After 53 years of activity, the legendary Hilton Nairobi, a symbol of luxurious hospitality, was in Kenya, will close its doors indefinitely in December. The hotel said it will deploy some staff at hotels in its Nairobi Hilton portfolio.
“Following extensive discussions with the hotel owner, the Hilton Nairobi will close its doors and cease operations for the last time on December 31, 2022. “Covid-19 has presented our industry with unprecedented challenges. However, the decision to stop operations is not directly related to the pandemic. Unfortunately the closure of the hotel will result in a downsizing process. However, we will work with those affected to help them find alternative employment,” a Hilton spokesman said Business Daily in an interview.
Kenya’s tourism industry has started to recover as local travelers benefit from lower prices, but foreign tourists are still well below pre-pandemic levels. Kenya’s government has eased a number of travel restrictionsbut the return of international tourists has been slow.
The hotel is 40.57 percent government-owned and features 287 guest rooms, three restaurants, an American-style coffee shop, two bars (indoor and outdoor), and a fully equipped gym with spa and heated pool for enrolled members and residents.
The Hilton Nairobi has played host to various celebrities over the years including Sydney Poitier, Angelina Jolie and musician Sean Paul. Hilton was also the first hospitality company in Kenya to sponsor leading safari rally driver Patrick Njiru, who regularly parked his famous Subaru at this location.
The closure does not mean the end of the brand’s activities in Kenya. Hilton said it will not leave the country and will continue to operate its other brands in the country.
“Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham and Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport add new hotel development opportunities to our portfolio in the city and beyond,” the brand said.
Last week, the brand announced the opening of Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton, which is expected to open in late 2022.
Located between Peponi Road and Kitisuru Road in the Westlands Business District, the Kwetu Nairobi will offer 100 guest rooms in five different buildings.
“I am pleased to announce the upcoming opening of Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton as we prepare for the East African Property Investment Summit and reaffirm our commitment to Kenya and broader East Africa. This incredible new hotel will set the standard for upscale hotels in Nairobi as part of our Curio Collection by Hilton brand,” said Andrew McLachlan, Managing Director, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa.
The hotel will feature stylish boutique interiors as well as multiple dining venues, bars and ten meeting rooms.