My fondest memory of the Edward Hotel was having our matric farewell dance in the back hall. And eating there a couple of times. The hotel has been closed for a number of years now and have undergone a revamp and upgrade with plans to reopen later this year. Since the announcement the management group has pulled out again and we’re yet to hear what will happen next. But regardless of what is going on behind the scenes, the majestic old gent still stands overlooking the Donkin Reserve.
The King Edward’s Mansions was built in 1903 by Rochelle & Smith and was owned by Palace Buildings, Ltd. in the early days. There were 120 bedrooms and sitting rooms and while the ground floor contained suites for doctors and dentists as well as restaurant. The hotel was first called the King Edward’s Mansions, later the King Edward Hotel and Edward Hotel. Now i’s back to King Edward Hotel.