We found five Protea hotels with great design and décor ideas and tricks.
African Pride 15 On Orange, Cape Town

African Pride 15 On Orange, Cape Town

One of the most design-forward hotels in the Protea group, 15 On Orange is a feast for the senses. From the textured wallpaper, to the feathery lampshades, gold throne chairs in the lifts, marble red carpet and the swanky purple billiards table, your eyes will feast on the out-of-the-box décor elements. Definitely worth a visit.

Protea OR Tambo, Gauteng

Protea OR Tambo, Gauteng

Taking its location into account, the Protea OR Tambo surrounds you with all things aviation. Look out for the airplane engine parts, wings and tyre chairs when visiting.

Themed around an aircraft hangar, the industrial ambiance of the hotel is felt in the polished concrete floors, steel finishes, chrome lighting and top to bottom windows that overlook the aeroplanes as they dock and take off.

Audacia Manor, KZN

Audacia Manor, KZN

Built in 1928, this beautifully restored Colonial Mansion is on the slopes of Durban’s Berea in a quiet residential area overlooking the city and the Indian Ocean. Rooms offer luxury and style with king sized beds and fully appointed bathrooms with separate showers.

The Coach House rooms offer awesome private courtyards with an outside spa bath and an indoor, yet outdoor at the same time, shower. Don’t worry, the bath and shower remain completely private – so you can rest assured nobody will be watching.

The Southern Belle, Zambia

The Southern Belle, Zambia

The Southern Belle is one of the largest houseboats in Southern Africa located on Lake Kariba, Zambia. Cabins are light and airy, with modern wooden flooring. While the public areas are opulent and lavish – just what you’d expect from a hotel on water. Besides all of that, we think that a houseboat hotel is just too cool to ignore.

Fire & Ice, Cape Town

Fire & Ice, Cape Town

The original cool-cat of hotels, the Fire & Ice in Cape Town is a must-mention in this article. This extreme hotel, in the heart of the Mother City, offers adventure-seekers an accommodation option with a difference.

A retro suspended pod chair welcomes travel weary guests at reception. Elevators are themed, so you’ll feel as if you’re riding in the cable car lift up Table Mountain or being transported into an undersea world of shark cage diving while travelling between the different spaces in the Hotel. Pay the smoking lounge a visit just to see the deathly coffin seats and wacky burial scene décor. Be cautious though, This room comes with a health warning.

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– This article appeared on the MWeb Travel website on 17 May 2012

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