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HOSPITALITY: Radisson Gautrain Hotel Celebrates First Year in Sandton


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Opening its doors in time for the first whistle of the Soccer World Cup last year, the newly-built Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton was an immediate success and has continued to score high points with its guests.

Based on the theme of a train station, the concept of the hotel design is represented through train-like design symbols used within the hotel, with every element ‘talking to’, and giving reference of, the Gautrain station that faces opposite.

Radisson Blu Gautrain’s General Manager Jesper Henriksen says the hotel has benefitted from its location because air travel visitors to Johannesburg are literally delivered to its doorstep by the Gautrain.

“We had our soft opening in May to get everything ready for World Cup and make sure everything was up to the world-class standards expected from a Radisson Blu hotel and The Rezidor Hotel Group,” Henriksen says. “We were fully booked throughout the tournament and have continued to do well despite the tough market.”

Central One Bar and Restaurant has proved to be a popular meeting space for locals to have dinner or drinks, and exciting new changes to this concept will be revealed in the coming months.

“Our most successful revenue driver is conferencing and we added a considerable amount of space this year, including the Gautrain Room, which can host 450 people in banqueting style. We now offer over 2 500 square metres of conference space in total.”

Other unique features of the hotel include a retail level with coffee shops, clothing stores and car rental, as well as a hairdresser and a nightclub. “You can have most of your needs met within our five star environment,” Henriksen says.

A ‘Slow in the City’ Lounge will open inside the hotel soon, providing a work, meeting and social space for Comair customers and its partners.

“The Radisson Blu Gautrain has received compliments for our friendly and motivated staff, contemporary design and excellent service and will continue to offer this as we enter our second year of operation,” concludes Henriksen.

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