Kenya’s political landscape is not only marked by power and influence but also by extravagant wealth.
Some of the country’s top politicians have diversified their portfolios into the hospitality industry, owning luxurious hotels and restaurants that cater to both local and international clients.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these high-end hotels and the politicians behind them.
Located in the upscale neighborhood of Karen, Nairobi, Dari is among the hotels that is a haven for the elite.
Former Cabinet Secretary Raphael Tuju reportedly funded the establishment through a loan borrowed from a local bank.
This eco-park themed restaurant has become a popular venue for conferences, official events, picnics, and private ceremonies.
However, as of now, Dari Restaurant faces the risk of auctioning to raise funds for a significant debt borrowed in 2015.
Voyager Beach Resort Mombasa
The Voyager Beach Resort, located in Mombasa county, is a vibrant and captivating resort known for its ship-themed design and exceptional family entertainment and animation programs.
It offers a variety of unique experiences, including themed journeys across the seven seas, culinary extravaganzas, and special shows featuring music, fashion, comedy, and acrobatics.
The resort is fashioned to resemble a luxurious cruise ship and has been recognized for its excellence in hospitality by receiving the prestigious Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
The resort offers a wide range of amenities and activities for its visitors. It features a water sports center, allowing guests to engage in thrilling water-based activities.
The culinary options are diverse, ensuring that guests can indulge in different dining experiences during their stay.
The resort also offers specialized entertainment programs, including weddings in paradise packages, which provide a dreamlike setting for couples tying the knot.
Heritage Hotels is owned by fomer President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family.
The Weston Hotel, located in the tranquil Lang’ata area of Nairobi city, provides a delightful retreat for its guests.
he hotel presents air-conditioned rooms that offer complimentary WiFi, ensuring a seamless connectivity experience. With a 24-hour front desk, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool, the hotel warmly welcomes its visitors.
Additionally, it is conveniently situated just 2 miles away from the Kenyatta International Conference Center, making it easily accessible.
Each room at The Weston Hotel is thoughtfully furnished with amenities such as a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, and a desk.
While some rooms offer captivating pool views, all come with a private bathroom and a comfortable seating area.
The hotel prides itself on its diverse range of accommodation options, including 110 Superior rooms, 3 Junior suites, 6 Executive suites, and 1 Presidential Suite.
Notably, The Weston Hotel is owned by President President William Ruto.
A & L Hotel
A & L Hotel is a contemporary five-star hotel conveniently located just off the Nairobi-Machakos junction.
The hotel is close to Machakos town and Machakos Peoples’ Park and features a wide variety of affordable well-appointed rooms, meeting and conference rooms, a restaurant, a bar, and a swimming pool.
The hotel was opened in 2020 by Cabinet Secretary for Foreign & Diaspora Affairs of the Republic of Kenya Alfred Mutua and his ex-partner Lilian Ng’ang’a.
Lord Erroll restaurant
Lord Erroll restaurant in Runda, Nairobi, has earned its place as a premier establishment in the local hospitality sector, garnering recognition and accolades both nationally and internationally.
Since its establishment in 1997, this French and gourmet restaurant has consistently provided a delightful array of culinary delights, delighting guests with its exquisite cuisine.
With its multiple dining rooms, the restaurant offers ample space for events of various sizes, accommodating groups ranging from 6 to 100 people.
It is worth noting that in February 2013, Gideon Moi acquired the restaurant.