About Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square
The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square... the jewel of Soweto. Nestled in the heart of Kliptown is one of Soweto’s first 4-star hotels: The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square. Catering for locals and visitors alike, the hotel offers delectable cuisine, luxurious accommodation and soulful jazz with a distinct cultural flavour, intermingled with contemporary flair. This gem instills a sense of pride and nostalgia, captured by the eclectic collection of jazz and historical memorabilia which form the backdrop of the hotel’s stylish interior décor.
This 4-star facility has 46 Deluxe Standard Rooms and 2 Presidential Suites (including a paraplegic room). Inter-leading rooms are available for families and groups. Rooms are equipped with televisions (with a broad bouquet of local and international channels), coffee/tea making facilities, wireless connectivity, hairdryers and in-room safes. Room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services are also available. The hotel also has three boardrooms seating six, eight and 14 guests each and fully equipped with AV equipment.
The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square is also the proud home of the Jazz Maniacs Restaurant. This restaurant is named after the famous 50’s band, the Jazz Maniacs, whose pictures adorn the walls of the restaurant. This elegant, 60-seater restaurant is open daily to the public as well as resident guests, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Exquisite menus adapted to retell the history and heritage of Soweto are captured in the township continental breakfast of sautéed chicken livers and traditional dumpling (ujeqe), magwinya (vetkoek) and atchar and the ever famous “Russian” sausage reminiscent of township fare. The breakfast buffet also offers an array of hot porridges such as Palishi (maize meal porridge), Mdoko or Ting (sour porridge) and Mabele Meal (sorghum porridge) as well as Continental and Full English breakfast options.
The hotel chef is Jafta Hatshejame, a recent addition to the Soweto Hotel’s kitchen, who leads his team to develop typical township, traditional fare, adapted for all palates. His buffet features mogodu (tripe) and mnqushu (samp and beans), morogo and roasted butternut, just to name a few favourites. Comfort food just like Gogo used to prepare it!
Conferences & Meetings
Our boardrooms are named after two female liberation struggle icons, Helen Joseph and Winnie Mandela.
The Helen Joseph Boardroom accommodates 8 guests
The Committee Room accommodates 10 guests
The Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Boardroom accommodates 14 guests
All Boardrooms are fully equipped with audio visual and IT equipment. Refreshments are served based on guests needs and all meals are served in the Jazz Maniac’s Restaurant. Conferences of 20 to 60 guests are catered for at the Soweto Tourism Conference Center, a 3-minute walk across the Square, and meetings of over 60 to 3 000 guests are held at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication Convention Center directly opposite the hotel
Activities and Attractions
There is also a host of activities and tours available for guests wanting to experience more of the Sowetan vibe:
• Taste of Soweto tour
• Walking and bicycle tours of Kliptown
• Woza Wednesday (first Wednesday of every month)
• Jazz and Braai on the Stoep / Winter Warmer Jazz at Jazz Maniacs (last Sunday of every month)
• Phuza Thursday, the new Friday (last Thursday of every month)
The hotel is an accredited 2010 FIFA World Cup™ accommodation partner and is centrally located for the tournament. It is approximately 10 km from Soccer City Stadium, where the opening and closing 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches will be played and is just 5km from Orlando Stadium, which will be used as a training venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and will host the FIFA World Cup™ Kick-Off Celebration Concert on 10 June 2010.