Budget group Easyhotel is to open its first property in Africa later this year. The 120-room hotel will be housed within the former Stuttafords department store in Johannesburg.
The building is located on the corner of Rissik and Pritchard Streets in the city’s central business district, close to Johannesburg High Court, central and local government offices, and several international mining companies.
Easyhotel first announced plans to expand into Africa last year (see online news July 27, 2011), with the signing of a 20-year master franchise agreement with Lonrho Budget Hotels Ltd. The group plans to open 50 properties across the continent by 2016.
Commenting on the news, David Lenigas, executive chairman of Lonrho said:
“Easyhotel.com Rissik Street will be the first of many hotels designed to give Africans and visitors to Africa a first world hotel experience at a budget price starting from as low as US$29 per room per night.
“There is a large gap in the market for a quality budget hotel and the Easyhotel.com room offering is ideally suited to fill this much needed gap across the Continent.
For more information visit easyhotel.com.
Report by Mark Caswell