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New look for well-liked Oudtshoorn hotel

Cape Town, 25 April 2017: Oudtshoorn, the Klein Karoo town known for (among other things), ostrich riding and the Cango Caves, is set to enjoy a new-look hotel when the well-known Protea Hotel by Marriott® Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate undergoes refurbishment.

The new owners, who acquired the property in October last year, felt that it was time for the property, with its country feel, to be revitalised.  According to the owner, Barend Smit, “This is a big project, since the entire property will be refurbished.  In addition to a redesigned front façade, the work involves the renovation of all the rooms, and each will have a brand-new bathroom, new flooring and fresh furnishings.

“While we have decided to refresh the property, we are conscious of the need to retain the features that give this hotel its charm, so the refurbishment takes this into account,” Smit explains.

To minimise the impact of the building on guests, the hotel will remain open and the work will be carried out between 9am and 4pm during weekdays only.  The plan is for the project to be carried out in phases, and certain sections of the property will be closed during particular phases of the work. Work commences on Monday, 24 April.

“We have no doubt that the hotel will be even more attractive to tourists and business travellers alike, and that we will continue to enhance the appeal of the region,” concludes Smit.