Tamarind Group has opened a four-star hotel in Nairobi next to Carnivore Restaurant targeting business and leisure travellers.
The Tamarind Tree Hotel is located a few metres from Wilson Airport, half-an hour drive from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) via Southern Bypass and three-minute walk from the Carnivore Restaurant.
The hotel is targeting the growing number of travellers coming to Kenya for business as well as locals seeking venues to do business, thus its location close to the airports. It is been under construction for the past two years.
The property has 160 en-suite guest rooms and suites comprising 15 suites, lounge area in suites, 45 standard twins, 96 standard doubles, and four rooms for the physically challenged and 12 inter-connecting rooms.
Tamarind Group chief executive Jonathan Seex told the Business Daily that Tamarind Tree Hotel is fully owned by Kenyans, and has been developed and managed by the group.
“As for future plans, we want to stabilise operations with this property before we move on to other projects,” said Mr Seex.
Mr Seex would not reveal the value of the property, saying that it is shielded by the group’s board directive to keep it confidential.
Enhancing activities include the Carnivore Restaurant, Simba Saloon, game drive at the Nairobi National Park, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant orphanage, Giraffe Manor, Karen Blixen Museum, Karen Golf Club and Maasai market.
Also available is a ballroom, two meeting rooms, two executive boardrooms, team building grounds, events lawn, and a public lounge for informal meetings and appointments.
General manager John Kelliher said the hotel was built on the appreciation of the fact that many customers currently enjoy informal business and leisure establishments as long as they provide comfort.
In 2014, Tamarind Group signed five deals to manage hotels, suites and restaurants for local investors who were putting up multi-million shilling investments in the leisure industry. Among them is Tamarind Tree Hotel.
The group was also to manage properties for investors who would buy suites in Osotua Tamarind Tree – a 52-room project in Naivasha, Tamarind Migaa in Kiambu, which has 80 rooms; the 100-room Tamarind Tree Suites (Rosslyn, Nairobi); and the 120-room Tamarind Tree Residence (Ngong Road, Nairobi)