Hilton to open hotel in Africa’s tallest development

Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to open a 255 guest-room and suite hotel in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi, Kenya in what will be the continent’s tallest development.

The hotel, which Hilton (NYSE:HLT) will develop under a management agreement with Jabavu Village Ltd., is set to open in 2020 and will help meet the growing demand for accommodations in the country’s capital city.

Artist's rendering, Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill hotel, Kenya, Africa
Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill (Artist's rendering)
"In recent years Upper Hill has grown to become a hub for international businesses and organizations, with a number of embassies and organizations setting up their regional offices in the district, including Cisco Systems, World Bank and the IMF," Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP of development for Hilton Worldwide, said in a statement announcing the project.

Kenya is one of Africa's fastest growing economies with strong growth in agricultural, tourism, construction and telecommunication sectors. The country's diversifying economy is making it an increasingly popular destination for both leisure and business travelers.

The hotel will be part of a larger mixed-use development that will include a residential, retail and entertainment complex, as well as an adjacent office tower. At 330 meters, it will be Africa's tallest building.

Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill will offer an Executive Lounge and five food and beverage outlets, including a poolside bar, specialty smokehouse and grill restaurant, lobby dining area with landscaped deck and a boutique rooftop bar with vista views of the Nairobi skyline on the 43 rd floor.

Guests will also have access to an outdoor pool and fitness and spa centers. Business travelers will have a broad range of professional facilities available including a ballroom and meeting rooms of approximately 1,400 square meters.

"The iconic Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill will be our 50th Hilton Hotels and Resorts property trading or under development in Africa," Jim Holthouser, EVP of global brands for Hilton Worldwide, said. Hilton’s first properties on the continent were the Hilton Addis Abba and Hilton Nairobi, which both debuted in 1969.

The hotel operator is also developing the Hilton Garden Inn in Kenya. That property will be located two kilometers from the capital's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and is set to open in 2017. Located on Upper Hill Road, the Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill will be 16 km from NBO.

The Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill, which will punctuate Nairobi’s skyline, will join 50 Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties trading or under development in 17 countries across Africa. Hilton is on track to double its presence across the continent in the next three to five years with new development prospects in new countries as well as growth in areas with an existing Hilton presence, the company said.

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