Cape Town, South Africa, March 2021: After significant owner investment, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers has re-opened its doors to reveal reimagined designs and remodelled spaces that reflect the modern priorities of today’s travellers and hotel guests. Set in the illustrious grounds of the famous Wanderers Club in Illovo, Sandton, the hotel provides a tranquil urban oasis in the heart of Johannesburg’s leafy northern suburbs that is ideal for family or couple’s getaways, workcations or social get-togethers with Jozi friends.
“This has always been Johannesburg’s perfect location,” says Derik Jacobsz, General Manager of Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers. “Though it’s just 4 minutes from the M1 Freeway and in striking distance of the city’s finest live-work-play-eat-shop attractions such as Melrose Arch, Sandton City and Rosebank Mall, it is a deeply peaceful spot in safe, serene, leafy surroundings. You can get right away from the Jozi hustle, enjoy every modern convenience at your fingertips and relax so that you can concentrate on work, family and friends.”
A central focus of the recent enhancements has been the creation of a seamless flow of social zones including indoor-outdoor spaces for quiet time, working from anywhere and meeting up. The light-filled reception-atrium leads to the contemporary all-day, artisanal deli-coffee bar with complimentary Wi-Fi, great coffee, freshly prepared grab-and-go meals, and mesmerizing views through to the rim-flow swimming pool and lush gardens. It’s the perfect spot for quick breakfasts, light healthy lunches-on-the-go or afternoon coffee and cake. With a fresh makeover, the hotel restaurant and bar with an expansive open-air deck serves sumptuous buffet-style breakfasts; à la carte lunches and dinners. The shimmering pool zone, surrounded by lush gardens and statuesque old trees overlooks the smooth bowling greens of the Wanderers Club, and is a top Jozi spot to enjoy cocktail hour and sundowners.
Modernizing the hotel’s look and feel has included clean timber elements, natural wood colours and textures that bring the outdoors inside and provides the backdrop for the modern art and striking brass sculpturing that celebrates its unique position as the only hotel in the historic sports precinct of the Wanderers Club. Guests staying at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers enjoy complimentary temporary membership of the Wanderers Club which gives them access to member’s sports facilities and popular social destinations such as the Centre Court Restaurant, the big-screen Chariots Bar, Spinners Bar, and the Players Lounge Cigar Bar.
Apart from the hotel’s cutting-edge remodelled event spaces, Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers is also managing the range of top-tier Wanderers Club meeting and event venues which are ideal for business and private social occasions. From corporate meetings, launches, expos and conferences to institutional and personal celebrations, there’s the perfect space, professional services and an unmatched ambiance that makes every event unforgettable.
Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers also offers elegant, revamped accommodation from standard guest rooms to Junior Suites and a Presidential Suite for executive travellers. All rooms have full en-suite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, comfortable workstations, smart TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee-making facilities, room safes, air-conditioning and in-room dining service.
For those that relish an active lifestyle, there’s the hotel gym; as well access to world-class sports facilities such as 18-hole golf, tennis, squash and running on exclusive membership terms. Jacobsz adds, “Whatever brings you to Johannesburg, Africa’s power-house city, Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers offers you a calm centre, an urban oasis, where locals and travellers come together to enjoy the best of relaxed healthy living, working and playing.”
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About Protea Hotels by Marriott
Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the leading hospitality brand in Africa and it is one of the most widely recognized brands on the continent with over 72 hotels throughout South Africa and eight other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana, Tanzania, Algeria and Uganda. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is ideal for both business and leisure travellers by offering properties in primary and secondary business centres and desirable leisure destinations. Each hotel offers modern facilities, proactive and friendly service and consistent amenities such as full-service restaurants, meeting spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi, and well-appointed rooms, ensuring global standards for a high quality, relaxed and successful stay. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the winner of 9 Coolest Hotel Brand awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys, the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013 and Icon Brand 2015, and the winner of the Hotels category in the Ask Afrika 2015/2016 Youth Brands Survey. The hotel group was bought by Marriott International in April 2014 and forms part of Marriott’s global brand portfolio made up of 30 leading brands that operate more than 7,600 properties in 133 countries and territories. For more information, visit protea.marriott.com. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.