Marriott announces new luxury hotels in Africa

Marriott International, one of the main international luxury hotel company, announced three new deal signings across North and West Africa, strengthening the company’s growth in Morocco and Ghana while marks its debut in Liberia.

“New and established markets across North and West Africa continue to present us with immense opportunities to further enhance and diversify our portfolio in the continent,” said Jerome Briet, Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa at Marriott International. “The new deal signings further strengthen our robust development pipeline, which is a result of our long-established presence in Africa and the trust owners have in Marriott International and our compelling portfolio of diverse brands.”

The three new hotel signings were announced during the Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain, in  Marrakech.

Sr. Regis Marrakech
St. Regis Marrakech

The St. Regis Marrakech Resort, will be a part of the Assoufid Golf Resort and will include 80 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms and villas, all offering views of the Atlas Mountains. With leisure facilities such as a spa, pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, The St. Regis Marrakech Resort will also feature six distinctive culinary experiences, including two specialty restaurants and the iconic St. Regis Bar inspired by the King Cole Bar at the brand’s flagship in New York.  It is projected to open in 2024.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Accra Kotoka Airport (Ghana) will mark the debut of the extended-stay brand in the country. Projected to open in 2023, the 12-story hotel will consist of 160 spacious suites with separate living, working and sleeping zones, all equipped with functional kitchens. Other facilities in the hotel will include three food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop bar, a health and leisure club, and a boardroom. Besides, It will be strategically located in the Airport Residential Area of Accra, less than 1.5 kilometers from the Kotoka International Airport.

“New and established markets across North and West Africa continue to present us with immense opportunities to further enhance and diversify our portfolio in the continent”

The company expects to make its debut in Liberia with the Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia. Anticipated to open in 2020, the hotel will consist of 111 stylishly appointed guestrooms and four food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop bar and lounge and specialty restaurant. The hotel will be in the heart of Monrovia’s central business district and near key governmental and ministerial buildings, diplomatic facilities and the University of Liberia. The hotel will boast Four Points by Sheraton’s approachable design and excellent service.

Four Points by Sheraton (Photo: Aleph Hospitality)

Marriott International plans to expand its footprint in Africa to 200 hotels by the end of 2023.  In North Africa, Marriott International currently has 30 hotels and over 10,000 rooms in its portfolio. The company expects to grow its hotel portfolio by 60 percent by the end of 2023 and anticipates the opening of four new properties across North Africa in 2019, including the debut of The Ritz-Carlton Rabat which will mark the company’s first luxury property in Morocco.

In West Africa, the company expects to grow its current footprint by 75 percent with the addition of nine new hotels and more than 1,800 rooms by the end of 2023. Currently operating 12 properties across Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, and Guinea, Marriott International plans to enter Benin and Ivory Coast as a part of its development pipeline.