The Maslow Hotel is Sun International’s new business hotel in Sandton

November 22nd, 2012 by Susan Reynard | Categories: hotels, industry, people, restaurants, tourism

Industry has been eagerly awaiting the announcement of details of Sun International’s new hotel on the corner of Grayston Drive and Rivonia Road in Sandton, Johannesburg. It takes over what was previously Southern Sun Grayston and has been closed for a year for a massive revamp. The Maslow Hotel, Sun International’s new business hotel, officially opens on 7 January 2013 following a R250-million refurbishment.

The scope of work encompassed a complete internal and external refurbishment including, guestrooms, modernisation of the public areas as well as food and beverage outlets, landscaping of gardens including the pool and terrace, reconstruction of the conference centre and the addition of 13 individual meeting rooms.

The Maslow Hotel has 281-guest rooms, split into 239 luxury rooms, six family apartments with two interleading rooms, four junior suites, 14 luxury suites with balconies, five executive suites with separate bedroom and living room, and seven accessible rooms.

Garth Collins, acting chief executive Sun International says: “Growing our presence in Sandton has been a major focus for Sun International and I am delighted that we now add our first business-centric hotel to our portfolio of hotels in Southern Africa. The Maslow Hotel is an entirely new class of hotel, adept at helping guests to balance work and life.”

The hotel’s new general manager, Johan Scheepers, has been at the hotel for some two months, says: “We were inspired by the psychologist Abraham Maslow and his well-known hierarchy of needs, hence the new name of the hotel, and have applied his straight forward approach to understanding customers’ needs in our service philosophy.

“To compete in this climate, it is imperative that we treat our guests as individuals, and customise, customise, customise. That means remembering details such as a guest’s pillow preference, choice of mineral water or beer for the mini-bar and having the technology and intelligence in place to facilitate business and help individuals succeed both personally and professionally. The service has to live up to expectations and the experience has to be absolutely seamless from check-in to check-out,” he says.

Situated in the heart of Sandton’s business district, home to top investment banks, financial institutions, the Gautrain station and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, The Maslow Hotel offers some of the best corporate facilities in Sandton, including complimentary high speed internet access throughout the hotel, 13 meeting rooms, conference centre with a multi divisible ballroom and auditorium, techno gym and the unique Wayfarer Lounge.

The contemporary design and urban vibe of the public areas, guest rooms and services at The Maslow Hotel are inspired by Sandton’s vibrant business culture. The average room size is 32m² is fitted with a power shower, a media hub so guests can listen to music, watch movies or connect with family back home on the 40-inch flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi as well as a speciality coffee maker. For extra convenience rooms are soundproofed with black out curtains.

“The design reflects the spirit of the modern traveller – energetic yet casual, flexible and friendly. It is a complete reinvention. Designed by Graeme Holtshausen of Dakota Design, the philosophy is compellingly simplistic and in tune with the oasis setting using textures, colours and materials that reflect Johannesburg’s warm climate whilst incorporating every modern convenience,” says John Lee, director resorts operations.

The Lacuna Bistro and Bar is a sophisticated urban bistro serving international cuisine – diverse and original – using only the best local produce. Interconnected and integrated with the outdoors, it provides areas for impromptu gatherings or business meetings. Guests will be able to start their day with an a la carte breakfast and Barista-made coffee. Lunch time at Lacuna is quick and easy. The bistro menu features tapas, sandwiches, tarts, salads and pasta dishes. There’s also a highly selective choice of free range meat and sustainable fish dishes and desserts. At the end of a hard day’s work, the Lacuna Bar is where one can sit back, inside or outdoors, and savour tapas and indulge in the lengthy whiskey menu and beer on tap.

At the heart of the lobby is the signature Wayfarer Lounge, a business class type lounge, which has been designed to enable guests to be totally productive whilst waiting to check in or before departure to the airport. Facilities include washrooms with showers, and a supply of power sockets should guests need to recharge phones and laptops.

The same menu served in the Lacuna restaurant is also available in the Wayfarer lounge and guests can enjoy a meal whatever the time of day.

The Maslow Hotel is one of the first properties within Sun International to feature the Africology Spa. Invigorated by ancient African healing methods, Africology is an authentic skincare brand focussed on creating results driven experiences for business travellers.

“We will provide a special range of massage treatments, facials, skin adoration wraps and scrubs plus we will also offer new treatments particularly for busy business travellers that treat the endocrine system, supplement melatonin and relieve aches and pains associated with long haul flights,” says Renchia Droganis, founder of Africology.

Opening rates are R1726.00 per room per night. For more information visit www.suninternational.com or www.whereyoushouldbe.co.za.