PLANNING designed the new Four Point Sheraton Hotel at its strategically located 1-acre site at the entrance to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya. The main objective of the design was to provide a convenient and iconic yet cost-effective hospitality solution.
Planning’s approach was to develop a highly efficient hotel that utilized the site to its full economic potential. This saw a design response suggesting 145 rooms for overnight guests, with the bulk of the back-of-house service placed at basement level. This maximizes opportunities for a café-style lounge, sports bar, destination dining area, and meeting spaces. It will keep a height of 5 floors.
Furthermore, the spa and fitness facilities located on the top floor were set to ensure direct access to the roof terrace featuring a pool, lounge, and bar with uninterrupted views of the national park. Coupled with the hotel shuttle service and the full-size basement offering long-term secure parking, this hotel invites passengers to enjoy the hotel facilities as a secondary airport waiting lounge.
Overall, the massing and façade treatment aspires to achieve an elegant, contemporary, and impressive presence both when approaching and leaving the airport.