Accor’s ambitious flagship MGallery development in Nairobi is nearing completion, as the hotel group intensifies its East African expansion.
Located in the chest of the city’s diplomatic blue zone, Gigiri, the design-led boutique hotel will soon open its doors for guests, adding to the company’s rowing footprint in East Africa’s largest economy.
Commenting on the recent developments, Accor Middle Eat & Africa CEO, Mark Willis said, “We have set our sights on strategic portfolio growth, targeting Africa’s key gateway cities, and have identified Nairobi, regarded as East Africa’s economic, financial and transport hub, as one of our priority markets for development.”
Accor has partnered with Jit Group, one of the leading conglomerates in the region, to help with the launch of the property. The MGallery Gigiri will feature 105 rooms and suites, four restaurants, including an all-day dining venue, a signature dining experience, pool bar and a rooftop restaurant and bar, meeting rooms and a business centre and wellness facilities including a gym, pool and spa.
“Partnering with Jit Group not only cements our leadership presence in the city but provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase our distinct and design-focused MGallery brand in the prestigious diplomatic district where demand for premium accommodation and facilities is growing at a rapid pace,” Mr Willis elaborated.
The Gigiri property is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2021. Its debut will grow Accor’s footprint in Nairobi to five properties, with three other hotels operating under the Fairmont, ibis Styles and Mövenpick brands. The city’s first Pullman property is also on track to open by the end of the year.
The group’s Kenyan portfolio also includes the Fairmont Nairobi, Fairmont Mara Safari Club and Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club.
Jigar Patel of Jit Group said, “Gigiri is the jewel in Nairobi’s crown, home to the UN, major embassies and a large international expatriate community. By collaborating with Accor to launch Kenya’s first MGallery in this high-profile precinct, our vision is to create a sought-after business and leisure destination with a boutique flavour for visitors and residents with discerning tastes.”
The location is arguably the property’s primary asset. With a prime location on Gigiri’s Limuru Road, 8km from Westlands, 10km from Nairobi’s city centre and close to Village Market, a major shopping, recreation and entertainment complex currently under expansion, it is supposed to appeal to UN and NGO delegates, consultants and contractors, as well as diplomats, leisure visitors and the local community.
Accor’s is the leading and longest-serving hotel operator in Africa with more than 25,493 rooms across 158 properties in 22 countries and a pipeline of 10,744 rooms in 46 hotels. It is on track to open 7 hotels in Africa in 2019 alone and 17 more in 2020.