Revamped Hilton Hotel a great blend of old and new... and about to get bigger

2010-09-15 00:00

VISITORS to the newly revamped Protea Hilton Hotel will be struck by the successful blending of old and new, as well as an enhanced sense of spaciousness.

The first phase of the refurbishment was recently completed, and the hotel has 60 new rooms with modern facilities.

General manager Sharon Wessels told The Witness that phase two, which involves an upgrade of the 38 old rooms into suites and family rooms, has already started.

In mid-2009, Terry Hiltermann handed over the ownership and management of the Hilton Hotel to Durban-based Golden Dune Development and the Protea Hotel Group respectively.

That deal ended Hiltermann’s 27-year-long interest in the hotel.

Hiltermann told The Witness that the midlands is in great need of a hotel of this standard.

“It’s looking very nice. They have maintained the character of the hotel. I am glad that it has grown from strength to strength,” Hiltermann said.

The hotel, established in 1936, is known for its Tudor-style architecture.

A key focus area for the hotel’s management will be to capitalise on the conferencing market, encompassing the private and public sectors.

The revamped conferencing facility can be divided into three breakaway rooms. It can accommodate up to 250 delegates.

The changes appear to have gained the approval of local residents.

Hilton resident Willie Pelser told The Witness that although he has not had sight of the interior, the exterior revamp successfully blends the Tudor style with the new buildings.

“What makes it nice is the new addition.

“I will certainly take my family to the hotel for a Sunday lunch to have a look at the revamp.”

Wessels said the hotel also benefits from the annual events hosted in the midlands, including The Witness Hilton Arts Festival and various sporting events.

The wedding market remains a key sector for the hotel.

The hotel has installed about 30 solar panels to heat its geyser system. It is understood that the solar technology can save up to 35% of its geyser power costs.

“It’s been a nice, steady start to the re-opening,” Wessels added.

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