One of Durban’s landmark beachfront hotels, the 414-room Garden Court South Beach, has spent over R69m on improvement and refurbishment during the past 5 years. The latest project is scheduled for completion by Easter 2013.
This is one of the largest private sector tourism investments in the South Beach node and once again emphasises the confidence that Tsogo Sun has in the region.
Hotel General Manager Amar Hurjan said the outlay came in the wake of the eThekwini Municipality’s R200m upgrade of the beachfront promenade and believes that the hotel is perfectly positioned on the Golden Mile and in walking distance to uShaka Marine World.
“This is a major investment that we’re making in the beachfront and we will continue to ensure Tourist satisfaction,” he said. The hotel was previously known as the Malibu Hotel and was rebranded Garden Court South Beach in 1993 and it has since become home from home to visitors from Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, KZN and Gauteng. It is the 2nd largest Garden Court in South Africa, second only to Garden Court Sandton City.
“Since 2008, we have spent almost R70m on upgrading our rooms and bathrooms by installing new curtains, carpets, flat screen tvs, airconditioning controls and safes. We have also ensured the safety of our lifts by fitting new cables. In preparation for FIFA 2010, we spent a further R7.5m on a Standby Generator and state of the art CCTV cameras, Fire Detectors and Evacuation systems at a cost of R3m. New room doors and electronic key systems, upgraded water pipes completed the first two years’ renovations.
“This year we replaced the corridor carpets on all floors and installed new washing machines, driers and ironers in our laundry so that we now have the capacity to do 50% of all our own laundry. Our fine dining restaurant, Mustards, was refreshed and we are now currently busy with the upgrade of the podium and facade and the specialist painting of the high rise building. This will be completed in time for Easter 2013”, says Hurjan.
In order to keep up with high volumes, we have spent a further R1m on converting single rooms into family rooms which means that 61% of our rooms are suitable for families” he concluded.
The installation of new heat pump controls have resulted in energy saving of up to 30% and the hotel now enjoys the Environmental Heritage Foundation’s Gold Status.
Amar Hurjan currently serves as Chairman of the UIP which works closely with iTrump to address security, cleanliness, social, and decaying building issues. “We believe that through the ongoing maintenance and upgrading of our hotel, we will enhance the tourism profile of the beachfront and we hope that other stakeholders will be encouraged to take good care of their buildings,” he said.
Garden Court South Beach celebrates its 40th birthday next year and plans are afoot to increase the breakfast room seating capacity to 450 guests at any one sitting. During peak holiday periods the facility currently serves between 1200 and 1400 breakfasts daily. Run by 20 kitchen staff, 25 restaurant staff and 20 helpers this equates to 1 waiter per 52 guests during the 4-hour breakfast session.
Hurjan proudly states that last December season Garden Court South Beach served 58 734 eggs, 1029 kg of bacon and 3.8km of mutton sausage. He believes that this Season will be just as good.