Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced its plan to expand its footprint into East Africa with the signing of the first Avani property in Kenya. Kenya developer Fedha Group is currently developing the Avani Nairobi Suites.
The 15-storey property is scheduled for opening before the close of the year. The opening will strengthen the Avani brand’s presence in Africa, alongside its existing properties in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and Lesotho.
Avani’s all-suite property will be located in the heart of Westlands, a prime business and leisure district of Nairobi and a MICE hotspot in the city boasting the largest cluster of branded hotels in the country including Villa Rosa Kempinski and Best Western while Accor and others have plans to set up shop.
Avani Nairobi Suites will offer 120 keys, comprising of 90 one-bedroom, 20 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom serviced apartments. The facility was designed by Beglin Woods architects.
The property will offer international dining for long and short stays, a rooftop bar, a contemporary gym and swimming pool facilities.
“This fantastic expansion opportunity will mark the debut of Avani into East Africa reflecting the growing international demand for the brand,” said Javier Pardo, Vice President Avani Hotels & Resorts.
“We are very proud to add to our hospitality portfolio with this property which has already been internationally recognized for its design. Minor Hotels are exactly the growing and forward-thinking hotel group that we are proud to partner with – Nairobi is again deservedly in the news with a new facility worthy of its International City status.” said Dhruv Pandit, CEO of Fedha Group, the Developers.
The announcement comes a few weeks after South African hotel group Southern Sun Mayfair, closed its doors exiting the Kenyan market. Competition in the East African hub’s hospitality sector has intensified in recent years forcing hotel operators to be efficient.