Kate Els has rounded up our top selection of new hotels scattered across the continent that travellers can look forward to enjoying in the not-too-distant future.
Travellers throughout Africa are often faced with little choice when searching for accommodation for their leisure or business trips. With this in mind, hotel groups across the continent are looking to expand rapidly as the demand grows for quality accommodation in major business centres, as are international hotel groups, which are grabbing development opportunities wherever they can. With over 600 hotels currently under construction across Africa and the Middle East, reports STR Global, who track supply and demand data for the hotel industry, there will be over 140 000 new hotel rooms to look forward to in the coming years. While the Middle East is responsible for a large chunk of these hotels, countries like Morocco, Algeria and Egypt lead the pack in hotel development in Africa.
Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower, Zambia
Well-known in Southern Africa, Protea Hotels has recently opened its fourth property in the Zambian capital. Focusing on the conferencing and events market, this property is located opposite the Mulungushi Conference Centre. The property’s 137 rooms are a mix of suites, twin deluxe rooms and king deluxe rooms.A top-floor restaurant provides expansive views over the surrounding city, while guests can also enjoy a hotel swimming pool, among other facilities. Location: Arcades Shopping and Entertainment Complex, Lusaka, Zambia. Website: www.proteahotels.com
Cresta Sprayview, Zimbabwe
Late in 2013, Cresta Hotels acquired a lease to operate and reopen the Sprayview Hotel after an extensive refurbishment, renaming the property Cresta Sprayview. This is the group’s first property in Victoria Falls, expanding its footprint deeper into Zimbabwe. The hotel has 64 rooms, two restaurants and bars, as well as three conference rooms. This hotel’s draw card is that the property is located a mere 1.4km from Victoria Falls.
Location: Corner Reynard Road and Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Amber Hotel Accra Airport, Ghana
Opened in February 2014 by African Sun Hotels, the Amber Hotel Accra Airport has 200 rooms and is just a short drive from the Kotoka International Airport. This is the group’s first hotel in Ghana and follows on the success of African Sun opening four properties in Nigeria. This hotel has a restaurant, two bars, meetings facilities and a gym for guests. It is also only 10 minutes from Accra’s city centre, making it an ideal accommodation option for business travellers.
Location: Plot 24, Airport City Area, Accra, Ghana
Des Milles Collines, Rwanda
Originally opened in 1973 in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the Hôtel Des Milles Collines is not a new hotel exactly; rather it is one that has recently shifted management companies and is now overseen by the international hotel group Kempinski. The hotel is well known as a refuge during the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and was made famous by the movie, Hotel Rwanda. Kempinski has plans for a major refurbishment of the hotel over the next 18 months to raise the level of service to the standards it is known for as a hotel chain.
Location: 2KN 6th Ave, Kigali
Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Sierra Leone
After completely refurbishing this hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Freetown, Radisson Blu has reopened the property with 172 guest rooms and suites. Done up in a contemporary fashion, the Mammy Yoko sits adjacent Lumley Beach and was named after a local figure who helped unite the region. Aside from the five meeting rooms, guests can enjoy a private beach, gym, pool, tennis courts and terrace restaurant.
Location: 17 Lumley Beach Road, Aberdeen, Freetown
Four Points By Sheraton Tripoli, Libya
Set to open in October 2014, this international hotel brand will swing open the doors of a refurbished property near Tripoli’s colonial downtown area. The hotel falls within the Hi Elandalous Village with its own marina, bazaar and shopping centre, and will feature its own outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, two restaurants and a bar. There are also five meeting spaces available. Each of the 204 rooms at the hotel offers high-speed internet access.
Location: Hi Elandalous, Tripoli, Libya