There is more to consider than just the budget when choosing a venue for your next meeting, conference or event. The venue you choose has to enhance the experience of those attending and ensure positive attendance for future years. Business Traveller Africa has chosen 10 of the top conference venues in Pretoria.
1) Premier Hotel Pretoria
From beneath the Jacaranda trees, the Premier Hotel Pretoria exudes opulence with stylishly decorated rooms and suites promising the essence of comfort for both business executives and leisure travellers. Located within close proximity of the Union Buildings, numerous government departments, head offices of major corporations, embassies, consulates, and the central business district, thereby make it the ideal Pretoria conference venue for government summits, product launches, and Africa trade conventions.
Location: Situated in Church Street, diagonally opposite the Union Buildings, this pristine hotel is a mere 48km from the OR Tambo International Airport and in close proximity to the Government Departments, embassies, consulates, the University of Pretoria and major shopping centres.
Facilities: The Premier Hotel Pretoria boasts a world class conference venue that caters for small gatherings in one of the boardrooms or large conventions in the conference rooms, where up to 300 delegates can be seated in a state-of-the-art environment. Executives and conference delegates are assured of exceptional service standards, flawless events, and a top class facility. The three connecting conference rooms and three boardrooms can accommodate between 20 to 300 delegates, making this the ideal venue for team building exercises or high-level negotiations. Furthermore, the open air deck on the eighth floor, commanding panoramic views of Jacaranda City and the Union Buildings, is the ideal venue for evening cocktail functions. Delegates also have access to the fully equipped business centre.
Perfect for: Conferences, meetings, cocktail parties, team building exercises
+27 (0) 86 111 5555, premierhotels.co.za
2.) Oxbow Country Estate
Oxbow Country Estate is a chic property offering a meeting venue and accommodation. The Riverbed Hall overlooks meandering trout dams and beautiful waters with breathtaking reflections of tall historic Eucalyptus and Weeping Willows. The accommodation includes six luxury guest rooms in the main country house with double or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms, five deluxe guest rooms’ room opening onto a covered terrace and one executive suite with its own dedicated first floor and panoramic views of the estate.
Location: Ideally located on the farm Boschkop Bronkhorstspruit which is within easy access to national roads, tourist attractions, OR Tambo International Airport, sport and leisure facilities and only 45 minutes from major business centres. Situated only 40 minutes from Pretoria, Witbank or Benoni.
Facilities: For your workshop, brainstorming, bonding or team building experience the Oxbow team specialises in creating a conference experience for small intimate groups of between 10 and 40 delegates in the Herringbone Room. Breakaways and quiet sessions can be held in the Gongoni Three-Awn Lounge or down at one of the nine fully stocked trout dams in beautiful Highveld landscape.
Perfect for: Weddings, special events and conferences, team building, workshops
+27 (0)13 932 8000
The CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) Council for Scientific and Industrial Research was constructed 35 years ago as South Africa’s only purpose built international standard Convention Centre. The facilities have been pristinely maintained, upgraded and expanded over time. The CSIR International Convention Centre offers superb facilities and quality service with conference, function and exhibition venues.
Location: It can be found at Meiring Naude road Brummeria. The Estate is ideally situated close to all the central amenities in Pretoria, and is easily accessible from all major routes in Gauteng.
Facilities: The centre has thirteen venues including the newly built outdoor wooden deck and an exhibition hall. Auditoriums, conference, breakaway and function rooms can accommodate groups of between 10 and 450 people. Up to 700 delegates can be accommodated in parallel sessions and up to 1000 guests can be accommodated for cocktail-type events. The two larger auditoriums have schoolroom style seating with raked floors, podiums, soundproof interpreting and press booths, as well as digital congress network units between the seats. Seating and set-up in the other conference and function venues is flexible and provided according to organisers’ requirements.
Perfect for: Special events, conferences, launches, meetings.
+27 (0)12 841-3884, csiricc.co.za
4.) Alpine Attitude
The capital city boasts its own designer boutique hotel and conference venue, Alpine Attitude. A collection of local and international art complements the stylishly appointed boutique hotel rooms, luxury self catering apartments and conference and banqueting facilities.
Location: Situated on Pretoria’s renowned Atterbury Road in Menlo Park security village, Alpine Attitude connects various business districts, learning centres, shopping malls and numerous tourist attractions. Just a stone’s throw from the N1 highway allowing easy access to Midrand, Sandton, Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport.
Facilities: The executive boardroom is the ideal venue for exclusive meetings. With cinema style seating it can accommodate up to 30 people, boardroom style 14 people, and banqueting style 14 people. The double volume conference hall is the ideal venue for product launches, workshops, presentations and training sessions. It can accommodate up to 60 people.
Perfect for: Meetings, conferences, product launches, workshops, training sessions and presentations.
+27 (0) 12 348 6504
5.) Leriba Lodge
Leriba Lodge offers hospitality and an understanding of every guest’s needs, and provides a haven of natural elegance with luxury accommodation, excellent service and superior facilities. The 73 elegant and spacious en-suite rooms, business and presidential suites blend comfort and style for the business and leisure guest. The fifteen five-star business suites are decorated in a minimalistic elegance and all boast soundproof windows.
Location: Leriba Lodge is nestled on 12 hectares of indigenous forest on the banks of the Hennops River. It’s strategically located and easily accessible from Pretoria and Johannesburg. Leriba Lodge is walking distance to Centurion City, 35 minutes from Johannesburg, 45 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and a mere five minutes to Pretoria.
Facilities: Up to 800 delegates can be accommodated in 19 fully equipped air-conditioned venues. The largest venue can accommodate 300 delegates theatre style. The well-designed venues, with direct access and views on the indigenous gardens, provide a conference experience with a difference. A variety of teambuilding events, pre and post conference tours and unique cultural appreciation presentations are also offered.
Perfect for: Meetings, conferences and team building events.
+27 (0) 12 660 3300, leriba.co.za
6.) Irene Country Lodge
Irene Country Lodge is located in the heart of the historic Irene village and is centrally situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria and just 20 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport. A haven of peace and tranquillity in the hub of South Africa’s economic heartland, Irene Country Lodge offers superior accommodation.
Location: Located on Nellmapius Drive in Irene, Gauteng, the Lodge is just one hour’s drive from Johannesburg and 25 km from OR Tambo International Airport.
Facilities: There is a selection of conference venues that range in size and style. The St Andrews room seats 120, The Meadows is perfect as a breakaway room for 30, the Library Room has a warm atmosphere and seats 60 people. The Boardroom seats 30 and is perfect as a breakaway venue with a lounge, an outdoor gazebo seats 70 and is located on a lakeside, the Nomadik tent for private functions up to 200 people and the Kingfisher Room which seats 400 for conferences and 280 banqueting style. Standard conference equipment – data projector, screen, overhead projector, flipchart and whiteboard are included
Perfect for: Weddings, special events and conferences
What’s new? The Lodge is currently in the process of completing a small gym and treatment rooms to de-stress and unwind after a busy day attending conferences.
+27 (0) 12 667 6464, firstname.lastname@example.org
7) Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel offers 175 luxurious rooms and suites, all designed to guarantee maximum comfort and hospitality from the moment you arrive. The hotel offers a cutting edge business centre and the conference centre features various meeting and boardrooms. The Link@Sheraton offers you full internet access and e-mail facilities.
Location: Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is ideally located in the capital city of South Africa, which is only 45 minutes away from Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport.
Facilities: The Business Centre and additional meeting rooms and boardrooms cater for up to 15 people. Presentations are made simple with facilities that include LCD/computer projector and screen, laser pointers, flipcharts, television and DVD. Wireless Internet and emailing facilities are available along with a full range of computer software. Events for up to 400 people can be held in the Jacaranda Ballroom, with a separate foyer available for registrations, buffets or product display. Private banquets can be held on the Union Terrace. Conference facilities include video conferencing, mobile in-house public address systems, and state of the art presentation tools as well as touch screen technology.
Perfect for: Banquets, conferences, meetings, special events and occasions
+27 (0) 12 429 9999, sheratonpretoria.com
8.) Forever Resorts Centurion Hotel
This four-star hotel with its warm Franco/Tuscan influence is nestled in lush rose gardens, offering guests superb cuisine to be enjoyed in a restaurant or on a veranda overlooking a sparkling pool. The Hotel boasts 48 luxury en-suite rooms of which four are inter-leading, two are suites and one is a presidential luxury suite.
Location: Found on Basden Avenue in Lyttleton, the hotel is located in easy proximity to the N1 highway, and is the perfect midway meeting place between Pretoria and Johannesburg. It is 45km from OR Tambo International Airport, 34 km from Lanseria airport and 30km from the Sandton CBD.
Facilities: This beautifully decorated four-star hotel offers conference venues for groups between 12 and 100. The Centaurii room can seat a banquet of 80, the Sikara room becomes a cinema for 50, the deck room can seat between 10-15 and the boardroom seats 12 delegates. The business centre offers internet access, print, fax, and copy and email facilities.
Perfect for: Conferences, meetings, weddings, special occasions
+27 (0)12 644 6000
9.) South African Reserve Bank – Conference Centre
The addition of the South African Reserve Bank Conference Centre to the South African Reserve Bank Head Office building was completed in August 2003 and opened its doors to the public in February 2004. The South African Reserve Bank Conference Centre is an award winning, five-star venue situated in Pretoria. It houses a great variety of conference and entertainment areas. The elegant venues are beautifully appointed and spacious.
Location: The centre is ideally located in the building complex of the Reserve Bank. It is in close proximity to major hotels and tourist attractions, such as the Union buildings, Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park. It is a 55 kilometre drive from OR Tambo International Airport and easily accessible via major freeways.
Facilities: The conference centre comprises two sophisticated auditoriums which can accommodate 200 and 330 delegates respectively. There are also three exclusive boardroom-style conference rooms that can accommodate between 27 and 60 delegates and three smaller meeting/breakaway rooms with seating capacity from 10 to 54. Apart from that there are also six executive offices, one executive boardroom, and a banqueting hall which can accommodate up to 450 seated delegates and 600 delegates for cocktail functions. The venues are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology, which includes XGA projectors, screens, digital congress network systems with microphones and earphones for delegates and chairperson/s, recording facilities and simultaneous translation booths.
Perfect for: Small and large conferences/meetings, presentations, breakaway sessions, banquets and cocktail functions.
+27 (0) 12 313 4944, reservebank.co.za
10.) Protea Hotel Capital
The Protea Hotel Capital has 104 newly-refurbished superior en-suite rooms. Facilities include a theme bar, lounge and Lairds Restaurant serving tempting buffet treats for breakfast and dinner, while lunches are on request. The distinctive dining room overlooks a landscaped garden with a 12m swimming pool.
Location: It is centrally located in Pretoria’s Van der Walt Street in the city’s CBD. This convenient location provides easy access to all major highways and OR Tambo International Airport is a mere 45 km from the hotel.
Facilities: The five function rooms can accommodate up to 250 delegates each and an array of menus will complement any occasion. Standard conference equipment is available and all additional equipment and secretarial services can be catered for on request.
Perfect for: Conferences, meetings, seminars, dinner parties, special occasions
+27 (0)21 430 5300, proteahotels.com
Melissa Jane Cook