Nairobi Hilton Hotel closes doors after 53 years


Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Right after 53 a long time of operations in Kenya, Hilton Hotel will near its doors on December 31, 2022. Even even though the hotel’s landmark constructing stays, its sudden disassociation with Hilton will alter the dynamics of Nairobi’s Central Small business District (CBD).

This is because Hilton has been much more than a resort. It is a key metropolis landmark together with the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), The Nationwide Archives and Afya Centre.

Cylindrically formed and towering well earlier mentioned its rapid neighbours, Hilton Resort has available a person of the least complicated reference details for people today searching for to give directions, or scheduling to meet. It is also perhaps straddled by downtown and uptown, two subsets of the identical town that are as different as day and night. Following to Hilton on just one facet is a bus station that ushers a single into the downtown sprawl which is, extra usually and not, teeming with action even in the narrowest of alleys.  On the other aspect, some of the quieter corporations sprout and outside of them, even quieter streets and much more pricey premises.

And even though the CBD usually offers some of the very best accommodations in the land, every Tom, Dick and Harry knows Hilton. They have either found it or mentioned it when detailing directions. By any other identify, the making could possibly not glance the similar. Kenyans happy with standing quo may well wrestle to adapt to a new identify the building will possibly stay Hilton Resort for a extensive time. 

The Typical understands that many employees customers will get rid of employment next the determination to shut down the iconic resort, which has by now been communicated to the Kenya Tourism Board. The Five-Star lodge commenced operations in the capital metropolis on December 7, 1969 soon after it was opened by the then President Jomo Kenyatta.

A director of the  Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) verified to The Common that the agency had received a discover from the hotel, alerting it that it will cease operations at the conclude of the yr. “I can verify that Hilton Resort will shut down in December. We have gained the see. I’m not certain what has occasioned the determination, but I know enterprise has not been looking up for the resort, particularly right after Covid-19 struck,” the KTB official informed The Conventional in confidence. We arrived at Hilton Hotel’s Advertising and marketing Supervisor Maureen Ogolla for comment, but our telephone calls went unanswered.

Hilton’s other amenities in Hurlingham and Mombasa Street (Backyard garden Inn), which is 7 kilometres from the Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport (JKIA), will keep on functioning, the business explained in its discover to KTB.

Some workforce, who would be laid off adhering to Hilton CBD closure, will be absorbed by the two surviving Hilton Lodge amenities.

The Hilton Lodge in the CBD is a five-star facility that boasts of 287 rooms. Out of these, 45 are twin rooms, 185 are doubles, 22 are pool rooms, 27 are govt rooms and seven provide suite companies.

It has been common among the substantial-end buyers, which include diplomats, govt officials and rich associates of society.

Right after its start in 1969, it turned an quick hit with the buyers who would vacation to Nairobi for conferences.

Pundits, nevertheless, say its strategic location at the coronary heart of the CBD, which was as soon as on a time its principal edge, has now turned into its drawback with the high-close clientele keeping away from congestion and sounds in the CBD.

The hotel is surrounded by a bus terminus near Kencom Home, dining places and nightclubs and the superior foot-site visitors location all over the National Archives. Some buyers, who had on several instances checked into Hilton, also lamented about lack of suitable parking.

Hilton will take pride in being a deluxe hotel situated near an internationally-recognised meeting facility, KICC. “A central Nairobi continue to be close to the KICC. We’re in Nairobi’s CBD, inside of blocks of the KICC and the Masai Market. Delight in town views from our tower rooms and unwind in our outside pool, spa, steam space, and sauna,” states Hilton on its bio. The govt has a 40.57 for each cent stake in Hilton, whose dad or mum organization is the Global Accommodations Kenya. The Intercontinental Hotel shut business in August 2020. The Authorities experienced a 33.83 for each cent stake in Intercontinental.

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