The Hilton, a well-known city hotel in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), is closing its doors after more than five decades of service.
The ritzy hotel, whose operator, International Hotels Kenya Limited, has the government owning 40.57 percent of the company, said that it will close its doors in December.
“After long conversations with the hotel ownership, Hilton Nairobi will lock its doors for the final time and stop operations on December 31, 2022,” a Hilton spokeswoman informed Business Daily.
While several luxury firms have scaled back operations or shut down stores entirely in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hilton claims their closure has nothing to do with the virus.
“Covid-19 presented our industry with unprecedented problems. The decision to halt operations, however, is unrelated to the epidemic,” according to the official.
As a result, Hilton said it will lay off some employees and reassign others to two other Nairobi hotels, the Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham and Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport.
“Unfortunately, the hotel’s closing will necessitate a retrenchment procedure. However, we will work with those who have been impacted to assist them in finding new employment,” the hotel stated.
The hotel has been standing in the CBD since December 17, 1969, when it was the capital’s tallest building. It has 287 rooms, including 45 twins, 185 doubles, seven suites, 22 pool rooms, and 27 executive rooms.
“For more than 50 years, the hotel has welcomed guests. We are proud of the hospitality heritage that has been established and would like to express our gratitude to all who have contributed,” the established said.