Family fun at The Ridge Hotel

The Ridge Casino and Hotel-accommodation-Johannesburg

Who doesn’t like a bit of adventure? Just throwing some clothes into a bag, picking up some board games and on a whim taking your loved ones away for a short weekend jaunt just outside town? The Ridge Casino was our weekend escape as we drove off in excitement.

eMalahleni’s top entertainment destination, Tsogo Sun’s The Ridge Casino and Hotel is housed in the main complex and has a small and very inviting reception room that leads onto the pool area, a lovely walled sanctuary to enjoy some refreshments.

The main complex comprises of the casino, complete with 436 slots and 19 table games as well as a Salon Prive for VIP guests, restaurants and movies@ The Ridge, as well as a tenpin bowling alley, arcade and miniature golf course. The Highveld Mall linked directly to The Ridge is an exceptional shopping experience with high-end shops and restaurants galore.

Live in luxury at The Ridge Casino & Hotel

Our room was situated on the third and top floor, and from here we had a bird’s eye view of the comings and goings inside the casino complex or out onto the peaceful pool area. Our room was an adequate size, with two large double beds and en-suite bathroom with shower and bath.

As hotel guests, we received complimentary Wi-Fi daily and escaped the heat with in-room air-conditioning. There was a wide variety of channels on satellite TV and a tea and coffee station as well as a bar fridge was provided.

Facilities & breakfast at The Ridge Casino & Hotel

Breakfast was served at the Billy G’ buffet restaurant just outside of the hotel’s lobby. We had dinner here on one occasion on our weekend stay, and the food, service and ambience were lovely. My son was thrilled to bits as he could just eat waffles and ribs for supper!

We spent much of our stay, merely being entertained. We took in a family movie, tried to get a strike at tenpin bowling and spent way too much money on arcade tokens!

This oasis proved to be fun, entertaining, relaxing and unique. I would not hesitate to stay at The Ridge again and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a mini break. It’s fun for the whole family but can also make a beautiful date night or anniversary weekend away.

To experience The Ridge Casino for yourself contact them today by calling 013 655 9300 or emailing theridge.contactus@tsogosun. Visit their website at www.theridge.co.za

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