Hemingway Collection to demolish Watamu property and replace with boutique hotel and apartments

Kenya: Hemingways Collection plans to build a 39-room boutique hotel on the site of a current 74-room property.

Kenya: Hemingways Collection plans to build a 39-room boutique hotel on the site of a current 74-room property.

The new development will entail demolishing part of the current wings of the hotel. In addition to the new hotel, the redesign will also see the construction of 15 luxury apartments.

The project will cost $9 million (Sh900 million) and will be completed by July 2017, with a soft opening of the hotel scheduled for February 2018.

According to the group’s chairman Richard Evans, the construction of the boutique hotel is meant to bring the standards of the coastal development closer to those of the group’s flagship project, Hemingways Nairobi.

“This is one of the largest projects along the coast in recent times. We must continue to cast a positive image of Watamu in view of recent decline in the tourism industry,” said Evans. “We have been losing tourists to Zanzibar. It is a pity that after our guests visited Nairobi Hemingways and Ol Seki Mara, we did not have a similar five-star facility and they opted for something outside the country.”

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