Westcliff is Five Years Old

4th Mar 2003

The Westcliff will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in March 2003 andÊwhat a colourful and exciting innings it has been.Ê In this short timeframe the hotel hasÊfirmly established itself as Johannesburg`s Grande Dame deluxe property with a reputation for fine dining and glamour along with an enviable guest list of celebrities and influential personalities - from heads of state, captains of industry and politicians to authors, movie stars, rock stars and famous sportspeople.
Most appropriately, during its fifth anniversary year, The Westcliff has garnered yet another jewel in its crown,Ê a coveted and prestigious Five Star Diamond Award bestowed by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.Ê This award recognises The Westcliff for its exceptional effort in enhancing the overall quality of commitment to hospitality, service and gastronomy.Ê To quote Joseph Cinque the Academy`s Director of Operations:Ê ...“We are proud to recognize the dedication of excellence consistently maintained by your fine hotel.ÊÊ These outstanding accomplishments enhance the representation of our hospitality industry worldwide.Ê The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences once again commends The Westcliff as being a most extraordinary establishment in every aspect of its operation.”

New Conference Centre:
Bookings for venues at our new showpiece,ÊJacaranda View, are open from 1 June 2003.Ê In addition to a ramp, allowing for vehicle access to the ballroom (perfect for motor launches and spectacular entertainment), special features and talking points include state-of-the-art audio visual and IT equipment alongside the elegance of interior finishes and furnishings like gleaming mahogany French-polished boardroom tables.Ê In association with interior designer Graham Viney, the venues have been named to honour the architectural and historic heritage embodied in the Sir Herbert Baker-style building and include:Ê The Arcadia Ballroom, Pre-assembly area and Terrace, The Rand Room (private bar) and the Africa Boardroom.Ê The two Executive Breakaway Rooms have been named the Highveld and Bamboo Rooms respectively.ÊÊ Jacaranda View will provide a venue for private or corporate entertaining in the grand manner evocative of the Rand in its heyday and will be surrounded by splendidly landscaped gardens which have become the hallmark of the hotel.Ê Set on the high ground above Jacaranda View, the Summer Terrace will make a perfect andÊelegant setting for garden weddings or outdoor parties.Ê From this vantage point guests will be able to enjoy spectacular views across the Zoological Gardens, The Rand Regiments` Memorial and the well-forested gardens of the Saxonwold.

Fine Dining:
Good news for travel partners planning detailed itineraries for clientele, is that La Belle Terrasse now offers both a a Prix Fixe lunch and dinner menu for two and three courses.Ê Prix Fixe Prices:Ê Lunch (2 courses): R145,Ê Lunch (3 courses) R170, Dinner (2 courses) R200 and Dinner (3 courses): R250.Ê Prices are per person and exclude beverages.Ê Diners dedicated toÊcaviar and lobster will be pleased to know that a small section menu has been retained for these Classic Favourites.

New Faces:
The Westcliff Hotel is pleased to welcome Pierre Delfau who joined as Rooms Division Manager in January 2003. Although French by birth, Pierre has spent 20 years in South Africa where he completed his education and training. His hotel experience includes stints at various Southern Sun and Sun International properties throughout South Africa. Prior to joining The Westcliff Pierre spent two years as Rooms Division Manager at The Palace Hotel at Sun City.Ê
Daintry Nienaber and Ulrike Schmidt will also be joiningÊThe Westcliff atÊthe beginning of March in their respective roles as Banqueting Manager and Executive SalesÊManager.ÊÊDaintry will be taking over from Banqueting Manager, Shamila Manulal, who has been promoted to Banqueting Sales Manager.. Prior to joiningÊanother 5-star deluxe property, The Saxon, Daintry ran her own restaurant and wedding catering business.Ê Ulrike is well-known in the local travel industry, havingÊbuilt up a wealth of experience at Ilanga Travel, Avis andÊAberkrombie and Kent during her career since relocating to South Africa from GermanyÊ13 years ago.Ê




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