Radisson plans first luxury hotel for Abuja

Radisson Hotel Group is bringing its luxury lifestyle brand, Radisson Collection, to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city and governmental seat, following a deal with Avalon Intercontinental Nigeria Limited.

Radisson Collection Hotel & Conference Center, Abuja Nigeria marks the group’s ninth hotel and third Radisson Collection in the country, placing the group on track to achieve 15 hotels in Nigeria by 2025.

Exclusive location

Located next to the Presidential Palace in Maitama District, one of the most sought after areas in Abuja, the newbuild, 249 room hotel will be the city’s first luxury hotel.

The accommodation range will include standard rooms and apartments alongside lofts and presidential suites. Spanning across almost 3000 sq m, the meeting spaces of Radisson Collection Hotel & Conference Center, Abuja Nigeria will consist of a divisible conference hall, five meeting rooms, a board room, as well as a pre-function area.

Dining and unwinding

The hotel’s dining outlets will consist of a lobby lounge and coffee bar, as well as a business class lounge for a quick meal or business meeting. The all-day dining, specialty, and rooftop restaurants will offer tailored dining experiences.

To unwind, guests will be able to relax on the pool deck and bar or workout at the onsite gym, as well as experiencing treatments at the wellness facilities. The hotel’s onsite nightclub will be a new addition to Abuja’s social scene.

Vast potential

Erwan Garnier, senior director, development, Africa at Radisson Hotel Group, said: “With a vast potential for significant scale, both Nigeria and its capital city, Abuja have been identified as key markets within our robust development strategy to reach 150 hotels across Africa within the next five years. It is an honour to kick start the year by introducing our beloved luxury lifestyle brand for experience-driven travellers to the city of Abuja as its first luxury hotel.”

Ramsay Rankoussi, vice president, development, Africa and Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group, commented: “We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with Avalon Intercontinental Nigeria Limited, leaders in the hospitality industry with whom we currently operate three hotels in Lagos. 65% of our hotel owners have more than one property with Radisson Hotel Group, which is a testament to our commendable owner retention.”

Asiwaju Tajudeen Owoyemi, chairman of Avalon Intercontinental Nigeria Limited, added: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Radisson Hotel Group with the addition of Radisson Collection Hotel & Conference Center, Abuja to our collective portfolio. Together, we will be uplifting the hospitality landscape of Abuja by debuting a luxury lifestyle hotel offering like no other within the city.”

African collection

Radisson Collection hotels consist of iconic properties in unique locations. Each hotel is authentic to the destination while offering the brand’s hallmarks of signature dining, local art, and experiences to create genuine connections. Elsewhere in Nigeria another site for the brand, Emerald Grand Hotel & Spa, Radisson Collection, is taking shape on the upscale Victoria Island in Lagos. The 250-key site is due for completion in Q1 2024.

In north Africa, the art deco style Lincoln Hotel, the oldest hotel in Casablanca, Morocco, will re-emerge in Q1 2025 as the 119-key Lincoln Casablanca, a Radisson Collection Hotel, following a sensitive restoration. Plus in Egypt, Radisson Collection Marsa Allam will add 294 rooms to the portfolio in 2024.