The 194-room Southern Sun at Montecasino was built to accommodate guests visiting the casino and area. It’s become a hotspot for conventional lodging to both locals and tourists. Aside from its shipshape guest rooms, its facilities — including a European-style bar, a haute restaurant, a popular high tea lounge and a coffee shop — provide a hub for socialites and fine living folks alike.
The design combines rustic Tuscan stonework with an aesthetic arrangement of tile and carpet. Overnight guests include a mix of visiting tourists from Asia Pacific, as well as touring performers, business people and foodies.
Hotel management decided to keep room rates affordable – as far as casino hotel stays go. My snug but cosy room was decorated in neutral tones. Windows facing toward the complex garden afforded pleasant afternoon light, while well-designed lamps and ceiling fixtures provided good illumination for reading the latest Deon Meyer novel. Furnishings included a crafted wood and marble writing desk; a flat-screen TV mounted on an art deco wall; a soft single-seater couch; a spindle chair; a tea and coffee station; and a comfortable queen bed topped with fluffy white linen. The landline was a silver old-school ring dial phone but the absence of an alarm clock was alarming…
The chic bathroom is something quite unique. Sliding doors next to the bath can be opened, giving a view out of the window. Though it’s not big in size it does make up in looks. Draped in white tiles from the floor to the ceiling, I spent an hour or so soaking up the scenery while laying the tub.
Room service is quick and on point and charged to the room but the beauty of the Southern Sun Montecasino is that it is a pleasing place to be. The hotel restaurant, Punchinello’s, is a massive Venetian-style dining hall dressed in carpet and classic furniture. Chef Jade Sullaphen has garnered praise from icons like Sting, Prince Charles and Bill Clinton, having worked at a number of five-star establishments botch locally and abroad. Meals place an emphasis on freshness of ingredients and simplicity in the recipe preparation and presentation, ensuring a taste experience that caters to all palates while keeping true to Italian-style cooking.
The buck does not stop there when it comes to dining at the Southern Sun Montecasino. Café Cru is an all-day cafe located on the terrace of the Pivot Conference Centre. Here, I enjoyed good coffee and stared at their selection of great wines while eyeing their deli-style menu for something to nibble on.
For More Information
For bookings and more information, visit their website.
Address: Montecasino Boulevard Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 367 4367