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The hotel industry in Nigeria is recovering under Ikeja GRA

Aug 9, 2023 | Health | 0 comments

Ikeja Government Reserved Area (GRA) leads Nigeria’sNigeria’s hotel sector recovery.

With the foundation of the Ikeja Local Government in 1927, the British colonial authority established the enclave as a residential neighbourhood for senior colonial and Nigerian officials. Nowadays, it is both residential and commercial.

With prominent hotel brands opening regularly in mainland Lagos’Lagos’ government-reserved region, Nigeria may become a tourist and hospitality hub.

Business Hallmark found that leading hotel brands from across the globe battle every day for presence in the desirable neighbourhood.

According to checks, the neighbourhood has had multiple top hotel brands in five years.

Lagos Marriott Hotel, Radisson Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, Safron Hotel, and Shoregate Hotel, all on Joel Ogunnaike and Isaac John streets; BON Hotel Ikeja Residence on 51, Sobo Arobiodu Street; Providence Hotel on 12A, Oba Akinjobi Way; and Amber Residence on 16, Esugbayi Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, are among the top hotels in the area.

Radisson Blu

The five-star, 155-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, was inaugurated in 2018.

The Radisson Blu-branded hotel is owned by Avalon Intercontinental Nigeria and managed by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s major hotel and hospitality firms with 1,440 properties in 115 countries.

Marriott Lagos

The 251-room Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, GRA inaugurated in May 2021 on 7,000 sqm.

Oba Aladejobi and Joel Ogunnaike Streets lead to Sifax Group’sGroup’s 7-story luxury hotel.

In August 2014, Sifax Group held the Marriott Hotel groundbreaking ceremony. The primary construction business finished it seven years later. Dori Construction.

Providence Hotel

Providence Hotel is a 5-star Ikeja, Lagos, Government Reserved Area hotel. The hotel’shotel’s contemporary style, graceful lines, and vivid colours are set in a large suburban neighbourhood distant from Lagos’sLagos’s chaos. The hotel has 79 luxury rooms, including 3 Pent House Suites on the 5th Floor.

The hotel has a lobby with retail outlets, a ballroom, pre-function catering for 800–1,000, an executive lounge, a business centre with conference, seminar, and board rooms, 3–4 food and beverage outlets, including all-day dining, specialty restaurants, and a rooftop club/bar. The amenities include the spa, gym, fitness club, outdoor pool, and deck.

Our reporter learned from hospitality sector sources that more hotels are coming.

Hyatt Group is building the Hyatt Hotel on Ladoke Akintola Street, Ikeja GRA, and Hilton Hotel, which will be Ikeja’sIkeja’s tallest when completed in 2024.

BH discovered that these hotels and more are nearing completion.

The buildings will transform the city, it was learned.

BH learned that proximity to elite security institutions and the domestic and international wings of Murtala International Airport, Ikeja, drove the desire for presence on the upscale Ikeja GRA.

Lawyer Tunde Ojo, an investment lawyer, told our reporter that various considerations drove hotels to establish business in Ikeja GRA.

Big hotel brands are moving to Ikeja GRA because it it’s safe.

The Lagos State Police Headquarters and Police College on Oba Akinjobi Drive surround Ikeja GRA.

The reserve borders the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Maryland and the Sam Ethan Air Force Base near Murtala Mohammed International Airport.

“The general belief among real estate investors is that the presence of these top security institutions in the region has made it comparatively more protected than a majority of Lagos,” Ojo said.

Investors like Ikeja GRA because it it’s a gateway to various sections of Lagos and is safe.

Several rich Nigerians favour Ikeja GRA for its convenient commute to and from work.

From Ikeja GRA, leave via PWD to reach Lagos Island or Agege on the mainland via the Lagos-Abeokuta Road.

“Bursting out at Maryland and linking it to Ikorodu Road, Onipanu, Yaba, Ebute Metta, Oyingbo, and Ebute Ero on Lagos Island will also bring you to the island.

Finally, Ikeja GRA is near Murtala Mohammed International Airport. If there is no traffic, you may depart Ikeja GRA 45 minutes to an hour before your flight at Lagos airport, five miles away.

This may be why hotels are focusing on the area. My customer departs Ikoyi on the eve of every international trip to stay at Sheraton or Radisson Blu Hotels to ensure the earliest possible delays.

Checks showed that hotel companies desiring a part of the windfall to develop hotels in Ikeja GRA are also driven by strong demand from clients who need to be near the airport, including airline personnel and temporary visitors.

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