The famous, and elegant Hilton Hotel is set to shut its operation indefinitely by December after over 53 years of operations at the Nairobi CBD.
“Following extensive discussions with the hotel ownership, Hilton Nairobi will close its doors for the last time on 31st December 2022 and cease operations,” a Hilton spokesperson told media in an interview.
The hotel’s spokesperson explained that as much as covid 19 pandemic came with a number of challenges, their closure is not directly connected to the pandemic.
“Covid-19 created unprecedented challenges for our industry. However, the decision to cease operations is not directly connected to the pandemic,” said the spokesperson.
The management said it will have to lay off some of its staff and redeploy others to some of its branches, those impacted will be helped to get other jobs.
“Unfortunately, the closure of the hotel will result in a retrenchment process,” said the spokesperson.
The hotel was established in Nairobi on December 17, 1969, and officially opened by Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta, the government owns 40.57 percent of the hotel’s shareholding.
Being at the center of the city and the tallest building, the hotel gives tourists both local and foreign the best view of the city, with 287 rooms, 45 twins, 185 doubles, seven suites, 22 pool rooms, and 27 executive rooms for hangout.
Covid 19 pandemic hit the tourism industry with a big blow which has left most hotels grappling to stabilize as most closed down and unable to pick up.