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Radisson Hotel Group opens its 14th South African Hotel in Durban

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce its entry into its fourth South African city, Durban, with the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga. This opening brings the Group’s portfolio in one of its key African markets, South Africa, to fourteen hotels in operation and two under development.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga is located on the eastern coast of South Africa’s vibrant city of Durban, in its most affluent residential and entertainment hub, Umhlanga. The hotel has easy access to several popular beaches and is within walking distance of the three-kilometre Umhlanga Beach Promenade. Durban has become a must-visit for local and international travellers because of its vast and enchanting landscapes and ideal year-round weather. Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga is close to the Durban ICC with direct access to the luxury Oceans Mall, which boasts a variety of international brands and is just five minutes from King Shaka International Airport.

Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest hotel groups with nine distinctive hotel brands, and more than 1,700 hotels in operation and under development in 120 countries.

Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East & Africa at Radisson Hotel Group, says:

“We are thrilled to make our debut in the welcoming city of Durban and cement our presence

in our fourth South African city. South Africa continues to be a key market for us on the continent and we are proud to celebrate our 14th hotel opening milestone with the entry into Durban as we open a flagship property of this calibre. With its prime location overlooking the ocean adjacent to the exclusive Oceans Mall, this property will enhance Durban’s vibrant offering and we hope that we will be welcomed warmly into the local community.

Vivian Reddy, Chairman, Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga said, “We picked Radisson Blu because we believe the Radisson Group is the ideal and most suitable hotel group in Africa for this kind of project. It’s a project that has been through tough times, but at the end of the day, it has become a reality.”

Meaningful and memorable experiences

Radisson Blu hotels are designed to make a big difference and inspire unforgettable experiences with every stay. Through personalised service and local nuance, each stay at a Radisson Blu hotel becomes a true meaningful and memorable experience. Guests and professional business partners can enhance their experience with Radisson Blu by participating in Radisson Rewards, a global loyalty programme offering exceptional benefits and rewards.

With mesmerizing ocean views and 206 stylish and well-appointed rooms ranging from luxury suites, junior suites, and rooms for business travellers, to accessible rooms and family rooms, Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga is an upscale hotel that caters to all travellers. The variety of amenities include an outdoor pool, a kids play area, an executive business lounge, and a fitness centre.

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar on the sixth floor serves North American inspired open flame cuisine and offer a variety of beers and beverages, master-crafted cocktails, and a curated collection of South African wines. Guests can visit the Coffee Lounge on the ground floor for freshly brewed coffee and homemade baguettes from the in-house bakery. The Pool Bar is the perfect location to relax, unwind, and soak up the sun while tasting a selection of light snacks and refreshing cold drinks and enjoying the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

Marius Earle, General Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga, says: “It is an honour to open and lead this flagship hotel. There is great excitement and anticipation in the city about this world-class property and I am delighted to welcome guests to experience our personalised service and stylish spaces, as we aim to make every moment matter for our guests and showcase Durban hospitality at its best.”

Meetings and events

The meetings and events area comprises eight elegant meeting and conference venues fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including video conferencing capabilities and free high-speed Wi-Fi. The ballroom seats 600 guests in cinema style and leads into a foyer with access to an outdoor terrace which can cater up to 340 guests, perfect for any big or small occasion.

Radisson provides tailored solutions for any event or meeting, including hybrid solutions placing guests and their needs at the heart of its offer. Radisson Meetings is built around three strong service commitments: Personal, Professional and Memorable, while delivering on the brilliant basics and being uniquely 100% Carbon Neutral.

Meaningful and memorable experiences

With the health and safety of guests and team members as its top priority, Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol programme. The in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out.

The Group’s overarching brand promise is Every Moment Matters with a signature Yes I Can! service ethos.


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