Multi-million dollar hotel for Harare

HARARE - A multi-million dollar Hilton International (Hilton) hotel and conference facility is slated for Harare’s Eastlea suburb, in a move that is expected to boost Zimbabwe’s hospitality sector.

Created by a logistics tycoon associated with Stream Walk (Private) Limited (Stream Walk), the 96 000-square metre development — to run under the internationally-acclaimed brand — will comprise a five-star 12-storey hotel, office block and two-storey retail centre.

“As the Harare City Council (HCC) — an ex-partner — has deliberated on the project, there is going to be a multi-use facility and complex around East 24 in Eastlea soon,” said a source familiar with the development.

“From my understanding, there will be a 270-key hotel tower, five-storey office block and a two-storey shopping centre or zone,” they said.

 Under the plan, Zimbabwean-registered Stream Walk is the developer, while Hilton will provide management services for the leisure facility and investment to rival many in the region.

With international consultants such as AECOM and Betts Townsend having been appointed to do project consultancy, and management services, the internationally-acclaimed Stauch Voster is handling architectural and other design works for the mega-million development.

 Located in a prime area with key amenities such as Chapman Golf Course, the project has not only attracted the interest of several local and international investors, but is also built in an area once targeted by other established tourism industry players, including Meikles.

And with the country’s tourism sector on a major rebound, the facility is also expected to bring the much-needed relief to the capital in the form of extra beds and at a time the key industry is battling for capacity.

Apart from conferencing and hotel facilities, the upscale development also includes a fitness centre, food court, a night club and other social amenities.

In recent months, the HCC’s business committee chairperson Thomas Muzuva, has intimated that the envisaged development is likely to boost Harare, if not the country’s economy.

“This is a positive move for the city and it will generate revenue for the council, considering the strategic location and nature of the hotel,” he said.

According to information at hand, the project promoters are also mulling another similar development in Victoria Falls.

Meanwhile, the rise of Hilton’s tower and hotel also comes at a time when a number of competing commercial brands have unveiled plans for other property developments in the capital and these include Ken Sharpe’s $100 million Mall of Zimbabwe project. - Staff Writer

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