Growing The Grace

The Grace in Rosebank, one of Johannesburg’s oldest hotels, is soon to unveil a new conference venue.

Work is under way upgrading the hotel’s function rooms, which up until now have only been able to accommodate groups of up to 30 delegates.

When work is complete in September, The Grace will offer conferencing facilities for groups of up to 120, with a dedicated kitchen and catering staff and three breakaway rooms.

“It’s an exciting move forward for us,” says Dave Bunyard of African Sun, which bought The Grace two years ago.

“Seventy percent of our guests are business tourists. Business tourism is, therefore, an integral part of what we do here and having a new, much larger venue will complement the range of business facilities we offer.”

New conference packages will be available once the new venue is open. These will include half- and full-day rates and state-of-the-art equipment, which will be available either for hire or as part of a package.

“We offer a full range of secretarial services as well, including translating from French and German and vice versa, so conference delegates have everything at their fingertips,” says Bunyard. The Grace also has a fully equipped business centre with Internet and e-mail access.

The Grace is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and the Small Leading Hotels of the World groups and has made its mark on Johannesburg’s hospitality landscape with its “home-from-home” atmosphere and understated elegance. With only 75 rooms guests are made to feel cosseted and completely at ease.

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