The renovation of Kigali Serena Hotel enters its second and final phase
The renovation of Kigali Serena Hotel is set to enter its second and final phase later this month, a move that is expected to further upgrade Rwanda’s premier business hotel and consequently boost the country’s fast-growing economy.
“This investment is critical for Kigali Serena Hotel as the premier attraction for business travellers and tourists in Rwanda; the new facilities will ensure they experience unparalleled world class comfort and convenience”, said the Serena Hotels’ Managing Director, Mahmud Janmohamed.
“Our aim is to play a pivotal role in boosting the tourism sector which is at the heart of Rwanda’s overall economic development strategy”, he added.
The development will follow the first phase of the project which included the addition of an ultra modern new wing comprising a total of 44 guest rooms and a two-storey state-of-the art Maisha Spa facility complete with a contemporary swimming pool at a cost of US $ 18.7 million.
This second phase of the program will involve alterations, extensions and refurbishment of various facilities including the old bedroom block, public areas, lifts, business center, meeting rooms, existing shops, offices and the reception area at a cost of US $ 4.2 million.
The hotel will remain open during the renovation period and measures will be put in place to ensure minimal interruptions to guests.
Construction of the luxury Kiningi Serena Lodge is scheduled to commence during the third quarter of the year at a cost of US $ 8 million. The lodge will be located in the Northern Province close to the Volcano National Park which is the natural habitat for mountain gorillas.
About Serena Hotels:
TPS Eastern Africa Limited owns and operates Serena Hotels, a collection of up-market hotels, safari lodges and luxury resorts.
The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development [AKFED] is a major shareholder of TPS Eastern Africa Limited, which has majority shares in TPS. AKFED promotes tourism by building and managing hotels, in selected areas of the developing world that contribute to economic growth in an economically viable and environmentally sensitive manner.
The Nairobi Serena Hotel and Kampala Serena Hotel are members of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World organization while Zanzibar Serena Inn and Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp are members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World organization.
Each Serena property is enhanced by its unique surroundings, and expands horizons for travellers while respecting local ways of life. Indigenous design and materials are integrated with the most modern amenities complemented by exceptional service.
As an eco-tourism pioneer, Serena Hotels has initiated important environmental programmes to protect the Continent’s wildlife and fragile habitats. Focusing on smaller, high quality wildlife experiences, Serena promotes sustainably designed lodges and camps and prides itself on care of the land, wildlife and most importantly of people - be it guests or employees.
Serena’s portfolio currently comprises a total of 23 luxury hotels, resorts, safari lodges and tented camps in Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Uganda and Rwanda. Serena also owns and manages properties in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan as part of its mandate to contribute to economic growth in an environmentally and culturally sensitive manner.