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Carlson Rezidor could make an entry into Kampala at the expense of Hilton

According to the latest reports, the hotel on Kampala’s Nakasero Hill, long said to become the Kampala Hilton, is now being taken over by management of the Carlson Rezidor Group, very likely under the

According to the latest reports, the hotel on Kampala’s Nakasero Hill, long said to become the Kampala Hilton, is now being taken over by management of the Carlson Rezidor Group, very likely under the Radisson Blu brand.

As previously reported, precisely a year ago Hilton’s management team had left Kampala in haste, after reportedly falling out big time with the Hamid brothers, locally known as the AYA brothers, who have become a byword for difficult owners.


Should indeed Carlson Rezidor have come into play, it could be a mere months before the hotel can conceivably open its doors under a new brand, leading to the removal of the Hilton logo which had been put on the building itself.

Some significant work remains to be done in finishing the hotel’s interior but given Carlson Rezidor’s capacity, that challenge should not be too great for them to live up to.

The hotel group under adverse circumstances last year managed to open the Radisson Blu in Kigali together with the adjoining Kigali Convention Centre in time for the African Union Summit. The year before, they pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat when they opened the Radisson Blu in Nairobi, also under adverse construction conditions – a testament to the ability of the respective management teams to deliver.