Regardless of the timeframe of the merger talks between Marriott and Starwood, which when completed would give Marriott added market presence in Uganda through the Kampala Sheraton Hotel, a brand of Starwood, the global hotel giant’s Protea brand has made headway to widen their own footprint in Uganda.
Already operating two hotels, one just outside the airport perimeter in Entebbe directly at a beach of Lake Victoria and one in the fashionable Kololo suburb of the capital Kampala, reportedly another Protea will join the hotel scene by mid year.
Located at the Naguru suburb of the city, the Protea Hotel Naguru Skyz will offer guests 141 rooms, a fully-fledged spa and gym and reportedly a rooftop terrace bar which will give patrons sweeping views across Kampala.
This new hotel is due to open by July this year while a second Naguru-based property has broken ground and is due to open in early 2018 as the Protea Hotel Naguru Pinnacle.
The principal owner of Protea Hotels Uganda is entrepreneur Patrick Bitature, while the company is managed by Stuart Cook, who has been Managing Director of Protea Hotels Uganda since the 2007 opening of the company’s first property.