February 2013: Construction of Pretoria’s trendiest hotel, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn, is on track with the foundations for the six-storey building already complete.
The hotel is under construction in Summit Place, a new development opposite the Menlyn Park Mall. Summit Place is a new commercial precinct that is being developed opposite the popular Pretoria shopping mecca and the hotel will be the flagship property in the development.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn will open in the first quarter of 2014.
The hotel will have 178 rooms, a restaurant, unique bar and lifestyle spaces, conference centre, swimming pool, and approximately 220 underground parking bays. It will boast 10 suites and 40 inter-leading rooms.
Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis says the build is on track and the designers are in the process of sourcing all the materials that will be needed to create the hotel’s unique and exciting interior that can be described as “indoor/outdoor urban luxury”.
“All the entertainment areas are on one level, so the vibe and energy of the experience will be felt from check in till check out.
“The pool deck is the main focal point. It will contain private pods with fireplaces ideal for socialising, meeting and entertaining.”
Gillis says the conference centre will also be a key facility for this hotel because of the increasing market demand for conferencing, training, events and launches.
“The conference centre is an incredible space. It’ll be a double storey facility which comprises of two large multi-use conference venues accommodating up to 450 delegates. The ground floor will have a ramp to allow for easy access for product and vehicle launches and there are also 4 board or meeting rooms ideal for strategic meetings, board meetings or breakaway rooms.”
The hotel is aimed at travellers who are young at heart who enjoy being amidst the energetic urban vibe of city life. It will have a unique style, but still conform to the brand essence of Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! being a space which is experiential, young thinking and edgy.