gary Player health spa for a full body massage as well as a medi,pedi...also the Santorini restaurant at The Cascades Hotel for a lunch overall quick getaway from busy Johannesburg was well worth it, and safe as there was lots of visible security when we were there especially in the casino.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank rene c
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Julius R, Manager at Soho Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2013

Dear Rene C

Thank you for the feedback on your recent stay with us at Sun City Hotel. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay, I am sure we will certainly get another opportunity to service your lodging needs again. We strive to improve our service to you; our valued customer; and it is feedback like this that will help us achieve our goal. I recommend that on your next visit you try our other activities on offer like Segway tours, Elephant back safari and a cultural tour at our cultural village.

Thank you kindly
Julius Ramotse
Hotel Manager SCH and Casino

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Overall the hotel is okay. The housekeeping came twice a day to do up the room, once in the morning and once in the evening.

I complained about the mulfunctioning electrical socket and they came quickly to assess the problem. As they ran out of spares, they came with an acceptable alternative.

The free wifi from the hotel is 30mins a day. One has to be careful to distinguish between 30mins a day and 30MB a day. In the former, 30mins run out very fast when you have to compose messages while the wifi is running. You may just send out 2 messages and the time is out. So compose all the things you want to send and send them out immediately after composing.

There is a Chinese Rest at this hotel known as Orchid Restaurant. They have Chinese chefs from Peking and Guangzhou and therefore food not bad. Pricing is ok but if you are from Asia, order the small portion type. They are actually quite big. Don't order the set menus as they are more expensive.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Julius R, Manager at Soho Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2013

Dear Huikwan
Thank you for the wonderful feedback on your recent visit to Sun City Hotel and Casino. I trust you will give us another opportunity to service your lodging needs and if there is anything else we can do to improve our services to you, please feel free to share it with us.

kind regards

Julius Ramotse
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Spent 4 days and 3 nights in the Sun City Hotel with a family of 4 (2 kids aged 9 and 12). Room facilities were fine with the kids sleeping on a sleeper couch although we had it replaced with 2 single bed mattresses. The room had a bath and shower with a bar fridge and air-condition unit (a definite in the heat) as well as a variety of TV channels. There is a balcony for most rooms but do not leave your door open as there are monkeys and even baboons around. We however only saw them twice and was no nuisance to us.
Service from staff were excellent and any guest request was completed with a smile.
Way to much to do as we did not get through half of the activities available in this time. However be prepared to pay for everything else as extra as only the hotel pools and the Valley of Waves are included in your accommodation price.
Was very hot (average of 32 degrees end of March) but that was fine so kids could swim and the parents lounge around the pool having cocktails or on the sand at the Valley of Waves having drinks. There is 4 tube rides in the Valley of waves in addition to the big wave pool (see photo).
We also did the newly built maze and the crocodile gardens where the kids could hold baby crocs for a photo opportunity.
At night there is quite a variety of restaurants to pick from across the 4 hotels (Palace, Cascades, Sun City Hotel and the Cabanas). We picked a buffet the first night in the Sun City Hotel (was not that great) but enjoyed the Asian restaurant in the Hotel the 2nd night. Our last night we ate at the Greek restaurant in the Cascades. All our meals for an average family of 4 worked out about R900 per meal (inclusive of a tip). Afterwards the adults could go gamble or spend it with the kids in a separate arcade.
Activities we did not get to were golf (2x 18 hole courses), Game viewing in the adjacent Pilansberg Game Park (big 5 viewing), various water activities on the lake, movies, dance shows, clay pigeon shooting, zip lining, archery and the day Spa.
Need to return again to try and get to the other activities we missed out on.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ground floor and near the lifts of the Sun City Hotel (not sure about the other hotels...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Julius R, Manager at Soho Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Dear DyzellSA

Thank you for the wonderful feedback on your visit to Sun City resort. I will urge to really try one of our courses the next time you visit. please note that Gary Player Course is a walking course and the Lost City Golf Course is golf carts only. We also have the quad biking as well as the Segway tour.

thanks
Julius Ramotse
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Address: | Sun City Resort, Sun City 0316, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Sun City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Sun City
Price Range: $221 - $422 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Soho Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 340
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Soho is located at Sun International’s flagship resort, Sun City. Originally built in 1979 and named Main Hotel, the hotel was recently rebranded to encapsulate the essence of the renowned Soho destinations located in London and New York – known for their popularity with the in-crowd, eclectic vibe and non-stop action. Sun City’s other hotels – the Cabanas opened in 1980, Cascades in 1983 and The Palace of the Lost City in 1992 – each have strong identities and are independent brands under the Sun City banner. The new brand launches the ‘always on’ Soho hotel, boasting the iconic casino that started it all alongside a host of food and beverage outlets, revitalised bars and nightclubs. The Sun City Theatre inside Soho has been transformed to make space for the millennial bar called Vibes and the nightclub Encore, a modern dance venue. The Revue Bar offers adult entertainment for discerning guests, while the Prive Salon welcomes high-rolling gaming guests. ... more   less 
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