This year marks the 120th anniversary of the Kempinski brand since it was established in Germany in 1897. In Nairobi, Kempinski’s presence has been established through Villa Rosa Kempinski and Olare Mara Kempinski, which are a part of the Simba Hospitality portfolio under Simba Corporation. On the 8th of April 2017, Villa Rosa Kempinski hosted a ceremony to celebrate the anniversary. The hotel joined 73 other five-star hotels and residences strategically-located in 30 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia to honour this extraordinary event.
The theme was “ignite the night” and celebrations took place with welcome remarks by the hotel General Manager, Mr. Kees Heuveling, followed by the official switching on of lights on a special 120-year commemorative artwork titled Cycle of Light, by artist David Thuku. The lighting of the artwork is now a ritual happening daily, at 6:30PM, until December. Guests got a chance to better understand Kempinski’s unique European heritage, rich history and legacy by watching a short video enumerating key milestones in the company’s journey; from its founder, restaurateur, Berthold Kempinski in 1897, to the opening of the first hotel, Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin in 1952 by his grandson, Dr. Friedrich Unger. They were thereafter entertained by the renowned Upper Hill School’s Redfourth Choir.
In-keeping with the culinary arts as an integral part of Kempinski’s heritage, the Villa Rosa Kempinski chefs created commemorative 120th anniversary cakes which were given to guests as giveaways in special boxes. Guests also enjoyed other treats around the 120-year anniversary theme. “We are excited to be part of this illustrious history. To be part of a global brand with this outstanding history is remarkable. We look forward to celebrating 120 years of unique European hospitality with our valued guests and supporters”, said Kees Heuveling, the Villa Rosa Kempinski General Manager.
In the video above we hear Nazir Khamisa, Chief Hospitality Officer of
Simba Corp explaining the meaning behind Villa Rosa, as well as how
Kempinski’s exceptional hospitality operates worldwide and within Kenya.
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Founded in 1948 by the late Mr. Abdul Karim Popat as a modest used-car selling enterprise, the Nairobi-headquartered company has grown into a large integrated multi-sector business services group representing international brands and franchises such as Mitsubishi, FUSO, BMW, Mahindra, Renault, AVIS, SAME tractors and AKSA generators.Simba's hospitality properties include the Olare Mara and Villa Rosa managed by world leading hoteliers, Kempinski,as well as Acacia Premier Kisumu.