October 2, 2023

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Nairobi Hilton Hotel closes doors after 53 years


Hilton Resort in Nairobi. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Right after 53 a long time of operations in Kenya, Hilton Hotel will shut its doors on December 31, 2022. Even however the hotel’s landmark constructing stays, its unexpected disassociation with Hilton will change the dynamics of Nairobi’s Central Business enterprise District (CBD).

This is since Hilton has been additional than a lodge. It is a essential city landmark together with the Kenyatta Worldwide Convention Centre (KICC), The Countrywide Archives and Afya Centre.

Cylindrically shaped and towering nicely over its instant neighbours, Hilton Lodge has available a person of the best reference factors for persons seeking to give directions, or planning to meet up with. It is also potentially straddled by downtown and uptown, two subsets of the exact city that are as different as working day and evening. Up coming to Hilton on one particular aspect is a bus station that ushers a single into the downtown sprawl which is, additional generally and not, teeming with activity even in the narrowest of alleys.  On the other facet, some of the quieter firms sprout and further than them, even quieter streets and additional high priced premises.

And when the CBD constantly boasts some of the greatest accommodations in the land, each Tom, Dick and Harry is aware of Hilton. They have either noticed it or pointed out it when detailing instructions. By any other identify, the setting up may possibly not seem the exact. Kenyans pleased with status quo could possibly battle to adapt to a new name the making will most likely remain Hilton Resort for a lengthy time. 

The Conventional understands that many personnel customers will get rid of work opportunities adhering to the choice to shut down the iconic hotel, which has already been communicated to the Kenya Tourism Board. The Five-Star lodge began operations in the capital metropolis on December 7, 1969 just after it was opened by the then President Jomo Kenyatta.

A director of the  Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) verified to The Typical that the agency experienced acquired a detect from the hotel, alerting it that it will cease operations at the end of the calendar year. “I can ensure that Hilton Lodge will shut down in December. We have obtained the observe. I’m not absolutely sure what has occasioned the final decision, but I know company has not been wanting up for the hotel, specially following Covid-19 struck,” the KTB formal told The Conventional in self confidence. We arrived at Hilton Hotel’s Advertising Manager Maureen Ogolla for remark, but our cellphone phone calls went unanswered.

Hilton’s other services in Hurlingham and Mombasa Highway (Yard Inn), which is 7 kilometres from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), will continue on running, the enterprise explained in its notice to KTB.

Some staff members, who would be laid off following Hilton CBD closure, will be absorbed by the two surviving Hilton Resort facilities.

The Hilton Resort in the CBD is a 5-star facility that offers of 287 rooms. Out of these, 45 are twin rooms, 185 are doubles, 22 are pool rooms, 27 are executive rooms and seven offer suite solutions.

It has been well known amongst higher-conclude clients, such as diplomats, government officials and rich members of society.

Following its start in 1969, it turned an fast strike with the prospects who would travel to Nairobi for conferences.

Pundits, however, say its strategic location at the coronary heart of the CBD, which was the moment upon a time its most important benefit, has now turned into its disadvantage with the higher-conclude clientele avoiding congestion and sounds in the CBD.

The lodge is surrounded by a bus terminus around Kencom Household, dining establishments and nightclubs and the substantial foot-visitors region all-around the Nationwide Archives. Some consumers, who had on numerous events checked into Hilton, also lamented about lack of suitable parking.

Hilton can take pleasure in staying a high-class hotel positioned in close proximity to an internationally-recognised meeting facility, KICC. “A central Nairobi keep close to the KICC. We’re in Nairobi’s CBD, within blocks of the KICC and the Masai Sector. Delight in city sights from our tower rooms and loosen up in our out of doors pool, spa, steam area, and sauna,” says Hilton on its bio. The governing administration has a 40.57 for every cent stake in Hilton, whose mum or dad firm is the Global Lodges Kenya. The Intercontinental Resort closed small business in August 2020. The Governing administration had a 33.83 for each cent stake in Intercontinental.

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