Marriott International’s distinctive Autograph Collection, welcomed five African Pride Hotels to its growing global portfolio, marking the brand’s debut in South Africa.
A land of diversity and cultural experiences, South Africa has long been part of Marriott International’s global expansion strategy. With a total of 54 properties – from Cape Town to Johannesburg – Marriott is further capitalising on the Republic’s economic growth.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for us, and we are thrilled to have the African Pride Hotels join Autograph Collection Hotels’ dynamic hotels in some of the most desirable countries of the world,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.
“South Africa is a strategic growth market for us and key to our success in the region. A land of astounding diversity, it never fails to create an imprint on the minds and hearts of travellers from across the globe. This rebranding is in lockstep with the growing demand from consumers and their desire for unique and differentiated experiences wherever they travel.”
Adding 5 more properties, the hotel chain welcomed: African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel; African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel; African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa; African Pride Irene Country Lodge; and Arabella Hotel & Spa, Arabella Country Estate.
African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel
Situated in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel is a 188-room residential hotel. It’s right in the heart of the bustling neighbourhood, surrounded by cafes, al fresco dining, high street fashion, among other leisure establishments. The hotel also offers a contemporary urban experience, featuring the March Restaurant which offers global cuisine, the Library Bar, and surprise design pop-ups throughout the property.
African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Set in the Gardens area of the coastal city, Cape Town, African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel is close to the city centre and the city’s famous landmarks. At the hotel, guests can soak up the Cape Town sun at the rooftop pool, while enjoying panoramic views of Table Mountain in an elevated chandelier pod.
African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa
For those looking to go a bit further, the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa is the hotel of choice, as it is found in the Magaliesburg Mountains, an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The hotel is an intimate property with 121 rooms featuring serene gardens and a hydrotherapy spa. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are served to complement the treatments.
African Pride Irene Country Lodge
Located in Gauteng, South Africa’s economic capital, the African Pride Irene Country Lodge is 75-room lodge in the quaint and historical village of Irene. One of its special features is the scenic long and winding oak-lined road leading to the lodge. Irene is known for its roots in art and culture and the hotel highlights this by providing an authentic country experience.
Arabella Hotel & Spa, Arabella Country Estate
Overlooking a natural lagoon, lush landscape, and an 18-hole golf course, Arabella Hotel & Spa offers a selection of outdoor activities. It’s situated in the Kogelberg Biosphere, close to a world-famous whale watching destination. The hotel offers 145 rooms, multiple swimming pools, a fitness centre, spa and on-site dining options.
“African Pride Hotels bring to life the vision of the brand”
“African Pride Hotels bring to life the vision of the brand and celebrate the distinctive character and individuality of each hotel by curating an authentic and enriching travel experience,” said Neal Jones, chief sales and marketing officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.
“We are delighted to see these hotels join the brand’s global portfolio of iconic hotels in destinations like Dubai, Rome, Kuala Lumpur and London amongst others.”