6. 358 Room InterContinental Lagos Opens in Nigeria July, 18 2013
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened InterContinental Lagos, its first hotel in Nigeria and the company’s first InterContinental hotel in West Africa.
The 358-room InterContinental Lagos is located on Victoria Island, the Nigerian city’s business and diplomatic hub, home to numerous embassies and multinational companies. Close to Lagos Creek, the 23-story hotel offers guests stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Guinea. Lagos is the largest city in the country, as well as one of the biggest and fastest-growing cities in Africa.
The hotel is set to appeal to local residents and international travellers alike with four restaurants and stylish bars on offer. Ekaabo, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, serves up a blend of Nigerian and international cuisine and overlooks a majestic waterfall, while Milano offers contemporary Italian cuisine. For those after Far Eastern fare, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, Soho*, is the ideal option. At the hotel’s poolside restaurant, PS/SP, guests can choose from a variety of healthy lunch and dinner choices and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, while seated next to the hotel’s Zen garden.
For event planners and business travellers, the hotel offers state-of-the-art facilities. Its Grand African Ballroom can seat up to 1,400 people with an additional six other meeting rooms, a boardroom and business facilities available. The hotel also features a luxurious health & fitness centre*, which includes a sauna and steam room, and Club InterContinental*.
“Given its excellent location, InterContinental Lagos is perfectly placed to give our guests access to central business areas, pristine beaches, and some of the best entertainment options in Lagos,” said Didier Coeln, General Manager of InterContinental Lagos. “We also understand that our guests value authenticity and want to experience the local culture. Our concierge team looks forward to sharing their local knowledge of Lagos so guests can enjoy an authentic and enriching stay with us.”
Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, IHG, India, Middle East and Africa commented: “We are excited to debut our first hotel in Nigeria. With its thriving economy and abundant natural beauty, including spectacular waterfalls and numerous national parks, Nigeria is an ever growing business and tourism destination. We look forward to further expanding our presence in the region as part of our continued growth.”
InterContinental Lagos is the sixth InterContinental hotel in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the next five years the hotel is due to be joined by an additional two InterContinental hotels in Senegal and Uganda.
*Soho and the hotel’s leisure facilities will be available to guests from 1 August 2013 and Club InterContinental is due to open in mid-September.