August 2014: Nigeria’s new 117-room Protea Hotel Select Ikeja opens its doors this week in the upmarket Lagos suburb of Ikeja.
The internationally competitive hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Ikeja City Mall & Lagos State Secretariat, and a mere 5.2km away from Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
Accommodation at Protea Hotel Select Ikeja caters for corporate travellers with a variety of room types to suit GUESTS’ needs, as well as a comfortable restaurant, bar and conference facilities for close to 60 people.
President and Managing Director of the Middle East and Africa of Marriott International Inc., Alex Kyriakidis says, “Marriott International’s fast growing footprint across the Middle East and Africa is a response to the potential we continue to observe in the region. At present we are seeing strong GDP growth across Sub-Saharan Africa which translates into opportunity for our industry. Nigeria is one of our key markets and presents tremendous opportunity for us with the existing hotels we have in Lagos, as well as the strong pipeline of hotels that are coming up by 2018.”
The hotel accommodation comprises 75 classic rooms, 8 inter-leading twin bedrooms, 24 deluxe rooms, 8 suites which feature open plan lounge and dining rooms separate from the bedrooms, and 2 universal accessible rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, mini-bar fridges, satellite TV, work stations and tea/coffee making facilities.
Conference facilities consist of one conference room seating a maximum of 50 delegates depending on the seating arrangements and one small private boardroom seating a maximum of 6 delegates.
The hotel’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a strong focus on local and continental cuisine. The bar is open 24 hours a day, though, offering a Poolside menu, and room service is also available around the clock.
Other hotel facilities include a shuttle service, secure open parking, and laundry service as well as free Wi-Fi access.
Protea Hotels Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue, Danny Bryer, says Nigeria’s rapidly growing economy is prompting the need for more hotels.
“Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy with numerous industries supporting ongoing economic expansion. We consider Nigeria to be one of our most important development markets and we’d like to at least double the number of Protea Hotels there in the next 5 years.
“We have absolutely no doubt that the hotel will be running at close to capacity within a couple of months.”
The sleek, modern lines of the public areas’ earthy-toned décor is mirrored in the bedrooms, which are decorated in a neutral palate with splashes of warm colour to bring life to the rooms.
As well as the Protea Hotel Select Ikeja the group has five more hotels in the pipeline for Nigeria, these are:
- A 155-room African Pride Avalon Hotel & Spa (2015)
- A 150-room Lagos Marriott Hotel, Victoria Island (2016)
- A 250-room Courtyard by Marriott Abuja (2018)
- A 100-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Abuja (2018)
- A 250-room Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja GRA (2018)