The Orion Devonshire Hotel
- A 75-year tradition of hospitality
The Orion Hotel Devonshire, situated in Braamfontein on one of
the main arteries leading into the heart of the Johannesburg city
centre, has been a Johannesburg landmark with a tradition of hospitality
since the 1930s.
In the early 1930s, the hotel’s pub was popular with beer
lovers and during the 40s, it was a fashionable dining and dancing
venue for military officers on weekend leave. Through the years the
‘Dev’, as it was affectionately known by students who
patronised the pub in the 70s and 80s, has been host to fortune seekers,
mining magnates, business people, musicians, students and dignitaries.
The Hotel was eventually totally rebuilt on the original site but
retained its unique character and charm. The Orion Group obtained
the hotel in March 1999 and today, although it is a 63-room modern
hotel it still has an elegant and gracious ambience and staff who
are committed to providing guests with a memorable experience.
"Our management and staff strive to provide guests with comfort,
service and a pleasant stay," says John Netshizwa, the hotel’s
friendly and knowledgeable General Manager who has a wealth of experience
gained over the last 30 years in the hospitality industry.
The "AA Highly Recommended" Orion Devonshire Hotel in
Braamfontein is ideally and centrally located in the heart of Johannesburg’s
cosmopolitan business, cultural and academic district, making it
an ideal hotel for the discerning business traveller, conference
delegate or tourist.
As part of general urban upgrades and redesign as well as preparation
for the 2010 World Cup Johannesburg is well on the way to becoming
a world-class city. Perhaps because of its uniqueness and strong
mixed-use aspects Braamfontein has responded well to the changes.
The area operates on many levels but it has a distinctive and unique
synergy - recent initiatives have turned this once neglected area
into an attractive, well-managed, secure, accessible, mixed-use district
that accommodates diverse economic activities and interests.
The area is Johannesburg’s largest commercial property node
and is home to a wide range of institutions and organisations as
well as local government, a corporate sector with several multinational
companies, upmarket entertainment venues including the world-class
Civic Theatre, retail outlets and restaurants, museums, parks and
piazzas, art galleries, the National Ballet School and the University
of the Witwatersrand. Strategically linking Newtown and Braamfontein
to form a 'Cultural Arc’ is the majestic Nelson Mandela Bridge,
an iconic award-winning gateway into the city centre.
All this translates into a wide range of opportunities for Orion
Hotel Devonshire' guests to explore Braamfontein and Johannesburg's
fascinating fusion of art, culture, history, business and sport.
"I do believe that what we offer in and around Braamfontein
is unique," says Netshizwa.
The conference facilities and an experienced and dedicated team
will ensure a memorable function, conference or wedding at the two
main air-conditioned conference venues that can seat up to 200 people.
The hotel also manages the Orion Group Training Centre at their
head office premises adjacent to the hotel. Orion Business Solutions,
the Group’s training company, plays a pivotal and critical
role in the organisation’s ongoing success. Regular training
and coaching is aimed at optimisation of services, operations and
each individual’s unique potential. Emphasis is not only on
individual training but team coaching as well. “We believe
in the synergistic power of teamwork, as teams mobilise and facilitate
resources to achieve our collective goal of providing all our guests
with friendly service and a good hospitality experience,” says
The 63 elegantly decorated en suite rooms with bath, shower and
toilet have satellite TV, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities,
direct dial phones, electric razor plugs, hair dryers, satellite
TV and a 24-hour room service. Services include secure basement parking
and a complimentary airport shuttle. Gym or health facilities, golf
and swimming are available by arrangement.
South African hospitality can be experienced at one of the hotels
three restaurants, three bars and two lounges – the Corner
Restaurant, Taverna Vasco da Gama, the Piano Lounge (with a resident
pianist) and the Long Bar.
The Orion Hotel Devonshire is a relaxed, elegant yet professional
venue. "We are committed to making each guest feel special whether
here on business, a conference or holiday. We will do everything
we can to make your stay comfortable, enjoyable and memorable,"