Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened its first branded hotel in Ethiopia. The Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa, will also be the international hospitality group’s seventh in Africa. 

Located on Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square, the 188-room property also enjoys proximity to the United Nations Conference Center and African Union Headquarters. According to hotel management, the property has a guestroom portfolio of 12 Regency suites, two executive suites, one presidential suite and one royal presidential suite with four bedrooms.

 With six restaurants and bars, a 2,530-square-foot fitness center, a ballroom adjoining the hotel’s courtyard and 18,300 square feet of meeting space, the Regency captures the essence of high-end hospitality in the urban environment.

Ethiopia has experienced steady economic growth over the past years which has raised its demand profile for hospitality services from both local and international clients. As a result, local and international hotel operators have undertaken to boost hotel supply.

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By the second quarter of 2018, Ethiopia had the second largest number of hotel projects under construction in the continent, and Addis Ababa emerged as the city with the largest pipeline hotel projects in Africa, with 24 hotels and 4,347 guestrooms under construction at the time.

The opening of the iconic Hyatt Regency in Addis Ababa is part of Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s plan announced last year, to open nine additional Hyatt-branded hotels in Africa by the end of 2020.