- Chidozie Uzoezie
Decade of Excellence: Tsogo Sun Cape Town Hotels Turn 20
Two of Tsogo Sun’s iconic Cape Town hotels – Southern Sun The Cullinan and Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town are celebrating two decades of excellence in September this year.
The 20 years of the two hotels will be marked with with events, special offers, commemorative food and beverage experiences and visits down memory lane.
Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town opened as Holiday Inn Waterfront Cape Town in July 1998, and The Cullinan opened a few months later that year.
Tsogo Sun’s contributions to the local tourism industry include partnerships with major cycle tours, marathons, and cultural events such as the Cape Town Carnival, Cape Town Cycle Tour and Two Oceans Marathon.
Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town has 537 rooms and Southern Sun The Cullinan, 394 rooms, representing a significant proportion of Tsogo Sun’s 2,000 rooms across its 6 hotels in Cape Town’s city centre.
Both hotels boast magnificent views of Table Mountain and the harbour and have always provided a wide range of world-class amenities and facilities to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers, local and international, ensuring them a home away from home.
Other Tsogo Sun's hotels in central Cape Town include the Southern Sun Cape Sun, SunSquare and StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl and SunSquare Cape Town Gardens.
Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town was newly built in 1998, while The Cullinan, named after the largest diamond ever found, was originally opened in 1998 and then acquired by Southern Sun from Liberty Group Limited in 1999 and relaunched as Southern Sun The Cullinan.
Both hotels have undergone significant refurbishments over the years as part of Tsogo Sun’s philosophy of continuing investment in all its properties.
Food and beverage at both hotels has also always been of an exceptional standard. The original restaurant at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town was a MacRib Family Restaurant and at Southern Sun The Cullinan, it was Kelseys Grill & Fish.
Today the offerings have evolved to include Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town’s elegant Yizani restaurant, which has a menu to suit contemporary trends and tastes, featuring South African and international cuisine, and the Peach Tree Restaurant at Southern Sun The Cullinan, which offers an interactive dinner buffet with emphasis on Cape Malay fusion dishes.
The 20th anniversary celebrations in the hotels will give guests extra treats through the birthday month, with selected dishes and drinks being offered at special prices over the Heritage Day long weekend.
A cocktail party for stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector was held on 5 September at the Southern Sun The Cullinan hotel, which was transformed into a festive art gallery.
Tsogo Sun has a portfolio of over 100 hotels and 13 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa and the Seychelles. For more details, visit www.tsogosun.com.