Leading hospitality group, Peermont, announces multimillion rand hotel extensions and resort refurbishments
Saturday, May 7, 2016
At Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino, Convention and Entertainment Resort, next to the O.R. Tambo International Airport, the R112m expansion of the popular, select-services 3-star Peermont Metcourt hotel by 100 rooms is currently underway, with the planned opening in December 2016. This will increase the hotel’s capacity from a 248 to a 348-key facility, with Emperors Palace then offering 757 rooms in total.
The expansion also compliments the existing hotels at the resort; the 5-star D’oreale Grande, the 4-star Mondior, and the 3-star Metcourt Suites.
The Peermont Metcourt is a modern, contemporary and functional hotel which was designed primarily for business travellers and convention centre guests, however the need has arisen to offer more family friendly rooms and to cater for large groups travelling on a budget, such as NGO’s, sports and religious associations. The new king and twin bed configurations of the rooms offer stay solutions for a variety of new markets. The hotel will also feature one suite, with its own private balcony.
The 5166 m² extension includes an addition to the existing F.L.A.G. Café; an additional lift, enhanced access to the rest of the complex, a new façade opposite the Metcourt Suites and a 24-hour gymnasium.
Also due for opening in December 2016, is the R22m 20-key extension of the Peermont Metcourt at Khoroni Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort in Thohoyandou. Currently, the hotel features 87 comfortable rooms and the extension will add another 18 standard bedrooms and two suites. The design of the new rooms delivers a fresh, contemporary, afro-chic style, as well as the new ‘wet room’ bathroom layout.
At Graceland Hotel, Casino and Country Club in Secunda, R13m has been spent on refurbishments, including upgrades of the presidential and junior suites, three floors of the 4-star Peermont Walmont hotel, the addition of Madison’s loft-style Bistro and Family Restaurant, upgrades to the Augusta Club Lounge and the Gary Player-designed golf course and the relocation and expansion of the spa facilities. The final project is the replacement of the old showbar with Moo Bar, a bold and stylish new sports and cocktail venue, due to open in June 2016.
Peermont’s vibrant Zulu-themed Umfolozi Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort in Empangeni, is currently completing R4,3m in facility upgrades. These include an extension of the Metcourt hotel’s F.L.A.G. Café, renovations to the casino bar and restrooms, and improvements to the children’s entertainment areas.
Klerksdorp’s Rio Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort has almost completed a R6m refurbishment of the main casino with new machines, vibrant paint finishes, stylish fittings and fixtures and brighter and more colourful use of lighting.
After recently celebrating its first successful year of business, Umodzi Park in Lilongwe, Malawi, has also announced the opening of the new Camelot Spa, situated on the first floor of the 5-star President Walmont hotel. The spa will offer a range of services including massages, skincare therapy, aroma wellness, professional make-up and slimming treatments. The resort has also added a number of retail facilities to its offering, including arts and crafts store, Tindoz d’Afrique, an SAA booking centre, and a branch of CDH Investment Bank.
The Sedibeng Casino in Francistown, Botswana is being relocated from the Cresta Thapama Hotel into the Peermont Metcourt hotel and this incorporation will also see a new lounge area adjacent to the casino, and a breakfast terrace restaurant.
“These are exciting upgrades to our properties,” says Joint Acting CEO, Thabo Mokoena, “and we are confident that we have addressed practical needs with the flair that our guests have come to expect from Peermont.