We stayed at the Southern Sun in Pietermaritzburg, a comfortable and convenient hotel for our meetings in the city. Breakfast was a real treat.
Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg – Golden Horse Casino Review
While $89/night is on the higher side for South Africa, I thought it was a good price considering the secure location, comfortable and clean rooms, and a great breakfast in the morning. The hotel has 96-rooms.
I was assigned room 237, a standard king room with a garden view on the second floor. While the room was not large, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom spacious, and I loved the view from the room and the low winter afternoon sunlight streaming through the window.
Powdered coffee, tea, and a hot water kettle were available in the room.
The hotel offers several dining options.
Breakfast At Vigour & Verve
Breakfast is complimentary for all guests. I really enjoyed breakfast most of all because of the superb barista-made coffee.
My first cup–a perfect double-shot flat white.
My second cup–another perfect double-shot flat white.
When I went back for a third cup, the barista burst out laughing. What kind of a guy drinks six shots of espresso at once? The third cup came with special latte art…
The made-to-order omelets were nice too (I ordered an egg white omelet with “everything” inside and enjoyed it so much I had another).
Fresh fruit, yogurt, all sorts of pastries and rolls, and sausage, bacon, potatoes, and scrambled eggs were available from the buffet.
Rockafella’s Theatre of Food
The casino buffet.
As the name implies, a fusion of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern food
Fish and sushi are the specialties.
Room service was available and I thought the prices were very reasonable.
Casino + Racetrack
I don’t gamble at all in casinos and I especially don’t gamble on church trips! But the casino looked like any other casino, though I did notice there was a separate smoking and non-smoking section, which is a nice benefit for guests.
A small outdoor pool is open from sunrise to sunset. It was packed when I arrived…a lot of young people having fun and making noise. Thankfully, that did not last long.
Surprisingly (to me), the hotel offers no fitness center, let alone a spa.
This was a clean, cool place for our to rest our heads for one night and I would return. The breakfast, particularly the coffee, was a very nice treat. If you’re visiting Pietermaritzburg or the KwaZulu-Natal province, this is a solid choice.