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Hilton has decided to close its classic city hotel after 53 years.

The high class hotel, whose operator, International Hotels Kenya Limited, has the government owning 40.57 %, said Wednesday that it will close its doors in December.

The hotel has been standing in Nairobi's Central Business District since December 17, 1969, when it was the capital's tallest building. It has 287 rooms, including 45 twins, 185 doubles, 27 executive rooms, 22 pool rooms, and seven suites.

“Following extensive discussions with the hotel ownership, Hilton Nairobi will close its doors for the last time on 31st December 2022 and cease operations,” Said the hotel's spokesman in an interview. 

“Covid-19 created unprecedented challenges for our industry. However, the decision to cease operations is not directly connected to the pandemic,” He added.

As a result, Hilton said it will lay off some employees and reassign others to two other Nairobi hotels, the Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham and Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport.

“Unfortunately, the closure of the hotel will result in a retrenchment process. However, we will work with those impacted to help them find alternative employment,” .

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