The Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City in Midrand opened its doors on 1 March 2021, making it the 63rd hotel in the City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG), the 56th of its hotels in South Africa and the sixth in the Courtyard Hotel brand. The new four-star property is a CLHG flagship development, which, due to its location next to Waterfall City, caters for business and leisure travellers, as well as day visitors seeking great dining experiences or a quiet space to work.
“Inspiration for this property, from its sustainability features to its cutting-edge design, has been sourced from and inspired by best practice in hospitality around the world.”
Some of the features of the hotel include:
- 168-rooms, which includes four penthouse suites
- Two restaurants and a lounge
- Three event venues
- A boardroom
- Co-working spaces
- Lobby lounge
- Fitness room
- Swimming pool
- Complimentary WiFi
- Contactless check-in
- Free, secure underground parking
- Same-day laundry and dry-cleaning service
- 24-hour security
The three venues for conferences and events are called Skyrocket, Sugarbush and Mountain-Rose, and can cater for 40 people each (or 20 when applying current Covid venue capacity regulations). Alternatively, they can also be combined into one large venue for 120 people (or 60 with the Covid regulations).
Louise Nogueira Dracopoulos, owner of Oniro Studios, was contracted to conceptualize the look and feel of the beautiful interior spaces of the hotel. The result is a fusion of proudly South African elements with a subtle Art Deco feel, playing with light from the building’s huge windows, as well as layers and textures. Local artist were commissioned to bring her ideas to life, from furniture manufacturers, industrial designers and shopfitters to artists and ceramicists.
Louise adds, “Not only was it important that the aesthetics play a role in this 168-bedroom hotel but there is a synergy required where technology, sustainability and design meet to create an unforgettable guest experience, an authentic ‘home-away-from-home’ experience.”
The building also received a Green Star 4-star Custom Design certified rating from the Green Building Council of SA.
Some of the environmentally friendly features on the property include efficient water and electrical designs that conserve these resources; energy efficient lights and appliances; intelligent lighting management systems; and building monitoring systems including an automated system to monitor water consumption data and detect leaks. The building also received a Green Star 4-star Custom Design certified rating from the Green Building Council of SA.
Currently the hotel is operating with 84 rooms and four suites available. The remaining 80 rooms will be opened on a demand basis, while there is also space to expand the hotel with an additional 50 rooms as per the original design plans.
The following opening special rates are currently available:
- Studio, room only: from R1 480
- Suite, room only: from R2 520
- Studio, single BB: from R1 655
- Studio, double BB: from R1 830
- Suite, single BB: from R2 695
- Suite, double BB: from R2 870
Additionally, the CLHG WKND Special rates are also valid on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for walk-in, telephone, email and website bookings via www.clhg.com, from R1 199 per room, single or double occupancy. Rate is for room only.
The #YourPrivateOffice deal also offers guests a quiet, productive workspace from only R495 per day, from 8am to 3pm. This includes WiFi, parking and tea and coffee making facilities.
All Covid-19 health and safety protocols are adhered to across the hotel, ensuring the safety of guests and staff. For more information and to book go to www.clhg.com.
Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, chief operating officer of City Lodge Hotel Group, adds, “Inspiration for this property, from its sustainability features to its cutting-edge design, has been sourced from and inspired by best practice in hospitality around the world. With luxury finishes and an open, airy feel, it should give great safety reassurance to guests as it opens amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, and has excellent longevity as the tourism industry recovers.”