Aleph takes on first Congolese site

by | 25 Aug 2022 | Hotel Projects, Projects

Dubai-based independent hotel management company, Aleph Hospitality, has signed a management contract with Congo-based Sokerico Group to operate a forthcoming boutique hotel in Kinshasa.

Kertel Suites, which is currently under development, is set to open in Q1 2023.

Kinshasa benchmark

The hotel is intended to set a new benchmark for the hospitality sector in Kinshasa with its all-suites accommodations and state of the art food and beverage offerings.

Located in the heart of the Gombe municipality, the boutique hotel’s contemporary accommodation is positioned as approachable luxury with an elegant, classic design for a corporate lifestyle. Leisure facilities include an upscale rooftop resto-bar and a French bakery-bistro, a roof swimming pool, fully equipped gym and spa as well as three banquet halls.

Largest African city presence

Aleph Hospitality founder and MD, Bani Haddad, said: “We are thrilled to have been entrusted with the management of Kertel Suites in Kinshasa and we are excited to be operating our first property in Africa’s largest city. It’s an interesting time to secure a presence in the heart of Africa, as The Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently investing in the hospitality sector, restoring historical sites and strengthening sustainability within their ecosystem. The development is quite unique in its location, and we look forward to bringing next-level hospitality experiences to the heart of Gombe.”

Ritesh Hemnani and Kenny Rawtani, owners of project developer Sokerico Group, added: “The opening of Kertel Suites in Kinshasa will create vast job opportunities for Congolese residents to become part of Aleph’s rapidly growing hospitality group. Our plan is to help accelerate an increase in tourism in the country and position Kinshasa as a destination with superb hospitality services.”

Pipeline target

Aleph Hospitality’s portfolio now covers 12 properties across eight countries on the African continent. The company has targeted 50 hotels in the Middle East and Africa by 2026, with signings including Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia, imminently opening in Liberia, plus two 200-room sites in the Rwandan capital completing in 2025: Century Park Hotel and Residences Kigali and MGallery Kigali.

The firm manages hotels directly for owners, either on a franchise basis for branded properties or as a white label operator for independently-branded hotels.

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