Movenpick Hotels & Resorts opens first hotel in Kenya

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts opens first hotel in Kenya
Published: 9 April 2018 - 4:28 a.m.
By: Sarakshi Rai

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has made its debut in Kenya with the official opening of Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi. The property features 276 rooms, suites and residences.

The hotel paves the way for the company’s Sub Saharan expansion plans.

“This is an exciting  and timely moment to enter Kenya’s hospitality market, with the tourism sector becoming increasingly important to the country’s economy, generating 10% of GDP – the same as banking – and predicted to grow by 6% annually over the next decade,” said Marc Descrozaille, president Middle East & Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

“Our debut in Nairobi also acts as a springboard to grow our footprint across East Africa as we pursue development opportunities in the region.”

The one- and two-bedroom residences, range in size from 97sqm to 121sqm and offer a separate living room and fully-equipped kitchen.

The property offers five dining experiences: the Latino-themed La Mesa bar and lounge on the 15th and 16th floor serving tapas and screening live sporting events; the Baluba all-day dining venue showcasing themed buffets and local produce; signature revolving restaurant The View – the best place to take in 360-degree panoramas of Nairobi City and sample traditional Swiss specialities; Kijani bar, next to the outdoor pool, offering inventive cocktails and light snacks; and the lobby café, presenting Mövenpick’s signature coffees, international teas, and handcrafted cakes.

For events, from business meetings, conferences and exhibitions, to product launches, banquets, weddings and other social functions, the hotel offers 14 venues.

Facilities include the elegant 710sqm Almasi ballroom with an in-built stage and convertible into two enclosed sections (a pre-function area) and the pillar-less Hall of Africa with space to host up to 1,100 guests. 

“Nairobi is one of East Africa’s fastest-growing hubs for tourism and trade and the arrival of Mövenpick in the city will cater to strong demand from the local business community and corporate and leisure travellers flocking to the capital,” said Andreas Flückiger, general manager, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi.

“Not only do we promise them outstanding facilities, but a warm and friendly service and an unforgettable stay that’s uniquely ‘Mövenpick’.”

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