Due to open in September, construction of the new Southern Sun hotel above the Hyde Park shopping centre is moving ahead fast. A joint venture with Hyprop Investments who own Hyde Park shopping centre, the development is said to have a budget of R180 million. A 60 seater restaurant, whiskey bar, function room, gym and swimming pool will provide luxury facilities for the 132 rooms. Built on three floors on the crest of the hill, the hotel will have stunning views to the north. Craighall Park is adjacent to Hyde Park on the west of jan Smuts Ave. Liz at Lancaster Guest House is 2 km from the new Hyde Park hotel.
Southern Sun, one of South Africa’s leading hotel chains and one which has a very high presence in Sandton, has a number of different hotel categories in its stable. Ranging from the budget category: Formula One and Stayeasy (none in Sandton) to the economy category of the Garden Courts to the 4 star and luxury 5 star Deluxe hotels. Rates range from extremely reasonable to high end prices. Although Southern Sun offers excellent rates during the quiet winter months on the ‘Sunbreaks’ package, these special offers depend very much on availability. A search for a single supplement with breakfast in the Southern Sun Sandton stable for the arbitrary date of 21st July yielded the following rates: Garden Court Sandton (Katherine St) R902; Garden Court Sandton City R1196; Grayston Southern Sun R1216; Katherine St Southern Sun R1259; Sandton Sun R1805; Sandton Towers Intercontinental R2280. The Hyde Park Southern Sun, as a 4 star hotel will fall into a category equivalent to Katherine St and Grayston Southern Suns.