PE’s Marine gets more rooms and a new look, 4 March 2011
4 March 2011
The Protea Hotel Marine, a landmark on the Port Elizabeth beachfront, has undergone a R30-million refurbishment.
Owned by The Hospitality Property Fund, the hotel has been refurbished in a redevelopment that has created a new Presidential Suite, two disabled and six family rooms to cater to a broader market.
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.
GM Danie Smit said: “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 facilities and tiling the area. All other public areas were recarpeted and the outside deck was overhauled. The balustrade was also replaced by
frameless glass panels that offer an unrestricted view over the Indian Ocean.
Smit said: “The Protea Hotel Marine has always been a landmark in Port Elizabeth. She has been restored to her former glory and the physical product now matches the outstanding service that is the signature of the hotel.”
Danny Bryer, group sales and marketing director for Protea Hospitality, which manages and markets the hotel for HPF, said: “For Protea Hotels to maintain the high standards to which guests have become accustomed, we
believe there should be continual investment in the properties. 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 within walking distance of beaches and Oceanarium.