Rwanda-based CityBlue chain to rebrand Kenyan Best Western

The c3 West End Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Rwanda-based CityBlue Hotels is set to open its first CityBlue-branded property in Kenya in a former Best Western Plus hotel.

“We plan to open the rebranded CityBlue Creekside Hotel & Suites next month as the value hotel of choice for the Mombasa market, as it takes off post-election and into the busy December season,” CityBlue Hotels’ Founder & CEO, Jameel Verjee, said in a statement. “The location of the hotel makes it ideal for conferences, weddings and leisure vacations but it also clearly falls into the business hotel 'value' category that CityBlue is currently known for.”
Next month, CityBlue is also opening a 76-guestroom CityBlue Epic Hotel & Suites in Nyagatare, Rwanda with extensive wedding and conferencing facilities, tennis and basketball courts and a planned golf course.

CityBlue currently has six hotels open and operating in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi. The group is set to open at least three more hotels by 2020 in East Africa, and has 11 signed deals in the pipeline across East and West Africa. In total, the company has 19 new hotels in the works.