Hilton Opens New Luxury Hotel Near Karura Forest In Kenya
One month ahead of the closure of the iconic Hilton Hotel in Nairobi city centre, international hotel chain Hilton has announced the latest addition to its fold of hotels in the Kenya.
The new hotel called ‘Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton’ is located along Peponi Road in Nairobi’s Kitisuru area and overlooks Karura Forest.
“We’re opening in February 2023, but aren’t accepting reservations yet,” the hotel says on its website.
The latest comes amidst a report that twenty-nine global hotel brands are considering opening new facilities in Kenya.
According to a report on the Hotel Chain Development Pipeline in Africa, the new facilities anticipated will add 4,354 hotel rooms.
In April, the Hilton Hotel announced it is closing its doors after over 5 decades of operations at the heart of Nairobi.
The ritzy hotel which has the government accounting for 40.57 percent of shareholding in its operator, International Hotels Kenya Limited, said it will cease operations on December 31 this year and send home an unspecified number of workers.
And while many luxury brands have been scaling down operations or shutting down outlets altogether in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hilton said its closure does not entirely stem from the pandemic.
“Covid-19 created unprecedented challenges for our industry. However, the decision to cease operations is not directly connected to the pandemic,” a Hilton spokesperson said at the time.
During the announcement, the hotel said another section of its staff would be redeployed to Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham and Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport, its other outlets within the city.
“Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham and Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport are growing our portfolio with new hotel development opportunities in the city and beyond,” Hilton said.
“We’re located a few minutes from Karura Forest, for outdoor activities such as horse-riding and cycling. The Westlands neighborhood is four kilometers away and offers many dining and entertainment options. The National Museums of Kenya are a 10-minute drive. Enjoy forest views from our rooftop bar or a meal in our restaurant,” says a statement on its website.