The five-year-old Protea Hotel Cairo Road in Lusaka’s CBD is undergoing a refurbishment worth more than US$300 000.
The public areas have so far been revamped, with the room renovation soon to be underway. The reception area, bar, restaurant and conference room on the ground floor have been transformed into bright, modern and chic areas for GUESTS to enjoy. The restaurant has been converted from an open plan area to a more private set up with a warm atmosphere created by the colours and designs incorporated in the seating arrangement as well as the decorative buffet bar. The bar area is now separate from the dining room with extra seating spaces.
The next stage of the refurbishment will incorporate all of the 75 bedrooms. The bedrooms will undergo a soft refurbishment giving them a modern look and feel.
Protea Hotels Zambia Chairman Mark O’Donnell said Protea Hotel Cairo Road opened in June 2006 and it still remains the only internationally branded hotel in operation in the Central Business District of Lusaka. “In an effort to maintain our competitive edge Protea Hotel Cairo Road embarked on a transformation process, modernising the hotel to meet the same brand standards as newer properties within the Protea Hotels Zambia portfolio. Our refurbishment programme is also a reflection of the confidence and commitment Protea Hotels Zambia has in the hospitality industry in Zambia,” he said.
Protea Hospitality Group Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue, Danny Bryer, said the revamp of older property stock within the Protea Hospitality Group continent-wide ran to the hundreds of millions of Rands. “Each Protea Hotel is unique, but the things they all have in common are a culture of service excellence and a quality accommodation offering. Some 15 properties within the group are being refurbished to meet those modern expectations of accommodation excellence to be on a par with the standards of service excellence.”
Protea Hotels Zambia’s portfolio has grown from one hotel in 2000 to seven accommodation establishments in 2011. Protea Hotels Zambia is the largest branded hotel group in the country comprising of Protea Hotel Safari Lodge, Protea Hotel Chingola, Protea Hotel Cairo Road, Protea Hotel Livingstone, Protea Hotel Lusaka, Protea Hotel Chipata and the Southern Belle. Protea Hotels Zambia’s aim is to have a presence in all major business centres and towns throughout Zambia.