The management of European five-star hotel in Nigeria, Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, has announced that the hotel is opening for business after six months of closure.
Announcing the reopening on Friday, the hotel’s General Manager, Mr. Kevin Kamau, said the hotel had gone through a major upgrade in the past six months in order to satisfy the needs of its clients.
According to him, the renovation work on the hotel cost over N1bn. Radisson Blu was shut down in January.
A statement from the management had cited the need to carry out extensive renovations of its facilities to cover areas such as power generation, cooling system as well as other critical equipment.
It said, “The magnitude of the renovation work has however necessitated shutting down of business operations for the duration of the renovation.”
Part of the concerns raised by the hotel’s clients had to do with noise from generators, according to the statement.
“What we did was to buy new generators and build proper casing for them. The generators are also situated more than 50 meters from the rooms; so when they are turned on, the clients cannot hear any noise,” Kamau informed newsmen on Friday.
Although the hotel had been operating in Nigeria for six years before the closure, Kamau said the management took the decision to renovate based on clients’ feedback received over the last 48 months.
Apart from the physical structure, he said the hotel management also spent money on personnel and human resources upgrade. “We currently have 300 staff working full time and 140 of them are trained in First Aid to respond to emergency and we also have a full medical partnership with Reddington Hospital,” Kamau stated.
Kamau said the organisation had commenced re-absorption of its former staff members, while all its corporate clients had renewed lodging arrangements.
He said the upgraded hotel has 170 rooms and suites decorated in two original styles, adding that the rooms feature a spectacular view of the Lagos Lagoon.
The building that houses Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel is owned by Anchorage Leisures, a subsidiary of Honeywell Group.
According to Kamau, management of Honeywell had considered the best interest of clients when the decision was made to close the edifice for renovation.