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Protea Hotels by Marriott® and Marriott Bonvoy Unveil Orlando Pirates F.C. Themed Hotel Rooms

Available at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott® Johannesburg Melrose Arch, the Orlando Pirates-themed rooms are a must-visit for all fans of the club

Along with modern amenities, the rooms will also feature football memorabilia and natural elements to create a space that is minimal and contemporary

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 24, 2023/APO Group/ --

Protea Hotels by Marriott® ( and Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel programme and marketplace, have unveiled Orlando Pirates F.C themed hotel rooms, designed to give football enthusiasts a unique and immersive hospitality experience.

Available at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott® Johannesburg Melrose Arch (, the Orlando Pirates-themed rooms are a must-visit for all fans of the club.

Created by local interior designer, Latoyah Mei, 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.

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. 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.

“I was intentional about creating a space that is impactful and inspiring, evoking emotions that delivers a memory in one’s mind while experiencing a space. The mural is one of my favourite elements of the room – it really captures the rich history of the Buccaneers and Soweto in an amazing way,” Latoyah Mei comments. “It is really important to me that with each stay, supporters can appreciate something new when they look around the room.”

"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,” commented Sean Maher, Market Vice President, South Africa, Marriott International.

“Plans for more themed rooms across the country are underway and we look forward to unveiling these new experiences to our guests soon,” adds Maher.

 "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," said Thandi Merafe, the Club's Media Director.

"We pride ourselves in aligning with brands who have a shared vision and aspiration to deliver excellence to our people. Our fans are the lifeblood of our Club, and we're excited to offer them an experience that truly embodies the spirit and history in the home city of Orlando Pirates," adds Merafe.

The launch of the themed rooms follows the announcement of Marriott Bonvoy’s exclusive multi-year partnership to become the official accommodation partner of Orlando Pirates Football Club last year. The partnership offers fans incredible opportunities to experience football in South Africa at a whole new level through unrivalled and exclusive access and events. Fans can now get 15% off standard rates when they book at participating hotels across South Africa.

The Orlando Pirates-themed rooms at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Johannesburg Melrose Arch are now available for booking. To book visit  

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Press contact:
Nelisa Mpofana
Communications Manager, South Africa
Marriott International

About Marriott Bonvoy®:
Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel program and marketplace, gives members access to transformative, eye-opening experiences around the corner and across the globe. Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 31 extraordinary brands offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments™, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques®. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalization and contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

About Protea Hotels by Marriott:
Protea Hotels by Marriott®
is the leading hospitality brand in Africa and it is one of the most widely recognized brands on the continent with nearly 70 hotels across 9 countries including South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi & Algeria.  Protea Hotels by Marriott® is ideal for both business and leisure travellers by offering properties in primary and secondary business centres and desirable leisure destinations. Each hotel offers modern facilities, proactive and friendly service and consistent amenities such as full-service restaurants, meeting spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi, and well-appointed rooms, ensuring global standards for a high quality, relaxed and successful stay. Protea Hotels by Marriott is proud to be part of Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with 8000+ properties across 139 countries and territories, including gateway cities such as London, Dubai and New York. For more information, visit Protea Hotels by Marriott® is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit Marriot Bonvoy (

About Orlando Pirates F.C:
Flash a badge with the skull and crossbones at any South African and they know you’re talking about the Orlando Pirates Football Club.  From humble beginnings in 1937, Orlando Pirates has matured to more than just a Club, it has become an institution. An institution that is ingrained in the culture of the country; an institution followed by millions of South Africans from all walks of life. For more information, visit