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Sheraton opens in Mali, 5 Protea Hotels rebrand to Autograph Collection

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Africa makes Marriott and Starwood news with two recent developments. Sheraton Bamako Hotel opens in Mali at SPG category 5 reward nights. Bamako is the capital city of Mali on the Niger River and largest population center with 1.8 million residents.

Mali is also where you find the ancient city of Timbuktu. I wanted to travel to Mali back in the days of the Festival of the Desert, but safety concerns ended that international music gathering nearly a decade ago.

Mali has a U.S. State Department Level 4-Do Not Travel advisory due to violence, crime and terrorism.

5 African Pride Hotels in Protea rebrand to Autograph Collection in South Africa

African Pride, the upper upscale brand within Marriott’s Protea hotels have been rebranded to Autograph Collection.

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg – category 3 (15,000 points/night)

African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel, Cape Town – category 6 (30,000 points/night)

African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Magaliesburg – category 2 (10,000 points/night)

African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Pretoria – category 2 (10,000 points/night)

Arabella Hotel & Spa, Arabella Country Estate, Hermanus – category 4 (20,000 points/night)

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  • Mahomed May 24, 2018

    Thanks for the news on the Protea re branding . Do you know if the points / night will change.

  • matty tailwinds May 24, 2018

    The African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel, Cape Town, is a category 6 (30,000 points/night) hotel. Prior to the devaluation on March 6, the hotel was a cat 5 and a great use of Cat 1-5 free nights or a 7-night certificate.

  • Ric Garrido May 24, 2018

    Thanks Matty – I knew Cape Town hotel is a category 6. Not sure why I ended up with cat 4 in original post. Fixed.

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