Leopard Beach Resort, Swahili Beach Resort and Medina Palm Suites in Kenya are conferred five-star status
After nationwide exercise, Kenya's hotels and resorts were carefully evaluated and classified in order to provide an accurate rating of each venue's services and facilities. Three hotels in Kenya's coast were granted the prestigious five-star status, whilst others descended in quality or maintained their ranking.
Kenya’s Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) just announced the rankings of the country’s hotels and resorts. According to this recent classification of hotels and resorts, several hospitality establishments in the region dropped in their ratings whilst others either stayed the same or were given a higher status, after inspection done early this year. This re-evaluation was an important development as the destination grows, being ranked first by Virtuoso travel experts in growth of tourist bookings worldwide.
TRA General Director, Kipkorir Lagat, announced that after close inspection, three hotels in the Kenyan coast were awarded with the best qualification. Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Swahili Beach Resort, both in the South Coast, and Medina Palms Suites in Watamu in the North Coast were all conferred with five-star status.
The new ratings follow a nationwide classification exercise covering Coast, Upper Eastern, Central and South Rift tourism regions of Kenya. Both Leopard Beach Hotel and Swahili Beach Resort are categorised as holiday hotels while Medina Palms is under the villas, cottages and serviced apartments category.
This development proved extremely important and pleasing to all those who have worked hard at providing the finest service. Swahili Beach Hotel General Manager, Jeff Mukolwe expressed how thrilled he was with the ratings as he spoke to The Standard:
“My directors have been supportive at a time when Kenyan tourism was at its lowest.”
Over at the award-winning Leopard Beach Resort and Spa, its General Manager also felt compelled to convey his satisfaction. Mohamad Omar insists this outcome is a result of the hotel’s efforts and investments:
“The owners have consistently shown confidence in investing in destination Kenya even when things were not looking up.”
For others, it was not very good news. Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa, which used to enjoy five star status, has dropped and is now classified as a four star hotel. Most of the properties however, were able to maintain their rankings.
The list of four-star properties include the Heritage Group of Hotels owned by Voyager Beach Resort, Leisure Lodge, Baobab Beach Resort & Spaand Turtle Bay Club (Watamu), as well as the Serena Beach Resort and Spa which retained its four star status as did Mombasa’s iconic Vision 2030 flagship resort, the English Point Marina.
Bahari Beach, Pangoni Beach Resort, Indian Ocean Beach Resort and Diani Sea Resort , Royal Court (Mombasa) and Mnarani Club (Kilifi ) were awarded three star status. Also in Mombasa, the 88-room Plaza Beach Hotel has been awarded a two star status as has Mtwapa based Boutique Hotel.
This classification shows progress for the African tourist hub. The Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (Kahc) Coast branch said the outcome shows the industries progress following the enactment of a new tourism act.
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