Dubai-based hotel management company Aleph Hospitality has signed a franchise agreement with Marriott International for a new Protea Hotel in Kisumu, Kenya—the first internationally branded hotel in the city—to open in January 2022.
Aleph Hospitality will operate the new-build property on behalf of the asset owner, Bluewater Hotels.
Bani Haddad, founder and managing director of Aleph Hospitality, noted the signing follows that of the Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia earlier this year.
Located on the shore of Lake Victoria, the new hotel will have 125 rooms, three dining outlets, a rooftop infinity pool, a gym, a spa and more than 500 square meters of meeting space.
“We look forward to working with Aleph Hospitality and Bluewater Hotels to make our debut in Kisumu with the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand,” said Yasin Munshi, director of lodging development, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “This signing further strengthens our portfolio in Kenya, which remains a key growth market in our overall development strategy for Africa.”
The hotel marks Aleph Hospitality’s continued expansion in Kenya, following the signing of Best Western Plus Westlands, set to open in Nairobi in Q4, and two additional properties, one in Mombasa and one in Nairobi, which are both under construction.