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Pretoria hotel becomes the first to receive three different gradings in one building

Tourism Grading Council acknowledges The Maslow Time Square’s novel varied room offering

Pretoria’s contemporary Maslow Time Square hotel is a novel concept in hospitality, offering a unique choice of three-star, four-star and five-star graded rooms under one roof to suit all budgets.

The Sun International property is the biggest gaming, entertainment and leisure destination in Gauteng boasting a casino, hotel, multi-purpose arena and top retail tenants. The exciting restaurants, lounges and bars all offer a diversity of cuisines and experiences.

Located opposite Menlyn Mall, it is ideal for those who love to shop ‘til they drop.

Time Square has hosted a number of African presidents and celebrities including Joe Thomas, Anthony Hamilton and Kenny Latimore.

Contemporary styling, comfort and a warm welcome come standard with all 238 rooms, including the 10 suites. The difference in the grading lies in each room’s size, design and decorative finishes.

“The innovative concept allows travellers to tailor their accommodation to suit their needs and budget,” said Time Square Rooms Division Manager Lesego Kitsa, who joined the hotel five years ago and is putting his Hotel Operations Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Wits Business School, to good use in his daily work.

The three-star ‘Foundation Rooms’ are 24m² and furnished with either two single or a queen-sized bed, working desk and bathroom with shower. The four-star 27m2 ‘Median Rooms’ offer either two single or a king-sized bed, working desk, coffee machine, and bathroom with shower. The luxurious five-star ‘Zenith Level’ rooms are a spacious 36m², with two singles or king-sized beds, desk and coffee machine, and separate bath and shower.

PHOTO The luxurious five star ‘Zenith Level room
The luxurious five-star ‘Zenith Level’ room
PHOTO The four star ‘Median Room
The four-star ‘Median Room’
PHOTO The three star ‘Foundation Room
The three-star ‘Foundation Room’

Having worked his way up the ranks at various hotels in South Africa for more than 20 years, from airport hotels to five-star resorts, Kitsa said he had never come across a multi-star accommodation offering.

“While our hotel caters to every accommodation need, our guests who reside in the Zenith Level, also get to enjoy a premium breakfast buffet in our 12th floor Luminary Lounge with its scenic views of the city. They can also witness breathtaking sunsets from the Solis bar, which also has its own splash pool.”

The Maslow Time Square gym – available to residents – has breathtaking 360 degrees views of Menlyn and Pretoria while you get your sweat on.

The hotel operates on dynamic pricing with the best available rates ranging around R2200 bed and breakfast for entry level three-star graded rooms. These rooms will suit someone making a quick trip, while our four-star graded rooms offer a bit more comfort for guests and would suit families wanting to stay a bit longer so that they can tour the city.

“Despite the variable room rating, we are proud that the service standard throughout the hotel and the experience in reception, restaurants and other facilities, is five-star,” Kitsa said.

The Rooms Division Manager oversees all departments in the Rooms division. These divisions include the Front Office, Concierge and porter Services, Housekeeping, Facilities, and Security.

The hotel also goes beyond bed and breakfast bookings with value added packages to include Date Night, Stay for 3 nights and pay for 2 and Senior Citizen packages, with the best rates available via the Sun International website booking engine.

Pretoria hotel becomes the first to receive three different gradings in one building
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