MARRIOTT EXPANDS INTO NAIROBI WITH STARWOOD’S ‘FOUR POINTS‘ BRAND
(Posted 06th October 2016)
The present Four Points development near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which on opening will add over 190 rooms to the Nairobi hospitality scene, will soon be joint by a sister property in the Hurlingham area of the Kenyan capital.
From information obtained overnight is appears that the present Best Western Premier will be rebranded next year with the ‘Four Points by Sheraton‘ sign on the door, leaving the question open to speculation why the partnership with Best Western has come apart. The move however will free the BW Premier brand to seek new affiliations in Nairobi and it is understood that this is being actively pursued already.
Marriott, the owners of the Starwood brands following the completion of the merger of the two companies, is also pushing into the five star market in Nairobi with a hotel under construction, even though some delays were encountered by the developers due to the location of the property.
Not far from the Four Points by Sheraton near the airport will another internationally branded hotel open, a Garden Inn by Hilton, adding more rooms and more competitive pressure on the hotel tariffs in Nairobi.
Also opening next year will be a new Moevenpick property in Westlands and a Park Inn by Radisson, also in Westlands, which is emerging as a major hotel hub in the city besides more recent openings on Upper Hill where, as reported two days ago, will see a new Hilton join the fray by 2020.