There are over 171 hotels around the world that fall under the Autograph Collection, a luxury chain arm of Mariott International. Sankara Nairobi is now one of them.
On Labour Day, the hotel that is located in Westlands, Nairobi, was welcomed into the Autograph Collection family.
This also marks Autograph Collection’s debut into the country, with Sankara being the first Kenyan hotel to be part of the Mariott owned collection.
The 168 room hotel also becomes the third Nairobi hotel to be linked to the Mariott International Group, following the two Four Points by Sheraton hotels that are situated in Hurlingham and at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sankara Nairobi, a distinctive hotel which evokes the spirit and heritage of this vibrant city, to our portfolio,” said Alex Kyriakidis President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.
Under the Autograph Collection, hotels maintain independent ownership and are operated and maintained under the Autograph Collection name.
The chain was started by hotel development and operations entrepreneur Richard Kessler in 2010.
“We are excited to join the brand’s global portfolio of iconic hotels around the world and deliver a thoughtfully curated and authentic experience,” said Krishna Unni, Group General Manager of Sankara Hotel Group.
Today marks a historic day in our journey! Sankara Nairobi in Kenya joins Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of thoughtfully designed and passionately independent hotels.
— SankaraAutograph (@SankaraNairobi) May 1, 2019
Krishna added, “We are confident that Sankara Nairobi will soon emerge as a preferred choice for travellers to Nairobi welcoming both Marriott International’s loyal members as well as new guests.”
Sankara Nairobi is situated in Westlands, North West of Kenya’s capital and is around half an hour drive from the CBD.
By joining the Autograph Collection, Sankara adds to the display of growing competition in Nairobi as international hotel chains pour in to position themselves within the East African city.
The move also comes as Radisson Hotel Group is preparing to launch a residence hotel at the Arboretum, becoming the third hotel run by the hotelier in Nairobi.