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Sandton To Welcome First NH Collection Hotel In Minor Hotels & Cavaleros Group Partnership

Effective 1 July 2024, a partnership between The Cavaleros Group and Minor Hotels will see the hotel group assuming management of the landmark property at 138 Rivonia Road located in Sandton, bringing the NH Sandton to life.


  • This 329-key establishment will undergo an extensive refurbishment before emerging as NH Collection Sandton.
  • Minor Hotels boasts a distinguished portfolio comprising over 545 hotels across 56 countries.
  • This is the second major announcement by The Cavaleros Group in Sandton this year, following the development of LXX Sandhurst, due to open in mid-2024.
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A few weeks ago The Sandton Times reported that after 26 years gracing the skyline of Sandton, the Hilton Sandton will bid adieu to the Hilton portfolio from 1 July 2024. Now, The Cavaleros Group and Minor Hotels have joined forces to bring the NH Collection brand to Sandton, aiming to set a new standard of luxury and excellence in the heart of South Africa’s bustling financial district.


The Cavaleros Group, a stalwart in South Africa’s property landscape since 1926, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the partnership. Led by Penny Cavaleros, CEO, and Alexi Cavaleros, Head of International Acquisitions, The Cavaleros Group has cemented its reputation as a leading investor and developer of premium assets, spanning commercial, industrial, and hospitality sectors.


For Minor Hotels, the venture into South Africa represents a strategic milestone, tapping into one of the continent’s most dynamic economies. The partnership lays the ground work for future expansion plans and collaboration across Africa for both Minor Hotels and The Cavaleros Group.

We are thrilled to sign this strategic partnership with The Cavaleros Group to launch NH and soon NH Collection in South Africa and with it launch our first property in the country.

// Chairman and Founder of Minor International, William Heinecke


Situated just 20km from O.R. Tambo International Airport, the property at 138 Rivonia Road has stood as an emblem of hospitality for over 30-years. Boasting an array of accommodation, including lead-in rooms, spacious suites, and the opulent Royal Suite spanning 145sqm, the hotel has catered to an array of business and leisure travellers alike. From its two restaurants and bars to an executive lounge, conference facilities, gym, and expansive outdoor swimming pool, the redevelopment of the property, under the NH Sandton brand, seeks to offer travellers an unparalleled fusion of luxury and comfort.

The decision to partner with Minor Hotels for our Sandton Hotel and Africa was legendary for The Cavaleros Group. We are currently considering several hospitality opportunities across the continent and have commenced our due diligence process.

// CEO of The Cavaleros Group, Penny Cavaleros


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A room at the NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu hotel in Spain – a glimpse of what the NH Collection might have in store for Sandton. Image: NH Collection Hotels

With 27 hotels and resorts already operational across eight African countries under brands like Anantara, Avani, and Elewana Collection, Minor Hotels has firmly established its footprint on the continent. The introduction of NH Collection to South Africa underscores the brand’s global appeal with a local commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences to discerning travellers.


Following successful launches in the Middle East and Asia, NH Collection’s debut in South Africa marks another milestone in its global expansion journey, adding to its portfolio of over 90 properties worldwide.


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