Siyanda Ndlovu
Digital Journalist
4 minute read
13 Jun 2021
6:04 pm

PICS: Inside the R14k-a-night Mandela hotel

Siyanda Ndlovu

R14,000 a night at the Mandela hotel could afford you the opportunity to feel closer to the celebrated iconic world leader.

Views of former President Nelson Mandela's Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega

Mandela’s Houghton Estate home on 13th avenue will soon be opening to guests as a unique, unpretentious and bespoke five-star boutique hotel called The Sanctuary Mandela.

During his stay at the home, South Africa’s first democratically elected head of state, NelsonMandela hosted Former US President Bill Clinton, Former First lady Michelle Obama and several other prominent figures.

How much will it cost to stay at The Sanctuary Mandela hotel?

Potential guests of The Sanctuary Mandela hotel can expect to pay anything between R4,000 and R14,000 for an opportunity to feel a step closer to the celebrated iconic world leader and former head of state.

Views of former President Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega

 

Views of former President Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega

Although the official launch date has not yet been announced, visitors can soon expect to able to work, eat, sleep, and wake up in the house where Nelson Mandela spent a fair share of his last years after his presidential term ended in 1998.

Views of former President Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega

The hotel boasts nine curated rooms that celebrate Mandela’s life and various names.

The Sanctuary Mandela hotel amenities

The Mandela hotel’s swanky rooms come with modern comforts including Wi-Fi, two single beds or a king-size bed, flat-screen TVs, aircon and shower facilities.

Other onsite facilities include meeting rooms, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a bar.

A mobile spa available on request and the hotel is in walking distance of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

A views of former President Nelson Mandela’s bedroom in his Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega

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There is also a Presidential Suite which once served as the main bedroom that the former president used for much of his life, during and after his presidency.

Views of former President Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega

Developer and CEO of Motsamayi Tourism Group Jerry Mabena said the hotel will offer experiences inspired by Mandela’s life and that there will be spaces for reflection and healing.

Views of former President Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega

“This is a perfect opportunity to give the public at large a chance to dine on Madiba’s cuisine. Every little touch here provides the perfect combination of tranquillity, heritage, and mindful experience,” said Mabena.

Questions have been raised about why it was turned into a hotel and not a museum.

According to Mabena: “Those are hard to sustain and maintain,”

A statue based on a photograph of former President Nelson Mandela reading a newspaper is seen at the entrance of his old Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega

Although he could be drawn on how much was spent on the renovations of the property and the project as a whole, Mabena said there were a lot of things that had to be considered.

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“This house was almost completely dilapidated. Some parts of it were falling apart, We had to bring in structural engineers who could tell us which parts could be kept and which ones could not be used.

There was a lot of groundwork that had to be done to give the house a new touch while also trying to maintain and keep the structure in its original shape,” he explained.

Views of former President Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home, 11 June 2021, which has been refurbished and will soon open as a boutique hotel. Picture: Michel Bega