In 2014, Marriott International Hotels purchased the Protea Hospitality Group, which is now the largest hospitality brand in Africa with more than 100 properties franchised and managed in 8 African countries. In South Africa, Marriott has acquired Protea Hotels, which comprises three brand names, Protea Hotels, Protea Hotels Fire & Ice!, and African Pride Hotels. In Johannesburg, Marriott International, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, offers two lifestyle-brand hotels, African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel and Protea Hotels Fire & Ice!, which are also a part of the Protea Hospitality Group brand, both of which maintain their own unique sense of identity while being a part of Marriott International. A stay at either–or both!–the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel and Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! provides a great representation of what the Protea brand hotels have to offer.
The African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel (Protea/African Pride Hotel) is a 5-star boutique hotel situated in the lively Melrose Arch shopping center. Upon arrival at this luxury establishment, you’ll be offered a glass of champagne as you take in the hotel’s elegant interiors with custom-designed furnishings. Rooms feature a contemporary styling with floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick walls, free WIFI, satellite television, work desks, mini-bars, deep soaking tubs, and a tea and coffee station. Some rooms additionally offer a separate lounge area, while the Presidential Suite not only boasts a separate lounge but a fireplace and kitchenette as well for the ultimate in comfort and luxury.
Enjoy the Sound Room, a private space in which you and your friends and family can gather to watch a movie or videos of your holiday, and then take a swim and enjoy a drink in the bar and lounge; private cabanas are available. There are several dining options at the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel. March restaurant offers an international dining experience and is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. The restaurant is well-known for its champagne brunch, offered on weekends. There are also four charming and sophisticated private dining rooms available for use by guests who want a more exclusive and intimate dining experience. If you want to relax after a hard day’s work, make your way to the billiards area of the hotel, located in the Library Bar, where you can also order a meal and drinks while you sharpen your cue and rack up the balls. A special nod goes to the staff at the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel for their warm and welcoming service.
The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! (Protea/African Pride Hotels) is also located in the upmarket shopping district of Melrose Arch. It is just as luxurious as the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel but with a different design esthetic. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! offers a mix of old-world glamour with modern appeal from its sophisticated decor to its whimsical accents. Photos of legendary celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra line the hallways. Rooms are beautiful, bright, and pristine with floor to ceiling windows, an oversized chair for relaxing, vanity/desk area, air conditioning, 32-inch LCD television, 500 MB complimentary WIFI, and a tea/coffee station. And don’t be fooled by the carpet…what look like actual rose petals are merely a trick of the eye.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! has a lively pool area, with plenty of lounge furniture and cabanas. The hotel restaurant offers indoor/outdoor dining so you can take a break from your swim to dine. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! appeals to guests looking for an upbeat, lively experience with a sophisticated twist.
A stay at any of the Protea hotels in Africa is sure to provide you with a truly memorable experience.
Dawn Wilson is a boutique hotel & resort enthusiast. As the owner of Unique Boutique Hotels she blogs about the ones that have the highest guest approval ratings in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Her love for travel, art, and design led her to become a travel writer who focuses on writing about her experiences at boutique hotels and the places where they are located. She recently began exploring more international boutique hotels & resorts and is excited to share her recent discoveries. Dawn lives in the U.S.