The hotel stated that rooms were positioned a safe distance away from the expressway. [Photo/ Mwakilishi]
The hotel stated that rooms were positioned a safe distance away from the expressway. [Photo/ Mwakilishi]

Luxury hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski has disclosed that it will install a bulletproof glass barrier at its swimming pool following completion of the Nairobi Expressway – a 27-kilometre elevated highway which passes next to the hotel.

Kempinski is synonymous with hosting VIP guests including Presidents and diplomats from around the world on various engagements in Nairobi. The hotel was addressing concerns on security raised because the expressway runs quite close to the hotel.

The 200-room hotel sought to assure guests that they would be well taken care of. They noted that rooms and suites were positioned a distance away from the road promising guests a peaceful stay.

“The rooms are far and not very close to the road. The only thing close is the swimming which is open and we have started taking security measures and we are going to have bulletproof (glass) there… We respect our guests’ privacy,” stated Director of Sales Judy Matengo.

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The hotel further highlighted the bright side, observing that the expressway would significantly reduce the time it took guests to arrive. The road runs from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Westlands.

“The expressway works to our advantage. It takes 12 minutes from the airport compared to 45 minutes or one hour due to traffic jam. It’s even safer without the buses and trailers and parking boys snatching phones from guests,” Matengo argued.

Construction of the Ksh88 billion expressway had been seen to negatively impact Kempinski’s prospects as the noisy, extensive works were right on their doorstep – affecting several aspects of their business.

“We are happy that this (construction) happened during the Covid period. The impact would have been double in normal circumstances.”

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