Hotels and Hospitality in the Pretoria Area
It appears to be unclear how many hotels there currently are in the Pretoria area, but judging by the ever-expanding size of the Jacaranda City and its suburbs, and given all the tourists, business persons, politicians and diplomats, as well as academics that visit the city, virtually all requiring accommodation, the number of hostelries must be really high.
In a major city like Pretoria, it takes all sorts. One expects to find all types of hotels, ranging from small to large, independent or owned by a significant hospitality chain or possibly a franchise, cheap (and nasty) to absolute luxury, dirty or spotless, and spic and span, old and decrepit or brand, spanking new.
According to their official website, the oldest hotel in Pretoria is the Victoria, with its circular tower or conically roofed turret that rises above the main corner entrance of the establishment. The Victoria, opened in 1890, is situated at the top of Paul Kruger Street, named after Queen Victoria’s Boer War adversary. It is situated immediately opposite the old Pretoria Railway Station, which was designed in the early 1900s by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker.
There can be little or no doubt that the location of both was eminently convenient for the travellers of the day, during the particular era that closely followed the latter years and subsequent death of the long-ruling monarch and Queen of the British Empire, after whom the hostelry was named.
Although not situated in Pretoria, but quite close by in Clubview, a suburb of Centurion, Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel is both old and new. The original Cape Dutch building, which inspired the new additions that we made to our establishment, is more than 100 years old and has its own heritage. It was once a farm homestead, relatively grand for its day.
When we decided to convert our estate into an exclusive boutique hostelry, the original home was revamped, refitted and restored to its former glory, albeit for a new hospitality purpose. 34 spacious guest suites with lovely en-suite bathrooms were added, all individually fitted and furnished in a style that echoes the old Cape and its iconic, elegant style.
Despite the heritage style of our exclusive guest suites, we incorporated all the upmarket comforts and conveniences one expects of an award-winning, luxurious 4-star boutique hotel near a thriving city like Pretoria.
Next, and most recently, our fine dining restaurant, the 16th Lintel, was added to complete and already perfect Cape Dutch picture. It was necessary to include a doorway leading into the dining area that was to become the 16th Lintel, and this required a lintel – the 16th – above the opening to support the structure above it, hence the name of the restaurant, which is also the doorway to the warm South African hospitality and delicious gourmet fare that our guests enjoy in the 16th Lintel.
Near and Far Enough
Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel is conveniently situated near to Centurion’s CBD, its Gautrain Station, and the highways and byways leading to Pretoria. But it’s also sufficiently far enough from the large city to avoid its hectic pace of life, its noise, and hustle and bustle of everyday life. Combining the old and new in 4-star style and luxury, Kleinkaap epitomises the warm, down to earth hospitality for which South Africans are known – near and far, then and now.