Dusit International has announced it will reopen the dusitD2 Nairobi hotel in the 14 Riverside complex as an act of solidarity with the local community following the terrorist attack on January 15 that claimed the lives of 21 innocent people, including four full-time employees and two contract security staff of the hotel. No guests were harmed in the attack.
Demonstrating the resilience of the local community, the 14 Riverside complex has already sprung back into action with tenants and business owners returning to help to beautify the area, Dusit said. The office buildings re-opened on January 28, with additional security measures bolstering the internationally certified systems and procedures the complex already has in place.
dusitD2 Nairobi, which has been temporarily closed since the incident, is located at the far end of the project, which is situated in Nairobi's exclusive Westlands neighborhood. The hotel is set in a private location away from the main entrance. First opened in October 2014, the hotel is known for its facilities and status as a venue for MICE business and social and private events.
Recognizing the hotel’s role as a facilitator of business in Nairobi, the management and staff of dusitD2 Nairobi are determined to reopen the hotel as a beacon of comfort, convenience and safety so the 14 Riverside community can thrive once again, Dusit said. This includes enhancing the property, introducing new dining concepts, and planning a series of community events, ahead of a tentative relaunch in June.
In a written statement Michael Metaxas, general manager of dusitD2 Nairobi, said, “The spirit of determination that runs through the entire 14 Riverside community is heartening to see, and the support from everyone has been, and continues to be, incredible. This positive energy is driving us as we prepare the hotel to delight guests and visitors once more with delightful service, impressive design, and safe and comfortable surroundings for people to socialise, stay and conduct business.”
Lim Boon Kwee, chief operating officer, Dusit International, said, “While we are still deeply affected by the recent events at the 14 Riverside complex, morale is high and everyone is pulling together to create a special return for the hotel. As ever, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain our priority, and we will continue to have rigorous security procedures in place that contribute to the high levels of comfort and care for which we are known worldwide.”