Ethiopian Airlines to inaugurate US $65m five-star hotel

Ethiopian Airline is scheduled to launch US $65m Ethiopian Skylight Five Hotel this month. This is according to statements made by the Airline’s Head of Infrastructure Planning and Development, Abraham Tesfaye.

Mr. Tesfaye said that the million dollar hotel whose construction began in 2016, will be officially opened to the public on the 28th of January. The hotel covers 42000 square metres with a parking lot that can accommodate more than 500 cars. It is located five minutes from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

“We are striving to make Addis Ababa the main gate way to Africa. The hotel will play a significant role in boosting the tourism sector and making Addis Ababa a conference hub,” said the Head of Infrastructure Planning and Development.

Ethiopian Skylight Five Hotel
The Skylight Hotel has 373 guest rooms and three restaurants – a European restaurant, an Ethiopian restaurant and a Chinese restaurant. The hotel also hosts three bars – lobby bar, executive (roof top) bar and Jazz club. 27 of the guest rooms are spacious suites.

The hotel also encompasses a grand ballroom which has been designed to accommodate 2,000 persons convenient for wedding parties and conference. It also has five meeting rooms that can accommodate 20-30 persons, massage and gym services, health center that provides spa, an outdoor swimming pool with a pool bar and mini golf court in the premise.

Other recreational services such as a souvenir shop, coffee shop and ticket office are also offered in the hotel. A laundry, large kitchen and cold room are ready service.

Ethiopian airlines is reported to have provided 35% of the project’s financing while EXIM Bank of China provided 65% funding. In addition to promoting Ethiopian tourism, this hotel will also welcome passengers during stopovers, technical delays or transits. It is expected to to generate over 400 jobs.

“Ethiopian Airlines will have a sufficient number of internationally standard hotel rooms to create an environment conducive to tourists in addition to receiving passengers during transit, stopovers or technical delays,” said Mr. Tesfaye.

Moreover, the Ethiopian carrier is also preparing to commence the construction of a second 5-star hotel. The entry into service is scheduled for 2021. It will be built on an area of 22410 metres and the hotel will have 637 rooms.

Posted on : 23 Jan,2019

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