The Nairobi Serena Hotel has completed phase one of its ongoing refurbishment, and is set to open on September 1.

The five-star hotel is a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, and is well known for preserving the rich Pan-African-inspired culture, expressed through its interiors and décor accents.

The refurbishment programme is taking place in two phases, with the first phase upgrading the north wing of the hotel. So far 95 rooms – made up of 84 Queen Deluxe Rooms, seven Deluxe Twin Rooms, and four Executive Suites – have been fully upgraded.

Additional features include double-glazed acoustic windows; enhanced fire, security and safety features that comply with international standards; new high-speed lifts; energy-efficient mood lighting; and modern air-conditioning systems.

The new Executive Lounge on the seventh floor includes two private meeting rooms, whilst the entire floor offers panoramic views of the Nairobi skyline.

The new Ballroom measures 450 square metres and can hold up to 450 guests theatre style. It can also break out into two separate meeting rooms – Frangipani and Allamanda – fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

At the front of the hotel, the lobby has been upgraded and the Maisha Health Club features new cardiovascular equipment.

The new car park silo has capacity for up to 120 cars and includes a provision for VIP parkings and for  physically challenged guests to park.

The new Fusion Restaurant is scheduled for opening in November, and will complement the hotel’s Food and Beverage experience offered at the all’day Café Maghreb restaurant, Mandhari fine dining restaurant and the Aksum Bar, which remain operational.

The second phase will see upgrades to the south wing commencing in September, with completion expected in the first quarter of 2019, when the full room inventory of 199 rooms across a wide range of room types will be in operation.

“We are pleased to see the evolution of the hotel to support the ever-changing needs of our guests.  Service excellence is an intrinsic part of our culture, developed over the last 40 years. Enhancing of the Pan-African design features, coupled with modern amenities and caring service, demonstrate our commitment to meeting the expectations of our clients,” says Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director of Serena Hotels.