One of Rosebank’s most iconic properties – a hotel that carries the memories of generations of South Africans – has relaunched as Southern Sun Rosebank and proudly houses what is destined to become Rosebank’s favourite grill house, The Grill Jichana.
Dating back to 1924 when it opened as a residential house and then a two-storey hotel owned by SA Breweries in 1932, the Rosebank hotel has provided leisure and business travellers with a convenient, stylish base from which to explore and do business in Gauteng.
Tsogo Sun Hotels, through the Hospitality Property Fund, has proudly managed the property since 2009. Its location in this cosmopolitan precinct amidst the vibrant mixed-use commercial, retail, entertainment and residential offerings, makes it among the group’s most well-located properties.
“The Rosebank of today is booming. The opening of the Gautrain station in 2011 spurred growth, and it is undoubtedly one of Joburg’s fastest-growing and most fashionable places to be, with R20 billion having been invested in the precinct in the past two years. With so much growth, it is the ideal time for us to add Southern Sun’s name and well-earned reputation for excellence to the precinct,” says Ravi Nadasen, COO of Tsogo Sun Hotels.
As part of the rebranding of the hotel, Tsogo Sun Hotels has invested in an extensive refurbishment of the reception and lobby areas, Circle Bar & Lounge, and Fresh Restaurant. “We wanted to create an exciting new direction that reflects the diverse mix of cultures and nationalities that frequent this hotel. Our goal has been to create a unique atmosphere that is dynamic and distinctive, combining work, play and dining experience,” says Nadasen.
The public spaces have been rejuvenated to evolve the DNA of the hotel. From the reception area with a monotone graphic metallised map of Rosebank to the many pieces of original, specially commissioned works of art, the hotel reflects on the proximity to Johannesburg’s ‘Art Mile’ and the inhabitants who have migrated to the city.
The second phase of the refurbishment, which will include all 318 rooms, will begin shortly and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
As part of the refurbishment, South Africa’s second Grill Jichana restaurant has taken up occupation in the hotel, opening up to a deck that takes the restaurant into the outdoors. Jichana is Swahili slang for ‘eating well’.
“We take enormous pride in the part Tsogo Sun Hotels plays in the country’s hospitality industry and we place great focus on creating memorable in-hotel experiences and a delectable culinary journey. It is part of the company’s DNA to create unique restaurant concepts that become part of the fibre of Joburg,” continues Nadasen.
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