The Cresta Marang Hotel (S21 11 891 E 027 31 97) is a 3-star hotel in Francistown, Botswana, overlooking the Tati River. The hotel is a popular stop-over when you are travelling to the Okavango Delta (500 km away) or the Chobe/Kasane area (500 km away) or on your way back in the direction of Gaborone (400 km south). Bulawayo is 200 km to the west, so even if Zimbawe is on you itinerary, the Cresta Marang Hotel is a good choice or overnight accommodation. The hotel was built in 1981, and renovated in 2000.
The Cresta Marang Hotel is situated on premises that used to be a nursery, thereby earning its nickname of the “garden hotel”. There are plenty of lovely old trees in the gardens around the hotel, housing a considerable bird population, and well-kempt lawns stretch to the Tati River. The chalets and rondavels are scattered throughout the gardens. The many trees continue to the pool area, where you can relax after a long day of travelling. There are a number of loungers around the pool if you just want to sit and enjoy the sunshine. The Tati River pool bar at the Cresta Marang Hotel is a popular meeting place for guests and outdoor function venue, and offers sparkling drinks and light snacks.
The main thatched building houses an a la restaurant, where you can enjoy a delicious English breakfast buffet, light buffet lunches, and an extensive a la carte menu featuring African and European dishes. The restaurant at the Cresta Marang Hotel also boasts an impressive wine list to complement the sumptious cuisine. The quaint Fox and Hound Cocktail Bar is open until late. The grounds of the Cresta Marang Hotel contains a number of paved footpaths which are discreetly lit at night, so you can walk to the main complex from your room without having to risk a fall, while the atmosphere remains magical.
The Cresta Marang Hotel is a popular conference venue, with state of the art equipment. The boardroom can seat 15 delegates and is ideal for small meetings. In the Arena 50 delegates can be seated cinema style, while 30 delegates can be accommodated in conference style. The Moropule Conference Room can seat up to 120 delegates in cinema style seating, and 80 delegates in conference style.
Accommodation at the Cresta Marang Hotel comprises 54 standard rooms, 12 rondavels, 14 chalets, the “50’s Marang Block”, “Marang twin block” “Marang double block”, one cottage, as well as a campsite.
The Cresta Marang Hotel is also a casino using the latest smartcard technology – try your hand at the 50 slot machines. You could be lucky enough to strike the “Mystery Jackpot” where you can win cash or even a motor vehicle! The casino is open from 11:00 until late.
Other facilities at the Cresta Marang Hotel include a same day laundry and dry-cleaning services, security, excellent gymnasium across the road, curio shop, free airport transfers, child-minding services, safety deposit boxes, hair salon as well as free internet services in the public area. The public area is fully wheelchair-accessible.