Kampala Hilton Hotel
|Kampala Hilton Hotel|
Kampala Hilton Hotel, Nakasero Hill, November 2010
|Owner||Aya Investments Limited|
|Floor area||32,000 square metres (340,000 sq ft)|
|Number of rooms||238|
|Number of suites||37|
The hotel is located in Central Kampala, on Nakasero Hill, in the city's most exclusive, upscale location. The building stands on a 14 acres (5.7 ha) site that was previously occupied by the state's television stations. The elevation of the site is approximately 1,240 metres (4,070 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest points in the city. The coordinates of Kampala Hilton Hotel are:0°19'25.0"N, 32°34'43.0"E (Latitude:0.323611; Longitude:32.578611).
Aya Investments Limited, a subsidiary of the Aya Group, have been working on the 24-story building since 2006. As a result of cash shortages and administrative difficulties, the hotel took much longer to complete, with many missed deadlines and multiple postponements of the opening date. When completed, it will be the tallest completed building in the city, at 23 storeys and about 90 metres (300 ft) in height. As of November 2013[update], the Hilton hotel chain had thirty seven operational properties in Africa, with another seventeen in development. These properties include the Bujumbura Doubletree Hotel.
In February 2011, Mise Design Group LLC., based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, was awarded the contract to design the food and beverage services of the Kampala Hilton Hotel. The Group will design all the eight hotel’s dining facilities, including a sports bar, lobby lounge & bar, banquet facility, bakery, staff canteen, pool bar, coffee shop and a specialty restaurant. In June 2013, the Aya Group appointed FEBC International, a global hospitality procurement and project management company, to act as Procurement Management Consultant for Operating Supplies and Equipment (OS&E) services for the Kampala Hilton Hotel. In December 2013, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, denied rumors that they had pulled out of the deal with the Aya Group, due to construction delays. They instead reiterated that they are working closely with the owners to complete the construction and open the franchise to the public.
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