After starting out as a countryside tea room in the 1940s before Sandton even existed, the Protea Hotel Balalaika has reinvented and transformed itself many times. The hotel manages to retain its country feel despite being surrounded by tall corporate office buildings and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the epicentre of SA’s economic heartland.
Recently the Protea Hotel Balalaika has had all its 330 rooms refurbished and fitted with new carpeting, curtains, throws, scatter cushions and a splash of new paint to the walls, creating a refreshed look to the grand establishment.
Extensive changes to the Village Manor conference room have in essence created an entirely new venue – new carpeting, the installation of a magnificent fireplace and a more ergonomically pleasing floor plan – elevating the venue to modern standards.
Danny Bryer, director of sales, Marketing and Revenue Management for Protea Hotels, a member of Marriott International, is pleased with the outcome of the renovations, commenting, “The hotel owners investment of R30 million into improving this iconic establishment is bound to produce great returns. The renovations elevate the hotel to a truly international and modern standard.”
The refurbishments follow last year’s bold renovations to the building itself which included, improvements to all the public areas, the reception, Lords Bar, six conferencing rooms, and the installation of new door locks, air conditioners and electronic safes in all the rooms. With all of the following improvements completed to The Protea Hotel Balalaika, we can truly say that this is the beginning of a new chapter in the establishment’s history.