21 December 2016 – The refurbishment of the first nine rooms in the Protea Hotel in Walvis Bay is expected to be completed before the end of the month. Refurbishment work on the remaining 17 rooms will only start on 12 January to keep the impact on the holiday season as low as possible.
The Protea Hotel Walvis Bay is owned by the Frans Indongo Group and operates under the Marriott label.
General Manager, Grant Januarie elaborated “We have taken a staggered approach to this project, which involves work on 26 rooms, so that the impact on our guests is kept to a minimum. At the moment, we are working on the first nine rooms, and this leg of the work should be completed by late December. Work on the remaining rooms will start on 12 January and the target date for completion of all the room is the end of February next year. This means that our end-of-year tourist period this December and January will not be affected at all by the construction work.”
The two phases of the work are limited to the main building of the hotel, which is the original building of the hotel when it launched in 1997. Full services in the rest of the hotel continue as normal, and rooms in the other section of the property will undergo a similar refurbishment in November 2018.
“To restrict the impact of the work on our guests, work is being done only between 8am and 5pm,” Januarie said, “and there is no work being done on our conference facilities.”
The Protea Hotel Walvis Bay receives a mix of business and leisure travellers. During the year, guests are mostly on business trips but at year-end, the focus shifts to people on holiday.