Cresta Marakanelo this week launched the refurbished Thapama Hotel in Francistown. The project, which is said to have cost P20 million, was hailed by Vice President Mompati Merafhe as a true reflection of the resilience of the tourism sector to the current global economic downturn, which also casts a ray of optimism and hope for Botswana tourism.
Merafhe added that the new developments will give the hotel a new lease of life in terms of structure, fittings, fixtures and equipment, and also reposition Thapama in terms of standards and expectations in the market place.
Since it opened its doors in 1985, Thapama has become the grand place of choice in Francistown, especially as it is at the cross roads of the major tourism destinations in Botswana.
“Thapama’s coming of age as a modern and luxurious hotel is symbolic to Cresta’s endeavour to re-launch and re-energize its brand,” said Cresta Marakanelo Managing Director Tawanda Makaya. Cresta is one of the flagship hotels under the Cresta Marakanelo cartel, which is a partnership between Botswana Development Corporation (60%) and T/A Holdings of Zimbabwe (40%).
For her part, Cresta Marakanelo board chair and BDC chief executive, Maria Nthebolan, said that the P20 million that was invested into the refurbishment of Thapama was meant to improve the hotel’s aesthetic beauty and make it more appealing.
“In its present state, the hotel is now better placed to be even more competitive in the hospitality industry and attract major regional and local events and clientele,” she said.
The four star Thapama hotel has 96 rooms, including a presidential suite, 38 twin bedded rooms, 49 double bedded rooms and 5 executive rooms. All rooms have air conditioning, satellite television, mini bar and direct dial telephones.
Thapama also has state of the art conference facilities, which include the Mokolane, Lobengula and Francis conference rooms. The conference rooms are fitted with state of the art conference facilities. There is also the pool side bar, the executive Lenaka lounge and the Pleasure Island pub, which is a renowned jazz joint that has hosted top African jazz artists.
The restaurant, called Mophane grill, seats up to 110 people and offers both ala carte and buffet lunch and dinner. Full English breakfast is also served at the restaurant. Thapama also has a fully equipped gym, squash courts and a swimming pool.
The refurbishment of Thapama included changing of all bedding, repainting and installing new furniture. There is now a combined bath and shower in all the rooms, and two of the rooms have been fitted to accommodate disabled people.