The King Edward Hotel in Port Elizabeth is officially open to the public again after being closed for five years due to renovations.
The landmark hotel, which is more than 100 years old, is situated in Belmont Terrace with views of the Donkin Reserve and harbour.
The hotel’s financial manager, Ilse Kleinhans, said the hotel’s historical look has been retained. It has 104 rooms and there are also family suites.
Kleinhans said that although they are a three-star hotel, they are planning to be a five-star hotel by the end of 2016.
Four years ago, the hotel was taken over by a family from the United Arab Emirates and renovations took place.
“The paperwork and renovations took quite a while because it’s a historical building,” said Kleinhans.
“The main areas that have been renovated include the small dining room, bedrooms and the foyer area. We are still busy with minor renovations and touch-ups, “she said.