InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence in sub-Saharan Africa with the opening of the InterContinental Lagos hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.
The new property is the group’s first hotel in Nigeria, the first InterContinental brand hotel in West Africa and the sixth InterContinental brand hotel in sub-Saharan Africa.
Located on Victoria Island close to Lagos Creek, the 23-storey hotel features 358 guestrooms.
InterContinental Lagos offers amenities such as Club InterContinental and a health and fitness centre, which includes a sauna and steam room.
The health and fitness centre will be available to guests from 1 August 2013, while the Club InterContinental will open in mid-September 2013.
For events and business meetings, the hotel offers a Grand African Ballroom that can accommodate around 1,400 people, six meeting rooms, a boardroom and business facilities.
Dining options at the hotel include four restaurants and bars, including Ekaabo, Milano, Soho and PS/SP.
The all-day dining restaurant Ekaabo serves a blend of Nigerian and international cuisine, while Milano offers contemporary Italian cuisine.
The poolside restaurant PS/SP provides lunch and dinner options, while Soho, due to open on 1 August 2013, will offer Chinese cuisine.
InterContinental Lagos general manager Didier Coeln said the hotel is perfectly placed to give guests access to central business areas, pristine beaches, and entertainment options in Lagos.
"We also understand that our guests value authenticity and want to experience the local culture. Our concierge team looks forward to sharing their local knowledge of Lagos so guests can enjoy an authentic and enriching stay with us," Coeln added.
IHG India, Middle East and Africa chief operating officer Pascal Gauvin said that with its thriving economy and abundant natural beauty, Nigeria is a growing business and tourism destination.
"We look forward to further expanding our presence in the region as part of our continued growth," Gauvin added.
IHG currently operates six InterContinental brand hotels in sub-Saharan Africa and will be joined by two more hotels in Senegal and Uganda in the next five years.
Image: Bar and lounge at the new InterContinental Lagos hotel in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of InterContinental Hotels Group.