Town with a good appetite for hotels

Monday July 30 2012

By SAMUEL KARANJA [email protected]

Murang’a County is developing an appetite for hotels — with the setting up of modern facilities to accommodate both local and international clients.

Hoteliers are now taking advantage of the devolved system of government as they position themselves to tap into the expected potential. They are also targeting tourists on the Mount Kenya circuit.

Several facilities, including a four-star hotel, have been opened in Murang’a in a break from the past where such facilities were non existence.

With their strategic positioning and up-to-date services, the hotels seek clients who previously went to the neighbouring counties of Kiambu and Nyeri.

The latest entrant is Hotel Nokras, which was officially opened last week.

Others already operational include Golden Palm Hotel in Kenol town, Fortune Green hotel in Murang’a town and Aberdare Cottages in Mathioya.
All these have modern facilities such as gyms, executive rooms, Internet connectivity, coffee shops and large conferencing rooms.

Mr Samuel Kagiri, the manager of Hotel Nokras, said the facility was set up to cater for middle and high end clients.

“This county has a very high potential and the devolved government has just made it better, hence the need to have this hotel,” said Mr Kagiri.

“We also realised that clients could get better services only at Thika, Sagana or Nyeri — all a considerable distance away — if not in Nairobi, hence the need to have such a hotel here,” he added.

The manager said that although the hotel has not been classified yet, they expect a four-star rating, given the facilities it offers.

“We have 72 rooms, with eight being executive, three restaurants, a gym and two bars, as well as wireless Internet and conference halls all tailor made to suit the tastes of local and international clients,” he said.

Mr Kagiri added that they were planning to register the hotel with the Kenya Tourist Board to make it a choice stop-over for visitors on the Mt Kenya Circuit.

The general manager of Golden Palm Hotel, Mr Pious Ng’ang’a, said clients in the county can now enjoy better services.