NYARUGENGE - In an effort to step up and widen their services in Rwanda, Serena Hotels has earmarked US$15 million (Frw8 billion) to be used in the refurbishment and extension of the Kigali Serena Hotel.
This was revealed yesterday during a press conference held at the Hotel shortly after the construction contract-signing ceremony with the main contractor, Roko Construction.
During his speech, the Managing Director of Serena Hotels, Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, said the refurbishments are geared towards availing superior services to the customer and at the same time play a pivotal role in the growth of Rwanda’s economy.
“The continued investment of Serena Hotels mirrors the success story of Rwanda, a story of development and opportunity in Africa. We aim at being one of the catalysts of Rwanda’s tourism industry in line with the government’s vision,” said Mohamed.
The 12-month renovation project, which has been precipitated by the growing demand for Serena Hotels’ services, is set to begin on September 1.
It is expected to increase the Hotel’s guest capacity and offer a wider variety of health and beauty services to local and international guests.
Among the key additions will be an ultra modern new wing comprising a total of 44 guest rooms, 28 standard and 16 executive rooms, and a two-storey state of the art Maisha Spa facility complete with a contemporary swimming pool.
“Whether out for pure luxury or a swift revitalization, the Maisha Spa facility will offer soothing respite and inner serenity to guests with services ranging from signature massages to facials and hydrotherapy bodycare,” said Mohamed.
“Today’s discerning traveller is looking for an all inclusive experience whether he or she needs an executive conference, off-site meeting or luxury accommodation. We want to make them feel at home,” he continued.
The refurbishment is to be done in three phases, involving all Serena Hotel facilities, Kigali Serena Hotel, Serena Lake Kivu and Kinigi.
The hotel is to remain open during the renovation period and measures will be put in place to ensure minimal interruptions to the guests.
Currently Kigali Serena Hotel has 104 air conditioned rooms that range from luxury suites to deluxe rooms and the number is set to increase to 148 after the refurbishment is complete.
Serena Hotels have purchased 27.6 hectares of land in the Kinigi area and their architects are currently finalizing designs for a luxury boutique. Full construction of the facility will begin early 2009.