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Iconic Hilton Hotel Closes Down after 53 Years

The iconic Hilton hotel announces its closure after 53 years of operation. The magnificent hotel sets to officially close on December 31, 2022.

The hotel management says it will redeploy some of its staff to other hotels within Hilton’s Nairobi portfolio.

“Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham and Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport are growing our portfolio with new hotel development opportunities in the city and beyond,” Hilton said.

The hotel, which is actually 40.57% owned by the government, pointed out how the Covid-19 pandemic served as a single factor that affected its operations.

“Covid-19 created unprecedented challenges for our industry. However, the decision to cease operations is not directly related to the pandemic,” the hotel stated.

“Unfortunately the closure of the hotel will result in a retrenchment process.”

The hotel has 287 rooms — 45 twins, 185 doubles, seven suites, 22 pool rooms and 27 executive rooms.

Hilton CBD began operations in Nairobi on December 17, 1969, and was officially opened by Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta.

At inception, the hotel was the tallest building in Nairobi and a popular base for tourists to Kenya seeking adventures in the country’s famed game parks and reserves.

The hotel promised tourists unique city views from its high-rise tower rooms and was a popular hangout for wealthy businessmen and tourists.

 “The hotel has welcomed guests for more than 50 years. We are proud of the legacy of hospitality delivered and would like to thank all those who have contributed,” said the Hilton.

The ownership of the Hilton property is reviewing options regarding the future of the site.

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