The fourth Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! By Marriott, the first in KwaZulu-Natal, has opened its doors. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Umhlanga Ridge carries the same hallmarks as its Joburg, Pretoria and Cape Town sister properties, such as comedy and DJ nights, bold décor and a personalised service that goes above and beyond.
The 205-roomed property is differentiating itself with a Durban-inspired menu, retro VW combi DJ booth, and design elements that reflect the beach and surf that Durban is renowned for. “Durban is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a need for a hotel brand that matches its spirit. We are thrilled to introduce the Fire & Ice! by Marriott brand, with its trend-setting aesthetic fused with local influence, to the thriving town of uMhlanga. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge will provide the quirky, modern vibe that guests and locals in this area are looking for. The property reflects our agility and adaptability to identify and transform a property to suit an evolving destination,” said Volker Heiden, Area Vice-President for Marriott International.
The property, which was previously a Protea Hotel by Marriott, has been completely overhauled. “This entailed heavy-duty renovations, an aesthetic metamorphosis, and a complete change in operations. Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotels dare to be different − they are progressive and fun, and while each hotel is individual in its personality, it is this edge that unites them under the brand. We had to balance that in creating this beautifully sassy hotel,” said the designer of Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge, Peter de Klerk.
Features include complimentary Wi-Fi, a cocktail menu, and buffet breakfast served at the Breakfast Room with both indoor and outdoor seating as well as private dining options. The main restaurant will be dishing up favourites such as bunny chow and curry, and other KZN culinary specialities, from its open kitchen. The reception area features three pods and a dedicated guest relations desk, and the outdoor deck showcases three exterior pods, a swimming pool and retractable awning.
“We have put considerable thought into making this property utterly unique, while still retaining the high standard of guest experience and professional and efficient service for which Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotels are known. This hotel will do more than just provide a room or a place to eat. We’re a lifestyle hotel that curates experiences and we look forward to welcoming guests and visitors and showcase this new-age take on hospitality,” said Thuthukile Moloto, General Manager of Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge.