Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has officially debuted in Kenya with the opening of the Mövenpick Hotel & Residences in the Westlands district of Nairobi.
The upscale property, which is set to rival the KICC’s previous attraction with a signature revolving restaurant at its apex, has 276 rooms, suites and residences, complemented by exciting Swiss dining, leisure and events concepts which the hotel’s management terms as new and unique to the Kenyan capital.
‘The hotel and conference facility, which blends authentic African design and décor to create a sense of place with Mövenpick’s signature personalised service and culinary heritage, also paves the way for the company’s ambitious Sub Saharan expansion plans,’ reads the company’s statement to the press.
“This is an exciting and timely moment to enter Kenya’s hospitality market, with the tourism sector becoming increasingly important to the country’s economy, generating 10% of GDP – the same as banking – and predicted to grow by 6% annually over the next decade,” said Marc Descrozaille, President Middle East & Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Our debut in Nairobi also acts as a springboard to grow our footprint across East Africa as we pursue development opportunities in the region.”
The one- and two-bedroom residences at Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, which are ideal for families or longer stay guests, are spacious and feature authentic, African-inspired décor, ranging in size from 97sqm to 121sqm and offer a separate living room and fully-equipped kitchen.
The property offers five distinct dining experiences: the Latino-themed La Mesa bar and lounge on the 15th and 16th floor serving tapas and screening live sporting events; the Baluba all-day dining venue showcasing themed buffets and local produce; signature revolving restaurant The View – the best place to take in 360-degree panoramas of Nairobi City and sample traditional Swiss specialities; Kijani bar, next to the outdoor pool, offering inventive cocktails and light snacks; and the lobby café, presenting Mövenpick’s signature coffees, international teas, and handcrafted cakes.
For events, from business meetings, conferences, exhibitions and other social functions, the hotel offers a whopping 14 state-of-the-art venues with natural daylight and high ceilings.
Stand-out facilities include the elegant 710sqm Almasi ballroom with an in-built stage – it’s so huge it can be converted into two enclosed sections (a pre-function area) and the pillar-less and expansive Hall of Africa with space to host up to 1,100 guests in theatre style. The outdoor (heated) pool area is an ideal venue for gala dinners, themed nights, product launches, parties and more.
“Nairobi is one of East Africa’s fastest-growing hubs for tourism and trade and the arrival of Mövenpick in the city will cater to strong demand from the local business community and corporate and leisure travellers flocking to the capital,” said Andreas Flückiger, General Manager, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi.