From the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Togo, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that it will introduce its Four Points by Sheraton brand in Tanzania.
The group signed two properties – the Four Points by Sheraton Arusha and Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam. Together both hotels will add more than 230 rooms and expand the brand’s presence in East Africa.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East president Michael Wale said: “The entry of Four Points to Tanzania is a milestone addition to our rapidly growing footprint in Africa and reflects the strong traction the brand has gained in the region.
“Tanzania has long been on travelers’ bucket list and Four Points by Sheraton is reinventing travel by offering guests exactly what they need while on the road,” Wale added.
Owned by Union Trust Limited, the historic Arusha Hotel founded in 1894 will be rebranded as a 108-room Four Points by Sheraton after completion of an ongoing renovation.
Arusha acts as the major tourist gateway to the Serengeti Safari circuit and Mount Kilimanjaro. Set within three acres of tropical gardens.
Also a conversion from an existing independent hotel, the 126-room Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam is owned by New African Hotel Limited and is located in the central business district of Dar es Salaam, close to the docking area known as the 'Harbour of Peace'.
Dar es Salaam is a gateway to Zanzibar and other islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago as well as to the Northern Safari territories.
Both hotels will offer modern rooms as well as food and beverage options including an all-day dining restaurant and a pool bar.
Other hotel facilities include a fitness center, an outdoor pool and meeting spaces. Both hotels will provide all of the brand’s elements including the Four Points bed, free bottled water in all rooms and suites, free high speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Senior vice president acquisitions & development Neil George said: “The Four Points brand has the largest global pipeline within Starwood’s portfolio of brands. With two Four Points by Sheraton hotels currently operating in Africa and eight more in the pipeline, the brand is enjoying great interest from developers across the continent.”
The brand recently announced it has crossed the 200thhotel milestone, and is present in nearly 40 countries.