Nyali International Beach Hotel in Mombasa is set to undergo renovations at a cost of Sh100 million to give the hospitality facility a facelift.
Built in 1946, the property is one of the oldest hotels in Mombasa.
According to the hotel’s general manager Lucy Kimani, the management has earmarked Sh100 million for refurbishing the facility in a bid to provide guests quality accommodation.
Previously, the hotel was renovated five years ago.
Ms Kimani says the works entail the renovation of 179 rooms which comprises executive suites, deluxe rooms, rooms overlooking the gardens and villas.
The refurbishment of the rooms, she added, will be done in phases so that the hotel can continue to offer service to both local and international tourists.
“We plan to upgrade the hotel from next month so that we can meet the needs of modern holidaymakers,” she said.
Speaking to the Travel and Tourism Daily on Sunday, Ms Kimani added that the management also plans to construct a gym for guests to achieve their fitness.
Currently, she said, the hotel occupancy is averaging at between 40 per cent and 50 per cent in the wake of the low tourist season.
But following the inauguration of the standard gauge railway passenger trains on May 31, she said guest numbers are expected increase when the high season begins next month.
“During the high season, we expect to register between 80 per cent and 100 per cent occupancy bolstered by both local and international visitors,” Ms Kimani noted.
The hotel, she added, is doing marketing in Nairobi aimed at attracting more guests from the capital city.
“Majority of our domestic guests come from Nairobi. We are capitalising on the faster passenger trains to woo more Nairobians to Mombasa,” she said.
Ms Kimani said the hotel will soon offer pocket friendly holiday packages to locals to encourage more Kenyans to go on holiday.
The hotel’s resident manager, Peter Kiarie, said in the wake of the affordable rail transport, they are targeting to woo tourists from Nairobi to visit Mombasa for weekend stays.