Radisson Blu Upper hill reopens under new management after 16-month closure

KENYA – Global hotel brand Radisson Blu has resumed operations of its outlet in Upper Hill, Nairobi after sixteen months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Low bookings due to the pandemic pushed the establishment to halt operations and send most of its staff home in December 2020.

The hotel has now resumed operations under new management led by Russel Storey, the General Manager, after finalization on the acquisition of the establishment.

“We are pleased to reopen the hotel as part of our fast-growing upmarket brand, Radisson, which has been well-received in Kenya due to its modern style and ability to let guests focus on a work/life balance and discover harmony in their vacation experience,” stated Russel Storey, Radisson Blu Upper Hill, General Manager.

“The hotel will add to our existing hotel portfolio in Africa, which is an important market for us. We are thrilled to bring the Radisson brand back to Upper Hill, where it will serve as an elite hotel for both business and leisure guests.”

Storey said that he was optimistic about being part of the group as they reopen. He noted that they called back almost 200 staff who were sent home during the closure.

Kenya’s secretary for tourism Mr Najib Balala, who was the chief geust at the reopening ceremony said that tourism industry is steadily recovering and hopes 2022 revenues will surpass those of 2019.

“We are pleased that the country is now fully open and that most of our key source markets are also open, with people eager to resume travel to Kenya,” said Balala.

He congratulated Radisson group by saying “We know you have the products, you have the service and we all long to support you. Congratulations for this reopening and we look forward for better services with yourselves.”

“This 5-star hotel is strategically located and offers a little sanctuary where business and pleasure converge. With our committed crew and contemporary amenities, we will continue to provide unique experiences for our visitors and look forward to receiving them for a simply enjoyable stay,” Russel added.

To accommodate all of its guests, Radisson has implemented a flexible modification and cancellation system.

The hotel is located in the middle of the bustling Upper Hill, recognized for its magnificent interior design. It is approximately 10 minutes from Wilson Airport, with access to several surrounding companies and offices.

The hotel is close to the famous Nairobi National Park, Kenya’s first wildlife reserve and the world’s only protected wildlife reserve in a capital city.

Radisson Blu Upper Hill becomes the second five-star hotel to reopen after Fairmont Norfolk amid a decline in the country’s daily coronavirus case count on increased mass vaccinations.

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