JOHANNESBURG 6 July 2022 – BON Hotels has expanded its African footprint into Eswatini by taking over the management of the popular and renowned Mountain View International Hotel from 01 July 2022.
The hotel features 58 rooms which offer spectacular views of the Ezulwini Valley. Located just over two kilometres from the centre of Mbabane, the administrative capital and largest city in Eswatini, the hotel is ideally positioned for tourists visiting the beautiful Kingdom.
CEO and founder of BON Hotels Guy Stehlik says Eswatini presents exciting opportunities for leisure and business tourism. “BON Hotels has been looking to expand into Eswatini for a while as we believe this destination may not necessary be now, but will soon be one of the up-and-coming African destinations with a growing economy and an increasing amount of corporate activity, domestic travel and international leisure appeal. Eswatini is well-established on the international groups routes, and this is key for BON’s linkage to our other hotels on the same routes. We are thrilled to help reposition Mountain View as the hotel of choice for leisure and business travellers to Eswatini.”
Mountain View International Hotel, previously known as Mountain Inn Hotel, recently came under new ownership when South African private investors Sakhumnotho Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd bought the property. The hotel is undergoing extensive refurbishment and will soon feature a signature restaurant, a pool bar, upgraded in-room facilities, enhanced Wi-Fi and several aesthetic changes.
“We are excited to be part of the refurbishments of this iconic hotel, which is one of the oldest serving hospitality establishments in the Kingdom. We’re looking forward to repositioning Mountain View as a modern, full-service property while ensuring we honour the incredible heritage of this hotel, which is in the most remarkable setting with spectacular views.”
The new general manager at the hotel is Sam Nabaala, a Kenyan travel and hospitality guru renowned throughout the industry and the country.
The vision of the Sakhumnotho Group, the new owners, corresponds 100% with BON Hotels’ vision to ‘maximise the Mountain View’s brand presence and reach’ to allow the hotel to welcome a wide range of travellers from around the world. Sakhumnotho, spokesperson and Group Head: Marketing & Corporate Communications, Mosa Ntwampe, said he wants to “ensure that we add value to what’s already been on offer to accentuate the proposition to both local residents as well as international tourists”.
The Mountain View International Hotel will boast a strong and rewarding outreach programme that aims to empower and uplift the local community by creating new job opportunities.
Currently, the BON Hotels portfolio includes hotels across South Africa, Eswatini, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia.
In terms of BON Hotel’s African footprint, the Mountain View International Hotel joins:
- BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central (Free State)
- Elephant Lake Hotel by BON Hotels (KwaZulu-Natal)
- St Lucia Lodge by BON Hotels (KwaZulu-Natal)
- Royal Palm Hotel and Apartments by BON Hotels (KwaZulu-Natal)
- BON Hotel Empangeni (KwaZulu-Natal)
- BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay (KwaZulu-Natal)
- BON Hotel Rustenburg (North West)
- Buckler’s Africa Lodge by BON Hotels (Mpumalanga)
- Shishangeni by BON Hotels (Mpumalanga)
- Mountain View by BON Hotels (Mbabane)
- Protea Hotel Durbanville (Cape Town, Western Cape)
- Cape Diamond Boutique Hotel by BON Hotels
About BON Hotels
Founded in 2013 by hotelier and businessman, Guy Stehlik and his management team with a collective 127 years in hospitality, BON Hotels is a South African based hotel company that manages, markets, administrates and owns hotels, lodges and resorts throughout Southern Africa, as well as West and East Africa –a fast-growing, exciting and leading African hotel group.
BON Hotels has been providing hotels, resorts and lodges with their renowned management, marketing and administration systems, their acclaimed blueprints and business plans to ensure their full potential in South Africa, DRC, Namibia, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia. While hotel, lodge or resort owners may indeed have a vision for their properties, the BON Group has the foresight and experience in operating under tricky African conditions, whilst managing expectations for the owner in terms of budgets, marketing and other planning that goes into the running of a hospitality business.
Driven by the ethos of “Good people. Good thinking. Good feeling”, BON Hotels believes in creating loyalty among their guests, suppliers, hotel owners and stakeholders, by bringing a relevant and owner-focused approach to every aspect of hotel administration, management and marketing.