Angola: Oil company Sonangol opens second hotel in Luanda this year

11 May 2009

Luanda, Angola, 11 May – Angolan state oil company, Sonangol plans to open the hotel it is building in south Luanda in August. The hotel is designed to serve the Talatona Convention Centre.

With its 201 rooms, this will be the second hotel that the Angolan state oil company has opened this year in Luanda.

The first – the Suite Hotel Maianga – opened in February, with 54 rooms, and was the result of refurbishment of an old building on the Marien Nguabi road, an investment of some US$16 million.

The new hotel is being built by South Korean construction company Namkwang and is based on a design by the team of architects from South Korean architectural practice, Space-Arch, which has designed several projects underway in the Angolan capital.

Those projects include the new Luanda stadium, built as part of the African Cup of Nations soccer championship (CAN) in 2010.

Located in the Talatona Congress Centre, Sonangol’s new hotel will have 201 rooms, 15 of which will be luxury units, five suites and one VIP suite.

Until 2011, the Angolan government expects a further 28 hotels to be built, with priority for two and four star units, some of which will be ready to meet the increased demand during CAN 2010.

In Luanda alone the government estimates that, within two years, available accommodation to increase by 2,000 rooms, with the construction of a further eight hotels.

There are currently seven benchmark hotels in Luanda, which is considered insufficient and leads to very high accommodation prices. (macauhub)