The new hotel will be the brand’s first in Africa
Tune hotels which forms part of Tune Group of companies on Wednesday, announced plans to open a 280 room hotel in Nairobi. The launch will see it become the latest international hospitality chain to invest in Kenya. The KSh2.9 billion investment located in Westlands- is set to open its doors in July offering variety for travelers visiting the capital. Spread over an 11 storey building along Raphtor Road, the hotel is set to operate on the ‘No frills’ model where customers only pay for the amenities they use.
“We often check into hotels when we travel and we really don’t get to use all the facilities a room or indeed a hotel can offer, like lounge chairs or baths, most times you’ll drop down to the restaurant to grab a meal and not even think about using room service. We don’t want to charge you for these amid other things you don’t use – so we’ve done away with many of them,” Stuart Clay, General Manager, Tune Hotel – Nairobi said.
According to Mr Joe Stenson, Hotels Director, Tune Hotels, UK, the potential for budget hotels is big and the supply does not currently meet this demand. “At the moment, there is a gap in the market for quality, clean and secure accommodation. There are numerous hotels offering either high or low end services but we are moving into a space where the emphasis is giving the guest a great night sleep with cut down non-essential services so that we can keep our rates down,” said Mr Jenson.
Nairobi’s Tune Hotel is currently in the last phase of completion with and will employ 122 local permanent staff in different positions including front office, housekeeping, food & beverage, sales and marketing. Tune is also introducing the concept of multi-skill training whereby staff will be trained on different skill sets. Tune Hotels has tied-up with Utali College for internships and is also exploring opportunities with colleges such as Strathmore.
The hotel is currently offering five rooms at a special price of KSh995 per night to mark the hotel’s entry into the Kenyan market from 18th July to 31st August, 2016. The rooms can be booked using the special promotion code PROMO995 now at the hotel’s website at www.tunehotels.com/nairobi. The average cost of a room in quality hotels in Nairobi today averages between KSh12,000-30,000 per night.