A SH1.3 billion business hotel is set to be built in Westlands, offering more competition to the current establishments like Kempinski and Sankara.
The development by Westland Skye Development Limited will comprise two 18-floor towers, and besides the hotel will also have retail and office space.
The hotel to be built along Muthithi Road comes months after a Chinese firm, Avic International, announced plans to put up a 35-floor hotel as part of a Sh10 billion complex in the area.
“The development, once completed, will offer state-of-the-art premium offices and an internationally styled business hotel housed in an 18-storey office block consisting of two towers – wings A and B,” said an environmental report submitted to regulators.
“The project will take approximately 36 months from its design to operational phase. The construction will be conducted using a phased approach, with construction of tower one being completed before the developer moves to tower two, based on the
availability of adequate financing.”
The development is targeting the multinationals and corporates moving into the less crowded Westlands area with their Grade A offices.
It also believes that the workers and clients in these offices will have enough customers for restaurants and other retail shops in the building.
The regulatory filings further indicate that the hotel will be looking to take customers away from the highly rated hotels in the area by offering similar quality service at a lower cost.
“There exists an untapped market for affordable, high-standard business hotel accommodation for business travellers in Nairobi, where the upscale hotels dominate the market, while the affordable ones do not meet the expected standards.”