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Boutique hotels are a new concept in Kenya and other African countries.

Mr Metaxas joined Dusit International from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he managed two properties, the Westin Athens and the Arion, a luxury collection hotel and spa at the Astir Palace in Athens, Greece. Mr Metaxas has actively participated in the growth of Kenya’s hospitality industry, having returned after a fifteen-year absence. A wealth of experience and understanding of diverse cultures makes him well-suited to delivering an enlivening guest experience. “The hotel first opened its doors in September 2014,” says Mr Metaxas, “and had its grand opening in March 2015. Dusit International was established in Thailand in 1947 and has seen this Thai family-owned company grow to an international hotel chain over the years.”

Michael Metaxas General Manager

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oasting contemporary, colourful chic and a refreshing sense of playfulness, DusitD2 Hotel and Resorts offer a unique combination of cutting-edge design, hightech connectivity and efficient, modern convenience. Boutique hotels are a new concept in Kenya and other African countries, beginning to appear in the 1980s in major cities like London, New York and San Francisco, where their popularity prompted multinational hotel companies to enter the market. In 2015, DusitD2 appointed a new general manager to its Nairobi hotel, Michael Metaxas, a man with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, 18 of which were spent in various senior roles at InterContinental Hotels and Resorts across the globe. 68 DusitD2 Nairobi · Kenya

The chain’s portfolio includes sites worldwide, reflecting a truly global approach to the hospitality industry, with stunningly designed boutique hotels in Thailand, China, the Middle East, Africa and the United States. The DusitD2 Nairobi is hidden away from the hustle and bustle in a secure and peaceful haven off the leafy suburb of Riverside Drive, just minutes from the central business district, and a stone’s throw from the heart of the city’s vibrant social scene. With intriguing spaces that balance a modern yet timeless aesthetic in an intimate boutique setting, DusitD2 Nairobi is the very definition of contemporary chic. The hotel’s location has a big part to play in raising the profile of this highly prestigious residential and embassy area. “Also,” Mr Metaxas adds, discussing the hotel’s unique location, “as we have seen the corporate businesses grow in the area, DusitD2 is certainly able to meet and surpass all the needs of its clientele.”

Aspire Africa | Issue 4.  

Committed to Promoting African Synergy. Featuring David Beglin, Co-Founder and Director, Beglin Woods Architects.

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