#Kempinski Villa Rosa welcomes Roberto Simone as new General Manager


(Posted 13th August 2019)


Kempinski Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of a highly respected and very experienced luxury hospitality professional, Roberto Simone, as the new General Manager in charge of the luxury city hotel, Villa Rosa Kempinski and the high-end tented camp in Masai Mara, Olare Mara Kempinski.

An Italian native, Roberto Simone brings onboard a wealth of experience he acquired while working for some of the world’s leading luxury hospitality brands such as JW Marriott, Anantara Hotels & Resorts and Silversea Six Star Cruise Line, among many others.

Since 2017, Roberto occupied the role of Chief Operating Officer with the Tonino Lamborghini Hotels & Resorts, based in Shanghai, where he successfully managed three operating hotels, oversaw five pre-openings and left the group with eight properties in the development pipeline.

The 53-year-old hospitality globetrotter whose passion is analyzing figures and wealth management has worked in Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. He holds an MBA in Finance from Durham University Business School, UK, with concentration in Corporate Finance and Investment Analysis as well as certifications in Hotel Real Estate, Asset Management and Investment Analysis from renowned institutions such as Cornell University, NYU Business School and Wharton Business School.

Taking into consideration Roberto’s extensive experience in hospitality management and prior exposure in Africa, we are confident that he will successfully lead the team at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi and Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara,” said Henk Meyknecht, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East & Africa Kempinski Hotels on the new appointment.

Roberto, an avid reader of financial literature and reports, and whose hobbies are travelling, and fine dining said on his appointment: “What an honour to be in Kenya and in charge of this stunning hotel as well as our equally luxury camp in Masai Mara. I promise to continue offering our guests bespoke experiences as expected of a Kempinski brand.”

The Villa Rosa Kempinski is a Five Star luxury hotel which opened in 2013. Situated on Chiromo Road, the hotel is just a 5-minute drive to the city centre, and 20 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The hotel offers 200 stylishly designed and tastefully decorated rooms and suites spread on 10 floors, 5 themed restaurants, varied conference rooms plus Kempinski The Spa.

Villa Rosa’s Presidential Suite has repeatedly won the highest acclaim as Nairobi’s and in fact Kenya’s most spectacular such facility, unrivalled in the entire Eastern African region.

Roberto is known to the ATCNews publisher for many years now and it is a pleasure to welcome a friend to the helm of Nairobi’s top ranked 5 Star hotel.
Karibu Sana Roberto!