Fairmont Hotels & Resorts yesterday announced the development of a new 270-room luxury hotel in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja.
With a planned opening in 2019, Fairmont Abuja will be situated in the heart of the city’s central business district and only 30 km from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. A close proximity to the new International Conference Centre, due to open in 2018, will make the hotel an ideal venue for corporate groups, conferences and social events.
“We are very excited to bring the Fairmont brand to the Nigerian capital, fulfilling a growing demand for luxury, genuine hospitality in addition to helping shape an exciting cultural and culinary landscape,” said Jennifer Fox, president, FRHI International and Fairmont Brand. “As the continent’s largest economy and biggest oil producer, Nigeria is experiencing robust and stable growth making it a world-class destination and enticing location for both business and leisure travel.”
In an African city recognized for its beautiful rolling terrain, modern architecture and expansive road network, Fairmont Abuja will provide easy access to the diplomatic and government quarter, including the Presidential Complex, National Assembly and the Supreme Court. As Nigeria’s purpose built and planned city, Abuja also houses divisions of the United Nations, World Bank and major international embassies and consulates.
The project is being developed by Asset Management Group (AMG), a leading firm in Nigeria that was incorporated in the early 1990s to acquire and develop real estate assets and provide financial and advisory services to businesses. Key projects in the company’s portfolio include Harbor Point, a mixed use facility including the Fairmont Lagos, the first announced FRHI property in the country which is scheduled to open in 2017.
“Fairmont’s history in managing luxury hotels and its positioning of being truly connected to the destinations where it operates makes it the ideal brand to manage our Abuja development,” said Aisha Oyebode, Group CEO of AMG. “We are pleased that Fairmont Abuja will join a growing collection of iconic and legendary hotels across the globe.”
Fairmont Abuja will feature 270 guestrooms and suites, Fairmont Gold – the brand’s signature ‘hotel within a hotel’ concept – and approximately 50 branded residences. It will also boast more than 2,400 square meters (25,800 square feet) of meeting and event space, including a state-of-the-art ballroom, ideal for regional and international corporate travel and groups.
Appealing to the local community and international guests, the hotel’s leisure offerings will include 850 square meters (9,100 square feet) of spa and fitness facilities, with tennis courts, a gymnasium and outdoor swimming pools. Leisure facilities and services will also be available to local residents through various membership programs.
As a renowned leader on the global culinary scene, Fairmont will extend its food and beverage expertise to this exciting city. Guests of Fairmont Abuja will be able to choose from an expansive selection of restaurants and lounges, including an all-day dining concept, lobby lounge, boutique café, pool bar, entertainment bar as well as two specialty restaurants featuring world-class cuisine.
The project’s whole-ownership Fairmont Residences complex, which will open for purchase in early 2017, will feature spacious luxury apartments ranging in size from one to five bedrooms. Home owners will enjoy their own private entrance, lobby and dedicated residence services, while also benefiting from the amenities and facilities provided by Fairmont Abuja.
The addition of Fairmont Abuja complements a growing portfolio of Fairmont hotels currently under development in the region, including Fairmont Lagos, which will feature 220 guestrooms and suites, 3,800 square meter (41,000 square foot) meeting and conference space, a wide selection of food and beverage options and a Willow Stream Spa.