King Edward Hotel reopens

2016-01-27 06:00
Ncumisa Jho, Ilse Kleinhans and Barata Moeng are ready to welcome guests at the revamped King Edward Hotel.                             Photo: WERNER HILLS

Ncumisa Jho, Ilse Kleinhans and Barata Moeng are ready to welcome guests at the revamped King Edward Hotel. Photo: WERNER HILLS

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THE King Edward Hotel is officially open to the public again after being closed for five years due to renovations.

The landmark hotel, which is more than 100 years old, is situated in Belmont Terrace with views of the Donkin Reserve and harbour.

The hotel’s financial manager, Ilse Kleinhans, said the hotel’s historical look has been retained. It has 104 rooms and there are also family suites.

Kleinhans said that although they are a three-star hotel, they are planning to be a five-star hotel by the end of 2016.

Four years ago, the hotel was taken over by a family from the United Arab Emirates and renovations took place.

“The paperwork and renovations took quite a while because it’s a historical building,” said Kleinhans.

“The main areas that have been renovated include the small dining room, bedrooms and the foyer area. We are still busy with minor renovations and touch-ups, “she said.

An interesting story about the hotel is that it is believed to be haunted.

“It is said an owner of the building was murdered in room 101. People say the hotel is haunted and they can see him in the room, but fortunately I don’t believe it,” she said. To address safety concerns, Metro Security patrols the area.

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