Sh2.8billion Sankara Hotel officially opened

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 14:00 -- Society Team

Last week Society witnessed the official opening of
the Sankara, Nairobi’s newest and most luxurious hotel. The owners claim their
hotel has set a new level of luxury for hotels in the East African region.

 

The Sankara situated in Westlands and was opened by
Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

 

The hotel was built and furnished at a cost of
Sh2.8billion. It sits on 1.6 acres of land and is adjacent to the Jacaranda
Hotel.

 

The hotel’s name is from the Sanskrit language and
means 'Source of Tranquillity'.

 

Sankara boasts a wide range of African art,
framed African textiles and sculptures found in every corner of the hotel from
the foyer to the lobby, restaurant, bar and every guest room. Paintings were
commissioned from the Eritrean born and Kenyan-based artist Fitsum
to form the décor of the three meeting rooms that are named after the road the
hotel is located, Woodvale. Replicas of his paintings are also found in other
parts of the hotel along with Tanzania’s famous Tinga Tinga fun paintings that
are in every bathroom.

Other artists whose works are in the hotel
include those of Gallery Watatu founder, Yoni Waite,
sculptures by Morris Foit sculptures and the famous askaris
of Cameroon.

Speaking during the launch, the chairman of the hotel
group which owns the Sankara, Charles Njonjo said,
“Sankara Nairobi marks a pinnacle of a journey that began four and a half years
ago which started out as a vision to create a contemporary luxury hotel that
responded to the needs of the discerning travellers who have now become deep
rooted passion and commitment to create quality and the highest level of 
service”

The new hotel has already been featured in journals
such as The Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller
and Fortune Magazine. t

 

Some of the notables at the launch included Ida
Odinga
, Najib Balala, Minister
for Tourism, James Orengo Minister for Lands, Otieno
Kanjwang
, Minister for Immigration Kiambaa MP and owner of the
Lilian Towers which houses the Nairobi Safari Club, Stanley Githunguri,
Bob Collymore, the new Safaricom CEO, US
Ambassador Michael Ranneberger, Nairobi City Council Town
Clerk Philip Kisia and Josephat Mwaura the CEO of
KPMG.

 

Others were Baloo Patel Chairman
Grenadier Limited who are associated with the new hotel, Douglas B.A.Pinto
Head of Corporate Business Commercial Bank of Africa, businessman Chis
Kirubi, Mike Macharia
the CEO of the Kenya Association
of Hotel Keepers and the Kenya Tourist Board CEO Mureithi Ndegwa.