South Africa’s major cities are a hub of business activities for both locals and internationals, and with this there is a need for conferencing hotels in South Africa. Many of the Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban hotels have a myriad of exquisite conferencing facilities to cater towards dinners, seminars, press junkets, awards ceremonies, functions, product launches, dinner dances, private parties, meetings and team-building events. This is our selection of the top conferencing hotels in the country.
Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa
The Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa, located in Century City, Cape Town is Cape Town’s second largest conferencing venue, after the CTICC. Along with a business centre the hotel has nine uniquely designed boardrooms and four large conference rooms. Situated a stones throw from the Canal Walk Shopping centre a host of restaurants, bars and stores are on offer for delegates to enjoy.
The Michelangelo Hotel
The Michelangelo Hotel is set in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg and offers 244 rooms that boast unsurpassed luxury. The conference center can cater for up to 160 delegates in various seating configurations while standard packages are arranged and can be tailored to ensure a sleek and chic conference.
The Commodore Hotel
Together with its sister hotel, the Portswood, the Commodore can offer up to 336 rooms. The hotel itself features three conferencing rooms and is an easy walk away from the additional conferencing venues, restaurants and stylish stores of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
The Rosebank Hotel Crowne Plaza
Situated just a 30 minute drive from the airport, the Rosebank Hotel Crowne Plaza is easily accessible for guests fromJohannesburg,Pretoria and surrounds. The hotel features a business centre, wireless internet throughout, a lobby area conducive to a one on one meeting as well as seven varied conference venues.
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel is ideal for out of town visitors as it provides sweeping ocean views and is situated in the heart of the bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. 329 rooms cater towards guests while the conferencing facilities feature four separate areas as well as a business centre. The hotel also features a beauty spa, gym, two restaurants and two bars.
The Hilton Durban
This 5 star hotel is located adjacent toDurban’s convention centre and is within easy reach of the city’s business district. The hotel features countless conferencing venues for groups to enjoy with the largest room measuring a staggering 3450 square feet.
Spier Wine Estate
For a conference with a difference, guests can head to Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. The auditorium at Spier can seat 430 people and has three breakaway rooms for brainstorming sessions. The hotel also features intimate meeting rooms in the manor house, a boardroom, smaller conference rooms and a variety of bomas.
Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
Located in the up-market suburb of Rosebank, the Hyatt Regency features 244 rooms, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a gym, spa, nine varied conference rooms and a well equipped business centre. Located adjacent to the Firs Shopping Centre, the hotel provides easy access to shops, restaurants, hair dressers, coffee shops and bars.
The Westin is located just steps away from the Cape Town International Convention Centre at the entrance to the city of Cape Town. Popular with celebrities, the hotel features 344 rooms, a gym, top floor swimming pool, a spa and a ballroom as well as 10 small meeting rooms that cater for groups of 10 to 60 people.
Janine Mare is a regular contributor for a number of travel-related blogs and websites. She currently dedicates all her time to the South African Tourism Company http://www.south-african-hotels.com where she works developing hotel write-ups and travel articles.