Rotana makes an entry in Tanzania with Johari Rotana

Published: 24 November 2019 - 10:30 a.m.
By: Hotelier Middle East Staff
Hospitality group Rotana has hosted the soft-opening of the Johari Rotana property in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The five-star property marks the group’s entrance in the East African market.

The property comprises 253 keys including 193 hotel rooms with an average size of over 50 sqm, suites ranging up to 150 sqm, as well as 60 fully furnished and serviced apartments.

The rooms, suites, and apartments are spread across 15 floors starting from the 13th floor of the 65,000 sqm mixed-use project.

Commenting on the soft opening, Guy Hutchinson, acting CEO, Rotana, said: “As part of its long-term strategy, Africa has remained a key focus market for Rotana. With the opening of the Johari Rotana, the company has reached a significant milestone in our journey. Setting new standards in architecture, design, technology, offerings, and service excellence, Johari Rotana, our first property in East Africa, heralds a new hospitality experience in the region. We are confident that our spacious rooms and suites, wide selection of food and beverage venues, advanced meeting and conference facilities – including Tanzania’s largest ballroom – and unsurpassed wellness and recreation facilities will appeal to our guests and provide a competitive advantage in the market.”

Johari Rotana features four dining venues, including the lobby lounge Kibo, an all-day dining restaurant Zafarani, a Chinese restaurant Noble House and the informal Hamilton’s Gastropub.

The new hotel also features a conference facility, a 900sqm ballroom with a 6.5-metre ceiling height that can also be divided into three smaller venues. The property also features six additional meeting rooms with captivating views of the waterfront a dedicated business centre, Class-A offices, and an indoor parking facility, making it an ideal choice for both business and leisure guests.

Hu Bo, chairman of the owning company CRJE (East Africa) Ltd., said: “We are very excited to open the state-of-the-art Johari Rotana. We are proud to support the government’s efforts to enhance the hospitality infrastructure and promote the country’s famous tourist attractions, as well as its commercial capital Dar es Salaam. Johari Rotana is the ninth international-standard five-star hotel we have built in Tanzania. With our rich experience in the hotel construction business and the ever-changing local market, we understand the needs of travellers; the magnificent Johari Rotana will surely satisfy these needs.”
Guests will also have access to a wide selection of wellness and sports facilities, including an outdoor pool, fully-equipped gym with a boxing ring, sauna, steam and treatment rooms.

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