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45 New England Road Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3209 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 20/10/04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/10/04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 12 hotels in Pietermaritzburg
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Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg Boasting both a casino and a turf race course, Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg (previously known as the Golden Horse hotel) is the only hotel in Africa and one of a very few in the world that is a true punters' paradise. Situated in KwaZulu-Natal's capital city, Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg offers an exciting world of entertainment and gaming set against the rolling hills of the beautiful Natal Midlands. The hotel is only 45 minutes from Durban, home to some of South Africa's most spectacular beaches. A perfect destination for the leisure and business traveller, this upmarket hotel offers a world-class stay with unsurpassed hospitality. It has 96 spacious en-suite bedrooms all elegantly decorated to include plush furnishings, data lines for laptops, telephones, room safes and satellite TVs. With two versatile, state-of-the-art conference venues that can be modified into various configurations and cater for up to 500 delegates, Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg is also a distinguished conferences and special events hotel. And, with views over the race course, these facilities make a perfect setting for a classic wedding, social function, corporate banquet or a conference.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Restaurant
Casino and Gambling
Babysitting
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Wifi
Paid wifi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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VonVintlo wrote a review Apr 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa170 contributions85 helpful votes
As a family of four, we booked a double room. Room was large enough, two comfortable double beds, lovely, modern rooms. Good aircon and wifi. Bathroom had a separate bath and shower which was great. Very friendly staff, and an awesome breakfast included. Covid protocols followed. Great pricing.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Sashen N wrote a review May 2020
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My family we there for a wedding nearby. The rooms were clean, spacious and well equipped. I really enjoyed the breakfast buffet. It had a great selection of hot and cold food choices. I walked through the casino and it looked great. The pool was a little small for lap swimming but it had a nice atmosphere. The staff were warm and helpful. I highly recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jane M wrote a review Mar 2020
Pretoria, South Africa73 contributions53 helpful votes
The check-in was quick and the staff was friendly. The receptionist could see that I was exhausted and advised me to rather order room service. As I was travelling on a package I have always been forced in other Tsogo Sun establishments to go for a buffet (which I don't like) and this made me feel at home. There are renovations going on, but I didn't feel a lot of disturbance as such.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Hlengiwe D wrote a review Feb 2020
Pretoria20 contributions4 helpful votes
Stayed in 310, coffee mugs had hair. And the bathroom floor. No attention is paid to repeat guests, I have stayed there for at least more than 20-30 nights last year alone. Doesn’t matter. Check in 👎🏾
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Date of stay: February 2020
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lungile mtwana wrote a review Feb 2020
Cape Town, South Africa6 contributions
Overall excellent experience. Improve staff response to customer needs. Location is spot on, near N2 and easy to spot. My phone died on me still on N2 from Dbn, but I hadn't gone far when I spotted the hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Shirinda2020 wrote a review Feb 2020
Centurion, South Africa1 contribution
It’s a very great place with great service and all amenities are there. There is multiple restaurant and arcades to keep the kids entertained. The only problem is the WiFi which keeps logging you out.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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AlenciaR wrote a review Jan 2020
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
A beautiful place if you want to just leave the world behind and just be at peace. The rooms are amazing, very comfortable with lovely bathrooms. The service is great, staff are friendly and always helpful. The hotel was always clean and welcoming. Will definitely want to stay there again.... However the only downfall is that there is not much around to keep u entertained.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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christinend777 wrote a review Jan 2020
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Could not connect to the WiFi. Otherwise the stay was good. I would like abit more breakfast options. The service is good staff are friendly and ready to help. I really benefit from the benefits programme
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Date of stay: January 2020
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bernard284 wrote a review Jan 2020
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
I was happy with the quality of service provided as well as the high standard of rooms. I will certainly revisit the hotel as well as recommend hotel to my friends and acquaintances. Hotel must consider having a gymnasium.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Camillah A wrote a review Dec 2019
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Compliments to the management of this hotel. The rooms are spotless, the staff is friendly. Restaurant breakfasts are more than sufficient. Some more activities at the hotel would be great. I'd definitely book again when I am in Pietermaritzburg again.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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PRICE RANGE
US$108 - US$139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
golden horse hotel pietermaritzburg
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Golden Horse Casino Hotel
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
96
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Frequently Asked Questions about Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg
Which popular attractions are close to Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg?
Nearby attractions include Comrades Marathon House (0.4 km), Hollywoodbets Scottsville Racecourse (0.2 km), and Leosage Wellness and Development (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tea on 23, El Sombrero Spur Steak Ranch, and Rockafella's Theatre of Food.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Is Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.