Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Curio Collection by Hilton debuts in E Africa with Nairobi hotel

Curio Collection by Hilton has announced the opening of Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton in Kenya’s vibrant capital, Nairobi.

The opening marks the debut of Curio Collection by Hilton in East Africa and Hilton’s latest opening in the Kenyan capital, with a promise to provide guests with curated, unique experiences.

Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton is located near the Central Business District, Gigiri, home to the United Nations headquarters, multiple embassies, and one of the largest expat communities in Africa, and is on the edge of the Karura Forest, providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Guy Hutchinson, President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton, said: “We are thrilled to open Kwetu Nairobi as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio, joining Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport and DoubleTree by Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham, and reaffirming our commitment to the Kenyan capital. Nairobi is an important destination and major hub for travelers in East Africa and beyond. This truly one-of-a-kind hotel will offer guests a unique experience when staying in Nairobi, whether traveling for business or looking to explore the incredible Kenyan sights and landscapes. Kwetu Nairobi signifies the opening of our second Curio property on the African continent, where we currently have over 100 properties either trading or under development.”

Jenna Hackett, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton, said: “A first for the brand in East Africa, Kwetu Nairobi is the ideal addition to our growing global portfolio of 150 Curio Collection by Hilton properties. This remarkable hotel offers the perfect fusion of nature, city and heritage dating back to the 1800s, and it reflects the brand’s immersive, bespoke character by pairing Kenya’s cultural past with unmatched contemporary comforts and amenities. It’s the perfect stay for travelers seeking a boutique hotel experience in one of Kenya’s most sought-after destinations.”

 Haven with a Contemporary Design

In Swahili, “Kwetu” means “our home” or “our place” and is central to the home-away-from-home experience for guests. The history of the land where Kwetu Nairobi was built dates back to the 1800s, paving the way for a one-of-a-kind hotel with a cozy charm, providing an authentic African experience that immerses travelers through its bespoke story. The property was formerly a historic home, turned into a guest house and finally transformed into a modern boutique hotel.

With 102 guest rooms and suites, Kwetu Nairobi comprises five interconnected buildings. Each building has a unique Swahili name that reflects the hotels story and emotion:

• “Rafiki” means friendship and explores the captivating history of East Africa.

• “Eneo” means humble beginnings and reflects the history of Nairobi and its vibrant culture and traditions.

• “Nishati” means prosperity and explores the fascinating history of the coffee growth in Kenya.

• “Asili” means protection and explores the tale of the Karura Forest while also celebrating the heroic efforts to conserve it.

• “Amani” means tranquility and explores the modern-day ethos and vibrant energy of Kwetu Nairobi. 

The interiors merge historical details with a refined contemporary style. Many of the rooms and suites offer balconies and terraces, presenting stunning views of the forested landscape. Bedrooms also feature hand-blown glass pendants, beautifully detailed furniture with bedside tables inspired by old suitcases with buckles and leather trims. The lobby bar and reception have soaring high-coffered ceilings and a fireplace that creates a warm ambience during the winter season.

In addition, the 334-square-metre meeting and event spaces have large terraces overlooking a man-made waterfall, as well as a state-of-the-art gym, a spa and a pool. Guests can also access major shopping malls within proximity to the hotel such as Sarit, The Village Market and Two Rivers Centre. 

Guests of Kwetu Nairobi are taken on a culinary journey across the property’s six food and beverage venues, savoring a combination of both local and global flavors.

Natural Wonders of Surrounding Environment

A 10-minute walk from the hotel, Karura Forest is a hidden gem in Nairobi that provides guests with a taste of nature. The forest boasts many attractions including a 50-kilometre nature trail for walking, running, and biking. The forest also houses a 12-metre-high waterfall, a series of caves, archaeological sites, and various animal species.

Through the hotel’s dedicated curators, guests can embark on a thrilling journey to explore the exotic wildlife of Kenya’s well-known national parks, including Amboseli, Tsavo, Maasai Mara and Mount Kenya. The parks provide an opportunity to witness the vast herds of wildebeest and legendary elephant herds of Amboseli against the stunning backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 22 world-class hotel brands. 

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