The GrandWest gets grander

Sun International expands popular GrandWest hotel 

SUN International is investing an initial R122-million to increase the size of GrandWest Grand Hotel, currently the busiest in the Group.

Sun International’s investment is the first phase of a master plan that envisages developing a separate 250-room, 4-star conference hotel at GrandWest.

The Cape Town casino and leisure complex is the largest in South Africa so customer demand to stay at its existing hotel is high. However, for over 21 years the 4-star boutique hotel has operated at a 99% occupancy with its 39 rooms booked long in advance. 

The first phase of the new development will add an additional 68 additional rooms to the Grand Hotel, bringing the total to 103.

A sod-turning ceremony to mark the occasion was officiated by the Mayor of Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis and Ndavi Nokeri, Miss South Africa 2022. 

The current Grand Hotel is a recreation of an older hotel that used to grace the corner of Adderley and Strand Street, originally built in 1894 and demolished in 1951. When the existing hotel was constructed, architects used a scaled down version of the first Grand Hotel’s 100-year old plans.

GrandWest General Manager Mervyn Naidoo said one of the challenge for architects now has been to keep the extension consistent with the original architectural plan and style. “Uniquely, all of GrandWest’s facades are scaled down recreations of old Cape Town buildings – the much-mourned Tivoli Music Hall (demolished in the 1930s) and the even more sorely missed Alhambra Theatre (demolished in 1970); the Old Railway Station (1905 – 1968); and Cartwright’s Corner, that now-vanished Adderley Street landmark.”

Sun International’s Development and Infrastructure Manager, Anton Steenkamp said, “To respect the existing architectural style the design is based on developing two identical three-story wings positioned symmetrically on either side of the existing entrance and porte cochere, which will remain largely unchanged. A new access road will give visitors direct access to the hotel.”

Two new wings

The two new wings will connect the existing hotel on the north and south corners and the new offering will include presidential suites, ordinary suites, double and twin rooms and inter-leading family rooms. A gym, spa and pool are proposed for the ground floor of the southern wing.

According to Steenkamp another enormous challenge for the development team has been adding a new lift and constructing within an active environment as the Salon Privè and existing hotel operations are ongoing. Impact on customers such as dust, noise and vibration has had to be carefully managed.

Development Team:

  • Project Sponsor

Sun International

  • Project Managers


  • Architects & Interior Design

DHK Architects

  • PQS


  • Structural & Civil Engineers


  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Wet Services, Fire Protection Consultants

CKR Consulting Engineers

OHS Consultants

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