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Sunday Times - - Fashion News - Naidoo was a guest of Time Square.

LO­CA­TION

In the new hub that in­cludes Menlyn Maine and the Time Square Sun Arena in Pre­to­ria.

STYLE

By day it is a glass-walled busi­ness ho­tel. By night the Hong Kong-style light de­sign comes alive in trippy, bright shapes, the façade a web of pink and green disco tri­an­gles.

In­side it has cir­cu­lar lights in the foyer with pur­ple an­gu­lar seat­ing, colour lit­er­ally splashed on the car­pets and walls. Wood and neu­trals bal­ance things but there is still a hint that it is busi­ness un­til the sun sets. And if there is an event at the Sun Arena, search lights scream “party over here” into the sky.

ROOMS

There are 238 rooms which come with mul­ti­level ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions from Foun­da­tion (stan­dard) to Zenith (premium), which in­cludes a but­ler ser­vice. Most of the 17-storeys of­fer views of the cap­i­tal.

FA­CIL­I­TIES

A gym, pool decks, a busi­ness lounge and con­fer­ence rooms. For those at leisure, there is a kids’ fun-and-games area, where you can tackle the Ja­panese dance floor or shoot hoops for nostal­gia.

THE EAT­ING

The food op­tions alone might be a rea­son to visit. The in-room menu is fab­u­lous, and in­cludes a “kid­dies’ night-in” menu with pop­corn, ice-cream and zero re­gard for par­ents — ex­actly what hol­i­days should be.

For adults, Time Square has 18 bars and restau­rants, the best of which must be Forti Grill & Bar by For­tu­nato Maz­zone.

Next time we will try Some­thing’s Cook­ing by J’Some­thing, lead singer of Mi Casa. Or maybe Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar, or — in sum­mer — Alti­tude, a cham­pagne gar­den and sup­per club with a spec­tac­u­lar view.

If you’re feel­ing like some­thing sim­ple, the ho­tel’s Tatso is the buf­fet to be at.

THE TO-DO LIST

I would visit Time Square for a high-en­ergy con­cert week­end. It is about stay and play, with am­ple din­ing op­tions out­side too. Old Town Italy next door is bril­liant for food.

Or go retro and walk to the ad­ven­ture-golf course across the road. Al­though slightly derelict, it is a wel­come break from the in­dul­gence of the ho­tel precinct.

RATES

Spe­cific rates de­pend on the time of your stay. Roughly, Foun­da­tion level rooms are from R1 826 per room, in­clud­ing break­fast. Me­dian from R1 986 and Zenith level from R2 226.

CON­TACT

See sun­in­ter­na­tional.com/my­sun/book­ing.

SHANTHINI NAIDOO Pic­ture: Sup­plied

THE MASLOW TIME SQUARE, PRE­TO­RIA SHINY AND NEW The ex­te­rior of The Maslow Time Square.

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