By Anthony Nwachukwu
With an array of facilities like exclusive crew lounge and VIP lounges, among others, the Lagos Marriott Hotel has opened for business, dangling an exciting experience for lovers of premium hospitality service.
Built on 11 floors, it gushes with various other modern facilities like the 1,000-capacity ballroom, executive meeting rooms, 400-capacity car park, 206 standard rooms, 44 suites (including three presidential ones), well-equipped gym and continental restaurants, among others.
The 250-bed, 5-star hotel located in the serene Ikeja GRA is a partnership between the global hotel brand, Marriott International, and indigenous conglomerate, SIFAX Group, which has a wide spread of investments in various sectors of the Nigerian economy and beyond.
The General Manager, Janse van Rensburg, explained during the opening ceremony that the desire to offer premium hospitality services to the Lagos market prompted the huge investment in the hotel, adding: “Every client of Lagos Marriott Hotel is set for an unimaginable premium experience like never before.
“We assure them of world-class hospitality, super customer satisfaction and royalty treatment. Frequent travelers who have points using the Marriott Hotel franchise globally can also redeem their points here in Nigeria. We have an in-club system for our premium members located on the first floor of the hotel.
“The unique selling propositions of this hotel are the various amazing products we offer our clients, which are non-existent in the country’s hospitality industry.
“The security of our guests is very paramount to us and that’s why every door and window in the facility is bomb-proof. Our pricing is also very commensurate with the quality that we offer.”
Rensburg noted that the hotel, which is in the classic premium category on the Marriott quality ranking, will be managed by the franchise owner, Marriott Hotel, for quality assurance purposes.
On his part, the Managing Director, Mac-Folly Hospitality Limited (SIFAX Group’s hospitality subsidiary), Chike Ogeah, applauded the Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, for bankrolling the multi-billion-naira investment.
Ogeah stated that Afolabi’s vision of a premium hospitality business in Lagos has manifested through the new hotel. He explained that “the building of this hotel took us six years.
“We took our time to tastefully select all the materials and equipment that were used in order to serve our clients the best. As a man that has travelled all over the world and experienced first-hand hospitality at its peak, our Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, decided to build this hotel in Nigeria to promote the hospitality and tourism industry in Lagos and provide opportunities to further improve the economy.”