Hotels get more tech-savvy

Sun International has launched two new hotels in South Africa which package fast Internet technology and local interconnectivity to draw businesses to their doors.

The new hotels have launched looking to bring corporates to their conference venues and meeting rooms, and include features which cater for businesses and hotel guests looking for connectivity during their stay.

The hotels offer free Wi-Fi and interconnectivity to both guests and conference attendees – and offer device compatibility for all of the meeting rooms and conference venues, including a private cloud and access to Apple ecosystems.

According to Sun International, guests and conference attendees have access to:

  • Unlimited Wi-Fi for Internet access;
  • Scalable fibre connectivity to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) enabling provisioning for conferences;
  • High Definition and Internet Protocol (IP) TV to all rooms with video on demand and portal services;
  • Apple TV for streaming content wirelessly for iPad and iPhone in Meeting Rooms;
  • Electronic flipcharts in meeting rooms which can save and print crib/discussion notes;
  • Back-end systems running on a private cloud platform and leveraging enterprise infrastructure;
  • Fully converged Cisco network for voice, data and video network enabling additional guest services;
  • Energy Management System (EMS) for electricity savings in guest rooms.

The hotels have 10Mbit fibre broadband serviced by Internet Solutions, while the Wi-Fi connectivity is handled by Always On.

The hotels

The Maslow Hotel in Sandton is the first business-focused offering from Sun International. It opened on 7 January 2013 following a R250 million refurbishment of the hotel formally known as The Grayston.

The upgrade to the hotel included a complete internal and external overhaul, and a revamp of the hotel’s conference centre, adding 13 meeting rooms to the building.

“Growing our presence in Sandton has been a major focus for Sun International and I am delighted that we now add our first business-focused hotel to our portfolio of hotels in Southern Africa‚” said Garth Collins‚ acting chief executive of Sun International.

The Maslow
The Maslow

The second hotel opened by Sun International is the 5-star Boardwalk Hotel‚ Convention Centre and Spa in Port Elizabeth.

The hotel opened in December 2012.

The hotel represents a R1 billion investment by the group, and features 140 sea-facing hotel rooms and a 2‚000 person international conference centre on the property.

Since opening‚ the Boardwalk Hotel has seen a 74% occupancy rate, Sun International said.

The Boardwalk hotel
The Boardwalk hotel

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