- One large Cape Town hotel came up with a new way to earn money, and save jobs, in desperate times.
- The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel in Cape Town now offers laundry, housekeeping and maintenance services.
- You can also book a room for short periods to do some work, or conduct interviews.
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Across South Africa, hotels are struggling for survival - as leisure travel and accommodation remain out of bounds during lockdown.
In an attempt to save jobs, Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, a four-star landmark in Sea Point, Cape Town, now offers laundry and "housekeeping" services, as well as household repair work.
General manager Chris Godenir said his team was looking for ways to save jobs at the hotel, and started to think about options to use the assets, including large washing machines, at their disposal.
"What I am trying to do is to keep income coming in so I can keep my staff employed. I'm not considering retrenchments,” he said.
The hotel will now wash your large laundry items for R50 per kilogram - and you can drop it off at its newly established "laundry drive-thru". For customers within a five-kilometre radius, the service includes free pick-ups.
The laundry service will wash your towels, duvets, duvet covers, cushion covers and curtains - but clothing are not yet included.
The hotel also offers housekeeping services for R350 for three hours."(The housekeeping staff) bring all the equipment, the chemicals the vacuum cleaner. This also works for a small business or an office. We're open to anything," Godenir said. Housekeeping staff will be dropped off and collected.
The hotel's maintenance team now also does household repair work - including fixing light fittings and broken cupboards - at an hourly rate.
To accommodate people who can't work from the office, the hotel now offers computer workstations to customers for R60 (for 30 minutes).
And for those who want a luxurious work-from-home experience, the hotel offers a private office suite which customers can rent for the day, with free WiFi.
The private office can be used to conduct interviews, for example, and costs R200 during the first hour and R100 per hour after that.
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