Sofitel launches flagship in Africa

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    Sofitel’s new flagship in West Africa, the iconic Hôtel Ivoire in Abidjan, was launched in January 2014. Emblematic across the entire African continent, the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire reinforces the presence of the Accor Group in the region. After the reopening of the Sofitel Jardin des Roses, Sofitel’s prize North African hotel in Rabat (Morocco), the brand is betting on a new flagship establishment in West Africa, geared towards a business clientèle. This prestigious 5 star property on the Ivory Coast was built by Moshe Mayer in 1963, and beautifully revamped in 2011.

    In an idyllic setting overlooking the Ebrie lagoon and the Plateau, the hotel has a contemporary atmosphere and fiery colours that combine French luxury with exotic African charm. Sofitel signed a management contract for this property in July 2012. 18 months later, following a transitional period of adaptation to bring the hotel in line with brand standards, the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire opened in January this year. The hotel draws on the expertise and synergies of the Sofitel Rabat in terms of human resources and training.

    Today, the hotel offers 209 guest rooms including two presidential suites, and 40 junior suites, a Fitness centre and two restaurants, the Pili Pili and the panoramic Toit d’Abidjan on the 23rd floor for business dinners or romantic evenings. The hotel also has four modern conference rooms fitted with high-tech audiovisual equipment and the nearby Abidjan Conference Centre hosts a range of events and offers a range of high-quality services to ensure successful meetings as well as an auditorium seating 1,650 people.

    A second wave of renovations is scheduled, starting early 2015, to create 217 guest rooms, including 84 suites and 31 service apartments, a Millésime Club, a 1,200 m2 So SPA, two restaurants and lounge bar, a cinema, nine meetings rooms, a business centre, plus ten boutiques and a casino.

    Daniel Fountain / 09.04.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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