NAIROBI’S KEMPINSKI HOTEL WELCOMES NEW GM
(Posted 19th January 2017)
Villa Rosa Kempinski earlier today announced the appointment of hospitality guru, Mr. Kees Heuveling as the new General Manager, replacing Mr. Manish Nambiar who moved to the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast Accra, Ghana.
Kees’s immediate former position was as a General manager of the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania for three years. The career hotelier has over 30-year experience working with some of the world’s finest hotel brands spanning in three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa.
A Dutch national, Kees is fluent in four languages, English, German, French & Dutch. The globe-trotting hotelier has worked in Germany, France, Holland, Great Britain, China, South Korea, Turkey, Jordan, Palestine, Greece, Abu Dhabi, Lithuania and Chad where he worked as General Manager of the Kempinski N‘Djamena.
Kees is not new to the Kempinski brand. He has worked with the European luxury hospitality brand for 10 years in various positions, including top management. He was the General Manager of Kempinski Hotel N’Djamena Chad for 3 years, Hotel Manager, Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi and The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Dead Sea, Jordan. He also has a decade experience working with Intercontinental Group of Hotels (IGH).
Keen, who describes himself as a lover of modern art, hiking, sailing, reading and music, said of his appointment: ‘I am delighted to be in Kenya and in charge of Kempinski flagship in East Africa and one of a kind tented camp in Masai Mara‘.
The Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi, regularly placed as Nairobi’s top hotel by leading hotel evaluation sites, is located on Chiromo Road, and offers 200 rooms and suites distributed throughout 10 floors, including a Presidential Suite on the top floor. This suite where President Obama stayed during his 2015 visit to Kenya, has time and again won the accolade as Eastern Africa’s best hotel suite.
Also in the Kempinski stable in Kenya is the Olare Mara Kempinski in the Olare Orok conservancy which adjoins one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
The 12 tented luxury suites under canvas with comfortable beds made from local wood cover approximately 80 sq m and are furnished in the classic style of the grand African Safaris with large four poster beds, complemented by modern amenities. The honeymoon suite has its very own plunge pool.
A very warm welcome is extended to Kees on his arrival in Kenya and best of success in coming years.