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Kempinski adds iconic Kigali hotel to its African portfolio

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FHW StaffMumbai

Kempinski Hotels has officially took over the management of the famous Hôtel Des Milles Collines in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. Hôtel Des Milles Collines by Kempinski will be the European luxury hotel company’s ninth hotel operating on the continent, with three more hotels in Africa scheduled to open in the next six months.

The hotel, which opened in 1973, was made famous three decades later by the film “Hotel Rwanda” as a place of refuge during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Plans are in place for a major refurbishment to the rooms and restaurants over the next eighteen months to facilitate the full implementation of its signature services and standards. Located atop a hill in the center of Kigali, the hotel features 112 rooms and suites, meeting and conference facilities including a conference room for up to 300 people, an outdoor swimming pool, a recreation area and seven boutiques.

Commenting on the soft opening of Hôtel des Milles Collines by Kempinski, Christoph Strahm, general manager, said, “This is definitely the right time to be in Rwanda. We experience here a perfect marriage between Hôtel Des Mille Collines, the first grand hotel to open in Rwanda forty years ago, and Kempinski, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kigali is a remarkable city, the people are warm and generous and we have a great team already in place ready to showcase the unique personality of Hôtel des Milles Collines by Kempinski.”

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