The Stellenbosch hotel celebrates its 25th anniversary by going green

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The famous Eendracht Hotel & Apartments in Dorp Street, which was rebuilt by the Lutz family in 1996 and 1997, recently installed an EV charging station to commemorate a special milestone – turning 25.

Located in the heart of historic Stellenbosch, the original building – a small two-room cottage built in 1770 – was demolished in the early 1960s and was originally converted into a small 3-star hotel with 13 bedrooms more.

It then became a 4 star property with various modifications and embellishments which have been added over the years and in 2010 three fully equipped self-contained apartments were added.

Eendracht Hotel & Apartments is going green. Image: iStock

It was 2014 when load shedding led them to install solar panels (with several upgrades since) and in 2020 the addition of Senobia’s, an on-site restaurant and intimate video conferencing room called The Huddle Room. have been added to their offer.

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It’s obvious that Eendracht owners are shaking things up, so the new addition of an EV charging point isn’t much of a surprise.

The boutique hotel, member of Cape Country Roadshas always been a leader in hospitality and would be the first to introduce the concept of a Dorpsherberg (village hall) in South Africa.

They also claim to have been the first privately owned South African hotel to have free Wi-Fi throughout the building and to introduce smart TVs with Netflix and Showmax preloaded in all of its rooms.

This month, for the 25th anniversary of Eendrachtand anniversary, they are once again taking the lead in the industry by being one of the first hotels in the country to have a 22kW DC electric vehicle charging point available to guests for convenient on-site charging.

Just two hours away (the ideal distance for an average electric vehicle), Eendracht’s sister hotel, the Montagu Country Hotel in Montagu, has also recently installed a similar charging point for electric vehicles.

Hotel EV charging station
Hotel EV charging station. Image: provided

How it works?

The point is connected to the national GridCars network and can be used by all electric car manufacturers available in South Africa.

This includes Audi, BMW, Jaguar and more. Access is given via RFID card and app system. Type 1 and Type 2 points are available with a maximum load capacity of 22 kW DC. According to Eendracht Hotel & Apartmnets, a nationwide network of publicly accessible live charging stations is available on the GridCars website.

Other hotels with EV charging stations

Hotels inevitably have to keep up with the times and although there aren’t many, there are other hotels who offer these charging stations.

The Hyatt Regency Cape Town, Vineyard Hotel in Newlands and Barry Hall Apartments in Green Point can be added to the list of properties taking the initiative to go blue.

And, when you’re heading towards JobourgLa Vieille Ferme and Bellgrove Guesthouse in Sandton also offer charging stations for electric vehicles.

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