Aleph Hospitality, a Dubai-based group has signed a franchise agreement with Marriott International to operate a Protea Hotel by Marriott in Kisumu, Kenya.

The hospitality company will be operating the hotel, which is due to open in January 2022, on behalf of the owner Bluewater Hotels.

Speaking about the property, Bani Haddad, founder and managing director of Aleph Hospitality said: “We are thrilled to work with Marriott International to bring the first internationally branded hotel to Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city.”

The hotel will feature 125 rooms with lake views, three food and beverage outlets, a rooftop infinity pool, gym, spa and a meeting space.

“As the hotel owner, we benefit from the reputation and distribution of a major global brand [Marriott], coupled with the regional knowledge and expertise of Aleph Hospitality, known for its world-class approach to independent hotel management,” Edward Guda, Managing Director, Bluewater Hotels, said.

The hotel marks Aleph Hospitality’s continued expansion in Kenya, following the signing of Best Western Plus Westlands, set to open in Nairobi in Q4, 2019 and two further properties, one in Mombasa and one in Nairobi, which are both under construction.


Niyi David

‘Niyi David is a travel writer/photographer and Editor-in-Chief at More Cream Than Coffee. Previously, he worked at Afro Tourism West Africa Ltd as a travel writer, and was Head of Media and C.O.O. before leaving in May 2018. Prior to that he had worked as scriptwriter on some major media projects in Nigeria, such as 'Peak Talent Show' and the Ford Foundation sponsored 'Stop Impunity in Nigeria' campaign.