Nyali International Beach Hotel in Mombasa is set to undergo renovations at a cost of Sh100 million to give the facility a facelift.
Built in 1946, the four-star property is one of the oldest hotels in Mombasa County.
According to the hotel’s general manager, Lucy Kimani, it has set aside the tidy sum for refurbishment in a bid to improve the quality of accommodation for its guests.
The hotel was last renovated five years ago.
The works will entail an upgrade of 179 rooms comprising executive suites, deluxe rooms, and rooms overlooking the gardens and villas.
The facelift will be done in phases, allowing it to still take in guests during the process.
We plan to upgrade the hotel from next month so that we can meet the needs of modern holidaymakers,” Ms Kimani told journalists at the hotel on Sunday.
Currently, she said, the hotel occupancy is averaging at between 40 and 50 per cent during the low tourist season.
However, following the launch of the standard gauge railway (SGR) passenger trains last week, the hotel is expecting its guest numbers to rise significantly when the high season begins next month.
During the high season, we expect to register between 80 per cent and 100 per cent occupancy bolstered by both local and international visitors, Ms Kimani noted.
The hotel is also marketing itself heavily to woo local tourists from the capital to take advantage of the new rail for weekend stays.
Majority of our domestic guests come from Nairobi. We are capitalising on the faster passenger trains to woo more Nairobians to Mombasa, she said, adding that it will be offering pocket-friendly packages to encourage more Kenyans to holiday at the coast.