Lonrho to rehabilitate Congolese hotel

Lonrho plc, London signed a 10-year agreement on Wednesday with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to manage and renovate 450-room Grand Hotel Kinshasa, located in the country’s capital.

The Grand Hotel Kinshasa, formerly the InterContinental Hotel, has 450 guestrooms, of which only 238 are currently operational. The management agreement includes a commitment that the hotel will undergo a major refurbishment to re-open the closed 212 additional guestrooms and create new lounge, lobby and two new restaurants. The refurbishment is scheduled to be complete over the next twenty-four months. The hotel also includes a casino, nightclub, shopping mall, swimming pool and recreational facilities that will be reinstated. The hotel has a conference capacity for 2,000 people.

“The 450-room Grand Hotel Kinshasa is one of the finest hotel properties in Africa and we are delighted Lonrho Hotels has been chosen to manage the hotel and the refurbishment of the property. The hotel is an important asset for the government and its refurbishment of the hotel reflects the economic progress that is being seen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said Geoffrey White, Lonrho Plc’s CEO.