On May 7th Marriott announced the opening of the Sheraton Bamako Hotel, its first hotel in Mali. Along with the other Starwood brands, the Sheraton was absorbed into Marriott’s portfolio after the latter’s US$16 billion acquisition by Marriott in September 2016.
The new 200-room hotel is located in the ACI 2000 district, a newly-developing neighborhood with other high profile buildings such as the United States Embassy, the Radisson Blu, and a high end shopping center. It is close to the Modibo Keïta International Airport, and also in proximity to other major embassies, corporate offices, government buildings, cultural and tourist attractions. The hotel’s location also offers views of the Niger River.
The Sheraton Bamako Hotel offers:
- 200 Rooms & Suites including 27 Sheraton Club rooms and 32 suites offering exclusive access to the Sheraton® Club Lounge;
- City Grill, an all-day dining buffet restaurant;
- Brasserie Bamaquoise, a classic French Brasserie;
- Oasis Pool Bar;
- Légendes Du Sport Bar;
- 11 Meeting Rooms, with more than 820sqm of dedicated meeting space;
- A Grand Ballroom, with over 470sqm space and maximum capacity of up to 500 delegates;
- An Outdoor Swimming Pool;
- A 24-hour Gym & Spa, a state-of-the-art Sheraton® Fitness Centre.
The hotel is owned by Koiraholding Group, whose Chairman and CEO, Cesse Kome remarked about his confidence that “this hotel will set a new benchmark in hospitality within the country.” This is not the group’s first hotel investment in West Africa, they also own two other branded hotels in Abidjan and Bamako – the 190-room Radisson Blu Bamako, which opened in 2008 and is also located in ACI 2000 and the 261-room Radisson Blu Airport Abidjan, which opened in 2016. Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott’s President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, also said of the opening: “We are thrilled to build on Sheraton’s proud heritage in Africa that dates back to 1971…. Sheraton Bamako Hotel not only marks our entry into a new country, but also serves as a great example of our transformation efforts around the brand.”
Sheraton, which became Marriott’s third largest brand after the acquisition, is undergoing a resurgence with Marriott’s commitment to renew the brand. The initiatives identified for the brand are: addressing quality gaps; ensuring accountability; implementing quality assurance processes; applying operational excellence and rigor; engaging and aligning with owners; and renovating existing hotels.
Sheraton is the most global brand within Marriott’s portfolio, there are 450 hotels currently operating in 70 countries and territories around the world. There are 22 hotels operating in Africa, including West African markets like Nigeria and Guinea. There is a planned hotel for Dakar, Senegal, which is expected to open by 2024.