(Posted 13th April 2022)
Sarova Hotels, one of Kenya’s leading hospitality groups, has announced that Kisumu’s Imperial Hotel will come under Sarova’s management and rename as ‘Sarova Imperial Hotel Kisumu‘. The 93 room hotel, which opened 48 years ago, is owned by the Gilani family and has been under renovation since 2020 when the owners used the COVID19 downtime to embark on a major refurbishment exercise worth half a billion Kenya Shillings.
Sarova’s CEO and Managing Director, Mr. Jimi Kariuki, commented as follows:
‘Having a presence in Kisumu City and in the larger Western Kenya region has always been part of the hospitality group’s growth plan. The city’s location on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, and the on-going modernisation of the lakefront makes Kisumu a unique destination to add to the Sarova experience. We will continue to scout for new properties in Kenya and the region in line with the vision of our shareholders, as well as enter different segments of the hospitality business‘.
The deal will initially span over a period of 7 years, subject to review and optional renewal thereafter.
The hotel’s General Manager was named as Mr. Michael Kamau.