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City Lodge Hotel Eastgate. (Image: Supplied/ City Lodge)
  • City Lodge will reopen two of its hotels in Sandton and Eastgate after closing for more than a year.
  • The group has rebranded the hotels, adding a new restaurant to the Eastgate location.
  • Town Lodge, Grayston Drive has been renamed to Road Lodge Sandton.
  • The new City Lodge Hotel Eastgate was previously the Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
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Hotel group City Lodge is reopening two more of its hotels in key Johannesburg business districts after being closed for 15 months during lockdown.

South Africa's tourism and hotel industry is still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic and is contending with a vaccine rollout plan that has faced multiple challenges, and a third wave of infections – centred in Gauteng.

While they were closed its Sandton and Eastgate properties underwent a rebranding and will open to the public on 21 June.

Its Sandton location, Road Lodge Sandton, previously Town Lodge Sandton is City Lodge's landmark property on Grayston Drive and aims to be budget-friendly.

The hotel is ideally located close to Sandton's city centre near Nelson Mandela Square, offices, major highways, and the city's leisure and retail hubs.

The 213-room hotel has rooms with double or twin beds with en suite bathrooms. It also has interleading family rooms, with some of them designed for people living with physical disabilities.

The hotel has a restaurant that serves breakfast with limited lunch and dinner options.

Road Lodge Sandton's Cocktail Bar. (Image: Supplied/City Lodge)
Road Lodge Sandton's restaurant. (Image: Supplied/City Lodge)
Road Lodge Sandton's pool deck. (Image: Supplied/City Lodge)
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Road Lodge Sandton. (Image: Supplied/City Lodge)

City Lodge Hotel Eastgate, which was previously Courtyard Hotel Eastgate, located close to major highways and the OR Tambo International Airport and key business hubs, has been repositioned to better suit the market needs of the area, the company said.

"With the bulk of guests staying in this hotel on the East Rand while on business, it made sense to rebrand the property as the more widely recognised City Lodge Hotel and reprice it accordingly so as to offer great value in the area," it said.

City Lodge Hotel Eastgate, a 69-room hotel, is split into one and two-bedroom studios, each with a kitchenette equipped with a fridge, microwave, and coffee machine.

All the units have private access which make them ideal for travellers who want to avoid public spaces due to the pandemic. It also has specially designed rooms for people with physical disabilities.

The hotel has two meeting venues, a 32-seater conference room and an eight-seater boardroom. These are currently reduced to a 16-seater and four-seater in line with Covid-19 physical distancing protocols.

The hotel also features a new restaurant, its brand's signature Café restaurant. 

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City Lodge's Eastgate Cafe Restaurant. (Image: Supplied/City Lodge)
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City Lodge Hotel Eastgate. (Image: Supplied/ City Lodge)
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City Lodge Hotel meeting room. (Image: Supplied/City Lodge))
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City Lodge Hotel Eastgate's fitness room. (Image: Supplied/City Lodge)

Andrew Widegger, CEO of the City Lodge Hotel Group, said the company observes the needs of the market to stay relevant to customers.

"We have a number of fine properties in Johannesburg and are always conscious of which brands best appeal to guests in certain areas," Widegger said.

"Whether it's a Courtyard Hotel 'designed to impress', a City Lodge Hotel offering 'comfort in the little things', (a) Town Lodge where 'a little bit extra can mean a lot' or our 'basically brilliant' Road Lodge, we understand that travellers, whether on business or leisure, have different needs," he said.

The two reopening bring to 57 the total number of the company's hotels once again open. The group is due to reopen six more and will be guided by levels of demand.

(Compiled by Ntando Thukwana)

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