KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
INTERCONTINENTAL Hotel Lusaka is expected to start an extensive rehabilitation programme at a cost of about US$20 million next month to improve accommodation and other businesses being offered.
The project is expected to be done in two phases with one involving the renovation of one wing, which will take 10 months and will be re-opened as an InterContinental Hotels Group hotel brand -The Holliday Inn.
Hotel general manager Didier Coeln said in a statement availed to the Daily Mail last week by Intercontinental Hotel public relations manager Veronica Mumba.
“Beginning the first week of September 2017, the hotel will be undergoing an extensive renovation to ensure that we remain on par with the updated brand standards for InterContinental and that we maintain the grandeur of the hotel,” Mr Coeln said.
Under phase two, the project will involve the renovation of the remaining part of the hotel into a new and modern facility.
Mr Coeln said the timeline for phase two will be communicated in due course, but will be executed in a convenient way to allow most of the hotel facilities to remain operational.
During the renovation, the wing consisting of one hundred and six bedrooms will be out of service, while all the other hotel facilities such as meeting rooms, restaurants and the health club will operate normally.
However, the hotel shopping arcade, which houses shops and the hotel outside laundry, will also closed.
“[We] are working on measures to ensure that we minimise the inconvenience to our guests staying at our hotel, or having meetings and accessing any of our hotel facilities during the renovation period.
“We thank the business community for the continued support to the hotel over the years,” Mr Coeln said.