Mombasa’s oldest hotel investing in  sh 100M facelift

The lounge at the Nyali International beach hotel PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa,KENYA:One of Mombasa’s oldest tourist hotel that has stood the test of time is investing in a face-lift  worth 100 million in a bid to woo local tourists.

While addressing the media the Nyali International Beach Hotel and Spa resident manager  Peter Kiarie said the facelift was aimed at tapping into the growing market of local tourism which is expected to be boosted by the launch of the standard gauge railway line.

“The renovations we are undertaking are actually in preparation of local tourists” Mr Kiarie said.

With a current occupancy of 40-50% Mr Kiarie said that hotel was also coming up with packages targeting  local visitors most of who come from the capital Nairobi.

However, Mr Kiarie added that the facelift was also aimed at uplifting the standards of the hotel so as to make it globally competitive.

The General manager at the hotel estimates that the renovations will cost the hotel over  100 million.

The hotel opened in 1946 has stood the test of time as one of  the most popular hotels with foreign tourists  in the coastal region.

Situated around 10 kilometres  North of  the Mombasa international Airport , the hotel   architecture fuses traditional Arabic  and modern architecture.

As the region is recovering from dwindling fortunes caused by insecurity, the general manager said they had undertaken necessary measures to improve on security of their guests including changing their security service provider.

The   news comes as the region gears to the completion of the Dogo Kundu bypass expected to ease traffic while improving on security from the Mombasa international airport.