Curio Collection by Hilton debuts in Kenya

Curio Collection by Hilton debuts in Kenya

The lifestyle hotel brand opens first property in East Africa

Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton has opened in Kenya's vibrant capital, Nairobi. 

The hotel 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 a 10-minute walk from Karura Forest, which provides an escape from the city. The forest has many attractions including a 50km nature trail for walking, running and biking, a 12-metre-high waterfall, a series of caves, archaeological sites and various animal species.

In Swahili, 'Kwetu' means 'our home' and the intention is to provide a home-away-from-home experience for guests. The history of the land where Kwetu Nairobi was built dates back to the 1800s. 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 with its own Swahili name. 

Kwetu Nairobi King Guest Room

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

Onsite facilities include meeting and event spaces with large terraces overlooking a man-made waterfall, as well as a state-of-the-art gym, a spa and a pool. 

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Guests of Kwetu Nairobi have the choice of six food and beverage venues, offering a combination of both local and global flavours.

Hotel curators can also help guests explore the exotic wildlife of Kenya's well-known national parks, including Amboseli, Tsavo, Maasai Mara and Mount Kenya, which provide an opportunity to witness the vast herds of wildebeest and elephants against the stunning backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kwetu Nairobi Meko Restaurant Terrace

Hilton president, Middle East and Africa Guy Hutchinson 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 travellers in East Africa and beyond. This truly one-of-a-kind hotel will offer guests a unique experience when staying in Nairobi, whether travelling 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.”

Curio Collection by Hilton global brand head Jenna Hackett 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 travellers seeking a boutique hotel experience in one of Kenya's most sought-after destinations."

Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the guest loyalty programme for Hilton’s 22 hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose a combination of points and money to book a stay and free Wi-Fi. 

The opening marks the debut of Curio Collection by Hilton in East Africa.

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