Protea Hotels by Marriot unveil Orlando Pirates themed hotel rooms at Melrose Arch

Orlando Pirates and Protea Hotels by Marriot takes sports sponsorship and marketing to a greater heights, no other sports has been. 

International hotel group Protea Hotels by Marriott and Marriott Bonvoy have unveiled Orlando Pirates F.C themed hotel rooms at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott, Johannesburg Melrose Arch. According to club and the hotel franchise, the rooms are designed to give football fans and enthusiasts a unique and immersive hospitality experience. 

“The room is adorned with symbolic black and white stripes showcasing the Club’s proud heritage and success over the years. Guests will be welcomed with an iconic mural featuring some of the most legendary players to have graced the fields and hearts of many in the club’s history. Along with modern amenities, the rooms will also feature football memorabilia and natural elements to create a space that is minimal and contemporary,” read the press statement. 

The brains behind the designs and decor is local interior designer and founder of Lint Design House Latoyah Mei. 

“The themed room serves as a creative celebration of local design, following a request to qualifying South African interior designers based on their experience and expertise, to partake in the Protea Hotels by Marriott and Marriott Bonvoy Orlando Pirates Room Designs. A shortlist of four designers were invited to submit their storyboards,” said Orlando Pirates in a press statement. 

“Ultimately, Latoyah Mei founder of Lint Design House was the successful candidate and was selected by the partnership parties, as the official interior designer of the unique Orlando Pirates themed room. Mei’s inspiration was to create a nostalgic atmosphere for the room to evoke a “wow factor” feeling in fans.”

“The Orlando Pirates-themed rooms at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! By Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch offer an immersive and memorable experience that we believe will be cherished by our members and fans. Plans for more themed rooms across the country are underway and we look forward to unveiling these new experiences to our guests soon,” adds Sean Maher, Market Vice President, South Africa, Marriott International.  

Thandi Merafe, the buccaneers’s Media Director said, “We are proud to align ourselves with Marriott Bonvoy, our accommodation partner. Orlando Pirates is a distinct and iconic brand not only in South Africa but also in the African continent and beyond. The Skull & Crossbones were a symbol of hope during the apartheid era and Orlando Pirates continues to be a beacon of hope to all our people.”

By Rethabile Mohlala

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