Sankara Nairobi, a five-star luxury hotel opened in 2010 in the upmarket suburb of Westlands will be rebranded into world-renowned chain Marriott International in the coming months.
Marriott Middle East and Africa president Alex Kyriakidis confirmed the rebranding, saying the exercise would be carried through a franchise agreement in the first quarter of 2019. Additionally, he said the owners of the complex will keep Sankara Hotel Group as the managers.
“The rebranding is in lockstep with growing demand from consumers and their desire for unique and differentiated experiences wherever they travel,” said Mr Kyriakidis at the ongoing Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Nairobi.
Marriott International first ventured into the Kenyan hospitality market in April 2017 with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi, formerly Best Western Hotel. In November 2017, it opened its second facility, Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Marriott International is an American multinational diversified hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities. It has more than 6,500 properties in 127 countries and over 1.2 million rooms.