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30 Year Old Beachfront Hotel Durban Restored to Former Glory

Tsogo Sun’s nine seafront hotels and Suncoast entertainment destination carry the memories of hundreds of thousands of travellers and holiday makers across generations, and the group’s investment into the rejuvenation of this elegant, mature and ambitious city is seeing to it that Durban holds its own into the future.

The Garden Court Marine Parade, as it’s now known, was opened in 1985, becoming yet another Tsogo Sun landmark on the Durban beachfront.

Constructed at a cost of R45 million, it set a new standard in South African architecture and, exactly 30 years later, has just been given a R110 million refurbishment to restore it to its former glory.

With a unique dome that has become an iconic picture of Durban and art décor theming that the group was determined to retain, the Garden Court Marine Parade, with 352 sea-facing rooms, occupies a prominent space on the beachfront.

The renovations include touch-ups and re-colouring in all the hotel’s public areas, reception, conference rooms, guest toilets, lifts and lift foyers and corridors.

The entire lobby now features light Brazilian tiles presenting a clean, crisp look. The pool area on the 30th floor boasts sweeping views of the Durban beachfront, harbour and city, and has been revamped with new furniture including a mobile bar that is ideal for events.

Guest rooms and bathrooms now have minimalistic new furnishings throughout with emphasis on a cleaner, more contemporary look with simple uncluttered lines. New rooms have been added, increasing the offering from 346 rooms to 352 rooms.

The hotel offers an array of features, including conferencing and events venues, free high speed Wi-Fi, a new open air gym, hotel shuttle, bicycle rental and self-service business facilities. The upgraded conference facilities are able to accommodate over 500 delegates in various layouts.

The restaurant has been designed in a contemporary fresh style and the bar area also has been refreshed with a relaxed café look.

Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes over 90 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.

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