iconic protea hotel marine reveals its new finery

The iconic Protea Hotel Marine on the Port Elizabeth beachfront has undergone a R30 million refurbishment that has completely transformed the majestic property to its former glory.

Hotel owner, The Hospitality Property Fund, financed the refurbishment across both public and private areas of the property. The hotel’s “tower block” was gutted internally. The existing 74 rooms underwent an extensive bedroom and bathroom facelift, while 15 rooms were added in the converted Skyroof. All wooden window frames were removed and replaced with aluminum. Bathrooms were also stripped, retiled and equipped with walk-in showers. The refurbishment created a new Presidential Suite, two disabled and six family rooms to cater to a broader market spectrum.

Protea Hotel Marine general manager Danie Smit said the room interiors were not ignored. “Every room was completely redone with new carpets, furnishings and fittings. The style is classic and the colours are calm neutrals enhanced by mahogany woodwork. Each room has a refreshment station with a bar fridge, electronic safe and LCD TV. There is wi-fi throughout the hotel.”

In the public areas a classic look was created by relocating the reception and tiling the area. All other public areas were recarpeted and the outside deck completely overhauled to provide comfortable yet elegant couches and chairs to accompany the dining tables. The balustrade was also replaced by frameless glass panels that now give an unrestricted view over the ocean from the deck. Smit said the exterior of the building was totally repainted.

Included in the refurbishment was a move to energy efficiency with heating pipes and new lighting.

Smit said: “The Protea Hotel Marine has always been a landmark in Port Elizabeth that has been restored to her former glory and the physical product now matches the outstanding service that is the signature of the hotel.”

“For Protea Hotels to maintain the high standards that GUESTS have become accustomed to, we believe there should be continual investment in the properties,” said Danny Bryer, Group Sales and Marketing Director for Protea Hospitality Group. “The new Protea Hotel Marine is a credit to its owners and to Protea Hotels.”

Protea Hotel Marine is only 7km from the Port Elizabeth airport and is within walking distance of pristine beaches, side walk cafes and the renowned Oceanarium.

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