Norfolk gives travelers something to smile about
The hotel has been described as a hidden gem with sleek contemporary design and alluring charm that provides guests with a sense of relaxation and a sense of place.
Nairobi’s iconic hotel, Fairmont The Norfolk, has reopened to the public after a massive two-year closure. “The hotel, the regional Accor team and the owners have worked closely together to ensure they provide guests with exceptional services and facilities in line with the luxury positioning of the Fairmont brand, including a new Food & Beverage concept in order to meet evolving customer needs,” said Mehdi Morad, Country General Manager, Accor Kenya.
The hotel has been described as a hidden gem with sleek contemporary design and alluring charm that provides guests with a sense of relaxation, a sense of place and ownership ideal for partying, gathering, relaxing and living a exceptional dining experience. It is also the same hotel where Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 spent an evening with her husband, Prince Philip. They were touring the Commonwealth that she had undertaken with her husband, in place of her father. It is often mentioned that Queen Elizabeth fell asleep as a princess and woke up as Queen of the United Kingdom due to the sudden death of her sick father.
The hotel expects to draw visitors from all over the world, especially from India. According to the South African Tourism Board, they expect a 64% annual growth in arrivals from India in the current financial year. The board issued a statement indicating that India is one of the main markets for which it has also defined a strategic roadmap. As reports suggest, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai will be the major source markets for South African tourism. The tourist board has also relaxed travel standards for entering the country.
Commenting on the acquisition of Fairmont The Norfolk, Dr Binod Chaudhary, Chairman and Founder of CG Corp Global, said: “I think every country is different, keep an open mind and you can find where the niche entrance. With the reopening of this iconic century-old asset, we are delighted to welcome all avid travelers who wish to experience the wonder of this secluded gem in Kenya, East Africa. To explore the magnificent hotel and the beauty of Kenya, the doors have been opened for all guests from all over the world. I am on; everyone will be delighted by the historic beauty and the warm welcome of the hotel staff under the direction of the regional Accor team. It’s another momentous event for the historic Norfolk hotel which has been in operation for 116 years and was hit by the pandemic shutdown in the first wave of 2020. It’s a place that seems frozen in the time, where signs of a more decadent era can be seen at every turn, Fairmont The Norfolk continues to play a part in Kenyan history.
This news comes at a time when CG Hospitality Holdings, the hospitality arm of CG Corp Global, made a foray into the rapidly growing East African market in 2020 with the acquisition of two iconic Fairmont properties in Kenya, Fairmont Mara Safari Club and Fairmont The Norfolk. Known for its global expansion into the most exquisite destinations, Nepal-based CG Corp Global is a billion-dollar landlocked South Asian nation’s leading multinational conglomerate group. Currently, CG Corp Global operates 120 hotel properties, with 6,633 rooms in 10 countries. The company plans to add 29 properties, with 2,233 keys. Of these, 26 hotel properties in India and these properties are expected to be operational by 2023.
Commenting on its grand opening, Rahul Chaudhary, MD and CEO, CG Corp Global and Director of CG Madison, which includes CG Hospitality and its partners, said, “Our pre-COVID acquisition was in line with CG’s strategic expansion plans for the growth in the region and in turn to boost tourism. We were confident in the revival of this secluded gem in the heart of Nairobi which has remained a famous Kenyan landmark. Over the past two turbulent years of Covid, it has been difficult to retain our investment, but we have been cautiously optimistic and determined to continue with our plans for growth and expansion in this region. Being part of the rich historical heritage that Fairmont “The Norfolk” celebrates is a pledge of our commitment and our faith in Kenya. We are happy to soon open the doors in all their glory. We are proud to be part of the premier luxury hotel in Kenya and look forward to welcoming everyone to the hotel, from all parts of the world, especially our Indian people.