Marriott International, in partnership with Sunshine Business, has just announced the opening of Africa’s first Marriott Executive Apartments in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa will appeal to both business and leisure travelers, with 108 fully-serviced apartments offering space, ambience and the privacy of residential living, enabling a comfortable stay away from home.
The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa is located in the heart of Ethiopia’s capital, just off Meskel Square in Bole, and is adjacent to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) headquarters and conference center. The Marriott property is within ten minutes’ drive from Bole International Airport, the African Union headquarters and the Ethiopian National Museum.
“This is the latest in a series of important landmark hotel signings and openings we have made in Africa. We are extremely proud to open the first Marriott Executive Apartments in Ethiopia, in partnership with Sunshine Business,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director of Marriott International, Middle East and Africa. “Africa is important to Marriott International’s growth strategy because of its rapid economic growth, growing middle class and youth population, as well as the expansion of international flights onto the continent.”
The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa will provide residents with a choice of one and two-bedroom elegantly-furnished serviced apartments, or the Penthouse Presidential Suite. All rooms come with a fully-equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and include services such as housekeeping, grocery shopping and room service. For business travelers, the property provides multi-function meeting rooms and over 160 square meters of event space.
Sunshine Business President and Owner, Samuel Tafese, said, “We are pleased to announce the opening of Ethiopia’s first Marriott-branded property. Addis Ababa is one of the most vibrant cities in Africa and the Government’s exceptional infrastructure spending make Addis an ideal place to conduct business.”
Marriott International has also announced that it will develop a property under the company’s flagship brand, Marriott Hotels, in partnership with Sunshine Business. The new Marriott Hotels property is expected to open by 2019 and will reflect the new brand standards that Marriott Hotels has been rolling out globally since last year. Stylish and modern guest rooms, as well as well-designed lobbies and public spaces known as ‘Greatrooms’, are some elements of the new brand standard.
The Marriott Hotels brand currently has four properties in North Africa, with over 2,000 rooms. The company plans to open an additional 12 properties across Africa, raising the room count by almost 3,000, by 2020. The Addis Ababa Marriott Hotel will have 202 rooms; food and beverage outlets; as well as conference and event facilities with the capacity to accommodate up to 1,100 delegates.
“With over 850 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, there are enormous opportunities there. We are thrilled to be expanding on our partnership with Sunshine Business. This signing is a significant event for us, as it represents the company’s first Marriott Hotels property in Ethiopia, and comes in response to a rapidly-increasing demand in the market, from both executive travelers as well as families who are looking for comfort and convenience during their travels,” Kyriakidis added.
“We are proud to open the first Marriott-branded hotel in Sub–Saharan Africa. Marriott is an outstanding brand which will add great and unique hospitality flair to the diplomatic capital of Ethiopia,” said Sunshine Business owner and EVP, Selamawit Samuel.