(Posted 19th September 2022)
A hospitality source in Nairobi has responded to an ATCNews article about the changes of management for the Crowne Plaza Nairobi, which – following the acquisition of the hotel by new owners – will not continue with IHG and their Crowne Plaza brand but had signed up with Accor Hotels.
According to the well placed source will the hotel relaunch as a Mercure Hotel, likely as a Grand Mercure as the hotel group terms their international hotels.
As mentioned in the earlier article will the change of management further strengthen the footprint of Accor Hotels in Kenya.
In a related development was it also learned that the proposed Pullman Hotel in Westlands, due to open before the pandemic – while however still awaiting completion of the construction and outfitting process – has until now stalled and is likely to loose the brand, giving opportunity for fresh bids once the project has found fresh funding or has been sold to new developers.
Mercure is a French mid- to upscale hotel brand specialized in traditional hotels managed by committed hoteliers, and owned by Accor. The hotels range in their rankings between 3 and 4 stars, depending on location and features.
Created in 1973 in France, the brand was acquired by Accor in 1975. The Mercure brand appears on 899 hotels in 61 countries. Grand Mercure is the international premium brand of Mercure.