Panari Hotel today hosted its 10 th Anniversary at a “Winter in Wonderland” themed gala dinner attended by several hundred invited guests. Guest of Honour Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Kenya’s PS Tourism led Panari’s Chairman and Board of Directors and other invited guests in a toast to the hotel’s longevity and success.
Panari Hotel opened its doors to the public in July of 2005, founded by local and UK investors who saw a business opportunity along Mombasa Road. They recognized the need for an international class hotel between the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Nairobi’s Central Business District.
Panari’s proximity to the airport has driven the hotel’s success through the years. The hotel is the choice of many aviation-generated accommodation needs. With the Nairobi National Park just across Mombasa Road, hotel guests enjoy sweeping views of savannah plains, the scenic Ngong Hills and the magical sunset beyond.
Panari Hotel has a staff complement of 300 who provide livelihood to approximately 1,200 direct dependants and many others who benefit indirectly.
The Hotel has 136 rooms including one Presidential suite, Restaurants and Bars, a kids’ play area and two 3D movie theatres each with a 200 seat capacity.
Over the years, Panari Hotel has played host to an array of dignitaries and celebrities including Kenneth Kaunda, Robert Mugabe, Thabo Mbeki, John Mahama, Desmond Elliott and Samuel Etoo.
The hotel features eight meeting and conference halls with combined capacity of 1,500 making Panari a top conference and exhibition center in the region.
Panari has a rich menu of offerings hosted at its various outlets. Guests have access to themed restaurants including the Red Garnet offering continental cuisine as well as the Black Gold Café
which serves a popular Businessmen’s Lunch. It also features the luxurious Ruby Lounge which serves high end beverages in a tranquil and relaxed environment. Shooters and Dips Nightclub is known for its Jazz, African, Rhumba, Hip Hop and Blues evenings.
Guests can often be found at the ultra-modern Dolphin Health Club and Spa getting a relaxing massage.
According to Patrick Marekia, Managing Director of Panari, “During the planning phase of the hotel, the founders sought to set it apart with an offering which no other hotel can claim. The Panari Ice Skating Rink, the only one in East and Central Africa, is our pride and joy. 15,000 Sq feet of ice skating pleasure. It is popular with locals, foreigners and several schools who recently formed an ice hockey league.” The rink has equally grown popular as a venue for fashion shows, figure skating and product exhibitions.
Panari Group has its sights set on expansion. Says Chairman, “In line with the dynamic growth of Kenya, Panari is taking advantage of tourism and hospitality opportunities. As such the Panari Resort Nyahururu is due to open its doors in the last quarter of 2015.”