Hyatt is to add its first property in Cape Town later this year, with the rebranding of an existing Hilton hotel.

The group has entered into a management agreement with Millat Properties to reflag the Hilton Cape Town City Centre as the Hyatt Regency Cape Town from December.

The hotel is currently closed, and Millat Properties has committed to “extensively refurbish” the property ahead of the reopening.

Hyatt Regency Cape Town will offer 137 rooms including 15 suites, as well as three food and beverage outlets, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, executive lounge and 400 sqm of meeting space.

The addition of the property to the Hyatt portfolio will bring the number of Hyatt-branded hotels across Africa to eight, with two in South Africa (the other being the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg).

The group said that “Africa, and particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, remains a key focus for growth for Hyatt as the continent is experiencing an increasingly favorable business climate, along with consistently heightened tourism”.

Commenting on the news Ludwig Bouldoukian, regional vice president of development for the Middle East and Africa, Hyatt, said:

“We’re delighted to work with Millat Properties to bring the Hyatt Regency brand to Cape Town. As a premier destination, Cape Town has been a top goal for us to have a Hyatt hotel, and we believe there is meaningful potential for further growth in South Africa.

“Hyatt Regency Cape Town is a key element of our strategy to grow thoughtfully in markets where we know our guests are travelling.”