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Hemingways opens new luxury hotel in Nairobi

 

Hemingways Collection, has opened a new luxury hotel at the heart of Nairobi’s Karen suburb in a bid to address the increasing demand for high-end accommodation and fine dining in the Kenyan capital.

The company, whose market cap is estimated at approximately Ksh3 billion, has been operating in the country for the past 23 years. Its first establishment, Hemingways Watamu was built in 1990 and the group later opened Ol Seki Hemingways Mara in the Mara’s Naboisho Conservancy. 

 The Livingston Suite at the new Hemingways Nairobi. [photo/yummy.co.ke]

 

Hemingways Nairobi, the new Ksh1.5 billion facility, is located just 14 kilometres from Nairobi’s Central Business District and completes the company’s ambition of providing the ultimate ‘beach, bush and boutique’ experience in Kenya. With 45 suites, the facility aims to fill the gap in the luxury business and leisure travel market in the region.

 

 

“The increasingly growing profile of Nairobi as a premier business destination in the region has occasioned an increased demand for quality beds, fine dining and conference facilities. Hemingways Nairobi is keen on tapping into Kenya’s sustained growth in business traveller and tourism arrivals,” Hemingways Holdings CEO Alastair Addison said during the launch.

 

Hemingways Holdings CEO Alastair Addison.

“As optimism in the country’s economic outlook continues to grow, we expect this trend to continue even further especially after the peaceful transition following the just concluded general election, which has significantly boosted investor confidence in the country,” he added.

 

 The Sheldrick Suite. [photo/yummy.co.ke]

 

According to statistics from the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC), Nairobi had on offer approximately 10,000 luxury beds in 2011 but would need at least 20,000 more to effectively compete with other major urban destinations. The introduction of Hemingways Nairobi will add to efforts in addressing this challenge and in portraying Nairobi as a world-class business and tourism hub.


 

 Hemingways Nairobi at night. [photo/skyscrapercity.com] 

 

“In setting up Hemingways Nairobi, our goal is not only to build an attractive building or to fill its rooms with visitors, but also to make a strategic investment which promises to produce a magnificent multiplier effect as its impact ripples through the local communities as well as Kenya’s economy,” Addison added.

 

 

 Hemingways Nairobi during the evening. [photo/safaridesk.com]

In addition to serving the tourism sector, the facility has also created job opportunities and is expected to contribute to the country’s overall economic growth. “We hope, in the medium and long term, the impact will also be measured by the returns it generates for the local hospitality industry,” he said.

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HEMINGWAYS NAIROBI BRINGS A NEW LUXURY DIMENSION TO NAIROBI 

The increasingly growing profile of Nairobi as a premier business destination in the region has occasioned an increased demand for quality beds, fine dining and conference facilities. Hemingways Nairobi is keen on tapping into Kenya’s sustained growth in business traveler and tourism arrivals. As optimism in the country’s economic outlook continues to grow, we expect this trend to continue even further especially after the peaceful transition following the just concluded general election, which has significantly boosted investor confidence in the country. In setting up Hemingways Nairobi, our goal is not only to build an attractive building or to fill its rooms with visitors, but also to make a strategic investment which promises to produce a magnificent multiplier effect as its impact ripples through the local communities as well as Kenya’s economy. We hope, in the medium and long term, the impact will also be measured by the returns it generates for the local hospitality industry. It will also be measured in the motivating effect a successful new enterprise has on other local enterprises’ said Alastair Addison, CEO of the Hemingways Collection on opening of Nairobi’s latest top end luxury hotel earlier this week. Located in the wooded suburb of Karen, not far from the Nairobi National Park and with a view to the Ngong Hills, immortalized by the Oscar winning film ‘Out of Africa’, the 45 all suite hotel indeed combines the classic setting of a superbly appointed country mansion with state of the art facilities and gourmet dining. Built at an estimated cost of more than 1.5 billion Kenya Shillings the latest kid on the block in Nairobi aims to capture both business as well as leisure travelers who demand simply the best and expect exceptional service levels, best described as bespoke. 

With every suite assigned a personal butler, who according to the hotel’s management is at his client’s beck and call and is, as it should be in this day and age, accessible via iPad, guests can expect their bags to be unpacked while the enjoy a cup of Kenya’s finest tea or coffee on the terrace, enjoying the vista and to settle down from their long journey. An award winning chef will with his team provide delicacies and culinary delights matching the ambience of the hotel, offering Kenya’s freshest ingredients from Lakes and Sea and from Ranches and Farms.

Hemingways Nairobi has been admitted to be a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which has a portfolio of some of the world’s finest small luxury independent hotels. The Small Luxury Hotels of the World is comprised of 520 hotels in more than 70 countries.

The original Hemingways was stablished 24 years ago in Watamu and is the oldest of the Hemingways collection. The resort features 76 rooms, all facing the Indian Ocean. Hemingways, true to its name, is regular host of the ILTTA World Championships, many ESPN, DSTV and SKY televised events and numerous other tournaments annually and is a focal point for aficionados from around the world who come to fish off the East African Coast.

Watamu offers some of the best fishing on the globe, being one of very few places where three major types of Marlin, Sailfish, Broadbill Swordfish and Shortbill Spearfish are found.

The group’s second property, Olseki Hemingways Mara, is located on the private 200sq km Naboisho Conservancy adjoining the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp features 6 luxury, supersized double tents and two family tents and provides guests with a once in a lifetime opportunity of witnessing the big wildebeest migration that has been declared one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.

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Hemingways Collection pays a courtesy call to Coca Cola’s Central East & West Africa Office in Nairobi

Friday 15th February 2013.

Hemingways Collection paid a courtesy call to the newly appointment directors of Coca Cola Central, East & West Africa. The newly appointed directors include Kelvin Balogun – President, Central East & West Africa , Bjorn Ulgenes - Finance Director and Ahmed Rady - Marketing Director. On behalf of the management The Business Unit Marketing Assistant, Central East & West Africa, Joy Ochuka, commented on Coca Cola team’s recent stay at Hemingways Watamu, saying the ambience, food and friendliness of staff went a long way in creating the right environment even as they conducted their meeting. She said they were looking forward to the opening of Hemingways Nairobi.

Business Unit Marketing Assistant, Central East & West Africa, Joy Ochuka (centre) receiving a congratulatory cake on behalf of Ahmed Rady, from Diana Njagi, Corporate Accounts Manager. Looking on is Zipporah Njiri, Sales & Marketing Executive, Hemingways Collection

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