I was wined and dined at Sandton City Garden Court when Southern Sun launched their programme allowing people to book a stay with them- wait for it- VIA THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE!
Yup. You heard me bunnies.
This is a first among SA’s large hotel chains!
Southern Sun is no stranger to social media- being active on Facebook and on Twitter– and they want to embrace their potential guests in a space where they already feel comfortable.
Facebook’s constantly increasing popularity means that most people log into their Facebook profile before they do anything else, and now they can check availability and reserve rooms without leaving Facebook! And there are some pretty cool deals for Southern Sun’s Facebook page fans. If you make a booking before the end of July 2011 you could win a 2-night getaway, and booking via the social media site immediately gets you 5% off the regular rates! Register as a Frequent Guest and you can get as much as 20% off the normal rates.
So on Thursday night, we met up with a group of bloggers and journalists and made our bookings using the Facebook page- with help from the Southern Sun staff. It’s a pretty cool little set up and if you’ve ever shopped online or booked airplane tickets online then you will easily navigate the menus!
As much as I love gallivanting and spending time with friends and family and such, there are few things I like more than being able to do my business online, from the comfort of my own bed!
This new option from Southern Sun is a winner, IMHO!
We then had dinner at Café Maude and WHAT a dinner!! OMW!! The starter platters consisted of mini tartlet thingies (camembert in phyllo pastry with a smidgeon of cranberry jelly, chicken liver vol au vents, snails in phyllo pastry) mini sirloin kebabs and little Café Maude salads! I could have eaten a whole platter of the camembert things on my own! The main course was Osso Bucco, “a classic winter dish of braised beef shin in a white wine and tomato sauce served on a bed of smooth mashed potato and seasonal vegetables”. Fabulous! The dessert platters had mimiature coffee flavoured crème brulees, profiteroles and miniature malva puddings! Talk about mouth-watering! Heavenly cappuccinos ended our meal whilst we chatted to each other by candlelight.
And then, when we arrived in our room, we found a bottle of bubbly on ice with 2 glasses and a special happy anniversary message from Southern Sun! It seems someone had been paying attention to our dinner conversation and picked up on the fact that our anniversary was a couple of days away!
Now that’s service!
It really is the little things isn’t it.
Friday morning started with a fantastic buffet breakfast before I headed home again- after the traffic rush and after a fabulous nights’ sleep.