Sarova signs an agreement to operate the iconic Kisumu Imperial Hotel

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Sarova signs an agreement to operate the iconic Kisumu Imperial Hotel


The entrance to the Kisumu Imperial Hotel. The hotel chain Sarova Hotels and Resorts will operate the iconic hotel after signing a 7-year contract. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Hotel chain Sarova Hotels and Resorts will run the iconic Kisumu Imperial Hotel under a new management deal which is expected to see it make its debut in western Kenya.
  • The hotel group said on Tuesday it had signed a management agreement with Mayfair Holdings Limited, which owns the Kisumu Imperial Hotel, to operate it for a period of seven years.
  • The deal will see the hotel which has been under renovation since 2020 at a cost of 500 million shillings renamed Sarova Imperial Hotel Kisumu.

Hotel chain Sarova Hotels and Resorts will run the iconic Kisumu Imperial Hotel under a new management deal which is expected to see it make its debut in western Kenya.

The hotel group said on Tuesday it had signed a management agreement with Mayfair Holdings Limited, which owns the Kisumu Imperial Hotel, to operate it for a period of seven years.

The deal will see the hotel which has been under renovation since 2020 at a cost of 500 million shillings renamed Sarova Imperial Hotel Kisumu.

The opening of the hotel in Kisumu will mark the entry of the first hotel operated by Sarova Hotels in Western Kenya.

“Having a presence in the city of Kisumu and the greater western region of Kenya has always been part of the hotel group’s growth plan,” said Jimi Kariuki, Managing Director of Sarova Hotels Kenya.

“The city’s location on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, and the ongoing modernization of the lakefront make Kisumu a unique destination to add to the Sarova experience.”

The three-star hotel will have 93 renovated rooms, including suites, new meeting rooms and improved food and beverage outlets.

“We will continue to seek new properties in Kenya and the region in line with our shareholders’ vision, as well as enter into different segments of the hospitality industry,” Mr. Kariuki said.

Kisumu Imperial has been around for 48 years. The hotel has had a facelift to keep up with trends in the hospitality industry.

Imperial Hotel general manager Michael Kamau said business daily in a past interview they made the decision to renovate the hotel to attract new guests.

“We wondered why we weren’t attracting young people. We also realized that most of the loyal customers who came with us were elderly and their purchasing power was becoming stretched, forcing us to focus on young people. between the ages of 25 and 35,” Mr. Kamau said.

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