You Will Immediately Be Transported To A Different Era
Come Experience Cullinan’s Rich History In One Of Our 16 En-Suites, Including Four Luxuriously Spacious Suites
Step into the shoes of explorers from the past century when you stay at the Cullinan Premier Hotel. You will immediately be transported to a different era once you set foot inside this historical landmark with its beautiful murals, vintage furnishings and high ceilings.
And it’s no different when you step outside either! This charming hotel is within walking distance of Cullinan’s must-visits and landmarks: the original train station, the famous Cullinan Diamond Mine, many antique shops and delightful restaurants.
Come experience Cullinan’s rich history in one of our 16 en-suites, including four luxuriously spacious suites where you’ll be able to sink into soft Egyptian Cotton sheets after a long (possibly adventure-filled) day. We also offer highly-rated couple’s spa packages with in-room services (luxury suites only), free Wi-Fi in our public areas (up to 100MB), a bar, restaurant and a hearty, traditional breakfast served every morning (included in room fee).
The hotel offers business and leisure travellers easy access to Pretoria (±30min), Johannesburg (±45min) and O.R. Tambo International Airport (±50min) – airport transfers are available at guest’s own cost.
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When exactly the hotel opened is a bit of a mystery, as even the original plans for the hotel and boarding house have no date on them. As far as we can tell, the building of the boarding house and hotel was completed in 1905 and the hotel must have been opened shortly afterwards.
In 1907, the first written dated reference to the hotel was made when the Premier Mine Co-operative Society was formed. At this time, a Mr Heymaan was running the hotel and shops, but it’s highly unlikely that he owned the hotel as the Co-operative Society continued to run the hotel until it closed in 1988.
The only other break in running the hotel as a pure business was when the establishment was taken over by the army during the war years. Highly-ranked officials were the only ones allowed to stay in the hotel, until the mine (after much correspondence) got permission for the hotel to open for all ranks in 1941.
Before the war, the hotel (and especially its bar) were enjoyed by the local miners. In the evenings, the hotel bar seemed to be overflowing with mine workers, sometimes joined (to their utter delight) by Sir Thomas Cullinan for sundowners. During that time, the beer was delivered in barrels and rolled down the ramp into the cellar. The cellar and ramp still exist, and on request, you can enjoy a romantic dinner or function in this cellar.
The hotel was Cullinan’s destination of choice for meetings with mine officials and whenever he was in town, he’d spend the night.
One of these general officials was Sir William McHardy, a Scotsman. On the 25th of January 1905, a traditional Scottish “Burns Supper” was held in the hotel. This was also the day that a 3106-carat diamond of the finest quality had been found – now famously known as the Cullinan Diamond. The diamond was taken to the party and everyone at the party got a chance to hold the massive gem. Eventually, the diamond was presented to the British Royal Family and the two largest diamonds cut from the stone are now in the British Crown Jewels. Today, the crown jewels are on display at the Tower of London.
After the hotel was closed in 1988, it started gathering the characteristics of an abandoned building. The current owner, Maudie Smit has a great love for the town of Cullinan, its people and its tourism. She saw the dilapidated hotel and after extensive refurbishing and renovations, she reopened this historical landmark in 2014 and has enjoyed almost every minute since “I love meeting new people, entertaining them and of course, I love the people who make it happen – my staff. Empowering my local community is very important to me.”
If you want to experience a slice of history, stay in one of our luxurious suites, two of which are named after historical figures – the Sir Thomas Cullinan Suite and the Sir William McHardy suite.
All of our rooms have their own personality – each one has been individually decorated with intense attention to (vintage) detail.
If you’re looking for a great treat and want to experience some of our rich history, stay in one of our four beautiful and spacious deluxe en-suites (complete with Egyptian Cotton sheets). In-room spa treatments can be ordered as well.
All of our rooms have en-suite bathrooms, aircons, tea/coffee stations and high-ceilings.
Everyone needs a good pampering session every now and then (or more often – we won’t judge!) and our highly-rated spa professionals are here to give you the luxurious treatment you’re craving.
Simply choose from our four spa packages, decide whether you’d prefer an in-room service and leave the rest to us. All you’ll need to do is relax and enjoy!
• Premier Diamond Summer Shine
• Premier Diamond Hot stone
• Premier Diamond Luxury Hand and Foot Treatment
• Premier Diamond Pedicures
• Premier Diamond Manicure
• Premier Diamond Facial
• Full Day Couples Luxury Spa (incl & excl accommodation)
• Half Day Luxury Couples Spa Package (incl. and Excl. accommodation)
• Special: Couples Romance in-room Package ( -20%)
• December Special!!! : Couples Relaxing in-room Spa Package -15%
• Special: Girlfriends Summer Package (Save 20%)
• African Goddess 2 Day Spa
Come grab a delicious bite at the hotel’s charming original dining room. Our carefully crafted menu is set to take your taste buds on a tantalising journey. Our desserts are definitely a favourite amongst our guests – especially our famous melktertjie with a kick!
We don’t mind if you pop in or make a booking (this may be a must on weekends!), just be sure to visit and experience one of Cullinan’s culinary gems.
Before the war, the hotel (and especially its bar) were enjoyed by the local miners. In the evenings, the hotel bar seemed to be overflowing with mine workers, sometimes joined (to their utter delight) by Sir Thomas Cullinan for sundowners. During that time, the beer was delivered in barrels and rolled down the ramp into the wine cellar. The wine cellar and ramp still exist today, and by making a booking, you can enjoy an unforgettable romantic dinner, vintage-themed party or function in this cellar.
Make the most of your trip to our enchanted town by exploring some of our unforgettable experiences.
We continually source activities and experiences across Cullinan, so keep checking this page for exciting updates.
• Journey of a Diamond
• Underground Diamond Mine tour
• Hot-air Balloon Safari
• Dinokeng Zebra Safaris