Capital Hotel and Spa, the first of its kind conference resort, has just joined the booming hotel industry in Addis Ababa.
Built on a total of 19,383 Square meters of land located in one of the growing business areas of the city on Haile Gebresellasie road, Capital Hotel and Spa is built at initial capital of 720 million Birr, according to the information provided to the media. It is owned by an Ethiopian Investor, Yemane Gebreselassie, who is also involved in importing steel, automotive and machinery products into the country.
Ulrike Braun-Nasso, General Manager of the hotel, said, “it would be yet another positive move in realising the Ethiopian hospitability.” Speaking at an event organized for the media this morning, Mrs Braun-Nasso further said that the hotel targets the growing market for the industry as the city of Addis Ababa is becoming a conference centre as well as tourist destination. “We hope to develop [our] market share in the visitors’ segments to be booked by the Ethiopian Government, diplomatic missions, international organizations and commercial companies,” she said.
The opening of the hotel coincides with a move by the Ministry of Tourism to devise what it says was international standard for Hotels, lodges and resorts. The Capital Hotel and Spa rates itself as a five start hotel and hopes to retain its rating. “We are confident that the standard of our service is an international standard of a five star hotel,” says Mrs. Braun-Nasso.
With 114 spacious standard rooms, 80% of which are non-smoking, the Hotel also has skyline lounge, bars and restaurants, outdoor pool, state of the art conference rooms of different sizes, and kids’ facilities. It also has a parking plot that can host up to 150 cars, a rarity in most new hotels in the city, and has so far created job opportunities for 225 people, which soon will grow to 260 -270 when the Spa section goes operational, according to the Human resource department of the Hotel.
Capital Hotel and Spa has an expansion plan underway for an 11 story building situated in the back of the main building, which will be used for luxurious spa designed to host men and women separately.