Pioneering third-party hotel management company for the Middle East and Africa, Aleph Hospitality, has entered into a franchise agreement with Marriott International for a new Protea Hotels by Marriott-branded property in Kisumu, Kenya.
On behalf of the hotel owner, Bluewater Hotels, Aleph Hospitality will operate the new-build property under the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand.
Founder and managing director, Aleph Hospitality, Bani Haddad elucidated: “We are thrilled to work with Marriott International to bring the first internationally branded hotel to Kisumu – Kenya’s third largest city.
“As Aleph Hospitality continues to expand across Africa and the Middle East, we are delighted to once again collaborate with Marriott International, following the signing of Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia earlier this year,” he added.
Located on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu, Africa’s largest freshwater lake, Protea Hotel by Marriott Kisumu will house 125 rooms with striking lake views, three food and beverage outlets, a rooftop infinity pool, a gym, a spa and more than 500m2 of meeting space.
Ideally positioned for domestic leisure, corporate and MICE business, the property stands within nine kilometres of Kisumu International Airport and is directly adjacent to the Kisumu Yacht Club and Kisumu Impala Sanctuary.
“We look forward to working with Aleph Hospitality and Bluewater Hotels to make our debut in Kisumu with the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand,” said director of lodging development – Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, Yasin Munshi. “This signing further strengthens our portfolio in Kenya, which remains a key growth market in our overall development strategy for Africa.”
Upon its opening in January 2022, Protea Hotel by Marriott Kisumu forms part of Aleph Hospitality’s continuous expansion strategy in Kenya, following the signing of Best Western Plus Westlands, set to open in Nairobi in Q4 2019, and two further properties in Mombasa and Nairobi, which are both under construction.
Protea Hotels by Marriott is a leading hospitality brand in Africa and one of the most widely recognised across the continent. With properties in primary and secondary business centres and desirable leisure destinations, the brand remains a popular choice for travellers into Africa.