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Southern Sun The Cullinan Reopens: A Harmonious Blend of Timeless Elegance and Contemporary Sophistication

Southern Sun The Cullinan, an iconic landmark hotel situated in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, has officially reopened its doors after an extensive refurbishment that blends its award-winning classical grandeur with modern amenities. This grand reimagining entrenches Southern Sun The Cullinan as a symbol of luxury and innovation in the city’s bustling hotel landscape.

A Masterful Redesign

In its latest transformation, The Cullinan has adhered to a design philosophy that respects its timeless classical aesthetic while introducing a contemporary twist. This careful balance is evident from the moment guests arrive. The newly tiled marble port cochere now greets visitors with a sense of fresh elegance, setting the tone for their stay.

Stepping into the lobby, guests will be met with a familiar yet rejuvenated scene. Renowned as one of the most photographed hotel lobbies in the country, the space has retained its iconic pillars while embracing a lighter, more modern colour palette. Stone and light beige hues replace the former yellow tones, creating a serene atmosphere complemented by stylish furnishings and rich mahogany woodwork.

Modern Luxury in Every Detail

The meticulous attention to detail continues throughout the hotel. Each of the conference areas on the mezzanine floor has been outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, including built-in Wi-Fi speakers and individual plug points for each delegate. This modern approach ensures a seamless and productive experience for all events.

The hotel’s culinary offering has also seen significant upgrades. Peachtree Restaurant now features a live cooking grill, adding a dynamic and interactive element to the dining experience. The menu offers a selection of South African dishes with a unique twist, reflecting the rich culinary heritage of the region.

Guests looking for a more relaxed dining experience will enjoy the revamped pool deck. The new pool deck patio, with its built-in braai and pizza oven, is perfect for alfresco dinners and intimate group gatherings. This space is poised to become a favourite for braai-style conference lunches and dinners.

Enhanced Guest Rooms and Amenities

The Cullinan’s rooms have undergone a complete soft refurbishment, marrying modern comforts with the hotel’s classic charm. Each room now features advanced smart TVs, individual Wi-Fi access points, and updated lighting with dimmable options. Modern conveniences such as USB and USB-C ports, alongside standard plugs, are installed on both sides of the comfortable beds.

The bathrooms have been enhanced with illuminated mirrors, providing both functionality and style. The new infrastructure improvements, including updated air conditioning systems and optimised water temperature control, ensure a comfortable stay, unseen but deeply felt by guests.

A Commitment to Exceptional Hospitality

Behind the scenes, significant upgrades have been made to the hotel’s infrastructure, including new heat pumps, central air conditioning units, and hot water tanks. These changes guarantee that The Cullinan’s high standards of hospitality are maintained across all aspects of the guest experience.

Reflecting on the extensive refurbishment, the hotel’s General Manager, Jacques Moolman remarked, “The Cullinan has always been a symbol of elegance and luxury. Our goal with this refurbishment was to honour our heritage while embracing the future. We believe we have succeeded in creating a space that offers both timeless beauty and contemporary comfort. We look forward to welcoming guests old and new to experience the enhanced Cullinan.”

An Invitation to Rediscover

Southern Sun The Cullinan is more than just a place to stay; it is an experience. With its blend of classical elegance and modern sophistication, this newly refurbished gem invites guests to rediscover the charm and luxury of one of Cape Town’s finest hotels.

Southern Sun The Cullinan’s is celebrating their re-opening, with a fantastic offer Book before 12 July and enjoy an in-room bottle of bubbles and snack platter on arrival, a luxurious room turndown and after a great night’s sleep, indulge in a delicious buffet breakfast for just R2500 per room per night for 2 people sharing. Of course, two children under 18 stay and eat breakfast free when sharing with adults in a Family Room.

For bookings and further information, please visit our website at or contact our reservation team on +27 21 415 4000

Southern Sun is the leading hospitality group in Southern Africa with hotels in South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and the Middle East. Southern Sun’s portfolio of brands includes award-winning luxury hotels such as 54 on Bath, Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa, the Beverly Hills, Mount Grace Hotel & Spa and the Sandton Sun & Towers, as well as trusted economy offerings such as StayEasy and Sun1, well-known full-service brands such as Southern Sun Hotels, SunSquare and Garden Court, and a collection of resorts in idyllic settings. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@SouthernSunGrp), Instagram (@SouthernSunHotels), Facebook (Facebook/SouthernSunHotels) and LinkedIn (@Southern-Sun).

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